Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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Marshal Dillon is trying to bring a suspected murderer back for trial (on foot)for killing a lawman friend of the Marshal's. He finds the man near a large sheep ranch run by an independent ... See full summary »


James Landis


Don Ingalls


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Episode cast overview:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Ken Curtis ... Festus
Roger Ewing ... Thad
Joe Higgins ... Smithy
Walter Baldwin ... Old Man
Fletcher Bryant Fletcher Bryant ... Ben Tyson
Mario Alcalde Mario Alcalde ... Lorca
Diana Muldaur ... Laurel Tyson
Paul Fix ... Doc Lacey
Shug Fisher ... Chengra
Torin Thatcher ... John Tyson


Marshal Dillon is trying to bring a suspected murderer back for trial (on foot)for killing a lawman friend of the Marshal's. He finds the man near a large sheep ranch run by an independent Australian immigrant named Tyson. Tyson wants to handle the prisoner in his own way for allegedly killing a few of Tyson's ranch hands. The Marshal enlists the help of a local doctor and Tyson's own daughter while acquiring horses. Ultimately Tyson and the Marshal meet face to face before returning to Dodge City. Written by Tom

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Release Date:

11 February 1967 (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?


A quote from this episode is featured in the Pink Floyd double album (but not the theatrical film) "The Wall", just before the song "Is There Anybody Out There?" The quote starts with Matt Dillon saying "Well, we've got an hour of daylight left. We better get started." See more »


As Matt and the prisoner are walking through the rocky hills, Matt steps on a large rock which can be seen bending underneath his weight. See more »


Marshal Matt Dillon: Mister, you're going back pig or pork, now make up your mind!
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Featured in Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982) See more »

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Dillon runs into a town control by a man making his own laws.
5 October 2013 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

Due to the highly edited version of the episode that I watched, at times there were confusing parts of the continuing story that did not make good sense. Like when the good doctor's house was set afire and then not another word about or from the doctor was mentioned. Or when the Indian was giving advise to Marshal Dillon and when the scene changes the Indian is dead without explanation. These were part of the edited version that made this episode almost surreal.

The story involved Marshal Dillon arresting an outlaw and then trying to make it back to Dodge. But due to limited water, he is going to have to go near the land of a head-strong sheep rancher named John Tyson. Mr Tyson believes he is the law in his area and when he finds out that Matt's prisoner is the one that killed some of his cowhands, he wants to administer his own justice rather than let Matt take the prisoner back to Dodge.

To make the rancher look ever worse, the writer threw in a rebellious daughter, Laurel Tyson, that wants to ride with Matt to escape her father's harsh treatment of people that does not heed to his way of thinking. So now Matt, the prisoner and Tyson's daughter are set on making it out of the reach of Tyson's law.

From near the beginning when Matt and the prisoner were wondering around looking for water, the story seemed very slow. It picked up nicely when they get to a town that is run by Tyson but some damage had already been done. There is an exciting climax to the story but with all the editing done to the show it was more of a relief than entertainment.

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