Gunsmoke: Season 14, Episode 17

Mannon (20 Jan. 1969)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Western
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Mannon (Steve Forrest), arguably the fastest gun in the West, terrorizes Dodge City while he waits for Matt Dillon (James Arness) to return. A cruel, violent encounter with Kitty Russell (Amanda Blake) sets up the inevitable showdown.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Nusser ...
Charles Seel ...
Ted Jordan ...
Woody Chambliss ...
Charles Wagenheim ...
Ed Halligan
Howard Culver ...


Will Mannon, brutal and sadistic, comes to Dodge City planning to kill Matt Dillon and cement his fearsome reputation. He first shoots and wounds Festus outside of Dodge, leaving Festus lying in the dirt and taking his mule Ruth to ride into town. He intimidates Dodge City residents, claiming to hold four aces in a poker game with the other players afraid to see his actual hand. Finally, he assaults Kitty. Finally, Matt returns to Dodge to confront the brutal Mannon. Written by Bill Koenig

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Kitty Russell: Will Mannon rode Ruth into town about five hours ago.
Festus Haggen: Will Mannon!
Kitty Russell: He's down at the Long Branch right now.
Festus Haggen: You want to talk about a fast gun hand? If you was to take a snake's tongue's grease it and tie it to a bolt of lightning you couldn't get nothing as fast as his gun hand!
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Followed by Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge (1987) See more »

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"Gimme back them flowers!"
10 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Mannon" is essentially a remake of episode #1, "Matt Gets It!". Though remakes are usually inferior, this one isn't. The extra 25 minutes make possible a richer story and deeper characterization.

Steve Forrest's Will Mannon is even more of a psycho than Paul Richards' Dan Grat. Forrest (whom I did not know until reading his bio was Dana Andrews' brother!) quietly underplays him. He might drink to excess, but he doesn't chew the scenery. *

He goes after Kitty as if he's God's gift to women, telling her he knows a lady when he sees one, and she's a lady. (Kitty knows what sort of a "lady" she is, and isn't fooled.) When she won't put out, he beats (and presumably rapes) her.

When he visits the bed-ridden Kitty -- with a gift of flowers he's stolen from a Boot Hill grave! -- her revenge is to let Mannon know, in so many words, that he could never be the man Matt is. Though she means it (of course), she figures it will sufficiently discomfit him to give Matt an advantage in the inevitable showdown.

You know how it's going to end, but the solid writing and acting carry the day.

A classic, one of Gunsmoke's high points.

* In one scene he's eating... something... that looks like an oblong pasty, with loud crunching noises as he bites it (as if it were frozen). Does anyone know what it is?

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