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Lawman: The Thimblerigger

A mysterious thimblerigger shows up at the Birdcage and insists he's going to ruin a man with his game.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x21
Airdate: Sunday February 28th, 1960

Director: Robert Sparr
Writer: Ric Hardman

Guest Stars
DeForest KelleyDeForest Kelley
As Sam White (as DeForrest Kelley)
Richard ReevesRichard Reeves
As Ed Shafter
Fred ShermanFred Sherman
As Bill
Doodles WeaverDoodles Weaver
As Jack
Gerald MohrGerald Mohr
As The Thimblerigger
Main Cast
John RussellJohn Russell
As Marshal Dan Troop
Peter Brown (1)Peter Brown (1)
As Deputy Johnny McKay
Peggie CastlePeggie Castle
As Lily Merrill


Lily is performing at the Birdcage when she sees a handsome man in a white suit casually twirling three walnut shells. She goes over to the man and figures that he's a thimblerigger. The man concedes that he is but assures her that he's not there to gamble or con anyone. He simply enjoys playing the game, but warns Lily that he's there to destroy a man...

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Episode Quotes
The Thimblerigger: Madam, you misunderstand.
Lily: You're a thimblerigger, aren't you?
The Thimblerigger: Yes. I'm not here to gamble. I play my little game as a woman might knit, or a man whittle. as an exercise to distract the mind. No, madam, I'm not in Laramie to gamble. I've come to destroy a man.

Dan: I wasn't complaining. We were talking about that fool club Johnny belongs to. And he said I couldn't join--implied I couldn't join--because...
Lily: Oh, you're nervous, Dan. Upset, edgy. You have all the symptoms.
Dan: I feel fine.
Lily: Oh no. Set jaw, stern eyes, intractable nature. You're infected, Dan. Bacheloritis. Death knell of the human race.
Dan: Come on, Lily...
Lily: I can write you out a prescription. The remedy is extreme but permanent. two words. Want to guess?
Dan: Sure. "Get married."
Lily: Doctor, cure thyself.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerWilliam T. Orr
ProducerJules Schermer
Music EditorRobert Phillips (4)
Music SupervisorBert Shefter  |  Paul Sawtell
Set DecoratorGene Redd
Director of PhotographyWarren Lynch
Art DirectorCarl Macauley
Production ManagerOren W. Haglund
Main Title ThemeJerry Livingston
Main Title Theme Written ByMack David
Film EditorClarence Kolster
SoundEarl Snyder
Assistant DirectorEddie Prinz
Make-up SupervisorGordon Bau
Supervising Film EditorJames Moore (1)
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