The Story of My Life
The recollections of Ned Blessing (Brad
Johnson), a notorious 1880s bandit who in his
last hours recorded
the accounts of his life as he sits as a one-armed
old man in a jail cell awaiting the hangman's
"Ned Blessing escaping out of Mexico with General Pelo Blanco on his
heels returns home to Plum Creek only to find his father gone and
the town taken over by the evil Verlon Borgers and his three sons.
When Ned defends Effie and Sealy Pettit against the Borgers he puts his
own life in mortal danger. With his friends Crecencio, The Wren,
Sticks Packwood, One-Horse, and Judge Longley, Ned overcame Verlon
in a fiery shootout. The people of Plum Creek grateful for his
protection, ask Ned to be their sheriff while he awaits his father's
return." -- Opening Narration
The people of Plum Creek included:
- Bill McKinney as Verlon Borgers, a ruthless outlaw struck deaf,
dumb and blind when the ghost of a dead sheriff (whom Borgers
killed) materialized during a gunfight against Ned Blessing. Borgers had placed the head of the sheriff on display in a pickle
- Julius Tennon as Sealy Pettit, a black man born a mute.
- Luis Avalos as Crecencio Salas, a Mexican-Indian mystic
who trained young Ned to be a bandit after he was kidnapped by a
brutal gang of Comancheros.
- Donzaleigh Abernathy as Effie Pettit, a black woman
- Brenda Bakke as The Wren, a dance hall girl who fell in
love with Ned.
- Timothy Scott as Sticks Packwood, a deputy.
- Wes Studi as One-Horse, an Indian who carried around a
mysterious bag, the contents of which he would never reveal.
- Richard Riehle as Judge Longley
- Ruty Schwimmer as Big Emma, a huge Swedish woman who
loved Verlon. She now leads the damage villain around on a rope
and conspires with Borgers youngest son, Roby (Rob Campbell) on
ways to kill Ned for turning Verlon in a virtual vegetable.
- Jeremy Roberts as Hugh Bell Borgers, Verlon's oldest
While Ned waits for his father to return to Plum Creek, he keeps
a vigilant watch for Tors Buckner (Jeff Kober), an evil gunslinger
who killed Ned's sweetheart Jilly Blue (Julia Campbell) in a
massacre. Jilly, a former saloon hall singer, had become an
international singing star prior to her return to Plum Creek.
Ned also had the chance to meet such historical figures as Bat
Masterson, Oscar Wilde (Stephen Fry) and the fictional
Mexican General Pelo Blanco (Tony Genaro).
In the two-hour TV movie
pilot Ned Blessing: The True Story of My Life
(1992) Sean Baca played Ned as a youth and
portrayed Ned as a young man. Taylor Fey played
the younger Jilly Blue who cared for Ned's
father Anthony (Chris Cooper) a music
teacher after he was shot by Bruto Half-Tongue
(Miguel Sandoval), a nasty Comanchero.
Obituaries: Timothy Scott: 06/14/1995;
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