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A Game of Death... An Act of Love: Part 2 

The lawyer defends the 2 renegades accused of murder, and the victim's husband is determined to see they are lynched if they are acquitted.

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Matt Dillon
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Doc
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Kitty
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Festus
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Newly
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Bear Sanderson
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Cicero Wolfe
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May Lassiter
Garry Walberg ...
Dekker
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Captain Sykes
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Lieutenant Briggs
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Renegade #2
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Judge Brooker
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Cora Sanderson
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As the trial for a renegade group of Indians accused of murder during a rampage gets under way, half-breed defense counsel Cicero Wolfe turns it into an expose' on the plight of Native Americans and how they have been prejudged on the basis of their skin color. Matt has sneaked Wolfe a piece of evidence that will clear the defendants -- if Wolfe doesn't get gunned down first. The rancher who lost his wife in the attack, and his daughter, start to develop deep respect for the high-principled Wolfe and start to believe his theory that the wrong men were arrested for the murder. But will it be enough? Written by Peter Harris

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12 November 1973 (USA)  »

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Paul Stevens (Cicero Wolfe, the lawyer) suffered a stroke during filming of the courtroom scenes, forcing the producers to postpone the last days of filming for three weeks until Stevens recovered enough to talk. Stevens was partially paralyzed, and was propped up on a cart and filmed in close-up to hide the effects of his illness. See more »

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A nice story for a two part episode.
28 January 2013 | by See all my reviews

After watching this two part episode, I have to say that it was not that bad. Perhaps it might have been better in a one hour format since there was much filler to stretch the story out for the full two hours but it played well enough to hold the viewers interest to the end.

To shorten the review it really is about Bear Sanderson (Morgan Woodward) having his wife killed by renegade Indians. When some Indians are found with a watch belonging to the Sanderson family, Mr Sanderson wants them dead on the spot. No court hearing for those red-skins.

But enter Marshal Matt Dillon who risk his friendship with Sanderson to make sure that the Indians get a fair trial. With a traveling attorney, Cicero Wolfe, willing to represent the Indians, it will go to trial and shocking evidence will be presented. But before that verdict is handed down we find out that the the lawyer, Wolfe, just happens to be an Indian himself. This only causes more problem for the lawmen in Dodge.

So now Sanderson and most of the town are near riot mode as Wolfe will defend the Indians in front of Judge Brookins. With the evidence presented it will be difficult to heal relationships that may be permanently severed.

The episode is worth a watch- but far from being the best in the series. Some parts were extremely entertaining while many parts were unnecessary dialog. A well acted show that is not a bad watch.


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