To get the young man back to extracting nitroglycerin for them, the bank robbers offer him a straight-up deal of $5,000 per batch, with the understanding that they will soon leave the area and he can go in peace. The young man agrees, but soon finds that his nerves are shot. He recruits town drunk Louie Pheeters (James Nusser, who gets "And Featuring" billing) to do the job for him, but then stops it before it starts and tries to make the batch himself. But the trigger-happy thug murders a man, which finally leads Matt to capture the robbers. Meanwhile, unaware of what's going on, the young man is mixing the last batch ... Written by
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Matt Dillon's hair-rising ride across the plains, with him getting everything and then some out of his horse and showing the tension throughout his body, was no act. Just before filming this scene (the last of the season), James Arness
learned that the series wasn't on the fall schedule and reacted accordingly. When the show was renewed a few weeks later (CBS boss William Paley
returned from vacation and personally ordered it back on), he liked the film so much that he had the producers use it as the opening of each show, which they did in place of the famed gunfight. See more