Doc Adams complains vehemently to Matt when a medicine man's opium-laden "cure-all" nearly kills an infant girl. Matt initially finds himself unable to intervene legally, but he is finally able to do so when abuse of the elixir results in the death of an elderly man.Written by
John Abbott as the dyspeptic Professor Lute Bone (great name) shows why he was one of Hollywood's best eccentric character actors. Here his character of the professor is fudged around a lot by the screenplay-- is he a charlatan bent on skinning naive frontier folk or a just a well-meaning but misguided guy with a gift of high-tone gab. Perhaps it doesn't matter but it does get confusing. Notable also for early appearance of the one and only Strother Martin in a fairly conventional role. Apparently this was before someone discovered Martin's own gift for wacky characters. Not much else to recommend, except Matt's questionable ordering around of the hapless Chester, making him look like a misbehaving child and in front of a crowd, no less. This may be the only time that I, for one, wished Chester had asserted himself against the marshal.
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