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Hard-luck Tobe, who's lost his farm, gets a job in town with Chester's help and takes up with a saloon gal, not knowing she's on the run from a beau who's a con man and a killer.


John English


Paul Savage


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Episode cast overview:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Dennis Weaver ... Chester
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Harry Townes ... Tobe Hostater
Mary LaRoche ... Hanna
Philip Abbott ... Frank Ebels
L.Q. Jones ... Skinner
Sarah Selby ... Ma Smalley
Harry Dean Stanton ... Young Man (as Dean Stanton)
Bud Osborne ... Man
John Newton John Newton ... Cowman
S. John Launer ... Townsman


Hard-luck Tobe, who's lost his farm, gets a job in town with Chester's help and takes up with a saloon gal, not knowing she's on the run from a beau who's a con man and a killer.

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19 October 1963 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Final performance of Bud Osborne. See more »


When the Young Man is murdered, the outline of the wooden block holding the knife is visible under his jacket. See more »


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Good story that came across well on the screen
20 December 2012 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

The episode begins in Elkader hotel room where a gambling game involves Frank, three other guys and a young woman named Mae Young overseeing to the guys needs. After they call it a night one young man advises that he felt cheated and that his father is the Sheriff. Frank kills the man and advises Mae to go get them a buggy so they can leave town. Mae does go get a buggy but she rides out alone leaving Frank saying that he will get her. Mae goes to Dodge City and gets a job at the Long Branch under the name of Hannah Clayton.

In Dodge Matt is leaving town and puts Chester in charge. Matt asks Chester to ride out and serve Tobe Hofstadter with an eviction notice. Chester tells Tobe that he can get a job in town and things may work out for him. With no other options Tobe gets a job in town at the general store and later goes to the Long Branch where he meets Hannah. And when Ms Hannah gets some rough words from a man named Skinner, Tobe breaks a mug against his hand and tells Skinner to stay away from Hannah.

The next day Tobe and Hannah take a buggy ride to the river when Frank enters the Long Branch and asks Sam about Mae Young. Since Sam did not know that Hannah was actually Mae, he tells Frank that he never heard of her. Later Frank comes into the saloon and sees Mae. He now decides to make life rough for Mae which cause Mae to reject Tobe when he came to call. When Mae tells Frank never to touch her again, Frank slaps her knocking her into a heater killing her. Since no one knew about Frank the main suspect is Tobe.

When Chester goes over to place Tobe in jail, Tobe tries to flee and gets run over by a wagon and suffers severe injuries. When Matt returns they find out that Hannah's real name was Mae Young. Sam remembers hearing that name and tells Matt that Frank was asking for Mae Young. But will that be enough, if Tobe lives, to get him free of the charges of murder.

This was a nice story and an interesting plot. The only thing was that when the ending happened it all seemed to easy and tidy. People spoke just to clean the story and get us to the credits. With that said it was still a good watch. Some good interaction between Chester and Doc also helped.

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