Matt rounds up three men (Steed, Foss, and Pegger) knowing that one of them is guilty of murdering a Pawnee brave while attempting to rape his wife Sochi. The Marshal tells the three that Sochi can identify her attacker, but he hopes that the guilty man will give himself away during the tense ride back to Dodge. Written by
Head writer Meston?s collaboration with Les Crutchfield proved a productive one in the late 50's. This is one of them. Matt and Chester find comely Indian girl Soshi (Buck) on horseback alone on the prairie and shot in the back. She's able to tell Matt and Doc Adams that a white man shot her in a nearby location. So Matt and Chester go searching, and find two of Hollywood?s best plug- uglies Wilke (Pegger) and Elam (Steed), along with handsome, mild mannered Gene Nelson (Foss). None of them like Indians, so definitely one is the guilty party, but which one. Naturally, we figure it's one of the two onery tough guys, but is it.
This is one of the few entries filmed almost entirely on a location that really does look like western Kansas. It's really a whodunit, beautifully played out by a colorful supporting cast and some entertaining dialog. The writers show how riveting a story can be even in the absence of much action, along with the series's typical thoughtful ending.
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