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Trip West 

Given three months to live by a quack peddler of patent medicines, a mousy bank clerk quits his job, withdraws all his money, makes ready to go to California, and falls for a girl who may endanger what time he has remaining.


Harry Harris


John Dunkel


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Episode cast overview:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Ken Curtis ... Festus
Herbert Anderson ... Elwood
Sharon Farrell ... Annie
H.M. Wynant ... Meade
Percy Helton ... Arbuckle
Vinton Hayworth ... Ramsay
Elizabeth Shaw Elizabeth Shaw ... Lucille
Henry Rowland ... Frank
Angela Clarke ... Mrs. Crabbe


Milquetoast E.J. Hardacre, told he has three months to live by a crackpot healer, meets a beautiful girl, quits his job and travels to Dodge with dreams of going to California. Plans change when he tries to protect the girl from an old boyfriend and his time may be up sooner than he thought. Written by DrDOS

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This is the final appearance of three for Angela Clarke, who plays Mrs. Crabbe, the boarding house owner. She continued acting until 1986, and she passed away December 16, 2010 at 101 years of age. See more »


After Elwood buys a jackknife for the little boy, Matt is seen walking by a poster advertising Kitchen Queen Baking Soda, a real product of the early 1900s. Kitchen Queen filed papers as a for-profit corporation in the State of Texas on 31 January 1898 (too late to be available in the series' time frame). It was discontinued in the 1910s. Replicas and, possibly, actual tins for the product are available online. See more »

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Story was lacking in action but was a nice watch
11 January 2013 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

This story actually begins in North Fork where a cowardly bank employee named Elwood Hardarce is being medically examined by a traveling medical con-artist named Professor Ramsey. Ramsey is a man that sells this useless elixir that he tells is a cure all for every ailment. Ramsey has already been ran out of Dodge by Marshal Dillon and set up shop in North Fork. Professor Ramsey tells Elwood that he has calcification of the liver and only has three weeks to live. That is of course, unless he buys 12 bottles of his elixir. Elwood only has the money to buy one bottle but will get the money the next day for the others.

The next morning Ramsey has been told to leave by the Sheriff and Elwood is in distress about his life. At the local saloon he takes his first ever whiskey drink and is smitten by a girl named Annie Gilroy. However Annie is trying to escape from a boyfriend named Meade Agate who is a known rough in the area. Elwood with only weeks to live wants to see California so he quits his job takes out all his money and rides to Dodge by coach. Just so happens Annie is on the same stagecoach trying to flee Agate.

When they get to Dodge, Annie gets a job at the Long Branch and Elwood walks around town taking in all the sights and spending his money. That is until Agate comes to Dodge.

Meade Agate is after Annie and will leave dodge without her. Annie tells Elwood to leave her alone and leave town for his safety but all that does is cause Elwood to think about his months to live. He confronts Agate and tells him to leave town. Agate tells Elwood he better get a gun. With Elwood believing his time on earth is short, he takes a brave face to the threat.

A sweet script that was a pleasure to watch. Even though the show was entertaining, it did not have the flare that the previous episodes have possessed. Perhaps it was the mild manner that this show was taking- but it felt dragged out till reaching the outcome. With that said- it had a nice story with good actors which produced a good watch for viewers.

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2 May 1964 (USA) See more »

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