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Jonah Hutchinson 

An old rancher returns home after many years in prison, ready to reclaim what is his by any means necessary, including burning out the squatters on his land.

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Matt Dillon
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Doc
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Kitty
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Quint
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Festus
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Jonah
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Samuel
June Dayton ...
Phoebe
Tommy Alexander ...
Franklin
Claude Johnson ...
Aaron
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Steven
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Roy
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Lefferts
Charles Seel ...
Gorth
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Sam
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An old rancher returns home after many years in prison, ready to reclaim what is his by any means necessary, including burning out the squatters on his land.

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21 November 1964 (USA)  »

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Not action packed- but was interesting to the end.
30 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This really was not a bad show. Perhaps not as flashy as some others but it held its own with the fine acting and the emotional delivery of lines. This was a nice way to learn about the area around Dodge when settlers first inhabited the area.

Jonah Hutchinson has been release from jail after serving thirty years for killing ranchers in a ranch war many years ago. At that time most of the problems on the prairie was solved with guns and violence but when law came to the area some of the older citizens had a hard time adjusting. This was Jonah.

When he returns he is met by his son, Sam, and his three grandsons. From the beginning you can tell that Jonah had some hidden problem with his son and everyone could tell something was amiss. When Jonah gets to the farm he is told that they had to sell pieces of land during hard times. The was too much for Jonah to take. He had left thousands of acres and wanted the Hutchinson name to mean something in Kansas.

So Jonah gets his three grandsons and tries to start another range war. They burn out people he felt was on his land and stole cattle that wandered on the property. When he tries to divert the creek, the other ranchers warn him of impending danger to his life. He has not only endangered his own life but now the three grandsons. If Sam does not intervene, he could lose his three sons all because his father wants the Hutchinson name to be remembered.

A rather simple story that played out well. Not the most action packed episode but one that held the viewer's interest to the end. Good Watch.


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