Gunsmoke: Season 19, Episode 17

The Town Tamers (28 Jan. 1974)

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Marshal Dillon teams up with old friend Marshal Luke Rumbaugh to tame the town of Hilt.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Luke Rumbaugh
Rex Holman ...
Leo Gordon ...
Sean McClory ...
James Jeter ...
Kay E. Kuter ...
McCurdy (as Kay Kuter)
James Chandler ...
Julie Bennett ...


Marshal Dillon, with another colleague, face the task of bringing law and order to the wild western town of Hilt. When Dillon arrives he discovers the marshal is an old friend, Luke Rumbaugh. Together the two set out to clean up the town. Once the two marshals manage to bring a measure of peace to Hilt, Dillon leaves while Rumbaugh stays on. One day Rumbaugh discovers that an old friend and love interest, named Martha, has arrived in town with her son while on their way to San Francisco. Confronted with his love for her again, he must decide whether to marry Martha before she leaves. Meanwhile, men Rumbaugh threw out of town plot to return and take their revenge on the marshal. Written by Christopher D. <>

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When Luke and Martha marry there are no witnesses (besides her child). For a marriage to be legal two adult witnesses are required. In this period a wedding would never be attempted without witnesses. See more »

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Classic Law Prevails in a Lawless Town Episode
17 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Marshal Matt Dillon and fellow Marshal Luke Rumbaugh come to restore order to an untamed frontier town. They arrive to town early without wearing their badges to see what they're up against. They find out that it will be hard work to clean up the savage town. Luke runs into a woman that he once loved (Martha) and her son Caleb still wants Luke as his dad. Luke is hesitant to rekindle his love for Martha, since a marshal's life is fraught with hardship. However, with some urging, he marries Martha. Luke runs into trouble when outlaws try to kill him. They succeed at severely wounding him. Luke decides to quit as marshal, leaving the wild town that he was to bring law and order to still untamed. How will law prevail? Watch the episode to find out. Jim Davis, better known for playing the part of Jock Ewing on the TV show Dallas, plays the part of Luke Rumbaugh.

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