In order to collect a reward of $500, Harry Speener kills Joe Harpe even though Harpe had recently saved his life on the prairie. Matt grudgingly pays the reward, but unwittingly sends Speener to an ironic fate when he orders the opportunistic ex-bartender out of Dodge. Written by
Joe Harpe's character name is misidentified as "Joe Sharpe" in the closing credits. See more »
Marshal Matt Dillon:
Speener, I'm afraid I've done about all I can for you. Now that it's out, you're sure to get killed. Joe Harpe was pretty well-liked around here, you know. From now on, around Dodge you're as good as dead, Mister! And I don't want the bother of it. Now, suppose you get out of here, huh? Go on, get out of here!
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The Yellow Rose of Texas
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Harry Speener is on his way to Dodge to start a new job as bartender. But on his way his horse throws him and he is left with a broken leg on the wide prairie. But by sheer luck a rider named Joe Harpe comes riding up and takes care of the injured Speener and follows him back to Dodge to make sure he is going to be fine.
Even though the likable Harpe saved Speener's life, Speener knows that Harpe is an outlaw and there is a $500 reward dead or alive on his head. So one day he rides out with Harpe and shoots him in the back to collect the money. Even though Marshal Dillon tried to warn Speener that the people of Dodge are not going to take kindly to him shooting for money, Speener just has to show off the money to locals. The scoundrel Speener is a marked man.
A wonderful play on characters. Even though Harpe was the criminal the writer made the bartender Speener so rotten that it was Speener the viewer felt needed justice. An entertaining story that was well cast. Good watch.
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