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Big Tom 

Despite a serious heart condition, onetime prizefighter Tom Burr is determined to go through with his plans to fight vicious Hob Creel. The only way Matt can stop the mismatch and save Burr's life is to fight Creel himself.

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Chester
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Despite a serious heart condition, onetime prizefighter Tom Burr is determined to go through with his plans to fight vicious Hob Creel. The only way Matt can stop the mismatch and save Burr's life is to fight Creel himself.

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9 January 1960 (USA)  »

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In this episode, Matt participates in a prize fight. However, in "The Promoter" (Season 9, Episode 30), Matt stops a prize fight because, he says, "Prize fighting is illegal in Kansas." See more »

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Marshal Matt Dillon: [Addresses agitated crowd] You boys paid your money to see a fight - you didn't pay it to see a murder, did you?
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An aging prizefighter may get his last fight
28 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

Tom Burr is an ex-prizefighter that has settled down in Dodge. Tom has given up fighting and has since developed weakness spells that comes and goes. When a slick promoter comes to town he boosts Tom's reputation up so much that Tom is ready to go back into the ring. With intentions all along, the promoter schedules Tom a fight with Hob Creel, a younger and bigger fighter that beat Tom years ago.

As the weakness spells continue, Tom goes to see Doc Adams and learns that his weakness is due to a bad heart. In fact Doc Adams says that it was one of the worse hearts he had heard in a long time. Marshal Dillon has to put a stop to the fight. But doing so will reek the havoc of the people that have already laid down bets and the burly Hob Creel.

Here is a nice show that reveals how tough you had to be as Marshal in the late 1800's. A well written script that made for a program that was entertaining to the end. When Marshal Dillon drinks that last beer, he really looked like he needed some refreshment. Good watch.


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