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.



(as Ronald Bishop)


Airs Mon. Oct. 03, 3:00 PM on TVLAND


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


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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20 January 1969 (USA)  »

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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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Steve Forrest brings the character of Mannon to life
1 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a very simple plot that is played out for the entire 52 minutes of air time. Will Mannon (Steve Forrest)is a crazed ex-civil war vet that has one of the fastest draws in the west. He is such a bad-butt that he is willing to kill just for the sport. He first shoots Festus outside Dodge and rides his mule into town. Now his sights are set on Marshal Matt Dillon.

Matt is out-of-town while Will Mannon intimidates the entire town. The townsfolk are so scared of him that while playing poker Mannon says he has four aces and no one questions him. And to show how bad he is- he even assaults Ms Kitty causing her to need Doc Adams for her injuries.

Newly finally finds Matt and tells him about Mannon and the injured Ms Kitty. The climax of the show appears when Matt rides into town and faces Mannon on the street of Dodge.

Steve Forrest did a good job of making the character of Mannon come to life. This could have been a long painful episode but Forrest's acting ability brought great interest to the show.

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