Texas John Slaughter (Episode 1) (television) Television show; aired on October 31, 1958. Directed by Harry Keller. Slaughter is persuaded by circumstances to enlist in the Texas Rangers and to go after a local outlaw. Stars Tom Tryon, Robert Middleton, Norma Moore, Harry Carey Jr., Judson Pratt, Robert J. Wilke, Edward Platt. First episode of the series of 17 shows about a Texas Ranger. This was the longest miniseries to air on the Disney television anthology show. Tom Tryon later went on to become a best-selling author.