Dillon is sentenced to a lifetime of hard labor by Judge Flood (Colicos), who uses an illegally constituted court to staff his private silver mine.



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Episode cast overview:
Judge Flood
Kevin Coughlin ...
Ben Piazza ...
Pete Murphy
Don Megowan ...
Jackie Russell ...
Bar Girl
Lloyd Nelson ...
Jury Foreman


Dillon is sentenced to a lifetime of hard labor by Judge Flood (Colicos), who uses an illegally constituted court to staff his private silver mine.

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24 February 1975 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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There seems to be a controversy on whether or not this episode was repeated on CBS. One book gives it as airing as the second-to-last telecast on August 25, 1975, but a TV Guide for that week lists a Cher special (presumably running as the lead-in for the pilot of "Beacon Hill," for which CBS had high hopes) in that time slot. See more »


Usually, Matt and the men he works with dig in close proximity to the other prisoners, with cook Widge Spot and a guard very near at hand. But when Matt uses dynamite (planted by Widge) to blow up part of the mine shaft so he and his group can dig themselves out, there's not another man within at least fifty paces. See more »

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Matt is sentenced to hard labor in a silver mine by a corrupt Judge
22 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Matt is after a fugitive and tracks him down to a silver town two days ride from Dodge. When Matt has to kill the fugitive, the man running the town, Judge Flood, puts the Marshal on trial for murder. After a brief ceremony Matt is found guilty and placed in the silver mine, at hard labor, for his guilt.

For the most part, the rest of the show is Matt's interactions between the rest of the prisoners and the guards. There really was no timetable of how long Matt was imprisoned before he plans an escape attempt but it had to be some time. With a little help from the cook, Matt is able to get a few supplies that will help him plan an escape. But he will also need the help of other prisoners to make the escape successful.

The good thing about this show is that James Arness is fully involved in this show. In fact he does more physical activities in the show than nearly any other episode in the season. But the problem was the slow action and the predictable results of each event. There really is no surprises in this show rather a long tale of being falsely accused before springing the coop. There was nothing new for the viewer to get excited about.

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