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Dead Man's Gun

Dead Man's Gun was a western anthology series that ran on Showtime from 1997 to 1999. The series followed the travels of a gun as it passed to a new character in each episode. The gun would change the life of whoever possessed it.

Dead Man's Gun
Genre Anthology / Western
Created by Ed Spielman
Howard Spielman
Narrated by Kris Kristofferson
Composer(s) Terry Frewer
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 44
Production
Executive producer(s) Henry Winkler
Running time 60 minutes
Release
Original network Showtime
Original release March 2, 1997 – March 26, 1999

Each episode was narrated by Kris Kristofferson. The executive producer was Henry Winkler.

Contents

PlotEdit

Set in the Old West, this anthology follows the eponymous artifact, a handsome yet cursed gun that brings either disaster or fortune to whomever possesses it. In some cases in the former, the gun's more villainous owners are often killed at the end of the episode, though there are some points where they live and thusly suffer for their misdeeds.

Similar to shows like The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits, there are often twist endings to the stories. For example, in the episode, "The Collector", the main character discovers that his servant is actually the infamous criminal, El Lobo, who then scalps him. However, the series finale, "A Just Reward", gives a twist ending to the series as a whole when it is ultimately revealed that the gun's original owner was the Grim Reaper.

EpisodesEdit

Season 1 (1997–1998)Edit

Season 1 consisted of 22 Episodes.

  • The first three episodes were aired as a single TV movie
No. Ep Title Writer Director Airdate Viewers
1 1 "The Great McDonacle" Ed Spielman & Howard Spielman Joseph L. Scanlan 20 March 1997 (1997-03-20) TBA
A sideshow trickshooter (John Ritter) suddenly becomes a master marksman when he gains hold of the gun.
2 2 "Fool's Gold" Ed Spielman & Howard Spielman Brad Turner 20 March 1997 (1997-03-20) TBA
Jack Fleetwood (John Glover) salts a mine, and trys to convince an honest to buy this worthless mine.
3 3 "My Brother's Keeper" Ed Spielman & Howard Spielman Neill Fearnley 20 March 1997 (1997-03-20) TBA
Cole (Frank Whaley) finds the gun and tragedy comes to his brother.


No. Ep Title Writer Director Airdate Viewers
4 4 "The Imposter" Ed Spielman & Howard Spielman Sturla Gunnarsson 13 July 1997 (1997-07-13) TBA
A peddler (Henry Winkler in the first of two guest appearances) finds the gun on the corpse of a deceased marshal, and takes both it and the man's identity, becoming the marshal of a small town.
5 5 "Buryin' Sam" Ed Spielman & Howard Spielman William Gereghty 13 July 1997 (1997-07-13) TBA
A corrupt undertaker (Larry Drake) with a thing for killing widows gets his comeuppance when he becomes the gun's new owner.
6 6 "Highwayman" Ed Spielman & Howard Spielman Donald Shebib 16 July 1997 (1997-07-16) TBA
The owner of a failing boarding house (Grant Shaud) turns to a life of crime after taking a boarder's advice, then robbing him of his money and the gun.
7 7 "Bounty Hunter" Ed Spielman & Howard Spielman Brenton Spencer 30 July 1997 (1997-07-30) TBA
A shopkeeper (Gordon Clapp) plagued with ennui decides to take up bounty hunting, shortly before the gun finds its way to him.
8 8 "The Black Widow" Ed Spielman & Howard Spielman David Winning 13 August 1997 (1997-08-13) TBA
After inheriting the gun from her deceased husband, a "black widow" killer (Daphne Zuniga) plans to strike again...only to learn that her husband has a secret of his own.
9 9 "The Healer" Ed Spielman & Howard Spielman Neill Fearnley 20 August 1997 (1997-08-20) TBA
After delivering a baby, Dr. Butler (William Katt) is paid with the gun, that awakens painful memories.
10 10 "Medicine Man" Ed Spielman & Howard Spielman Brad Turner 10 September 1997 (1997-09-10) TBA
A young Indian (Adam Beach) finds the gun and tries to use it to avenge his father's (Graham Greene) death.
11 11 "Next Of Kin" Siobhan Byrne O'Connor Joseph L. Scanlan 1 October 1997 (1997-10-01) TBA
An old man (Ed Asner) invites his nearest and dearest to share his last moments, and to decide who is worthy to inherit his riches.
12 12 "Death Warrant" Ed Spielman & Howard Spielman, John Hunter René Bonnière 15 October 1997 (1997-10-15) TBA
A ruthless bounty hunter (Michael Moriarty), who took the gun from a target, gets a taste of his own medicine when the mother (Kate Jackson) of a boy he accidentally killed puts a bounty on his head.
13 13 "The Fortune Teller" Alison Wells Gregg Baxter 22 October 1997 (1997-10-22) TBA
What does the future hold for a gypsy fortune teller (Elizabeth Peña) when the gun grants her crystal ball genuine visions of what's to come?
14 14 "Mail Order Bride" Ed Spielman & Howard Spielman, Elizabeth Keyishian Joseph L. Scanlan 22 October 1997 (1997-10-22) TBA
A blacksmith sends away for a bride, but his delivery includes the Dead Man's Gun.
15 15 "The Mesmerizer" Ed Spielman & Howard Spielman Alex Pappas 7 January 1998 (1998-01-07) TBA
After receiving the gun from a mysterious patient, a slimy hypnotist (Ted Shackleford) discovers his skills are dramatically enhanced.
16 16 "Stagecoach Marty" Ed Spielman & Howard Spielman Helen Shaver 14 January 1998 (1998-01-14) TBA
A stagecoach driver finds romance with a passenger whose a large shipment of silver also interests him.
17 17 "The Photographer" Ed Spielman & Howard Spielman Brad Turner 17 January 1998 (1998-01-17) TBA
Wanting to make a name for himself, a photographer (Gary Cole) begins following the gun and takes pictures of whatever disasters happen.
18 18 "The Resurrection Of Joe Wheeler" Ed Spielman & Howard Spielman Charles Wilkinson 28 January 1998 (1998-01-28) TBA
A town drunk (Brian Kerwin) must return to his former life as a legendary gunslinger to save his town from a group of outlaws...with a little help from the Dead Man's Gun.
19 19 "The Gambler" Ed Spielman & Howard Spielman, Bruce Zimmerman Charles Wilkinson, Paul Etherington 4 February 1998 (1998-02-04) TBA
Luck finally smiles on a down-and-out gambler (Stephen Lang) when he becomes the gun's latest owner, and has a winning streak. The only catches are that his luck has a time limit...and is only activated when he uses the gun to kill.
20 20 "The Deserter" Chris Dickie Neill Fearnley 11 February 1998 (1998-02-11) TBA
The Dead Man's Gun changes hands ending up in a deserter's possession which carries with it a responsibility the deserter can not fill.
21 21 "Wages Of Sin" Ed Spielman & Howard Spielman, Bruce Zimmerman Brenton Spencer 18 February 1998 (1998-02-18) TBA
A swindling holy man (Tim Matheson) believes the gun has given him genuine healing abilities.
22 22 "Snakefinger" Ed Spielman & Howard Spielman Larry Sugar 25 February 1998 (1998-02-25) TBA
The gun's newest owner, a safecracker aptly nicknamed "Snakefinger", may find redemption and love when he meets the daughter of his latest target.

