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Tail to the Wind 

A father and son bully a farmer and his wife who won't sell their land, but the farmer is oddly reluctant to let Matt arrest the two, even when they resort to gunfire.

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Matt Dillon
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Chester
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Doc
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Kitty
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Pezzy
Alice Backes ...
Cora
Harry Swoger ...
Burke
Alan Reed Jr. ...
Harlow
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A father and son bully a farmer and his wife who won't sell their land, but the farmer is oddly reluctant to let Matt arrest the two, even when they resort to gunfire.

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10 October 1959 (USA)  »

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When Matt and Chester are outside of the Marshal's office there is a wanted poster for Johnny Red on the wall. That is the title character for the previous show in which Johnny Red dies at the end. See more »

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(at around 20 mins) Pezzy is kissing his wife goodbye and releases the hand brake from forward, lock, to the middle so he can go. At the 25:37 mark Pezzy and Chester leave in Pezzy's same wagon with the hand brake all the way forward in the lock position. See more »

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More Than One Way to Skin a Polecat
12 August 2007 | by See all my reviews

Sleeper episode that sort of sneaks up on you, much like the deceptively mild-mannered Pezzi. He and wife Cora are homesteading a little spread outside Dodge. The trouble is land-grabber Harry Swoger and his worthless son want to chase him off so the land baron can expand. They shoot up the house and burn down the chicken coup. Most men would be fired up for revenge, but not Pezzi. He refuses to act, saying he has no proof even though the perpetrators are obvious.

Story is by Les Cructhfield and it's a good one, with a fine surprise ending. Two points of note. Matt baits Swoger mercilessly, trying to egg him into a gunfight, which seems most un-lawman like. Also, Alice Backes as Cora really cuts loose on Swoger when Pezzi does nothing. I expect that passage was a contribution from scripter John Meston, again showing his penchant for strong women. One other point-- it's never made clear what Pezzi's near-pacifism is grounded in, whether it's religion or simply a matter of character.


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