Gunsmoke: Season 17, Episode 17

Hidalgo (10 Jan. 1972)

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Mando is an outlaw in Mexico who seriously wounds Matt and leaves him to die in the desert. Hidalgo controls nearly all of the small town where Matt finds refuge, and nobody will stand up ... See full summary »

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Linda Marsh ...
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Fabian Gregory ...
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Gorio
Edward Colmans ...
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Mando is an outlaw in Mexico who seriously wounds Matt and leaves him to die in the desert. Hidalgo controls nearly all of the small town where Matt finds refuge, and nobody will stand up to him. Matt is determined to kill or capture Hidalgo for his crimes, but is so weak from his injuries he has to prop himself upright with the saddle horn of his horse. Written by Peter Harris

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An interesting story that could have used more action
28 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For some reason US Marshal Matt Dillon rides down to Mexico, which has to be at least a 25 day ride from Dodge, on the trail of Mando Hidalgo. However Matt is wounded by Mando from a gunshot. Matt falls down a large hill and is found by a small boy and brought to his grandfather's house as they nurse Matt back to health.

But when Mando's men are unable to find Matt's body they think he has escaped. This causes Mando to think someone is sheltering the Marshal and he bound to find him.

One of Mando's girlfriends is Lucero who also is related to the grandfather sheltering Matt. She does not want to see anything happen to the old man and the boy so she agrees to give Matt a horse and a gun to get him out of their house. However, Mando finds out that Lucero is readying a horse and beats her up. He then knows that Matt is being sheltered by the old man and the boy and vows that both of them will pay.

The small boy manages to sneak out and get Matt a horse telling him to ride north. But as regular Matt is not leaving until he catches up with his wanted man. And Matt rides into where Mando is living to go face to face with Mando.

For me the story was good and the acting was excellent. The only problem was that in the middle of the show it began to lose interest. Between the time Matt gets wounded to when the boy brings the horse, the story seemed very long. Not to say it was a bad show but one that needed some action in the middle to stop the dialog. Even with that said, it was still an interesting watch.


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