Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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The Town Tamers 

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
James Jeter ...
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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28 January 1974 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Matt Dillon shoots two outlaws in a saloon and the outlaws knock over a couple of tables. There are playing cards and poker chips affixed to one of the overturned tables. See more »

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Law comes to the town of Hilt
20 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Matt is sent to the town of Hilt that has experienced some large growth but has no formal law in the town. In fact Hilt is like a lawless gang where everyone does what they wish with no consequence. Matt will meet up with another Marshal by the name of Luke Rumbaugh (Jim Davis) and they will both be trying to clean up the town.

It takes a few weeks but Matt and Luke finally get the town under control. Luke will be staying in Hilt to make sure everything stays calm as Matt heads back to Dodge. Soon a woman, that Luke has loved but never married because of his job, and her son come to Hilt to say good-by as they are heading west to start a new life. Luke has a change of heart and decides to marry her and be a father to the boy.

But it is not long before more trouble starts in the town. When Luke is injured the town begins to return to the lawless city it was previous. Matt is again called to Hilt to restore order and arrest the people responsible for Luke's injuries.

Even though the episode drifted off in the middle to become some what of a love story- it was action packed enough to keep the interest going. Wish they had done more with the problems of cleaning-up the town because that was entertaining to the hilt, or should I say to the town of Hilt. Good watch.

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