Escape's "The Pistol" takes place during the early days of the California gold rush and tells the story of one man's quest for revenge.
As the episode opens, Jonathan Storm is attending an auction in Sacramento. At stake is a six-shooter that he wants badly, but he is outbid by a lady. The next morning on the stage-coach to Rawhide Flats, Jonathan meets the same lady, and they strike up an acquaintance. He finds out that her name is Theresa Blake and that she is a singer at the Brass Nugget saloon. Things are friendly enough, until he mentions his brother, Dave Storm. On that subject Theresa has nothing to say.
Jonathan arrives in Rawhide Flats and goes out to the Boston Pocket claim to see his brother. When he gets there, he finds that his brother is no longer the owner of the mine and that no one wants to discuss how that change in ownership occurred.
"The Pistol" was written by Les Crutchfield and produced/directed by William N. Robson. Gerald Mohr played Jonathan Storm, Betty Lou Gerson played Theresa Blake, Charles McGraw played Bart Mallory, and Will Geer played Dan Rivers.This episode aired on January 3, 1950.
(Image of Sacramento in 1849 from Wikimedia Commons)