Matt is critically wounded while attempting to arrest super-fast gunman Dan Grat. Grat runs rampant in Dodge while Matt recovers, but is unpleasantly surprised when the recovered marshal challenges him again.
Did You Know?
From Episode 1, The title sequence (In the outside street, replaced by one with a painted backdrop in later seasons) shows Matt with his back to the camera vs a Black hatted villain. 12 seconds into the title sequence you can clearly see Matt draw before the villain. Later seasons new sequence has the villain clearly draw 1st.
Incidentally, Physicist Niels Bohr came up with a theory: the one who draws second moves faster because he reacts without thinking. Psychologists at Birmingham University found Bohr was right, at least to a point. Volunteers averaged 10% faster when they drew second over first. Andrew Welchman's study found that while a gunslinger moved faster when they drew second, the difference was on average only 21 milliseconds - too slow to beat someone who had already pulled a gun.
It appears to be accuracy, not who drew 1st that decides the victory. See more
In the opening scene, as Matt walks through the graveyard, at least one of the cardboard headstones can be seen flapping in the breeze. See more
Himself - Host
Good evening, my name is Wayne. Some of you may have seen me before I have been kicking around Hollywood for a long time made a lot of pictures all kinds; some of them have been Westerns. That is what I'm here to tell you about tonight a Western Gunsmoke.A new television show called Gunsmoke.