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A Man Called 'Smith' 

Outlaw Will Smith visits his ex-wife Abelia so she can fence some stolen gold in order for him to escape into Mexico. Festus becomes suspicious when he sees Abelia in a seedy establishment late at night.


Vincent McEveety


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Episode cast overview:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty (credit only)
Ken Curtis ... Festus
Buck Taylor ... Newly
Jacqueline Scott ... Abelia Johnson
Val Avery ... Bull Anders
Susan Olsen ... Marianne Johnson
Mike Durkin Mike Durkin ... Jonathan Johnson
Earl Holliman ... Will Smith
Roy Roberts ... Mr. Bodkin
Sid Haig ... Buffalo Hunter
William Fawcett ... Old Prospector
Ted Jordan Ted Jordan ... Burke
Margarita Cordova Margarita Cordova ... Saloon Girl


Outlaw Will Smith visits his ex-wife Abelia so she can fence some stolen gold in order for him to escape into Mexico. Festus becomes suspicious when he sees Abelia in a seedy establishment late at night.

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Release Date:

27 October 1969 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The night this episode aired on CBS, it was jokingly referenced on rival NBC's "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" when comedian Dick Martin informed his viewers who missed the western's weekly installment that the story involved a wealthy cattle baron who discovered his cattle weren't actually wealthy after all. See more »

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Intrigue And Suspense!!
15 October 2009 | by elliselSee all my reviews

The children had a goat ready for the carnival. Some unknown stranger approached the house. The gentleman entered onto the property and had a talk with his ex-wife at the beginning of the show. The name Will Smith was holding nearly ten thousand dollars of stolen gold in a satchel. He asked Abelia Johnson to trade the stolen gold for two hundred dollars of traveling money to reside in Mexico.

Abelia Johnson took the kids to Dodge City for the carnival. They stayed at Ma Smalley's boarding house for the night. Later in the day, Abelia returned to the house and had a chat with Will Smith. He wanted her to trade the gold to an establishment called the Bull's Arrow Saloon. Bull Anders operated the saloon; and she was to meet the gentleman about trading the gold for three hundred dollars in paper money. Abelia had to wait until the next evening to obtain Will Smith's traveling money. Festus Haggen acted quite suspicious about her dealings of stolen gold.

She did not tell Festus Haggen that Will Smith had served five years for both robbing the freight train and possession of stolen gold. By the same token, Abelia Johnson told her ex-husband that he had to wait until nightfall to collect his traveling money. Will Smith had plans of meeting Bull Anders at a shack outside Dodge City. Trading the stolen gold came with an unexpected twist. Bull Anders was setting up Will Smith for an ambush; moreover, gunfire erupted at the shack will both parties being shot in the transaction ... and Bull Anders ended up being dead from gunfire. Will Smith did not obtain his three hundred dollars of traveling money to Mexico.

Will Smith ended up at Abelia Johnson's home. He was hiding in the barn. Festus Haggen found out Will Smith was caught in gunfire with the unsuccessful attempt to trade the gold for the money. Will Smith was desperate to leave for Mexico ... with or without traveling money. Will Smith was his name that he wanted to be known to Marshal Dillon in his dying confession. A Brilliant 10!! A Recommended Episode From The 1969-1970 Television Season.

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