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Parson Comes to Town 

A mysterious man rides into town and says he is after one of two men responsible for killing his brother. When he starts crowding a stranger in town, Matt must decide how to make sure he doesn't take the law into his own hands.

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Doc
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Thad
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Asa Longworth
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Sam
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Howie
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Hank
Kelton Garwood ...
Ted Jordan ...
Nathan Burke
Woody Chambliss ...
Lathrop (as Woodrow Chambliss)
Charles Wagenheim ...
Elizabeth Rogers ...
Hostage
Joan Granville ...
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A mysterious man rides into town and says he is after one of two men responsible for killing his brother. When he starts crowding a stranger in town, Matt must decide how to make sure he doesn't take the law into his own hands.

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30 April 1966 (USA)  »

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Even the viewer is uncomfortable when a mysterious man rides into Dodge.
24 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was one of the most powerful episodes in the entire collection of the series. It was so interesting that you could not turn your eyes away from the screen thinking you may miss some nugget of information.

The episode begins in Texas at a church that has been raising funds to erect a new building. When everyone leaves the pastor of the church, Aaron Longworth, is shot three times by two bandit for the money the church has raised. The minster is killed and the bandits escape with the church funds.

The next scene is in Dodge where a man, looking like the murdered pastor, comes riding down the street. When he gets to the Dodge House he tells everyone that he is here not for a sermon but to watch someone die. Now the townsfolk of Dodge, and also the viewers, are freaked out by the preachers comments.

Turns out that the mysterious preacher is the brother of the dead pastor named Asa Longworth. He believes that one of the persons that killed his brother is in Dodge. Sure enough, there is a man that seems scared to death. His name is Sipes and it seems that everywhere he goes the mysterious man is following. The preacher has predicted that the man will try to flee, then resort to murder, then will be killed. It appears that what the mysterious preacher man has stated will come true. Marshal Dillon is even perplexed about the situation and wants to make sure that Asa does not take the law into his own hands.

This is an outstanding episode. Was thrilling to watch as the mysterious man made everyone, including the viewer, uncomfortable yet interested. This is the kind of writing that the series needed in the later years. One of the better shows I have seen in awhile. Great Watch.


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