TEMPLE HOUSTON EPISODE GUIDE

Episode 1: THE TWISTED ROPE
Airdate: 19 Sept 1963
Executive producer: Jack Webb
Directed by Abner Biberman
Starring:
  Jeffrey Hunter as Temple Houston
  Jack Elam as George Taggart
Guest Cast:
  Victor Jory as Claude Boley
  Collin Wilcox as Dorrie Chevenix
  Richard Evans and Anthony Coll as
    the Chevenix Brothers
 
 

Episode 1 synopsis: A lonely girl hires Temple Houston to defend her two brothers who are accused of murder.
Photo: With Collin Wilcox
 
 

Episode 2: FIND ANGEL CHAVEZ
Airdate: 26 Sept 1963
Executive producer: Jack Webb
Directed by Herman Hoffman
Guest Cast:
  Herbert Rudley as Paul Lennox
  Rafael Campos as Angel Chavez
  Gene Evans as Sam Clanton
  Linda Dangcil as Maria
  Anna Navarro as Donna Lennox
  Woodrow Parfrey as Fred Bell
 
 

Episode 2 synopsis: Houston’s client is his sidekick Marshal Taggart, who killed a man in a shootout but can’t prove it was self-defense because someone stole his adversary’s gun after the duel was over.
 
 

Episode 3: LETTER OF THE LAW
Airdate: 03 Oct 1963
Directed by Robert Totten
Guest Cast:
  Brenda Scott as Ruth
  Victor French as Willie Hatrod
  James Anderson as Vint Harrod
  Jan Stine as Prue Harrod
  Crahan Denton as Judge Brandon
  Hayden Rorke as Pinkley
  H.M. Wynant as Jered Mallory
 
 

Episode 3 synopsis: The Harrod brothers have been brought up on criminal charges and Houston has decided to represent them, though he suspects one of them may be guilty.
 
 

Episode 4: TOLL THE BELL SLOWLY
Airdate: 17 Oct 1963
Executive producer: Jack Webb
Directed by Gerd Oswald
Guest Cast:
  Susan Kohner as Ellena Romolo
  Noah Beery as Bailey
  Everett Sloane as Daniel Forbes
  Leo Gordon as Charles Grimm
  Royal Dano as Sheriff Smiley
  Walter Burke as Potts
  Robert Foulk as O’Garrick
  Rusty Lane as Poag
  James Bell as Dr. Davis Carter
 
 

Episode 4 synopsis: Houston finds that he can’t clear his client without first clearing the key witness, who has himself been sentenced to hang for murder.
Photo: With Susan Kohner
 
 

Episode 5: THE THIRD BULLET
Airdate: 24 Oct 1963
Directed by Alvin Ganzer
Guest Cast:
  Frank Sutton as Logan Stocker
  Anne Helm as Francie
  Hampton Fancher as Jim Stocker
  Parley Baer as Sheriff Beckman
  Don Beddoe as Simpson
  George Petrie as Newton Fountain
 
 

Episode 5 synopsis: Taggart has his sights on the girlfriend of a convicted killer.
 
 

Episode 6: GALLOWS IN GALILEE
Airdate: 31 Oct 1963
Directed by Robert Totten
Guest Cast:
  Robert Lansing as Judge Galen Stanke
  Ralph Reed as Roy Julian
  Jacqueline Scott as Kate Hagadorn
  Dabbs Greer as Marshal Cloud
  Elisha Cook, Jr. as John Alvorsen
  Tol Avery as Ed Bascombe
  Bob Steele as Yeager
  Richard Grant as Ainslee Priest
 
 

Episode 6 synopsis: Houston appears before a notorious hanging judge to defend a man charged with murder for a death that in fact was accidental.
 
