Stagecoach West (1960–1961)
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The Swindler 

A con artist is forced by his victim to ride Simon's stage and go where he can swindle a whole town.


Thomas Carr


Herman Epstein


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Episode complete credited cast:
Wayne Rogers ... Luke Perry
Richard Eyer ... Davey Kane
Robert Bray ... Simon Kane
Dennis Patrick ... Hollis Collier
Jean Willes ... Hilda Loring
Adam Williams ... Arnie Ames
John Litel ... Dan Murchison
James Burke ... Zeke Bonner
Chris Alcaide ... Hogart
Charles Horvath ... Trask
Wally Brown ... Charlie


When a man realizes he has been swindled by con artist Hollis Collier, he and two henchmen force Collier to pull an even bigger con, convincing the residents of Outpost to invest in a nonexistent gold mine. Simon is suspicious of Collier, but Davey thinks there's a good side to the man. Written by rbecker28

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Release Date:

13 June 1961 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Closing credits: The characters and events depicted in this photoplay are fictional. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead is purely coincidental. See more »


[last lines]
Hollis Collier: Mr. Kane, it's been a great pleasure meeting you, sir. And I'd also like to say I have only one regret.
Simon Kane: What's that?
Hollis Collier: Well, it seems possible that I may have turned honest and if that's true I wonder what I'll do for a living from now on.
Luke Perry: Well, you could try working.
Hollis Collier: What a horrible thought.
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Stagecoach West
Music by Skip Martin
Lyrics by Terry Gilkyson
Vocals by Bud and Travis
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Becareful who you con.
11 August 2016 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

This episode begins in the town of Valley Junction where we meet Arnie Ames coming out of the bank and handing Hollis Collier $500. Arnie has just purchased an item and Collier is going to get the purchase. But Ames is cautious about letting Collier leave with his money- so Collier advises that the horse and saddle that is in front of the bank is collateral for the money. Ames then agrees and Collier leaves. Later Ames finds out that the horse belongs to someone else and Collier has left town with his money. But little does Collier know he has just swindled a known killer.

Now in the town of Timberline, Ames and his two roughs catch up with Collier. But instead of killing him they want to plan a scheme. They will go to Outpost where Collier, with the help of a gold nugget, will slick-talk people into going in together and buying a mine. With Collier speaking skills and Ames's roughs, the town just maybe ready to invest.

Dennis Patrick gives a wonderful performance as the swindler that seems to con people at every turn. There is a lot of action in this show as Luke and Simon mix it up with some fancy fisticuffs that was bound to leave some stuntmen with some large bruises and sore backs. An entertaining story throughout.

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