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The Mission 

Matt is in Mexico to pick up a wanted criminal. When bandits steal his credentials, they spring the criminal with the idea of forming a gang of violence.

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Matt Dillon
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Young Soldier
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Doc (credit only)
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Kitty (credit only)
Robert Tafur ...
Colonel Romero
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Bert Madrid ...
Blacksmith
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Reb Jessup (as Bob Random)
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Col. Amos Jessup
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Sergeant Macklin
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Matt travels to Mexico to pick up an outlaw (Jim Davis) wanted for murder in Kansas. The outlaw is truly a nasty piece of work, which makes him good company for two drifters (Steve Ihnat, Warren Oates) who bushwhack Matt and steal his identity papers and the extradition warrant. After "arresting" the outlaw leader, the two men form a gang with him. The three killers are soon joined by a fourth, Reb (Bob Random), the son of a Confederate colonel who fled to Mexico rather than acknowledge the war was over. Matt soon meets the colonel, who apologizes for his son's helping steal from Matt but refuses help of any other kind to a Yankee. The sergeant who was the colonel's aide and is now his ranch foreman is more sympathetic, but refuses to abandon his boss. Meanwhile, Reb is caught up in a robbery and murder spree led by the other three outlaws, who knock over a small-town bank and kill numerous citizens. A deputy sheriff who survived the massacre (thanks to Reb firing at him and ... Written by Peter Harris

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8 October 1966 (USA)  »

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Two good stories combined to make an spirited episode
10 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

I have never been a fan of the series making the two week long ride to Mexico for action that could have been just as interesting somewhere closer to Dodge City. But this episode had a very interesting side plot that involved an aging Confederate Colonel, that was never going to accept defeat, which made the entire episode even more entertaining than expected.

The main story involved Marshal Dillon going to Mexico to pick up a wanted killer named Jim Basset. Along the way Matt runs into two rough bandits and a newbie in the form of the Confederate Colonel's son called Reb. The two bandits knock out Matt and steal his horses with Reb riding along for his first action as a criminal.

Only after taking Matt's items did they learn that he was a US Marshal going after Basset. They decide, with help from the extradition papers, to spring Basset from jail and go on a robbery spree all across Mexico. Matt will not only have to deal with the bandits but also the Confederate Colonel that wants no part in helping a Yankee Marshal.

This is an episode that combines two stories to make an very spirited offering in the 12th season. With an interesting script and fine acting this episode proved to be entertaining to the very end. Good watch.


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