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Marshal Matt Dillon keeps the peace in rough and tumble Dodge City.

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  • Nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Another 15 wins & 20 nominations.
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  Matt Dillon (635 episodes, 1955-1975)
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  Doc / ... (605 episodes, 1955-1975)
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  Kitty / ... (569 episodes, 1955-1974)
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  Festus / ... (306 episodes, 1959-1975)
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  Chester (290 episodes, 1955-1964)
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  Sam / ... (239 episodes, 1961-1973)
Bert Madrid ...
  Townsman / ... (176 episodes, 1962-1973)
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  Newly / ... (174 episodes, 1967-1975)
Fred McDougall ...
  Townsman / ... (154 episodes, 1957-1974)
Ted Jordan ...
  Nathan Burke / ... (131 episodes, 1961-1975)
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  Townsman / ... (99 episodes, 1960-1968)
John Breen ...
  Townsman / ... (86 episodes, 1958-1968)
James Nusser ...
  Louie Pheeters / ... (79 episodes, 1956-1970)
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  Townsman / ... (69 episodes, 1958-1966)
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  Sam Noonan / ... (66 episodes, 1955-1959)
Pete Kellett ...
  Townsman / ... (58 episodes, 1960-1974)
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  Thad / ... (52 episodes, 1965-1967)
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  Townsman / ... (51 episodes, 1957-1961)
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  Quint (50 episodes, 1962-1965)
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  Howie / ... (48 episodes, 1955-1974)
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  Moss Grimmick / ... (45 episodes, 1955-1964)
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  Mr. Jonas / ... (43 episodes, 1956-1974)
Woody Chambliss ...
  Lathrop / ... (38 episodes, 1957-1975)
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  Townsman / ... (38 episodes, 1955-1975)
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  Clem / ... (35 episodes, 1958-1961)
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  Saloon Girl / ... (35 episodes, 1964-1973)
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  Hank / ... (34 episodes, 1959-1973)
Brick Sullivan ...
  Bartender / ... (32 episodes, 1957-1959)
Charles Wagenheim ...
  Halligan / ... (29 episodes, 1966-1975)
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  Jim Buck / ... (29 episodes, 1957-1975)
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  Townsman / ... (29 episodes, 1959-1975)
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  Obie / ... (27 episodes, 1962-1974)
Hank Wise ...
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  Brawler / ... (25 episodes, 1962-1974)
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  Townsman / ... (23 episodes, 1963-1966)
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  Bartender / ... (21 episodes, 1958-1975)
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  Mr. Botkin / ... (21 episodes, 1961-1974)
Lew Brown ...
  1st Cowboy / ... (21 episodes, 1956-1974)
Charles Seel ...
  Barney Danches / ... (20 episodes, 1961-1974)
Alex Sharp ...
  Cowboy / ... (20 episodes, 1957-1974)
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  Bear Sanderson / ... (19 episodes, 1957-1974)
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  Roy / ... (19 episodes, 1959-1969)
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  Eben Luken / ... (18 episodes, 1966-1975)
Fred Coby ...
  3rd Stage Man / ... (18 episodes, 1962-1970)
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  Badger / ... (16 episodes, 1960-1974)
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  Pierre / ... (15 episodes, 1959-1972)
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  Ben Stearman / ... (15 episodes, 1958-1975)
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  Bandito / ... (15 episodes, 1962-1969)
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  Ash / ... (14 episodes, 1957-1975)
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  Aaron / ... (14 episodes, 1956-1973)

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Plot Summary

Marshal Matt Dillon is in charge of Dodge City, a town in the wild west where people often have no respect for the law. He deals on a daily basis with the problems associated with frontier life: cattle rustling, gunfights, brawls, standover tactics, and land fraud. Such situations call for sound judgement and brave actions: of which Marshal Dillon has plenty. Written by Murray Chapman

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Also Known As
  • Marshal Dillon (United States)
  • Gun Law (United Kingdom)
  • Police des plaines (France)
  • Rauchende Colts (Germany)
  • La ley del revólver (Spain)
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  • 60 min
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Trivia The show was slated to be cancelled in 1967 due to low ratings, but CBS President William Paley, who was a big fan, reversed the decision. He moved the show from Saturdays to Mondays (cancelling Gilligan's Island (1964) in the process), placing it back in the Nielsen's Top Ten. See more »
Goofs Matt is called a US Marshal. Kansas became a state in 1861, more than a decade before the series is set. There was only one US district court in Kansas and one marshal assigned to it, plus a number of deputy marshal. All deputies would be based in Hays, the capital, not towns like Dodge. And deputies would enforce federal laws and court orders, and capture federal fugitives. They would not have state or local jurisdiction (like breaking up fights in the Long Branch). At the time of the series Dodge had a town marshal, and a county sheriff with jurisdiction outside the town limits. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in CBS Fall Preview Special: Seven Wonderful Nights (1961). See more »
Soundtracks The Old Trail See more »
Quotes Dr. Galen 'Doc' Adams: [Festus offers to buy Doc a beer with a silver dollar that he earned from shoeing horses in episode "Whelan's Men".] Why don't you take that money and invest it in something? Why don't you do that?
Festus Haggen: Invest it in what?
Dr. Galen 'Doc' Adams: There's wonderful land values outside of Dodge. Now why don't you go out there someplace, look around, and buy yourself a lot?
Festus Haggen: A lot of what?
Dr. Galen 'Doc' Adams: A lot! A lot of land!
Festus Haggen: Well fiddle, I can't afford to buy a lot of land. You probably could the way you've been a bilking and gouging...
Dr. Galen 'Doc' Adams: Oh, hush up! I'm trying to help you, for heaven sakes. It don't cost a whole lot to buy a little lot.
Festus Haggen: What do you mean it don't cost a whole lot to buy a little, or a whole lot to buy a lot, what do you mean?
Dr. Galen 'Doc' Adams: Well, I mean,... a little lot of land!
Festus Haggen: But there ain't no such a thing. A little's a little, and a lot's a lot, there ain't no little lot, or lot of little, don't you see? Now you want that beer or don't you?
Dr. Galen 'Doc' Adams: No I'm... I'm all worn out.
Festus Haggen: [and as Doc walks away Festus Hollers] If you change your mind me and Newly will be over at the Longbranch having a whole lot of little beers.
[Chuckles and flips his silver dollar]
Festus Haggen: Now I'm buying.
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