 

Episode 7: THE SIEGE AT THAYER’S BLUFF
Airdate: 07 Nov 1963
Directed by Alvin Ganzer
Guest Cast:
  William Reynolds as Paul Bannerman
  E.J. Andre as Judge Diversey
  Robert Bray as Hal Kester
  Russell Thorson as Red Gilman
  Nina Shipman as Mary Bannerman
  John Cliff as Joe Joyce
  Shug Fisher as Augie Wren
 
 

Episode 7 synopsis: Squatter’s rights are the issue with miner Paul Bannerman and he’s determined not to move, even when staring down the barrel of a hired gun.
 
 

Episode 8: JUBILEE
Airdate: 14 Nov 1963
Directed by Robert Totten
Guest Cast:
  Peter Whitney as Cletus Emory
  Virginia Gregg as Elizabeth Clendennon
  Morgan Woodward as Sheriff Ivers
  Eddie Firestone as Tobe Gillard
  William Bramley as Ford Conley
  Dub Taylor as Cliff Willard
  Paul Birch as Matt Clendennon
  Ian Wolfe as Judge Farnley
 
 

Episode 8 synopsis: It’s only after Houston keeps Tobe Gillard from getting hanged that he finds out the man is accused of murdering Temple’s friend.
 
 

Episode 9: THUNDER GAP
Airdate: 21 Nov 1963
Directed by Leslie H. Martinson
Guest Cast:
  Diana Millay as Marcey Bannister
  Robert Colbert as Tom Bannister
  Richard Garland as Jess Newmark
  Brad Weston as Lew Sykes
  Harry Lauter as Sheriff Macon
 
 

Episode 9 synopsis: Marcey Bannister is a loving and faithful wife. So she can’t believe it when she’s told her husband is an outlaw, even though he’s now trying to hijack the stagecoach she’s currently riding in.
Photo: With Jack Elam
 
 

Episode 10: BILLY HART
Airdate: 28 Nov 1963
Executive producer: Jack Webb
Directed by William Conrad
Guest Cast:
  Philip Ober as Bert Clarke
  Russ Conway as Henry Hart
  Audrey Dalton as Amy Hart
  Ron Hayes as Lambert
  Pat Cardi as Billy Hart
  Jon Lormer as Matt Turner
  Rhys Williams as Judge Curry
  Len Lesser as Orley Baldwin
  Jim Nusser as Flytrap
 
 

Episode 10 synopsis: No one is more surprised then Amy Hart when her husband’s will is read, leaving all family properties, and custody of their young child, to a ranch hand.
 
 

Episode 11: SEVENTY TIMES SEVEN
Airdate: 05 Dec 1963
Directed by Robert Totten
Guest Cast:
  Susanne Cramer as Helmi Bergen
  Steve Ihnat as Ben Wade
  Karl Swenson as Sam Wade
  Charles Radilac as Gustav Bergen
  Simon Scott as Sheriff Hab Martin
  Dan Stafford as Fritz Bergen
  Sam Edwards as Bartender
  Tom Holland as Lee Bates
  James Almanzar as Nate Hollister
  Robert Rothwell as Joe Shivers
  Walter Mathews as Prosecutor
  Marshall Bradford as Judge
 
 

Episode 11 synopsis: A family of pacifists refuses to defend themselves against a notorious gang.
 
 

Episode 12: FRACAS AT KIOWA FLATS
Airdate: 12 Dec 1963
Directed by Leslie H. Martinson
Guest Cast:
  Kathie Browne as Meredith Nothing
  Barry Kelley as Col. Jim Shepard
  Dayton Lummis as Col. Bob Grainger
  J. Pat O’Malley as Joshua C. Merry
  Jean Willes as Doll Lucas
  Jonathan Hole as T.T. Teague
  Ralph Neff as Two Finger Bill
  Robert Phillips as Shotgun Guard
 
 

Episode 12 synopsis: Two ranchers who are also Civil-War veterans are still fighting that war 20 years after its end.
Photo: With Kathie Brown
 
 

Episode 13: ENOUGH ROPE
Airdate: 19 Dec 1963
Directed by Irving J. Moore
Guest Cast:
  John Dehner as Benedict Williams
  John Harmon as Crane
  Ruta Lee as Lucy Tolliver
  Ron Soble as Fowler
  Walter Sande as McGee
  Tim Graham as Fred Jackson
  Steve Condir as Sammy
  Ed Prentiss as Burton
  Kenneth MacDonald as Official
 
 

Episode 13 synopsis: A saloon girl is assigned to spy on Houston, who is running for mayor.
Photo: Guest star Ruta Lee has some fun on the set of “Temple Houston”.
 
