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The Gallows 

While returning suspected killer Pruit Dover to Dodge to stand trial, Matt is shot and badly wounded, and yet Dover stays with him and nurses him back to health.

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Matt Dillon
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Chester
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Doc
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Kitty
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Pruit Dover
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Judge Henry
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Ax Parsons (as Robert J. Stevenson)
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Jud Gamer
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Louie Pheeters
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Feist
Nancy Walters ...
Gal
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Milt
Bob Gravage ...
Peters (as Robert Gravage)
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Footloose but honest Pruit Dover saves Matt's life while being returned to Dodge to stand trial for killing a man during a drunken argument. Matt's faith in the law and even his devotion to duty are severely shaken when vindictive Judge Henry disregards the lack of credible witnesses or hard evidence against Dover and sentences him to hang. Written by Sam Spear

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3 March 1962 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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When Pruitt Dover fights the older man next to the pond, it is obvious that there is a stunt double standing in for him. Pruit's hair is much lighter in color than the double's, whose hair is black. See more »

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The Gallows
19 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

One of the best episodes in the series. Arness shows subtlety in his performance. The writing is strong;elegant. The relationship between Dillon and his prisoner is beautifully complex and it isn't often that Matt wants to turns his back on the letter of the law. Jeremy Slate is believable as an easy-going drifter, Pruit Dover, without ego or guile who finds himself accused of murder. His subsequent actions suggest he is not a cold-blooded killer, but justice, in the form of a tough judge, is blind. Matt is conflicted. The pacing and story invokes the mood of the 1943 film noir western, The Oxbow Incident.

I Thought only Kathleen Hite (a regular contributor to Gunsmoke) could write with such sensitivity.


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