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In The Texan, Calhoun played Bill Longley, a Confederate captain from the American Civil War who on his pinto, Domino, roams the American West but stops to help people in need. A fast gun and the enemy of all lawbreakers. Starring popular western movie actor Rory Calhoun originally airing on television from 1958 to 1960. Starring Rory Calhoun, Regis Parton, Duncan Lamont. There are 79 episodes of the classic TV western series.

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Season 1

Law of the Gun S1, Ep1
29 Sep. 1958 Law of the Gun
Bill Longley arrives in a small Texas town with the intension of helping Les Torbit, an old army buddy, in his range war with Kyle Richards’ outfit. Longley soon learns that Torbit is held for accidentally shooting Richards’ teen-aged daughter, but a potential lynch mob is getting liquored up to hang the prisoner if the girl dies.

The Man with the Solid Gold Star S1, Ep2
6 Oct. 1958 The Man with the Solid Gold Star
Professional gambler Jake Romer wins big in a poker game, taking thousands of dollars in IOUs from Jim Caldwell, an ex-lawman, who had planned to buy cattle for his ranch in Texas. Convinced he’s been cheated, Caldwell and his men hold-up the Cattleman Association and take their money along with $100,000 belonging to other cattlemen that was stored in the safe. Although Bill Longley hates Romer and rode with Caldwell years ago, he agrees to join the posse to capture his old friend.

The Troubled Town S1, Ep3
13 Oct. 1958 The Troubled Town
Hot-headed Johnny Kaler, embarrassed that he’s been caught cheating at cards, provokes Bill Longley into a barroom brawl and is quickly thrashed. Later in the evening Johnny tries to kill Bill, but dies when an unknown assailant shoots him in the back from the shadows. Johnny’s big brother Mike still blames Longley for the shooting and calls him out for a showdown.

The First Notch S1, Ep4
20 Oct. 1958 The First Notch
Bill Longley meets an old, but beautiful, friend who currently owns the local saloon and is happy to renew her acquaintance. This angers the local land baron, who has a proprietary interest in the young lady, and he tries to goad his college-educated son into killing Longley to earn the first notch on his gun.

The Edge of the Cliff S1, Ep5
27 Oct. 1958 The Edge of the Cliff
Orin and Ruth McKnight’s May/December romance hits a rough spot when Bill Longley returns from a cattle drive with news that Orin’s son from his first marriage died driving off rustlers. To make matters worse, Ruth’s old beau has traveled all the way from Ohio to bring his former girlfriend home.

Jail for the Innocents S1, Ep6
3 Nov. 1958 Jail for the Innocents
While sleeping by his campsite, Bill is startled by sounds of movement in the underbrush. He investigates and finds a young boy who is so frightened that he can’t talk. On the road to town, Bill is confronted by two henchmen who try to force Bill to turn the boy over to them; in the ensuing gunfight, Bill kills one of the gunslingers. Bill learns that the lad’s father had a gold mine and just struck it rich; he reasons that the miner had been killed by the henchmen and the only witness to the crime is the boy. Bill must find proof to link the town’s criminal element …

A Tree for Planting S1, Ep7
10 Nov. 1958 A Tree for Planting
Bill Longley comes to the aid of Ramirez, a farmer who wants to plant peach trees when the local cattlemen object. The town’s sheriff, one of Longley’s non-commissioned officers during the Civil War, doesn’t want any trouble, but is forced to take sides when a lynch mob threatens to hang the farmer.

The Hemp Tree S1, Ep8
17 Nov. 1958 The Hemp Tree
The $8300 Bill Longley earned for driving a herd of cattle to Mesa isn’t in his hands for thirty seconds before two gunmen rob take his money and the bank’s assets as well, mortally wounding the bank president in the process. One robber is killed by Max Bowen almost immediately and Longley continues his pursuit of the remaining bandit into Mexico after the posse turns back. Nick Ahern, the man Longley has been trailing, convinces the Texan that he’s not the murdering thief that hasn’t been apprehended and Longley convinces him to return to Mesa to defend his …

The Widow of Paradise S1, Ep9
24 Nov. 1958 The Widow of Paradise
After Longley is forced to kill a barfly that tried to shoot him in the back, he learns a quirk in the Montana law code – any man who slays another in a fair fight is responsible for the care and feeding of the widow and children until she gets married. Longley’s efforts to escape the snare all come to naught because the widow is in love with him and wants him for a husband until he resorts to reverse psychology.

