Matt is trapped at a mountain cabin occupied by murderous Abraham Wakefield and his sons. The embittered Wakefield detests lawmen because of his wife's killing years earlier, and he decides that it would be sporting for him, his sons, and their vicious dog to hunt the Marshal like an animal in the bitter cold. Written by
Did You Know?
In a "Gunsmoke" fiction book published in 2005, James Arness wrote about the show in the introduction and said that Ben Bates, his stunt double, collapsed after running through the snow for multiple takes and was hospitalized for two days. Arness did not specifically identify this episode, but it's the only one that would fit the description. See more
While Matt is on a chase with Laban, his rifle alternates between his hand and gun holster on the horse. See more
What did ya let him kill ya for?
Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.10