Set in the Texas town of Langtry just this side of the Pecos, storekeeper Roy Bean becomes fed up with the lawlessness in the town and sets himself up as judge and keeper of law and order, running the law from his store.
This color U.S. series held an audience in rapture in 1955-56 with Edgar Buchanan, a mainstay of Western films and TV, as Judge Roy Bean and Jackie Loughery as his niece Letty Bean. He was a cantankerous yet fair arbiter of frontier law complete with a 7-inck thick law-book and creative sentencing. Guest stars on the show included western favorites such as Russell Hayden and Lash La Rue.
The series was filmed in color, with the exception of the first episode which, although billed as being a color episode, is in fact b&w on these DVDs. The quality is what would be expected from a TV series of the mid to late fifties - some parts of the film are excellent and some parts are tolerable.
S01E19 The Eyes of Texas
Original Air Date: Jan 1956
Attempting to steal land from an Indian tribe, crooked ranchers kill one of the braves, and the Judge must move fast to prevent an all-out massacre!
Edgar Buchanan as Judge Roy Bean, Jack Beutel as Jeff Taggert, Jackie Loughery as Letty Bean, Russell Hayden as Texas Ranger Steve Allen.
Guest cast: Orlando Rodriquez (Mole Eyes), Earle Hodgins (Dr. Otto Retina), Myron Healey (Winters), Robert Swan (Big Elk), Hal Hopper (Owens), Ralph Kingston (Henchman), Duke Sun Chief (Antelope)
Writer: Orville H. Hampton
Director: Reg Browne
This show played fine with MPC, but with VLC there were occasional spots where the dialog seemed to lag behind the video for a few seconds. I did not see these lags in MPC.