The derby and gold-headed cane of the title character drew Gene Barry to "Bat Masterson." Those elements "appealed to the actor in me," he recalled in a 1989 Associated Press interview. "If it hadn't been for that, I would have turned it down. I didn't want to be tied down doing a western. I went to wardrobe and found that hat and cane and an elegant swallowtail coat and shiny black boots."
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