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The Deserter 

Matt is on the trail of a badly wounded corporal for robbing the army payroll and falls into a trap when the father of the corporal gets the drop on him and wounds Chester.

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Matt Dillon
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Chester
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Doc
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Kitty
Harry Bartell ...
Jed
Jean Inness ...
Maddie
Joseph V. Perry ...
Radin (as Joe Perry)
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The Major
Rudy Solari ...
Lurie
Charles Fredericks ...
Sgt. Strate
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Clem
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Matt is on the trail of a badly wounded corporal for robbing the army payroll and falls into a trap when the father of the corporal gets the drop on him and wounds Chester.

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4 June 1960 (USA)  »

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Each time the character Lurie is being carried. He holds his head level. If he were unconscious. As he is supposed to be. His head would dangle, not remain level. See more »

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Home Sweet Home
3 January 2013 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

A cavalry detachment carrying payroll is waylaid, and in the ensuing mêlée one of the troopers rides off with the money. The cavalry at Fort Dodge calls in Matt to help out since civilians might be involved. Matt's investigation leads him to a farmhouse where the decidedly unfriendly owner (Bartell) shoots Chester and holds Matt at gunpoint. What's going on with the unusual hospitality and what do the homesteaders have to do with the army deserter.

The story really revolves around the owner Jed's wife Maddie (Inness). A prairie-worn, middle- aged woman, she gradually becomes the central character. The plot's fairly unpredictable and generates some suspense as we wonder what mean old Jed's going to do and how Maddie will react. I may be mistaken, but this is one of the few episodes where Matt fades somewhat into the background in both story focus and subdued manner. All in all, it's an excellent showcase for a no-name supporting player, the unglamorous kind that carry Hollywood on their back.


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