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Bat Masterson
Genre Western
Starring Gene Barry
Narrated by Bill Baldwin
Theme music composer Havens Wray (David D. Rose)
Ending theme Mike Stewart (Singer)
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 107
Production
Producer(s) Frank Pittman
Andy White
Frederick W. Ziv
Location(s) Los Angeles, California
Running time 30 mins.
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run October 8, 1958 – June 1, 1961

Bat Masterson is an American Western television series which showed a fictionalized account of the life of real-life marshal/gambler/dandy Bat Masterson. The title character was played by Gene Barry and the half-hour black and white shows ran on NBC from 1958 to 1961. It was produced by Ziv Television Productions, the company responsible for such hit series as Sea Hunt and Highway Patrol.

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Overview

The show took a tongue-in-cheek outlook, with Barry's Masterson dressed in expensive Eastern clothing and preferring to use his cane rather than a gun to get himself out of trouble, hence the nickname "Bat". Masterson was also portrayed as a ladies' man who traveled the West looking for women and adventure.

The black derby, fancy vest, black jacket, and elegant cane were his trademarks. They were marketed in miniature to child viewers as tie-in products during the run of the show.

The theme song was sung by Mike Stewart, who had previously contributed to a children's album in 1956, Walt Kelly's Songs of the Pogo.

The series was loosely based on Richard O'Connor's 1957 biography of Masterson, [1] This was highlighted by the book's front cover being shown at the end of the closing credits with an onscreen notation "based on".

Bat Masterson guest stars included the character actor Robert F. Simon, who appeared as Harrison Whitney in the episode "Death by Decree", and Richard Eastham, who appeared in the 1961 episode "A Lesson in Violence". Quintin Sondergaard appeared in various roles on the series five times between 1958 and 1961. Ron Hayes appeared four times on the series in the role of Wyatt Earp. Gary Vinson appeared as Billy Thompson in the 1958 episode "A Noose Fits Anybody". Tyler McVey appeared from 1958 to 1961 in different roles in three episodes ("Dynamite Blows Two Ways", "Incident at Fort Bowie", and "Dead Man's Claim").

Barry went on to star in Burke's Law, a detective series set in modern-day Los Angeles, as well as The Name of the Game, a series in which he alternated the lead with Tony Franciosa and Robert Stack, appearing in most of his episodes with newcomer Susan Saint James.

Barry recreated the role of Bat Masterson in an episode of the television series Guns of Paradise (1990), alongside Hugh O'Brian as Wyatt Earp, and again in 1991 in The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw, also with O'Brian as Earp, as well as Jack Kelly as Bart Maverick and Clint Walker as Cheyenne Bodie.

Theme lyrics

Back when the West was very young

There lived a man named Masterson

He wore a cane and derby hat

They called him Bat

Bat Masterson!

A man of steel, the story says

But women's eyes all glanced his way.

A gambler's game he always won

His name was Bat

Bat Masterson!

Refrain

The trail that he blazed is still there

No one has come since to replace his name

and those with too ready a trigger,

forgot to figure on his lightning cane.

Now in the legend of the West

One name stands out above the rest

The man who had the fastest gun,

His name was Bat

Bat Masterson!

Syndication and DVD release

In 2007, the series was televised in the United States on the Encore Westerns channel, with two episodes on weekdays, between 5-6 pm (Eastern Time). The series was also one of the first-year offerings from This TV.

Episodes

The series consisted of three seasons and 107 episodes:

Season 1 (36 episodes)

Ep # Title Airdate
1 "Double Showdown" October 8, 1958
2 "Two Graves for Swan Valley" October 15, 1958
3 "Dynamite Blows Two Ways" October 22, 1958
4 "Stampede at Tent City" (with James Best and William Conrad) October 29, 1958
5 "The Fighter" (with Marie Windsor and Robert J. Wilke) November 5, 1958
6 "Bear Bait" November 12, 1958
7 "A Noose Fits Anybody" November 19, 1958
8 "Dude's Folly" November 26, 1958
9 "The Treasure of Worry Hill" (with Ross Martin) December 3, 1958
10 "Cheyenne Club" December 17, 1958
11 "Trail Pirate" December 31, 1958
12 "Double Trouble in Trinidad" January 7, 1959
13 "Election Day" January 14, 1959
14 "One Bullet from Broken Bow" January 21, 1959
15 "A Personal Matter" January 8, 1959
16 "License to Cheat" February 4, 1959
17 "Sharpshooter" February 11, 1959
18 "River Boat" February 18, 1959
19 "Battle of the Pass" February 25, 1959
20 "Marked Deck" March 11, 1959
21 "Incident in Leadville" March 18, 1959
22 "The Tumbleweed Wagon" March 25, 1959
23 "Brunette Bombshell" April 1, 1959
24 "Deadline" April 8, 1959
25 "A Matter of Honor" with John Vivyan April 22, 1959
26 "Man of Action" April 29, 1959
27 "Lottery of Death" May 13, 1959
28 "The Death of Bat Masterson" May 20, 1959
29 "The Secret is Death" May 27, 1959
30 "Promised Land" June 10, 1959
31 "The Conspiracy: Part 1" June 17, 1959
32 "The Conspiracy: Part 2" June 24, 1959
33 "The Black Pearls" July 1, 1959
34 "The Desert Ship" July 15, 1959
35 "The Romany Knives" July 22, 1959
36 "Buffalo Kill" July 29, 1959

