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Branded: The Golden Fleece

McCord finds himself arrested by uniformed Army personnel and placed in a prison van with a former Confederate officer who's making plans to establish a military empire.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x16
Production Number: 31767
Airdate: Sunday January 02nd, 1966

Guest Stars
Bing RussellBing Russell
As Sheriff Gorman
William BryantWilliam Bryant
As President Ulysses S. Grant
Harry TownesHarry Townes
As Randall Kirby
William PhippsWilliam Phipps
As Capt. Brooks
Frank GerstleFrank Gerstle
As Major Meade
Sydney SmithSydney Smith
As Secretary Richardson
Bob HullBob Hull
As Bob
Main Cast
Chuck ConnorsChuck Connors
As Jason McCord


McCord rides into the town of Bridger and goes to the saloon. Captain Brooks and his cavalry squad surround him. Brooks informs McCord that his court-martial has been reopened and they have evidence that he actively conspired with the Indians to betray his fellow soldiers. McCord insists that it’s ridiculous but Brooks tells his men to disarm the former officer and take him to the prison wagon. As the townspeople gather to watch, McCord fights back. He is soon subdued as the other prisoner, Randall Kirby, looks on. As Brooks has his men lock up McCord, he informs the new prisoner that he and Kirby have a lot in common and they’re both going to Washington for trial. ..

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Episode Notes
The events of this episode occur on or about September 24, 1869, the data of the Black Friday scandal.

Episode Quotes
Randall Kirby: I heard you say you were innocent. Most men go to prison protesting their innocence.
Jason: How about you?
Randall Kirby: No. In the eyes of the law, I'm guilty. What they call treason, I call patriotism.
Jason: If you're guilty of treason against a county that is as wrong about you as they are about me. you've earned my respect and admiration.

President Ulysses S. Grant: Right now, Richardson, the man who's been branded a coward and a traitor... is the most important man in my administration.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorLarry Cohen
Executive ProducerMark Goodson  |  Bill Todman
ProducerAndrew J. Fenady
Associate ProducerDann Cahn
Music SupervisorJohn Caper, Jr.
Make-upFred B. Phillips
Set DecoratorWilliam F. Calvert
Property MasterRichard M. Rubin
Script SupervisorGeorge A. Rutter
Director of PhotographyLester Shorr
Art DirectorHal Pereira  |  Stan Jolley
Production ManagementHarry Hogan
Sound RecordistTerry Kellum  |  Joel Moss
Main Title ThemeDominic Frontiere
Main Title Theme Written ByAlan Alch
Film EditorMelvin Shapiro
WardrobeGordon Dawson
Assistant DirectorAnthony Ray
Sound EffectsJack Schrader
Script ConsultantJameson Brewer
Executive AssociateAnn St. Lawrence
Casting ConsultantMarvin Paige
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