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Old Dan 

Beginning with Doc, who rescues him from a ditch, everyone wants to give amiable drunk Dan a chance, or a job, or both.

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Matt Dillon
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Doc
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Beginning with Doc, who rescues him from a ditch, everyone wants to give amiable drunk Dan a chance, or a job, or both.

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27 January 1962 (USA)  »

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A drunk may have used up his 'extra chances' in life
16 November 2012 | by See all my reviews

While Doc is riding on the road outside of Dodge, he comes across a man in the ditch. The man could have injuries but the evidence points to him just being drunk. But Doc take caution and rides him back to his office. Here we find that the man's name is Dan Witter.

Dan by his own admission is a drunk. However, when sober, Dan is a charming individual that is pleasant to be around. So Doc decides to give Dan another chance. He gets him a job over a Jonas's store where he fits in very nicely. All goes well until Mr Jonas asks Dan to lock up whereby Dan decides to drink all the vanilla extract in the place.

With that job gone, word comes out that Lem Fetch needs someone to help him around his farm house. Lem has a son named Luke but Luke wants nothing to do with the farm and is even violent and abusive to his father. Dan agrees to work for Lem and all goes well until Luke returns to house.

When Lem asks Luke to leave violence breaks out. Luke hits his father repeatedly with a piece of wood. Dan has to do something but this time he may not get another chance.

A nice story that was played well by Edgar Buchanan. And with a lot of good things happening on the screen it held the viewers interest till the end. Even the ending, while unsatisfying, seemed to be the best thing for all parties involved.


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