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Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge (1987)

Will Mannon, "product of the Devil's loins", is released from a frontier prison and promptly goes in search of the people who put him there around twelve years ago, Marshal Matt Dillon and Miss Kitty Russell.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake Flagg
Lt. Dexter
Digger McCloud (as W. Morgan Sheppard)
Little Doe
Will Mannon
Frank Totino ...
Logan (as Frank M. Totino)
Robert Koons ...
Warden Amos Brown
Walter Kaasa ...
Judge Collins
Georgie Collins ...
Mrs. Collins


Will Mannon, "product of the Devil's loins", is released from a frontier prison and promptly goes in search of the people who put him there around twelve years ago, Marshal Matt Dillon and Miss Kitty Russell.

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In a Lawless Land Ruled by the Gun, He's the Law.


Adventure | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »




Release Date:

26 September 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Auf Leben und Tod  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ken Curtis was originally offered to reprise his role as Festus, but declined since CBS refused to match his asking price. See more »


The revolver used in the escape of the convict does not have a firing pin attached to the hammer. The floating firing pins were not used until the 20th century. See more »


[first lines]
[to two young Indian boys]
Logan: Git!
[to Dillon, who is carrying a bale of furs]
Logan: Them papooses - I'd keep 'em out if I was you. If it ain't nailed down, they'll steal it.
Matt Dillon: They live here.
Logan: Well, I guess a squaw is better than no woman a'tall, huh?
Matt Dillon: You were given 15 years in territorial prison, Logan. What are you doin' out?
Logan: Lookin' for you. Been a long look, Dillon, but I promised myself I'd pay you back. Here I am.
Matt Dillon: Mister, you aren't the first gunny come lookin' for me. There's two more ...
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Followed by Gunsmoke: The Long Ride (1993) See more »

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A continuation of the episode "Mannon," 12 years later.
2 September 2002 | by See all my reviews

Twelve years after gunslinger Will Mannon is sent to prison, he is parolled. He has sworn to revenge himself by killing Matt Dillon and the judge who sent him there. Fellow prisoner, and old friend of Dillon's, Jake Flagg, tries to convince the warden to temporarily release him so he can warn Dillon, but is refused. Flagg breaks out and is being hunted for the murder of the warden. Dillon, hearing of this, sets off to track his old friend down. In the meantime, Mannon shows up in Dodge and begins terrorizing Miss Kitty. This is the first of five TV-movies recalling the later escapades of Matt Dillon after retiring as the marshal of Dodge City, Kansas. Earl Holliman is excellent (as usual) as Jake Flagg, as is Steve Forrest in reprising his role from the original 1975 episode. This is a very good story and there are several flashbacks from the original episode interspersed throughout. Thanks to director Vincent McEveety, the film retains the same cinematic "feel" of the original episode. It's a "must see" for any die-hard "Gunsmoke" fans.

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