Climax! (1954–1958)
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Strange Sanctuary 

In the old southwest, a pair of bank robbers must ride out after killing a man. They intend on eventually getting far away, but one seeks to reunite with his daughter in a nearby convent. ... See full summary »


Buzz Kulik


Ellis Kadison


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Episode credited cast:
Michael Rennie ... 'Irish' Sean Dillon
Cesar Romero ... Miguel
Rita Moreno ... Maria
Osa Massen ... Sister Veronica
Noah Beery Jr. ... The Sheriff (as Noah Beery)
James Westerfield ... Dr. Smith
Stacy Harris ... Winkler
Mack Williams Mack Williams ... Ira Bates
Fred Graham ... Yank
Jim Hayward Jim Hayward ... John
Alan Roberts Alan Roberts ... Jose
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Art Gilmore ... Announcer
William Lundigan ... Himself - Host


In the old southwest, a pair of bank robbers must ride out after killing a man. They intend on eventually getting far away, but one seeks to reunite with his daughter in a nearby convent. When he is wounded in a gunfight, they end up hiding out there, though the men from town are a mob out for their blood,sanctuary or not. Written by WesternOne

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Release Date:

28 March 1957 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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1.33 : 1
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References Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957) See more »

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The IMDb summary has nothing to do with this show....nothing!
6 March 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This episode of "Climax!" is very unusual. While teleplays were very popular on television during the 1950s, they rarely had a lot of action. They were mostly stage-bound productions and you heard about actions that have occurred off-camera instead of seeing the action in most cases. However, "Strange Sanctuary" is an oddity—an action western complete with gunfights! It made for a very exciting show even though occasionally the plot had a few problems.

The film begins with a bank robbery in the old west. While two of the robbers got away with a lot of cash, the third robber was killed during the holdup. So, the two survivors vow to end their lives of crime and move to California. However, Miguel wants to first stop by a nearby convent and pick up his child he left there long ago. Unfortunately, the child has since died and Miguel's plans on giving her a wonderful life are dashed.

A bit later, Irish (Michael Rennie) and Miguel (Caesar Romero) stop by at a nearby bar to drown Miguel's sorrows in drink. Unfortunately for them, a guy in the bar recognizes them as bank robbers and there is a shootout. Miguel is severely hurt and the pair retreat to the convent for help. What's next? See the show for yourself if you'd like—it's available at for free download.

The acting was quite nice in this one, as was the action—hence a high rating. The only problem is that the nuns, doctor and sheriff don't always behave logically—at least not to me. But the good far outweighs the bad and it's well worth seeing. Plus, it's well worth seeing the English actor, Rennie, play such an unusual role and play it well.

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