Original Airdate:
    April 2, 1961

Synopsis. When the sheriff of Spearhead, Kansas asks him to impersonate a slain gunman named Smiley Drake, Bart finds himself embroiled in the professional and personal animosities between rival gambling house owners Tom Blauvelt and Clete Spain.

“Substitute Gun” was originally filmed in 1957 as “Hired Gun,” one of nine episodes of Cheyenne written by Berne Giler. In 1959, Warner Bros. adapted Giler’s Western novel Westbound into a feature film directed by Budd Boetticher. Guest stars in “Substitute Gun” include Robert Rockwell, the actor who played Eve Arden’s love interest on both the radio and TV versions of Our Miss Brooks.

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