After a train sparks a fire that destroys a family's crops, the man, his son, and his daughter rob another train of fifty thousand dollars. A baggage clerk is killed and the crusty representative of the railroad pressures Matt to solve it.





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Episode cast overview:
Dan Everly
Nan Peterson ...
Janet Everly
J. L. Krocker
Steven Terrell ...
Jerry Everly
Jon Lormer ...


Three people rob a train of $50,000 and one of them is forced to fatally shoot a baggage clerk. Before dying, the clerk is only able to tell Matt there were three of them. A railroad agent who happened to be on the train adds to the details including where the robbery occurred and he expects quick results from Matt believing he should create a posse. Matt and Chester ride out to investigate the site. They find a man and his son camped with a wagon but a third person is spotted in the brush. Matt arrests Dan and his kids Jerry and Janet Everly for robbing the train and killing the baggage clerk. However, he is sympathetic to the hard-pressed family's claim that they are entitled to compensation from the railroad, and he resents the implications of the obnoxious railroad agent Krocker who accuses the Marshal of having "eyes" for the spunky teen-aged Janet and planning to run off with her and the missing money. Written by Sam Spear

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27 February 1960 (USA)  »

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28 November 2012 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

A train baggage car is held up by four masked men one of whom ends up shooting the clerk. Matt and Chester track them, encountering a hospitable man and his son and daughter on the prairie. Still, Matt's suspicious and jails them except for the girl, Janet, who's turned over to Kitty. But the girl breaks her dad and brother out, and now Matt has to track them again.

This is an uneven episode, more contrived than usual, with Robinson going over the top as the demanding railroad agent. But the narrative again brings up the plight of homesteading on the prairie, which makes the little family more sympathetic than simply a bunch of robbers. But, it also calls into question Matt's judgment at story's end by making us wonder if justice has truly been served by his decision. Nonetheless, I see that as a series strength since life itself doesn't always wrap things up neatly.

(In passing-- I'm curious why the final sequence was done on an exterior set. Of course, that was needed to stage the big storm effects. But why, I wonder, did the producers think a violent storm was needed when the dramatics themselves seem sufficient. Just curious.)

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