Hank Shinn arrives in Dodge from the Dakota territory and is given a wide berth because of his reputation as a killer with a fast draw. However, Shinn's curious behavior leads Matt to suspect that he may not be the gunman that everyone believes him to be. Written by
Did You Know?
This episode features two actors who almost got the opportunity to portray Marshal Dillon. Howard Culver
(who plays the part of the hotel clerk) provided Matt's voice for the original 1949 pilot episode for the radio version of "Gunsmoke". The permanent role of Matt in the radio series eventually went to William Conrad. Denver Pyle
(who plays the part of Hank Shinn) was nearly cast as Matt when CBS decided to develop the show for television in 1955. He told an interviewer years later that he had been instructed to go ahead and get fitted for his wardrobe because "...we've got just one more actor left to test, and he's so tall that we don't think he's going to test very well." Of course, the "too-tall" actor was James Arness
, who evidently did test quite well. He went on to portray Matt on television for 20 years. See more
I been up in Dakota territory gettin' rich.
I left there with twenty dollars - that's the richest I've ever been!