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Dooley Surrenders 

Addled hide skinner Emmett Dooley believes that he killed a man and demands to be put in jail. Matt is convinced that Dooley was not the culprit and tries to lure the real killer into giving himself away.

Director:

John Rich

Writer:

John Meston (story and screenplay by)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Dennis Weaver ... Chester
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Strother Martin ... Dooley
Ken Lynch ... Colpitt
James Maloney James Maloney ... Faber
Ben Wright ... Mr. Ross
George Selk ... Moss Grimmick
James Nusser James Nusser ... Nelson
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Addled hide skinner Emmett Dooley believes that he killed a man and demands to be put in jail. Matt is convinced that Dooley was not the culprit and tries to lure the real killer into giving himself away.

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Genres:

Western

Certificate:

TV-G
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 1958 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Marshal Matt Dillon: [Walks alone on Boot Hill, thinking aloud] It's a long, mean ride up the trail. Breathing the dust of half-wild Texas cattle, eating poor on salt meat and beans, drinking branch water for months at a time. You don't wonder when they hit Dodge they load up on cheap whiskey and go on the shoot for each other. And for me, Matt Dillon - U. S. Marshal.
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Very well played by Strother Martin
5 July 2013 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

Strother Martin makes his fourth appearance in the series and gives another fine performance as a slow-minded hide skinner, Emmett Dooley, that has been told by his partners that he killed a man while shooting a rifle in a drunken state. The partner, Colpitt, leaves Dooley alone on the prairie saying that he does not want a murderer riding with him. Dooley loses all his possessions and money he would have gotten by his partner riding off. Dooley feels so bad about the situation that he rides into Dodge and tells Marshal Dillon that he has killed a man and deserves to be locked up.

Matt, Chester and Doc ride out to where the incident happen only to debunk the story that Dooley has been telling. Matt believes that there is more sinister works going on in this situation and sets up a trap to find out. But the ending of this tale will take a left turn into a place that the viewer did not want to wander.

Excellent work by Strother Martin playing the mentally slow man that has a child-like personality. With the great acting and a nice script this episode proved to be a winner. Excellent watch.


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