Picks and Pans Review: Dead Man's Gun
Though it's not of the same caliber as ABC's Gun, a similar series that had a short springtime run, this anthology promises to keep viewers reasonably entertained as it follows a gun from owner to owner in the Old West. Launched as a trilogy in March, it returns with two back-to-back episodes on July 13 before moving to its regular Wednesday slot (also at 10 p.m.) starting on July 16.
The first July 13 episode is the sweet, mostly comic tale of a mild-mannered peddler (perfectly played by executive producer Henry Winkler) who impersonates a feared lawman and manages to tame an unruly town by being nice, saying little and packing an impressive firearm. In the second July 13 story, Larry Drake (L.A. Law) has an eye-rolling good time with the part of an undertaker who loots the possessions of the deceased and practices his oily charm on their widows. The story falters, though, when it switches from sardonic humor to graveyard fright after Drake shoots his equally greedy partner (Ken Pogue). Drake seems too smug to be freaked out by a murdered man's ghost. He would be more likely to charge him a reburial fee.