Desert Passage S1, Ep10
1 Dec. 1958 Desert Passage

No Tears for the Dead S1, Ep11
8 Dec. 1958 No Tears for the Dead
While riding down a trail, Bill is accosted by a ‘boy’ who demands he help ‘his’ father, who has been shut in the stomach. Before the man dies, he asks Bill to take care of his daughter and Bill discovers that the mud-splattered youth who accosted him is really a pretty girl with her long tresses tucked under her cap. Before the man can be a buried, a posse rides into their camp and the express agent accuses the dead man of robbery, but none of the stolen money can be found in the dead man’s saddlebags. Henrietta asks Bill to help her clear her father’s name.

The Easterner S1, Ep12
15 Dec. 1958 The Easterner
Bill has been hired to guide two Easterners who want to capture wild stallions to use as studs for breeding. Bill and the Dowds get off on the wrong foot when the husband becomes jealous of his old friendship with his wife. Dowd hires three gunslingers to fake a robbery so that he drive them off and look like a hero in his wife’s eyes but the owlhoots plan to steal all of the Easterners money and kill Bill Longley in the bargain.

A Time of the Year S1, Ep13
22 Dec. 1958 A Time of the Year
Bill Longley shares a stagecoach compartment with Jody Sammett and his pregnant wife Maria on their journey to meet Jody’s father, Big Jim Sammett for Christmas. Jody dies helping to fight off bandits who try to rob their stagecoach and Maria’s father-in-law refuses to take in his son’s Mexican-American wife or allow anyone in town to help her even though she has started in labor. While Bill tries to convince the old man to change his mind, the unsuccessful bandits try to abduct the town’s only doctor to operate on their seriously wounded companion.

The Lord Will Provide S1, Ep14
29 Dec. 1958 The Lord Will Provide
After Longley rescues the wounded Reverend Kilgore from two would-be bushwhackers, he learns that the parson was heading for Phillipsburg, a town with a reputation for killing men of the cloth. Bill decides to pose as the minister to investigate, but without his holster at the minister’s insistence. With only Kilgore’s Bible for protection, Bill attempts to rally the townspeople against the town boss and his crooked judge.

The Duchess of Denver S1, Ep15
5 Jan. 1959 The Duchess of Denver
Longley is hired to drive the first herd of cattle directly from the Texas Panhandle to Denver. When he arrives he discovers that the woman who hired him, Jenny Brewster aka The Duchess of Denver, was the daughter of a sharecropper who lived on his plantation before the Civil War and is none to happy when Bill doesn’t recognize her immediately. The woman’s current love interest is jealous of Longley, too. He precipitates a duel that Longley is sure to lose since it’s as crooked as the roulette wheels in his casino.

A Quart of Law S1, Ep16
12 Jan. 1959 A Quart of Law
A crooked sheriff and his henchmen are attempting to continue their reign of terror by running a crooked election. Longley persuades an alcoholic former Harvard law professor to stand-up to the old sheriff and then backs him when he must evict the gunsels from a ranch they’re trespassing on.

Outpost S1, Ep17
19 Jan. 1959 Outpost
Longley rescues the lone survivor of a murderous stagecoach robbery, but the man refuses to help him identify the three killers.

The Peddler S1, Ep18
26 Jan. 1959 The Peddler
Longley and the town’s newspaper editor come to the assistance of a Hungarian peddler when he is attacked by local toughs. When the editor is murdered by the same gunsels, the peddler must choose between helping the Texan bring the killers to justice or fleeing with his pregnant wife.

Return to Friendly S1, Ep19
2 Feb. 1959 Return to Friendly
Longley attempts to escort Yancey Lewis, a bank robber sentenced to spend five years in prison in a distant town. Longley not only has to deal with a howling windstorm and an empty canteen, but the outlaw’s gang and his pretty girlfriend who are all trying to rescue him – not so much out of loyalty, but Yancey’s the only person who knows where the loot from the heist is hidden.

The Man Behind the Star S1, Ep20
9 Feb. 1959 The Man Behind the Star
Longley’s old friend, pretty ranch owner Martha Driscoll, negotiates a highly successful sale at the end of a cattle drive. Although her friends urge her to put her money in the bank until she’s ready to board a train home, Martha refuses and ends up being robbed and murdered – but not before naming her killer – Clint Gleason, one of her trailhands. Longley tracks the killer to his hometown where his father is sheriff and learns that the lawman implicitly believes his son is innocent of whatever crimes others accuse him of – even killing women.