Season 2 (37 episodes)

Ep # Title Airdate
1 "To the Manner Born" October 1, 1959
2 "Wanted -- Dead" October 15, 1959
3 "No Funeral for Thorn" October 22, 1959
4 "Shakedown at St. Joe" October 29, 1959
5 "Lady Luck" November 5, 1959
6 "Who'll Bury My Violence?" November 12, 1959
7 "Dead Men Don't Pay Debts" November 19, 1959
8 "Death and Taxes" November 26, 1959
9 "Bat Plays a Dead Man's Hand" December 3, 1959
10 "Garrison Finish" December 10, 1959
11 "The Canvas and the Cane" December 17, 1959
12 "The Inner Circle" December 31, 1959
13 "The Pied Piper of Dodge City" January 7, 1960
14 "A Picture of Death" January 14, 1960
15 "Pigeon and Hawk" January 21, 1960
16 "Flume to the Mother Lode" January 28, 1960
17 "Death by the Half Dozen" February 4, 1960
18 "Deadly Diamonds" February 11, 1960
19 "Mr. Fourpaws" February 18, 1960
20 "Six Feet of Gold" February 25, 1960
21 "Cattle and Cane" March 3, 1960
22 "The Disappearance of Bat Masterson" March 10, 1960
23 "The Snare" March 17, 1960
24 "Three Bullets for Bat" March 24, 1960
25 "The Reluctant Witness" March 31, 1960
26 "Come Out Fighting" April 7, 1960
27 "Stage to Nowhere" April 14, 1960
28 "Incident at Fort Bowie" April 21, 1960
29 "Masterson's Arcadia Club" April 28, 1960
30 "Welcome to Paradise" May 5, 1960
31 "A Grave Situation" May 12, 1960
32 "Gold Is Where You Steal It" May 19, 1960
33 "Wanted -- Alive Please" May 26, 1960
34 "The Elusive Baguette" June 2, 1960
35 "The Big Gamble" June 16, 1960
36 "Blood on the Money" June 23, 1960
37 "Barbary Castle" July 1, 1960

Season 3 (34 episodes)

Ep # Title Airdate
1 "Debt of Honor" September 29, 1960
2 "Law of the Land" October 6, 1960
3 "Bat Trap" October 13, 1960
4 "The Rage of Princess Ann" October 20, 1960
5 "The Hunter" with guest star John Vivyan October 27, 1960
6 "Murder Can Be Dangerous" November 3, 1960
7 "High Card Loses" November 10, 1960
8 "Dakota Showdown " November 17, 1960
9 "The Last of the Night Raiders" November 24, 1960
10 "Last Stop to Austin" December 1, 1960
11 "A Time to Die" December 15, 1960
12 "Death by Decree" December 22, 1960
13 "The Lady Plays Her Hand" December 29, 1960
14 "Tempest at Tioga Pass" January 5, 1961
15 "The Court Martial of Major Mars" January 19, 1961
16 "The Price of Paradise" January 19, 1961
17 "End of the Line" January 26, 1961
18 "The Prescott Campaign" February 2, 1961
19 "Bullwhacker's Bounty" February 16, 1961
20 "A Lesson in Violence" February 23, 1961
21 "Run for Your Money" March 2, 1961
22 "Terror on the Trinity" March 9, 1961
23 "Episode in Eden" March 16, 1961
24 "The Good and the Bad" March 23, 1961
25 "No Amnesty for Death" (with DeForest Kelly) March 30, 1961
26 "Ledger of Guilt" April 6, 1961
27 "Meeting at Mimbers" April 13, 1961
28 "The Fourth Man" April 27, 1961
29 "Masterson's Arcadia Club" April 28, 1961
30 "Dead Man's Claim" May 4, 1961
31 "The Marble Slab" May 11, 1961
32 "Farmer with a Badge" May 18, 1961
33 "The Fatal Garment" May 25, 1961
34 "Jeopardy at Jackson Hole" June 1, 1961

References

  1. ^ Robert K. Dearment. Bat Masterson: The Man and the Legend. University of Oklahoma Press , 1989. p.9

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