 

Episode 14: THE DARK MADONNA
Airdate: 26 Dec 1963
Directed by John Floria
Guest Cast:
  Constance Ford as Lily Lamont
  Don Collier as Seth Warrener
  Johnny Seven as Rio
  Stacy Harris as Cliff Carteret
  Penny Santon as Senora Ortega
  Nick Alexander as Juan Ortega
 
 

Episode 14 synopsis: A group headed by Lily Lamont strongly advocates for the hanging of a man charged with murder; Houston is the man’s defense lawyer.
Photo: With Constance Ford

Episode 15: THE GUARDIAN
Airdate: 02 Jan 1964
Directed by NOT KNOWN (possibly Robert D. Webb)
Guest Cast:
  Robert Emhardt as Owen Judd
  Julie Parrish as Maggie Ballard
  Greg Irvin as Robert Ballard
  Sammy Jackson as Sodbuster
  John Archer as Adam Ballard
 
 

Episode 15 synopsis: Houston takes on the care of a 19-year-old girl at the request of her dying father. While Houston tries to bring the rancher responsible for the father’s death to justice, the daughter makes plans to shoot the rancher to avenge her father’s death.
Photo: With Julie Parrish

Episode 16: THY NAME IS WOMAN
Airdate: 09 Jan 1964
Directed by NOT KNOWN (possibly Robert D. Webb)
Guest Cast:
  Charles Lane as Amos Riggs
  Patricia Blair as Leslie Hale
  Georgia Goode as Billie Jean James
 
 

Episode 16 synopsis: Houston enlists a woman lawyer to help him defend a saloon hostess charged with a murder she insists was self-defense.
 
 

Episode 17: THE LAW AND BIG ANNIE
Airdate: 16 Jan 1964
Directed by Charles R. Rondeau
Guest Cast:
  Norman Alden as Carlton Owens
  Carol Byron as Marian Carter
 
 
 

Episode 17 synopsis: Marshal Taggart inherits a four ton elephant; complications ensue.
 
 

Episode 18: SAM’S BOY
Airdate: 23 Jan 1964
Directed by Irving J. Moore
Guest Cast:
  Douglas Fowley as Doc Webb
  Kenneth Tobey as Dan Powers
  William Fawcett as Billy Rogers
  Charles Seel as Henry Hicks
  Herb Vigran as Wak
  William Bryant as Cy Morgan
  Richard Tretter as Jake Harvey
  Don Kennedy as Ike Hobbs
  Kenneth MacDonald as Jury Foreman
 
 

Episode 18 synopsis: A neighbor tries to instigate the hanging of some older town residents by accusing them of treason, in an effort to claim their land.
 
 

Episode 19: TEN ROUNDS FOR BABY
Airdate: 30 Jan 1964
Executive producer: Jack Webb
Directed by Irving J. Moore
Guest Cast:
  Anne Francis as Kate Fitzpatrick
  Van Williams as Joey Baker
  Zeme North as Baby Dale
  Dave Willock as Speedy Jackson
  William Phipps as Sandy Dale
  Hal Baylor as Con Morgan
 
 

Episode 19 synopsis: Joey Baker is a good man with his fists in a barroom, and Kate Fitzpatrick wants him to take on a professional boxer.
 
