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Bat Masterson 

Dressed-up dandy (derby and cane), gambler and lawman roams the West charming women and defending the unjustly accused. His primary weapon was his wit (and cane) rather than his gun.
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1961   1960   1959   1958  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Gene Barry ...  Bat Masterson 108 episodes, 1958-1961
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Storyline

Dressed-up dandy (derby and cane), gambler and lawman roams the West charming women and defending the unjustly accused. His primary weapon was his wit (and cane) rather than his gun.

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dandy | cane | gun | gambling | sleeve gun | See All (14) »

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Western

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Бэт Мастерсон See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(108 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Bat Masterson rode Stardust. See more »

Goofs

The "derby" Gene Barry wears is incorrect. If you look at real photos of Bat Masterson you'll see that the brim on Gene's hat is too large. They tried to roll the sides more to make it seem smaller, but it still just looks like any old cowboy hat with a rounded crown. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Cane and Able (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Bat Masterson
(uncredited)
(theme song)
Music by Havens Wray
Lyrics and Bart Corwin
Sung by Bill Lee
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Different but with some historical accuracy
13 March 2005 | by skoylesSee all my reviews

I remember this series fondly but even as a kid wondered why Gene Barry did not sport the moustache that Masterson wore almost all of his adult life and did (if I remember correctly) as portrayed in at least one episode of The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp. As an adult I have read almost everything written about Masterson, seen as many motion pictures as possible, and find the gambler, sportsman, writer and sometime lawman fascinating. Masterson did carry a walking stick, wore a bowler in at least one famous photograph, was a townsman and loyal friend, was involved in boxing and by all accounts was a cheerful and well-liked man - a lot like Gene Barry. Was this TV series always historically accurate? Not in the slightest! But it did capture something of the real man, a certain insouciance and worldliness lacking in the run-of-the-mill TV cowboy or lawman. 'Tis rather too bad that they never had an episode set later when Masterson was an apparently happily married man and sports writer for a New York newspaper. And yes, I frequently carry a walking stick today and fondly recall "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...."


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