The Ringer S1, Ep21
19 Oct. 1959 The Ringer
Bill Longley returns from a cattle drive and discovers an impostor has stolen his mail, destroyed a saloon and dallied with a pretty girl, causing his father to demand a shotgun wedding. The impostor, a criminal recently sprung from jail by a crooked gambler with a grudge against Longley, starts to have a change of heart when he discovers the respect and admiration others have for a man who stands up for the weak and has second thoughts about luring Longley into the trap the gambler has set for the Texan.

The Eyes of Captain Wylie S1, Ep22
23 Feb. 1959 The Eyes of Captain Wylie

The Marshal of Yellow Jacket S1, Ep23
2 Mar. 1959 The Marshal of Yellow Jacket
Longley has just ridden into the town of Yellow Jacket, when he sees a gunman unhitching a team of horses over the loud objections of a pretty woman. When Longley intervenes, he discovers the man is only carrying out an obscure town ordinance that forbids leaving a wagon on the street overnight – the fine being $50, payable to the town marshal. Longley learns that the marshal has been lining his pockets with fines for obscure town laws he enforces with vigor and determines to beat the man at his own game.

No Love Wasted S1, Ep24
9 Mar. 1959 No Love Wasted
Wylie Ames, a big gruff widower, has been corresponding with a lonely woman whose personal ad he saw in an out-of town paper. However, she is coming to meet him and this creates a big problem. He asks his old army captain, Bill Longley, to meet her and break the news that Wylie is not the attractive gentleman she is expecting. Also a man Wylie knocked out in a barroom fight dies and the family wants revenge – Longley is in for even bigger problems.

A Race for Life S1, Ep25
16 Mar. 1959 A Race for Life
A crooked gambler with a Kentucky-born thoroughbred prods a drunken rancher into betting his entire spread and all the money he has in the bank on a horse race. The gambler tries to incapacitate the rancher’s entry in the race but fails; however, what his henchmen couldn’t accomplish a rattlesnake bite could and the horse comes up lame racing to fetch the doctor. Longley agrees to allow his quarter-horse to enter the race instead.

Letter of the Law S1, Ep26
23 Mar. 1959 Letter of the Law
Longley rides to the rescue when four gunmen bushwhack a man riding in a buggy. Longley takes the man to a nearby ranch house, but neither the owner or the town doctor wishes to assist the wounded man, a judge scheduled to preside over the trial of the local land baron. When Longley reports the shooting to the sheriff, the lawman can’t find any evidence to support the Texan’s version of events – or the judge himself for that matter.

Private Account S1, Ep27
6 Apr. 1959 Private Account
Longley, trapped by a landslide, is rescued by Johnny Hinshaw who the Texan soon discovers is on the run from the law. Johnny’s accused of shooting a man after a quarrel and since he’s already served a jail term and has two brothers on the run from the law he seems like a reasonable suspect to the sheriff – the more so since Johnny’s sweet on the lawman’s beautiful sister.

Caballero S1, Ep28
13 Apr. 1959 Caballero
Longley and Captain Acosta of the Mexican Rurales travel to San Thomas to bid on a shipment of rifles and ammunition being sold at auction. There efforts are in vain – to their surprise, they are outbid by a beautiful blonde woman. They learn that she’s merely the front for a notorious gun runner who plans to sell the guns along the border where they’ll soon fall into the hands of the Apaches. Longley and Acosta throw into together to prevent the gunrunners plans from coming to fruition.

Blood Money S1, Ep29
20 Apr. 1959 Blood Money
Stopping by a remote cabin to water his horse, Longley stumbles across its dead owner, the recipient of two bullets in the back. The dead man’s brothers don’t believe Longley’s story that he just killed a rattlesnake and are preparing to string him up when he’s rescued by a stranger with a dislike for lynchings. Longley explains his story to the marshal, who rides out of town to find the rattler, but Longley soon discovers that just about half the town was related to the dead man – and many of them are stone cold killers themselves more interested in revenge than …

No Place to Stop S1, Ep30
27 Apr. 1959 No Place to Stop
Longley must help a parolee and his pretty daughter battle a family of outlaws who are trying to drive him off his ranch. Longley has a pair of unlikely allies – a young gunman dressed all in black and a half-crazed old woman who was long held as a prisoner by the Apaches.

Reunion S1, Ep31
4 May 1959 Reunion
After the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox, Longley and two his junior officers agree to reunion five years later. The trio rendezvous in Laramie, Wyoming where the sheriff suspects one of the ex-Confederates of stealing an army-payroll.

