Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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The Peace Officer 

Dillon heads to Dodge to get a new man to replace the brutal, corrupt sheriff of Tascosa, with hired killers in pursuit who are unaware that the sheriff's ex-girlfriend has joined up with Dillon.


Jesse Hibbs


John Meston (teleplay by), Norman MacDonnell (story by)


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Episode cast overview:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Dennis Weaver ... Chester
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Susan Cummings ... Stella Carney
Lane Bradford ... Sheriff Clegg Rawlins
Arthur Peterson ... Parks (as Arthur Peterson Jr.)
John Zaccaro John Zaccaro ... Ponce
John Close John Close ... Harry Lighter
Gilman Rankin ... Shay
Stafford Repp ... Styles
James Nusser James Nusser ... Crowe


Matt strips the badge from crooked Tascosa sheriff Clegg Rawlins, but knows he will likely face an ambush attempt during his return trip to Dodge City. He gets unexpected assistance from Rawlins' jilted girlfriend Stella, who meets the Marshal on horseback in an attempt to escape Rawlins and begin life anew in Dodge. Written by Sam Spear

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Release Date:

15 October 1960 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Started out so well, then hit a speed bump.
19 September 2013 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

This is one of those episodes that during the early part of the show it appeared we were going to have one of the best stories we have seen in a very long time. Then for some reason, it went into a near love story which derailed the entire exciting experience.

The exciting part was that Matt was called to Tascosa, Texas because a lawman was running the town as his own bankroll. Some citizens wanted the sheriff, Clegg Rawlins, out of office but he was supported by two henchmen that would rough anyone that did not follow the law as stated by Sheriff Rawlins. When Matt arrives he has to get physical with the henchmen and also avoid Rawlin's trying to bribe the Marshal into letting him stay as Sheriff.

As Matt heads back to Dodge to find a replacement for Rawlins, in comes Stella Connors that happens to be Rawlins' squeeze. Stella wants to run away from the corrupt sheriff and make a claim somewhere else. But along the way also finds herself falling in love with the tall Marshal from Dodge. Sheriff Rawlins has no plans of letting Matt take his job or his girl.

When Matt was in Tascose the story was interesting as Matt has to get rough and tough. Then on the trail back to Dodge the story slowed down to a crawl as we are treated to a sideshow where Matt refuses the advancement of a beautiful woman. It was like two stories - and one of the stories did not make good viewing pleasure.

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