Out through the in door A conversation with Ralph Lamb
George Knapp Ralph Lamb
You were (here) when the mob started their rise. It’s described as a culture clash, cowboys and mobsters. Is that accurate?
In your TV series, the audience (saw) the sheriff knock bad guys on their butts, and they think, Oh that’s just Hollywood stuff. But it’s not, is it ?
two mob guys showed up at your house one time …?
I think so. We had a set of rules, and if a guy at the Desert Inn wanted to let somebody come to town, he had to come find out if it was okay. And we told him, How long is he going to be here? Well, Friday and Saturday and Sunday — but if he stayed longer he went to jail. So they knew they had to abide by the rules.
No. (laughs) If there was a show of force, I was always there. I wanted them to know I was always around, and something was gonna happen if they didn’t abide by the rules.
I was in the bathroom, my little boy was by me. And he said, Dad there is two men in the foyer at the front ofour house. I said, Did you let them in, and he said,No, mom let them in. I just had on a housecoat, and I eased up the hall. I peeked around the corner, and I recognized them for what they were. The door was still standing open, and I hit one of them and knocked him out through the door, and the other one, he ran off. I don’t know who was driving the car or what they had in mind, but it didn’t look very good.
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