Badlands S1, Ep32
11 May 1959 Badlands
Longley chases after Clay Thompson, a ruthless bounty hunter who is pursuit of a man falsely accused of bank robbery. Thompson won’t believe the Texan when he explains that the wanted posters are being retracted and arranges with a crooked deputy sheriff to ensure that Bill won’t interfere with his deadly vocation.

South of the Border S1, Ep33
18 May 1959 South of the Border
When an outlaw gang shoots up a town and robs the bank, Bill joins the posse to track the owlhoots down. When the outlaws cross into Mexico, the sheriff and his men return home, but Bill crosses the border to avenge the deaths of a pretty mother and daughter who had only just arrived in the West.

The Smiling Loser S1, Ep34
25 May 1959 The Smiling Loser
An actor/cardsharp who cleaned out two men at poker is set up as the fall guy by a crooked express agent and his cohorts when Longley is ambushed and the payroll he is delivering stolen.

The Sheriff of Boot Hill S1, Ep35
1 Jun. 1959 The Sheriff of Boot Hill
Though reluctant at first, Bill accepts the offer of his old friend Sheriff Ben Tildy to take the job as his deputy, even though several deputies have been killed over the past few years as two ruthless men have taken over the town, and the residents blame Tildy for the deputies’ deaths.

The Gunfighter S1, Ep36
8 Jun. 1959 The Gunfighter
Bill stops a trail boss from harassing a saloon girl. The humiliated trail boss then decides to use a young man, too eager to prove his manhood and join up with the group, to get his revenge on Bill.

The Man Hater S1, Ep37
15 Jun. 1959 The Man Hater
Bill tries to help a young woman who is being pursued by two men. The men tell him that she is a thief and that they are bringing her back to the gunfighter who she is trying to flee from. Unfortunately her experience with the gunfighter has made her bitter toward all men.

Season 2

No Way Out S2, Ep1
14 Sep. 1959 No Way Out
Bill stops at an inn, where he meets an old lawman friend, who is holding two convicted killers. The lawman knows that friends of his two prisoners are in the area and planning to free them. When the lawman is wounded, Bill must take the responsibility of keeping the prisoners in custody himself, helped only by the meek owner of the inn, his domineering wife, and a gambler unwilling to take unnecessary risks.

Image of Guilt S2, Ep2
21 Sep. 1959 Image of Guilt
While Bill is participating in a draw and shoot contest in a town rodeo, the local bank is robbed, and a photographer friend of Bill’s is shot and killed. The photographer’s young son, however, sees the picture his father took of the robbers just before they shot him.

Cattle Drive S2, Ep3
28 Sep. 1959 Cattle Drive

The Dishonest Posse S2, Ep4
5 Oct. 1959 The Dishonest Posse
Riding with a posse, Bill captures the bank robber they were after, as well as the money he had stolen. But the others in the posse decide to split the loot among themselves. When Bill is the only one who refuses to go along with the idea, they decide they’ll have to kill him as well as the robber. But a band of Comancheros interrupts their plans.

Blue Norther S2, Ep5
12 Oct. 1959 Blue Norther
Bill is ambushed and his horse is stolen. Having to take a stagecoach, he finds that one of the other passengers is wanted outlaw Pony Sloan. But after stopping at a way station, he meets another man from whom he finds there is another side to Sloan’s story.

Traildust S2, Ep6
19 Oct. 1959 Traildust
After killing one of the outlaw Kiley brothers, the citizens of Calico have buried him as an exhibit in the middle of the main street. The veteran lawman who they’ve hired as their new sheriff objects to this provocative act, causing the citizens to ask for his resignation. Then Bill comes to warn the citizens after he learns that the Kiley gang is planning to ride in and wipe out the entire town in revenge.

The Telegraph Story S2, Ep7
26 Oct. 1959 The Telegraph Story
Bill is working with a telegraph company installing lines, but an outlaw gang camped in the area wants to get the crew to leave.

Stampede S2, Ep8
2 Nov. 1959 Stampede
Bill is hired as trail boss driving a cattle herd to Abilene. But he has to contend with two big problems. One is a hostile trail hand, whose anger over Bill getting the ramrod job over him is aggravated by his jealousy over the ranch owner’s daughter. The other is a rival drive who’s leader will stop at nothing to insure that his herd gets to Abilene first. First of a two part story, concluding with “Showdown At Abilene”.

Showdown at Abilene S2, Ep9
9 Nov. 1959 Showdown at Abilene
After failing in an attempt to ambush Bill, Bishop pays a band of Indians to attack the Akins herd, hoping to scatter the cattle and thus prevent them from reaching Abilene first. Conclusion of a two-part story, the first part being “Stampede”.

