A coward gambler, who's too cheap to hire a gunman, wants Matt dead for a beating he got from him years ago, so he starts some talk around Dodge about the big reputation any person could gain, if they simply killed Matt.





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Episode cast overview:
Ed Eby
Nat Swan
James Beck ...
Jack Massey (as Jim Beck)
Bill Pence
John Close ...
Sheldon Allman ...


Jack Massey, who bears a strong resemblance to Matt, is shot in the back while standing in the Marshal's office. Matt subsequently learns that gambler Ed Eby has recently come to Dodge and that Eby claims to have overheard an unnamed man threaten to shoot the Marshal "any way he could". Matt is dubious of Eby's veracity inasmuch as the gambler bears a long-standing grudge against him. However, Matt is tense over the possibility that he could be murdered from ambush, especially after inebriated Nat Swan tries to do so in order to make a name for himself. When the tension causes Matt to become involved in an armed conflict that results in the death of an innocent man, he decides to confront Eby about his intentions as well as the accuracy of his story. Written by Sam Spear

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Release Date:

7 March 1959 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Kitty: I just don't understand why Eby didn't tell you about this right off the minute you got back to town.
Marshal Matt Dillon: I'll tell you, Kitty, I ran across Eby once some time back over in Tascosa. He was slapping a woman around and I gave him quite a beating for it. He probably has never forgotten it.
Kitty: Hmm.
Marshal Matt Dillon: He wasn't too big after that and he left town a few days later.
Kitty: I guess he figures he doesn't owe you any favors now, huh?
Marshal Matt Dillon: Not exactly.
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An unbelievable story
11 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

During this episode, Marshal Dillon has a drunk shoot at him all because a man wanted a name for himself and Matt just lets him ride out of town. Surely the writer did not want us to believe that Marshal Dillon lets everyone that tries to kill him ride out of town and not face justice. This action goes against what Marshal Dillon tried to teach each person about respecting the law. The actions of the Marshal are highly questionable all throughout this episode.

The story involves a gambler, Ed Eby, that had a run-in with Marshal Dillon years ago. He tells people at the Long branch that he overheard some cowboys talking that they were going to kill Dillon. But Eby does not tell the Marshal about the incident.

Matt knows that Eby does not have enough guts to kill him so he believes that someone is hiring a gunner to come and kill him. There has already been at least two attempts on Matt's life and the prime suspect happens to be Eby. It is not until Matt is involved in an incident that he knows he has to confront Eby and get this matter solved once and for all.

The episode, when everything is finished and the credits are rolling, just did not seem like it captured any interest. It was a bland plot with some bland acting. From a cowboy overplaying his drunken part to very poor acting when a friend of Chesters' gets shot in the Marshal's office- this episode was lackluster all the way around. This story was just not believable.

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