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Nitro: Part 2 

The man extracting nitroglycerin from dynamite for the gang, begins to lose his nerve in the extremely dangerous process.





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Episode cast overview:
Matt Dillon
James Nusser ...
Louie Pheeters
Byron Feiffer Farnum
Joe Keller
Scott Hale ...
Dying Man
Sam Noonan
George McClaney
Anne Gilchrist
Ben Stearman
Red Bailey


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 Peter Harris

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15 April 1967 (USA)  »

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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 »

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The story picked up the pace and produced a good show
15 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

From the slow start in part one, this part step up the pace and made the story much more interesting than the previous episode indicated.

From part one we know that George McClaney was involved in a dangerous job of getting nitroglycerin from boiling dynamite. He was paid well and upon wanting to quit, he was threatened with harm coming to his girlfriend Ann.

In this part George learns that the nitro was being used to rob banks and break into safes across Kansas. Now George is desperate to get out of the dangerous job even to the point of getting Louie to take the job. But he then feels so bad about putting Louie in the job that he rescues him. Louie tells Matt about George's job and even points out the three men that have been making the bank heists.

With Matt riding like the wind to the shack where George is making his last batch- we can only hope Matt arrives in time to tell him that they have the bank robbers.

This second part saved both parts from a dismal story. Part two was alive with emotion and feeling (unlike part one) which made the viewer want to watch to the very end.

Note- When Marshal Dillon is riding his horse fast as he could to the shack to tell George they have the men, that riding clip would be used for the rest of the series opening up the show instead of the face off in the street scene.

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