Gunman Nate Springer arrives in Dodge with the obvious intention of committing murder, but his nervousness and unpredictability make Matt determined to find out who hired him and why he seems so different from his steel-nerved reputation.

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Gunman Nate Springer arrives in Dodge with the obvious intention of committing murder, but his nervousness and unpredictability make Matt determined to find out who hired him and why he seems so different from his steel-nerved reputation.

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14 September 1957 (USA)  »

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The fourth of John Dehner's twelve appearances in this program. His previous appearance being as Miss Kitty's absentee father, just four episodes prior to this, in the previous season. See more »

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Marshal Matt Dillon: It's 10:30, Springer. By midnight, I want you to ride down that street and out of town. And if you come back, you're going to jail.
Nate Springer: [Rises slowly] It's been a long time since a man talked to me that way, Marshal.
Marshal Matt Dillon: How long has it been since you were scared into shooting a dog? Or since you drew on a woman? You've lost your nerve, Springer. You're not about to kill anybody.
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John Dehner brings this story to life
15 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

John Dehner is brilliant as he plays gunfighter Nate Springer that obviously has seen better days. Nate, a once surefire man with a gun, now seems to be strangely jumpy as he enters Dodge to take care of business.

Matt first encounter with Nate is enough for Matt to know that he is a gunfighter. But Matt also knows from Nate's action that something is not right with the man but he is set on finding out who hired Nate and who Nate is going to murder. But when Nate shoots a dog and draws on a saloon girl, Matt believes Nate has lost his nerve. The true test will come when Matt finds out who Nate intends to kill.

Cannot say enough about character actor John Dehner. Looking back, no other person could have done a better job of playing the jumpy gunfighter. Add in a nicely written story and the start of season three could not have been better.


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