Gunsmoke: Season 4, Episode 31

Murder Warrant (18 Apr. 1959)

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Matt and Dodge City's businessmen employ an unusual tactic to save ambush victim Lee Prentice from being taken to corrupt Baker City to face certain hanging on a trumped-up murder charge.

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Matt and Dodge City's businessmen employ an unusual tactic to save ambush victim Lee Prentice from being taken to corrupt Baker City to face certain hanging on a trumped-up murder charge.

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Matt must have eyes in the back of his head
13 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this episode we have a local boy named Lee Prentice that has got in trouble in a town of Baker City. The city is a corrupt town that is run by the whims of Ben Goddard. Prentice says he was defending himself but Ben Goddard issues a murder warrant for Prentice to be brought in dead or alive. Goddard sends a deputy, Jake Harbin, to Dodge to kill Prentice.

Matt finds out Harbin in town to kill Prentice so he arrest Prentice to keep him safe from the deputy's gun. And while walking away from Harbin, Matt somehow turns 180* and just so happens shoots Harbin that had pulled his gun to shoot the prisoner. Matt must have been able to see directly behind himself to make such a move.

Anyway it is not long before the tough looking Sheriff Goddard makes his way to Dodge City. But something strange happens when he gets in town. The tough looking Sheriff has not gone against Marshal Matt Dillon.

The episode had another of those questionable endings where Marshal Dillon seemed to overwhelm a person just by his presents. The viewer was expecting more but got less as this episode came to a conclusion. Just did not have the power that other episode possess.


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