The Judas Goat adds another notch to Robert’s growing list of 1959 guest appearances. Sporting a o’clock shadow and an arrogant air, Deputy Marshal Hank Drew (Robert Fuller) makes himself known to Marshal Wyatt Earp (Hugh O’Brien). Hank is a character of questionable moral standards, walking a thin line between lawman and bounty hunter while working undercover. Robert plays the part of Hank with petulance and attitude, making the audience want to side with good guy, Earp.
Airdate: 31st March 1959
Episode: The Judas Goat
Role: Deputy Marshall Hank Drew
Park The Body
Air Date: 5th April 1959
Episode: The Souvenir
Role: Davey Carey
The role of Davey Carey is the first of two guest appearances by Robert in Lawman. Although only on screen for a few minutes, he gives a poignant performance as the younger brother of convicted murderer Virgil Carey. Mortally wounded while refusing to give Marshall Troop and Deputy McKay entry to his home, young Davey is held dying in his mother’s embrace. A few months later Robert appeared in a more significant role as Buck Harmon in The Friend.
Buck Harmon is not your stereotypical outlaw. This interesting three-dimensional character is almost a sneak preview of the future Jess Harper. Trying to protect Deputy Johnny McKay (Peter Brown), a long time friend of his, Buck abandons his outlaw gang intending to get McKay out of Laramie before they hit town.Besides coping with the wrath of his former gang, Buck has to deal with a township who won’t forget his past and a father who won’t forgive it.