"The Leading Citizen of Pratt County" stars Alan Hale, Sr. in a story about a con artist who ends up a hero.
As the episode opens, Alonzo P. Witherspoon narrates for us the story of his rise to prominence.
Twenty years earlier he arrived in Prattville with nothing. He had just gambled away all of his money on a horse and his business associate, upon learning this, had kicked him out of their car while driving through Prattville.
Fortunately, two of the locals came to his aid and took in Alonzo. When they told him about their town and the river that used to run through it, he quickly spotted an opportunity. Introducing himself to them as Professor Alonzo P. Witherspoon, Professor of Geology, he announced that he was there on behalf of their senator to survey the river and possibly reroute it.
The unexpected results of his fibbery ultimately lead to his lofty position as their most beloved citizen.
"The Leading Citizen of Pratt County" was written by Robert L. Richards and produced/directed by William Spier. Alan Hale, Sr. starred as Professor Alonzo P. Witherspoon. Also appearing were Joseph Kearns, Verna Felton, Jerry Hausner, and Wally Maher. This episode aired on May 30, 1946.
(Image of Green River near Mammoth Cave National Park from Wikipedia)