 

Episode 20: THE CASE FOR WILLIAM GOTCH
Airdate: 06 Feb 1964
Directed by Leslie H. Martinson
Guest Cast:
  Ray Danton as Martin Royale
  Richard Jaeckel as Coley
  Denver Pyle as Phineas Fallon
  Gordon Wescourt as Bryce
  Erin O’Donnell as Laura Jean
 
 

Episode 20 synopsis: Houston, Marshal Taggart, and a bungling horse thief use guile to outwit a crooked gambler.
Photo: With Erin O’Donnell
 
 

Episode 21: A SLIGHT CASE OF LARCENY
Airdate: 13 Feb 1964
Executive producer: Jack Webb
Directed by William Conrad
Guest Cast:
  Vim Scotti as Pancho Blanca
  Charles Watts as Paul Hillings
  Carol Byron as Marian Carter
 
 

Episode 21 synopsis: After a run on the town bank caused by a con man’s activities, Houston and Taggart try to prevent the bank’s failure by staging a fake robbery to conceal the bank’s dwindled assets.
 
 

Episode 22: THE LAST FULL MOON
Airdate: 27 Feb 1964
Directed by Leslie H. Martinson
Guest Cast:
  Abraham Sofaer as Chief Last Full Moon
  Larry Ward as Harry Cobb
  Vaughn Taylor as Colonel Grove
  Pilar Seurat as Bluebird
  John Alonzo as Long Maned Pony
  Charles Lane as Amos Riggs
  Edward Colmans as Two Suns
  Charles Bateman as Bowman
  Karen Noel as Dorisse
 
 

Episode 22 synopsis: An Indian chief whose son has been accused of horse theft decides to retain Houston as defense counsel rather than follow the usual routine and bribe the local Indian agent to set the youth free.
 
 

Episode 23: THE GUN THAT SWEPT THE WEST
Airdate: 05 Mar 1964
Directed by William Conrad
Guest Cast:
  Michael Pate as Nat Cramer
  John Dehner as Jed Dobbs
  Sherwood Price as Dan Sheldon
 
 

Episode 23 synopsis: Thieves steal an inventor’s two-barreled cannon with plans to sell it to the Indians.
 
 

Episode 24: DO UNTO OTHERS, THEN GALLOP
Airdate: 19 Mar 1964
Directed by Leslie H. Martinson
Guest Cast:
  Adam Williams as Harmony Brown
  Grace Lee Whitney as Tangerine O’Shea
  Robert McQueeney as Robert Sangster
  Paul Smith as Grover Clippett
  Ken Mayer as Sam
  Claude Stroud as Murdock
  William Bramley as Gus Finney
 
 

Episode 24 synopsis: Houston is framed for the murder of an unarmed man.
 
 

Episode 25: THE TOWN THAT TRESPASSED
Airdate: 26 Mar 1964
Directed by William Conrad
Guest Cast:
  Robert Conrad as Martin Purcell
  Parley Baer as Claude Spanker
  Connie Stevens as Charity Simpson
  Walter Sande as Mayor
  Dave Willock as Seedy Jackson
  Claude Stroud as Murdock
  Sheldon Allman as Cutter
  Martin West as Lawson
  Dal Jenkins as Wade
  Richard Collier as Mr. Huckabee
  Robert Adler as Townsman
 
 

Episode 25 synopsis: With a land deed in hand, a woman and her attorney try to take ownership of the town.
Photo: On the set with actress Bea Ballance. Jeff holds a Colt .45 belonging to Miss Ballance; her grandfather, captain in charge of the Texas Rangers, received the gun as a gift from the real-life Temple Houston in Austin, Texas in 1884.
 
 

Episode 26: MISS KATHERINA (final episode)
Airdate: 02 Apr 1964
Directed by Leslie H. Martinson
Guest Cast:
  Paula Raymond as Miss Katherina
  John Baer as Frank McGuire
  Richard X. Slattery as Sergeant Smathers
  Anthony Costello as Lieutenant Greeley
  Simon Scott as Henry Rivers
  John Lupton as Sinclair
  Sammy Jackson as Wick
  Donald Losby as Tommy Rivers
  Robert Phillips as Private Keller
  David McMahon as Doc Burgess
 
 

Episode 26 synopsis: A spinster refuses to tell Houston details of the robbery plans of a new man in town, whom she is attracted to.