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Festus takes part in a horse race in which big money is at stake, tempting some to sabotage in order to make sure of the outcome.

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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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Fitch Tallman
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Big Jim Ponder
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Carrie Ponder
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Wohaw Simmons
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Deggers (as Don Briggs)
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Jack Feeney
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Squatty (as Peter Dunn)
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Gambler (as Tommy Richards)
Ray Hemphill ...
Tom
Gene Redfern ...
Gambler
Bill Catching ...
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Festus takes part in a horse race in which big money is at stake, tempting some to sabotage in order to make sure of the outcome.

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26 December 1964 (USA)  »

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A nice show that was just way to predictable
2 February 2013 | by See all my reviews

After ten seasons of shows, I know that it was difficult to come up with newer and newer plots to an episode. In this show, they sink to the bottom of the source pile and come up with a horse race between two stables that think they have the best horses. And we the viewer get a horse race that goes from Dodge to Cheyenne with all the regular pitfalls that you would expect from a race where big bucks have been wagered.

Fitch Tallman and Wohaw Simmons have two competing stables inside Dodge that are competing for a big sell to Big Jim Ponder from Cheyenne. Big Jim is looking at Tallman's Morgan horses when Festus tells him he should come look at Wohaw's Quarter Horses. Carrie Ponder, Big Jim's daughter, falls in love with one of the Quarter Horses and Tallman gets angry. He goes to Wohaw's stable and bets him that his horses are better. Thus we now get a horse race in Dodge between Tallman's Morgan Horses and Wohaw's Quarter horses.

Festus will be riding for Wohaw with Carrie, that has already bought the horse Festus is riding, along with a driver in a wagon for support. When large money is place on the six day race the viewer can expect everything will not go as planned. Someone is for winning at all cost and it will prove dangerous for Festus and Carrie.

There was just so much the writer could do with the concept and it was stretched to the limit. When Marshal Dillon shows up on the race course you know it was writer magic. That little appearance seemed to strange for even me to believe. There was some good things- Ken Curtis was excellent in his show as we get his wide range of character acting. Overall a nice watch but was so predictable it just seemed weak.


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