Gunsmoke: Season 8, Episode 26

Anybody Can Kill a Marshal (9 Mar. 1963)

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Two men want to rob the bank in Dodge, but are unwilling to try it while Matt lives. A man agrees to accept the job of killing the marshal, attaching some rather peculiar conditions to his acceptance.



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Episode cast overview:
Milton Selzer ...
James Westerfield ...
James Nusser ...
Howard Rudd
Brenda Scott ...
Tom Lutz ...


Two men want to rob the bank in Dodge, but are unwilling to try it while Matt lives. A man agrees to accept the job of killing the marshal, attaching some rather peculiar conditions to his acceptance.

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Around the 15 minute mark - when Howard Rudd becomes apprehensive concerning Painter's "needs", Painter takes out a 50 dollar bill out of his top left pocket, and places it on the table and says, "Can we get started?" While we only see the reverse side of the bill, the US Capital is clearly displayed. This image was placed on the small size note series beginning in 1929. Since, the words "In God We Trust" is not displayed, this specific tender would have been issued before 1956. See more »

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Matt has to live with the fact that his life is always in danger
5 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The episode begins with two men Cleed and Lucas wanting to get rid of Marshal Dillon so they can rob the Dodge Bank. So one evening when Matt is making his rounds, Cleed fires four shots at the Marshal. Just by luck all the bullets miss and Matt is left to think who would be wanting to kill him.

When Cleed and Lucas see that the Marshal is unhurt, they then hire a ordinary fellow named Painter to kill the Marshall for $200. But before Painter begins the job he buys him a new outfit and gun. Then through a saloon girl, sends a letter to a woman named Betsy Burgess with the remaining $150.

The next morning Painter shoots at the Marshal and hits him twice in the leg. Matt is able to return fire knock Painter from his horse onto the street where he is overran by a wagon. Painter soon dies and all that he has on him is the letter to Betsy.

Matt only evidence to who wants him dead is the letter. He finds Betsy and delivers the letter. What he finds out is that Betsy is a lame and needs money for an operation and Painter has provided the money.

Since it was obvious that Painter was hired to kill him, Matt still does not know who is behind the murder plot. Till one evening a drunk Cleed confronts Matt on the street of Dodge. Matt now knows who wants the Marshal dead but will he be the only person.

This episode had a different ending than most series episodes. When the credits roll the story is stilled not settled- but that was the way the writer wanted the story to unfold. Good Watch.

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