|Season 2, Episode 57|
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|Air date||March 11, 1961|
|Written by||Theodore Ferro |
|Directed by||Robert Altman|
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The Dark Gate
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An arrogant British boxer who calls himself "The Duke of London" shows up in town with his drunken brother/manager, Limey. He challenges a meek young man, J.D., into the ring by viciously beating him in a bar fight and then assaulting his girlfriend. Hoss eventually takes on "The Duke" in a match that will hopefully teach the loutish show-off a lesson.
The Cartwrights challenge an arrogant and cruel British prizefighter, the Duke, and his alcoholic manager to a bout with John Heenan (the Benicia Boy), who is in San Francisco, after the Cartwrights' meek friend J.D. gets pulverized by the Duke in a bar-fight.
J.D. is adored by saloon girl Marge, but he has been too shy to return her affections.
While the Cartwrights wait to see if Heenan will actually take the bout, the Duke pursues Marge and assaults her when she rebuffs him. When the manager comes to Marge's rescue, he too is beaten up by the Duke (who, it turns out, is the manager's brother).
Infuriated by all this, Hoss Cartwright himself challenges the Duke. Hoss knocks out the Duke in the fourth round of a bare-knuckle fight refereed by Ben Cartwright. The Duke and his brother/manager reconcile in the humility of defeat.
They then learn that the Benicia Boy will accept the proposed bout, but only if the Duke comes to San Francisco. The Duke apologizes to all he has offended while in Virginia City and heads west to fight Heenan.
- Al Christy: Joe
- Betty Endicott: Brunette Saloongirl
- Bill Clark: Cowboy in Blue Shirt
- Bob Miles: Cowboy in Checked Shirt
- Jason Evers: J.D. Lambert
- J. Pat O'Malley: Harry Simpson
- Martha Manor: Blonde Saloongirl
- Maxwell Reed: Clarence 'The Duke of London' Simpson
- Randy Stuart: Marge Fuller
Did you know?Edit
- German episode title: "Entscheidung im Ring", meaning "Decision In The Ring".