Season 2 (1998–1999)Edit

Season 2 consisted of 22 Episodes.

No. Ep Title Writer Director Airdate Viewers
23 1 "The Judgement Of Joe Dean Bonner" Howard Friedlander René Bonnière 7 August 1998 (1998-08-07) TBA
Ruthless criminal and current gun owner Joe Dean Bonner (Brian Austin Green) faces justice at last when he's put on trial...and the jury is made up of all of his victims.
  • Ties That Bind-A farmer(Bruce Davison) is arrested for a crime he didn't commit, and is put on a chain gang.
  • Sheep's Clothing-A lamb becomes a lion when the gun falls into the hands of a meek school teacher (Garwin Sanford), who begins getting back at his tormentors.
  • Winner Takes All- A boxer and his wily manager (Stuart Margolin) try to swindle a small town chisler.
  • Sisters Of Mercy-The gun is stolen by a pair of Irish con artist sisters posing as nuns, who soon become the unlikely heroes of a small town under the thrall of a corrupt banker.
  • Hangman- A hangman (Henry Winkler in his second starring role), who becomes another owner of the gun, must rectify a mistake he made after he spares the life of a reverend accused of rape and murder.
  • The Collector - A tale of three collectors (one is Michael York): a good man, a bad man, and a really bad man, all after a treasure map. And the second just happens to own the gun.
  • The Trapper-A cruel trapper who owns the gun gets what's coming to him when the grandfather of a young Native American woman he raped resorts to the supernatural for payback.
  • The Mimsers
  • The Pinkerton-A Pinkerton detective (Michael Dorn) is called in to investigate the kidnapping of a wealthy man's wife.
  • Seven Deadly Sins--A prodigal son (Daniel Baldwin) wants to take over his father's bank.
  • The Ripper-Has Jack the Ripper resurfaced in America? That's what a visiting inspector (Peter Firth) says when murders begin taking place in a small town that mirror the infamous serial killer's crimes.
  • The Regulator- A killer for hire (Billy Campbell) meets a woman who wants to write his biography...and also comes across the gun.
  • The Womanizer - A man (Patrick Duffy) who loves 'em and leaves 'em, gets his comeuppance.
  • Sleepwalker - A cobbler (Alex McArthur), whom the gun was given to as payment, doesn't know if he committed a series of murders in his sleep.
  • Four Of A Kind - A woman (Joanna Pacula) takes revenge on some very bad dudes...with the aid of the Dead Man's Gun
  • The Oath
  • The Good Chef
  • The Vine
  • Bad Boys-Three troubled young men find the gun after its' previous owner hides it, then use it to try to make their lives better.
  • The Phrenologist
  • A Just Reward-In a clip show based series finale, a criminal (William Forsythe) is hired to retrieve the gun for the enigmatic Mr. Smith (Kavan Smith), killing the guns' previous owners in the process. But his employer seems to know quite a great deal about the gun...and some of its' previous owners.

Home mediaEdit

DVD releasesEdit

On February 15, 2011, Alliance Home Entertainment released the complete first season of Dead Man's Gun on DVD in Canada only.[1] Season 2 was released on March 15, 2011.[2] On April 2, 2013, TGG Direct released both seasons on DVD in the US.[3]

ThisTVEdit

As of January 2016, the series was being transmitted on ThisTV.

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