Stagecoach West (1960–1961)
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Matt Dexter, an Irish drifter witnesses a murder but flees town because he doesn't want to get involved. Two of the gunman's cronies decide not to risk his return and ride out after the old... See full summary »


Don McDougall (as Donald McDougall)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Wayne Rogers ... Luke Perry
Richard Eyer ... Davey Kane
Robert Bray ... Simon Kane
Arthur O'Connell ... Matt Dexter
Richard Devon ... Ralston
John Litel ... Dan Murchison
Harry Lauter ... North
Jean Howell Jean Howell ... Mrs. Harvey
John Damler ... Marshal


Matt Dexter, an Irish drifter witnesses a murder but flees town because he doesn't want to get involved. Two of the gunman's cronies decide not to risk his return and ride out after the old man to kill him. Dexter saves Davey Kane's life by killing a rattlesnake about to strike. In return the young man agrees to smuggle food to Matt while he hides from his would-be assailants. Written by David Bassler

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Release Date:

21 February 1961 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Arthur O'Connell receives a 'Special Guest Star' credit. See more »


[a woman hands Simon a passenger for the stagecoach - a baby in a basket]
Dan Murchison: Remember we had a talk one time about always being ready for the unexpected?
Simon Kane: Yeah, but I didn't know we were talkin' about women and babies.
Dan Murchison: Women can be the most unexpected of all.
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Kathleen Mauvorneen
Music by F. Crouch (uncredited)
Played throughout the episode
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A familiar plot.
3 August 2016 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

Arthur O'Connell stars in this episode as an Irishman named Matt Dexter who is a vagabond traveling the rural west. Dexter makes money in local saloons where he plays his harmonica for coins. One evening after making some small change, Dexter leaves the saloon and witnesses Den Wilkins shoot a local lawyer named Johnson dead. At the time of the shooting Wilkins has two of his friends, Ralston and North, nearby and they tell the Marshal that the shooting was in self-defense. However, Dexter knows this is not true but wants nothing to do with the evil men so he cuts town and heads west.

The law begins to look for Dexter as a material witness in the trial but he has already left the area. Ralston and North know that they have to find the Irishman before the law and make sure he does not talk. And dead men tell no tales.

Dexter, in the mean time, has found shelter in an area near Outpost. Davey finds him playing his harmonica and they become friends. Dexter knows that the two men will be looking for him so he makes a pact with Davey not to tell anyone his whereabouts. But when Ralston overhears a conversation with a store clerk, they know that Davey will lead them to the man they want killed.

This was a simple plot that has been played out in many forms of entertainment. Thus, the situation was no big surprise to the viewer. There were some nice scene but nothing that really stood out as remarkable. They only thing new to the plot was the fact that the Irishman and Davey both played the harmonica but that never really stirred much interest. It was an average show for an average plot.

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