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Run, Sheep, Run 

The body of a no-good man is found in his burning store on the same night as the sudden disappearance of the nice couple he cheated out of the money for their ranch.





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Episode cast overview:
Matt Dillon
Burt Brinckerhoff ...
Tom Stocker
James Nusser ...
Louie Pheeters
Lem Hubley
Bill Miller
Anne Barton ...
Beth Miller (as Ann Barton)
Barney Cox
Harry Crane
Mary Stocker
Dan Braden


The body of a no-good man is found in his burning store on the same night as the sudden disappearance of the nice couple he cheated out of the money for their ranch.

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9 January 1965 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Early in the story, Matt makes a remark to Tom to the effect that he is one of the few men in the area who still carries a .36 caliber Colt Navy revolver. That might have been true for the fictional Dodge City, but in the actual West, Colt Navy revolvers - the most popular revolving pistols of the 1850's and 1860's - were common in the 1870's and into the 1880's, many converted from their original percussion ("cap & ball") configuration to use metallic cartridges. The "Navy" part of the name did not refer to that sea service, but to a decoration on the cylinder depicting a naval battle in the Texas War of Independence. See more »

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A powerful ending makes this entire episode come together
3 February 2013 | by See all my reviews

Even thought this story seemed somewhat weak during most of the program, by the end of the show all the things began to come together into making the show understandable. If you make it though the episode to the end, all the small action scenes all make sense. Perhaps the ending may not be to your satisfaction but the story will play out well.

The plot begins when two young married people, Tom and Mary Stocker, plan to go to California to start a new life. They have sold their farm for $1200 and plan to pick up the money from the buyer, Dan Braden. But Braden has other plans for Tom and Mary. What he has done is received the signed deed and then gave Tom a note saying he would pay within a year. Tom did not see the legal scam and now is out the money since he no longer has a farm and will be heading out west.

Tom goes to confront Braden about the scam, when suddenly a gunfight breaks out. Braden is killed. Tom rushes back to get Mary and they flee town to escape a murder charge. Tom owns a rare .36 caliber revolver and he knows that Marshal Dillon will know that he killed Braden when they find the bullet.

On the run, Tom gets into situations where he has to break the law to keep running. Finally Mary talks Tom in returning and claim self-defense for the killing. Back in Dodge, Matt has some good news for the young Tom about Braden's death. But even with that information Tom will be led to the jail by his wife perhaps for the last time.

This is a story that will all make sense in the end. Even with the slow start be prepared for a powerful ending. One ending that was really unnecessary.

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