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Lee Prentice (Nelson) seems like a nice enough guy. Then plug-ugly
Harbin (Mills) shoots him in the back on the excuse that there's an
arrest warrant out for Lee, dead or alive. Seems like Harbin prefers
taking him in dead. Meanwhile Matt's concerned that Lee is being given
no trial so the law is not being strictly observed. So Matt figures out
a way to keep Lee out of the hands of the lynch mob jurisdiction.
Interesting premise since there's a conflict between two legal jurisdictions without an apparent legal way to settle the conflict. Of course, the script favors the clean-cut Lee and Matt against the vicious Harbin and the other sheriff. However, I'm not clear on the details of Lee's alleged crime, but the conflicting jurisdictions make for an interesting premise. I'd be interested in how the law actually handles such cases. Still, the thirty minutes manages its share of suspense.
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
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.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Dillon respects the law, but not the kind of law that will take a man
dead or alive. As Ben Goddard (Onslow Stevens, his only time on
Gunsmoke) says to Dillon "Don't you have respect for the law." Dillon
reply's "Not that kind of law". Dillon uses his smarts a lot in this
episode. He gets Lee Prentice (Ed Nelson) friends together to
intimidate Ben Goddard not to act on taking Prentice. It works as
Goddard goes away without a fight.
Earlier, Dillon arrests Prentice for a made up charge so bounty hunter Jake Harbin (Mort Mills) can't take him in. It almost backfires. But Dillon gets him, his 81st confirmed kill on the show.
I liked this episode, well done from beginning to end. I love when Jake Harbin tells Dillon he's going to kill Prentice and he can't do nothing about it. Dillon just lays him out with one punch. I don't understand why Dillon gave back Harbin his gun. Harbin could have killed Dillon right there in the marshal's office. Not too smart on his part. The episode did have mostly smarts and suspense thru out it.
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