|Judge Roy Bean
|1955 - 1956
The adventures of Judge Roy Bean (Edgar
Buchanan), a storekeeper who appointed himself
the law to bring justice to the Texas territory
of the 1870s.
"During the 1870's the wildest spot in the United States was
the desolate region west of the Pecos River. Virtually beyond the
reach of the authorities, the railroads then pushing their way
west attracted the most vicious characters in the country. It was
said that all civilization and law
stopped at the East Bank of the Pecos. It took one man, a lone
storekeeper who was sick of the lawlessness to change all this,
his name was Judge Roy Bean." -- Listen to
theme song & narration
Based in Langtry, Texas (named for
stage actress Lillie Langtry), Judge Roy Bean ruled
with an iron fist and routinely sent to prison
(or worse) any criminal that dared break the law
west of the Pecos.
Assisting the Judge at his general store was
his tomboy niece, Letty Bean (Jackie Lougherty)
who arrived on the Judge's doorstep after her
Letty was blonde, beautiful and
fast with a gun. Her romantic interest was
Deputy Jeff Taggart (Jack Beutel) who chased
down all the bad guys that were brought before
Judge Roy Bean.
The cases and clients brought before the
- The judge hands a train robber over to the Texas Rangers.
- Outlaws pass off stolen gold coins as raw nuggets.
- A boy believes his dutiful father is a coward.
- A stagecoach passenger learns her own son robbed
- A notorious train robber escaped from prison.
- Crooks pose as newspapermen to blackmail a local rancher.
- Deputy Jeff Taggart is accused of murdering a horse trader.
- Two men try to swindle a silver mine from its rightful owner.
- Outlaws coerce a man to decode information on a stolen map.
- A wanted outlaw plans his own funeral to elude the law.
- The judge uncovers a plot to steal Indian Reservation land.
- Judge helps prove a murder/robbery suspect is innocent.
- Swindlers are taking over Langtry and the Judge fights back.
- Outlaws steal a sacred idol from a Mexican Indian village.
- The Judge counsels an angry boy who blindly seeks justice.
- A female reformer remakes Langtry, but the Judge resists.
- Outlaw twins keep giving each other alibis for local robberies.
- Jeff is accused of a robbery and Roy must proves his innocence.
- A White man leads a band of Apaches raiding the region.
TRIVIA NOTE: The series was filmed in
color, but broadcast in black and white over
most of the county.
The film farce The
Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)
starred Paul Newman as the offbeat Judge Roy
Bean who established law and order by being the
Judge Jury and execution of people unlucky
enough to pass through his little part of the world .
Obituaries: Edgar Buchanan: 04/04/1979; Jack Buetel:
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