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Who Lives by the Sword 

Despicable gunman Joe Delk provokes Lew and Billy Baxter and easily kills the inexperienced young men in gunfights, but Matt's swift and unexpected reaction soon has Delk experiencing nightmares and self-doubt.

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Doc
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Joe Delk
Steven Terrell ...
Billy Baxter
Robert C. Ross ...
Lew Baxter
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Mrs. Baxter
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Despicable gunman Joe Delk provokes Lew and Billy Baxter and easily kills the inexperienced young men in gunfights, but Matt's swift and unexpected reaction soon has Delk experiencing nightmares and self-doubt.

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18 May 1957 (USA)  »

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The title is from the old proverb: He who lives by the sword, dies by the sword. See more »

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Joe Delk: I'm felling some better Marshal, I... Them pills Doc give me helped.
Matt Dillon: What makes you think I care how you feel?
Joe Delk: Nothing, Unless I decide not to leave Dodge.
Matt Dillon: You'll leave. You got an hour to go.
Joe Delk: Maybe?
Matt Dillon: It's your choice. You know what will happen if you don't.
Joe Delk: I might not be so easy to get next time Marshal.
Matt Dillon: Maybe not. But we'll find out. We'll find out real quick.
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Justice Dillon Style!
12 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a great story about human psychology as Marshal Dillon dishes out justice to a gunslinger and makes the gunslinger afraid to die.

It begins at the Long Branch when two young likable brothers, Lew and Billy Baxter, come into town to get them a beer. At the end of the bar sits Joe Delk, a gunslinger that kills at the drop of a hat. When Delk bothers Kitty one of the brothers questions Delk. Delk prods the brothers into a gunfight and kills both of them.

When Matt gets to the scene and hears that Delk made the brothers draw first, instead of just arresting Delk, Matt takes off his gun walks Delk outside and beats the crap out of him.

After a week Delk is finally able to be released from Doc Adams care but the beating given by Matt has caused a change in Delk's demeanor. Instead of the sure-fire gunman, Delk has been reduced to an alcoholic frighten man that unsure of himself. The beating has now made him think that he is going to die. And with people wanting to see Delk dead it will only be a matter of time.

A well acted story that was enlightening as the change to Delk was so sudden and unexpected. James Arness delivers some good lines which adds to the folklore of Marshal Dillon. One of the better shows we have seen in recent memory.


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