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The Cover Up 

Matt jails the wife abusing Sam Baxter on suspicion of murdering 2 squatters on his land, but after he gets locked up, a 3rd squatter is murdered.

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Matt jails the wife abusing Sam Baxter on suspicion of murdering 2 squatters on his land, but after he gets locked up, a 3rd squatter is murdered.

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12 January 1957 (USA)  »

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Doc Adams: Well, I can't sit around neglecting my other patients waiting for you to get shot.
Marshal Matt Dillon: Might make more money that way.
Doc Adams: The only way I could make any more money around here is to have your job.
Marshal Matt Dillon: Ha! And you wouldn't get rich that way, either.
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Did He or Didn't He
26 October 2011 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Squatter Hoffer is one ornery guy, but so is rancher Baxton on whose land Hoffer's squatting. Worse for Baxton, three other squatters are making unauthorized use of his big ranch. He's not happy, but neither is Hoffer when Baxton threatens to overrun him with cattle. Then Hoffer and another squatter are dry-gulched, and naturally Matt arrests Baxton. But is he guilty.

Pretty good episode that keeps you guessing. The clever screenplay has the earmarks of lead writer John Meston, especially the ending. Otherwise, the episode fits into the spare category of a sagebrush whodunit, with a nice turn by Vivi Janiss as Baxton's long-suffering wife.

(In passing-- note that in a couple of sequences, Dodge's Front Street is an exterior set instead of the actual outdoors. Sometimes the series used an outdoor set, sometimes not, depending I guess on their needs of the moment.)


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