The Reluctant Bridegroom S2, Ep10
16 Nov. 1959 The Reluctant Bridegroom

Trouble on the Trail S2, Ep11
23 Nov. 1959 Trouble on the Trail
Still leading the cattle drive, Bill is allowed to take his herd across a powerful rancher’s land. On the way across, he finds a woman who claims she is fleeing from the rancher’s advances. But he soon learns that she has not told the whole truth.

Cowards Don’t Die S2, Ep12
30 Nov. 1959 Cowards Don’t Die
A former lawman, now a storekeeper, has lost his nerve after a shooting incident, and is now being harassed by a gang of outlaws led by the brother of a man he once killed. The ex-lawman’s daughter refuses to let him put on a gun again or try to fight back.

Border Incident S2, Ep13
7 Dec. 1959 Border Incident
Bill travels to Ciudad Juarez to accept a job working for a cattleman and his fiancée, only to soon find out he has been set up as the scapegoat in a counterfeiting scheme.

Dangerous Ground S2, Ep14
14 Dec. 1959 Dangerous Ground
Bill tries to find out who’s been supplying whiskey to railroad workers during their working hours, thus slowing down their progress. He first suspects a lady saloon owner, but it soon becomes apparent she’s not the one, and whoever it is is determined to stop the railroad from going through.

End of the Track S2, Ep15
21 Dec. 1959 End of the Track
Bill tries to find out who’s been supplying whiskey to railroad workers during their working hours, thus slowing down their progress. He first suspects a lady saloon owner, but it soon becomes apparent she’s not the one, and whoever it is is determined to stop the railroad from going through.

Rough Track to Payday S2, Ep16
28 Dec. 1959 Rough Track to Payday

Friend of the Family S2, Ep17
4 Jan. 1960 Friend of the Family
Bill’s former Civil War commander asks him to take his oldest son with him on the trail to make a better man out of him. Bill agrees to this, but he detects that the son has an intense bitterness toward his father—until another man who served under his father in the war makes a claim the boy can’t allow to go unchallenged.

The Taming of Rio Nada S2, Ep18
11 Jan. 1960 The Taming of Rio Nada
Longley has been a special marshal to the Texas town of Rio Nada. The area has been plagued by Mexican bandits who have used to the cross the border into the United States and raid the countryside. The gang is led by a mysterious leader known only as “El Sombro”. When Longley captures an agent for El Sombro, he hopes to use the threat of hanging for the attempted murder of a deputy sheriff to force him to identify the illusive bandit chief.

Sixgun Street S2, Ep19
18 Jan. 1960 Sixgun Street

The Terrified Town S2, Ep20
25 Jan. 1960 The Terrified Town

Thirty Hours to Kill S2, Ep21
1 Feb. 1960 Thirty Hours to Kill

Quarantine S2, Ep22
8 Feb. 1960 Quarantine

Buried Treasure S2, Ep23
15 Feb. 1960 Buried Treasure

Captive Crew S2, Ep24
22 Feb. 1960 Captive Crew

Showdown S2, Ep25
29 Feb. 1960 Showdown

Borrowed Time S2, Ep26
7 Mar. 1960 Borrowed Time

The Governor’s Lady S2, Ep27
14 Mar. 1960 The Governor’s Lady

Town Divided S2, Ep28
21 Mar. 1960 Town Divided

The Guilty and the Innocent S2, Ep29
28 Mar. 1960 The Guilty and the Innocent

Presentation Gun S2, Ep30
4 Apr. 1960 Presentation Gun

Ruthless Woman S2, Ep31
11 Apr. 1960 Ruthless Woman

The Nomad S2, Ep32
18 Apr. 1960 The Nomad

Killer’s Road S2, Ep33
25 Apr. 1960 Killer’s Road

Lady Tenderfoot S2, Ep34
9 May 1960 Lady Tenderfoot

The Invisible Noose S2, Ep35
16 May 1960 The Invisible Noose

The Mountain Man S2, Ep36
23 May 1960 The Mountain Man

Johnny Tuvo S2, Ep37
30 May 1960 Johnny Tuvo

The Accuser S2, Ep38
6 Jun. 1960 The Accuser

Mission to Monterey S2, Ep39
13 Jun. 1960 Mission to Monterey

Badman S2, Ep40
20 Jun. 1960 Badman

24 Hours to Live S2, Ep41
5 Sep. 1960 24 Hours to Live

Episode #2.42 S2, Ep42
12 Sep. 1960 Episode #2.42

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