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To protect Kitty, Matt is forced to physically (and publicly) subdue fractious troublemaker Pat Swarner. When Swarner is subsequently found murdered, oft-inebriated Jud Sloan's claim that ... See full summary »

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... Matt Dillon
... Chester
... Doc
... Kitty
... Jud
... Pat Swarner
... Mike Boatwright
... Ak
Rayford Barnes ... Harry
... Bill Pence
Steve Warren ... Cowboy
James Nusser ... Dick
... Joe
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To protect Kitty, Matt is forced to physically (and publicly) subdue fractious troublemaker Pat Swarner. When Swarner is subsequently found murdered, oft-inebriated Jud Sloan's claim that the Marshal was the killer seems uncomfortably credible. Written by Sam Spear

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Western

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25 March 1961 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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In a closeup showing the bulletin board in front of Dillon's office, it shows the poster announcing "Sherriff's Sale/ Public Auction" is in fact an unused form letter with all the particulars, i. e., what officer, city, county, date set, etc. are all unfilled blanks. See more »

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Jud witnesses a fight between two large men, with both men striking each other in the face. The next morning Dillon shows up and he has no marks on his face that would have been present from his being in a violent fight. Despite this obvious lack of evidence, he is accused of killing Swarner. See more »

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A witness to a murder points his finger at Marshal Dillon.
26 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

Here is a nicely written script that was a change of pace from the norm. It begins as a brute of a farmer, Pat Swarner, comes into the Long Branch and starts harassing Kitty. Matt comes in and has to slap around the farmer to get him to leave without causing anymore trouble.

Later a down-on-his-luck man, Jud, passes an alley and sees two men in a heavy fight. One of the men goes goes down while the other walks away. The next morning Pat Swarner is found dead in the alley and Jud tells the townsfolk that he saw Marshal Dillon in the fight that killed Pat. Now some people of Dodge are going to send a letter asking for the removal of Marshal Dillon.

This was a nice change of pace as again we see how the townsfolk can quickly turn on the Marshal even after years of protection. Well written and well performed by the actors. After a few previous episodes were rather lackluster, it was nice to see the series return to its roots and produce another great western watch for the viewers.


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