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Alias Smith and Jones

Bushwack! (Season 3, Episode 5)
Not Rated
TV Episode | 60 min | Western

The first of five episodes to deal with the real-life Wyoming Stockgrower's Association (which led to the Johnson County War of 1892 and inspired the film "Heaven's Gate," which changed many details of the story): two gunmen try to ...See moreThe first of five episodes to deal with the real-life Wyoming Stockgrower's Association (which led to the Johnson County War of 1892 and inspired the film "Heaven's Gate," which changed many details of the story): two gunmen try to bushwhack Smith and Jones for being in league with "cattle rustlers" -- which in WSGA parlance, applied to anybody who owned fewer than 300 cattle. A small cattle rancher, who has tangled with the gunmen in the past, comes up behind them, surprises them and shoots them down in their tracks. He claims self-defense, but knows people will call it murder (which it is), so asks Smith and Jones to escort him, his wife, his partner and his cattle to Montana where he will be reasonably safe. WSGA "detectives" send out an armed party dedicated to killing the whole lot. When Heyes and the gunman are both critically wounded, Curry goes berserk and blasts away at them until they turn tail. Heyes survives (his comment about being shot in the head later became a tagline for "The Rockford Files"), but the killer dies -- and Curry figures out the truth. Now everyone has a moral dilemma. Written by Peter Harris See less
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Director
Writers
Roy Huggins (story) (as John Thomas James) | Glen A. Larson (created by) | David Moessinger
Cinematographer
Editor
Thomas McMullen (as Thomas A. McMullen)
Status
Edit Released
Updated Oct 21, 1972

Release date
Oct 21, 1972 (United States)
Awards
Series awards
2 nominations

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13 cast members
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Ben Murphy
Jed 'Kid' Curry (alias Thaddeus Jones) Jed 'Kid' Curry (alias Thaddeus Jones)   See fewer
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Roger Davis
Hannibal Heyes (alias Joshua Smith) Hannibal Heyes (alias Joshua Smith)   See fewer
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Glenn Corbett
Marty Alcott Marty Alcott   See fewer
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Christine Belford
Ellie Alcott Ellie Alcott   See fewer
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Frank Converse
Chris Truitt Chris Truitt   See fewer
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Michael Conrad
Mike McCloskey Mike McCloskey   See fewer
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Ford Rainey
Teshmacker Teshmacker   See fewer
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Charles H. Gray
Sheriff Wiggins Sheriff Wiggins   See fewer
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Mark Holly
Jake Horn Jake Horn   See fewer
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Sonny Shields
Phil Westerly Phil Westerly   See fewer
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Buddy Foster
Alonzo Taylor Alonzo Taylor   See fewer
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Ralph Story
Narrator (uncredited) Narrator (uncredited)   See fewer
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7 / 10 | 26 votes