Mark Rydell — Director

Episodes 10

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Hung High

10x8
November 14, 1964

Matt had to arrest Cavalry Sgt. Wilks for being drunk and disorderly. The following morning Matt had to,literally, throw him out of his office after Wilks tried to assault him. Matt's mentor, Jim Downey, arrives in Dodge after retiring. Tony Serpa hates lawmen and shoots Downey in the back for fun while in a drunken stupor. Matt arrests Serpa; he's tried, convicted, and sentenced to hang. While taking Serpa to Hayes City for hanging, Serpa's three partners-in-crime show up. Joe Costa, the leader, decides to hang Serpa (for getting caught) and frame Matt for it. Sgt. Wilks arrives on the scene and arrests Matt for murder. Matt escapes and makes it to a nearby town to find the sheriff has gone fishing. Here he meets George, who informs Matt that Costa and his friends are in town. Matt asks George to bring a couple friends to help him flush out Costa and his men. In the meantime, Sgt. Wilks and his squad show up in town. Sgt. Wilks gives his men orders to shoot Matt on sight. Matt, Ge

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Chief Joseph

10x19
January 30, 1965

Howie tells Matt the lobby of the Dodge House is full of indians. Wiley demands Matt get them out. They want a room, they have gold to pay for it. The chief is sick with fever. Matt sends for Doc. He's got pneumonia. Lt.Cal Tripp, of the 14th cavalry from Walla Walla, tells Matt to put the chief and the two braves in his room. He is Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce. Corly Watts brother was killed by the Nez Perce. The Chief is going to Washington D.C. to talk to the president. Wiley's rabble rousing. Tripp overhears them. Tripp goes to Wiley's office and tells him if a mob tries to storm the hotel it may get burned. Matt calls Charlie Britton a thief. He busts a bottle over Matt's arm. Matt throws him out of Dodge for a month. Charlie's going to Corly. Matt sends a telegram. Doc looks at Matt's arm. Britton tells Corly, Chief Joseph is in Dodge. Tripp tells Kitty and Festus of the chief's daughter bathing in a stream and white trappers. The Long Branch empties to see

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The Lady

10x27
March 27, 1965

Hattie Silks has raised her niece, Liz, and promised to take her to San Francisco. Near broke, they get as far as Dodge when Hattie talks Kitty into hiring her as companionship for the older men that patronize the Long Branch. Sam Hare has been ogling and pestering Liz the entire stagcoach trip to Dodge and she wants nothing to do with him. When Hattie meets local rancher Jud Briar, they fall in love and plan to be married. The spoiled brat in Liz reveals itself and she talks Sam Hare into hiring a gunfighter to goad Jud into a showdown (with Jud dead Hattie will have no reason to stay in Dodge and they can move on to San Francisco). Gunslinger Ray Pate decides to rile Jud into strapping on a gun by beating up Hattie. He can then kill Jud and claim self-defence. Things don't go quite as planned; Ray and Liz receive their just deserts in the end.

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April 10, 1965

You'd think Kitty would have learned her lesson about taking stagecoach trips. On this one, while returning to Dodge (and a very impatient Matt), Kitty, Eleanor Starkey and her son, gambler Will Helmick, a railroad magnate, another young man, the stage driver and shotgun guard are kidnapped by Grant Shay and his gang. They are force marched over rough terrain to a cabin in the cold hills where they are kept in an open corral, exposed to the wind, and unfed. Kitty is somewhat put off by the gambler who seems to be no help at all in remedying their situation. There seems to be little or no compassion from their captors. Escorted by one of Shay's men, Eleanor is sent to Dodge to deliver ransom demands to Matt. The money is gathered and they go to the cabin for the exchange. When Matt and Festus show up with the money Shay's plans are altered.

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October 9, 1965

Matt is riding along when he's confronted by Miguel Samando, a bandito who wants to kill the ""famous Matt Dillon."" Miguel isn't as fast as he thinks he is and is killed. Immediately thereafter another rider shows up, but this time is Matt's old ex-lawman friend Jack Pinto. Jack has decided to give up law enforcement and head to California to make his fortune. They drape Miguel over his horse and head for Dodge. Festus notices a rough looking character ride into Dodge and stop at the Long Branch. Failing to find Matt, he decides to check things out for himself. He goes to the Long Branch and finds three gunslingers; Doyle Phleger, Al Tresh and Billy Coe. Playing the role of a dim-witted hick in need of a drink, Festus makes friends with Al Tresh. A bottle or two later he gets Tresh to admit that he was offered

$25,000 to kill Matt. It turns out that Miguel, Doyle and Billy were made the same offer. When Matt gets into town Festus fills him in. Jack offers Matt hi

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Outlaw's Woman

11x13
December 11, 1965

A gang of outlaws (Dove Baily, Coley Martin, Harve Kane, Hank Wheeler, and siblings Eddie and Allie Sommers) are being chased by two posses for robbing the railroad of $20,000 and shooting three employees. Matt manages to shoot one of them in the shoulder before they get away. A couple days later Doc finds Allie in his office with a bullet wound in her shoulder. Matt suspects she may have been one of the gang members, but says nothing. She tells Matt that she was separated from a wagon train and shot by Indians. After two weeks convalescing, and getting to like city life, Allie sees Kane in town. He tells her that Matt shot her brother down when he was trying to surrender. He wants her to lead Matt into a trap so they can kill him and then show the gang where her brother hid the money before he died. This task proves to be a little more difficult than it sounds; Matt and Festus are pretty hard to kill.

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Death Watch

11x16
January 8, 1966

Holly and Walker, two bounty hunters, come across a dead sheriff and his prisoner. The prisoner, John Drago, is still alive, but badly injured from his horse throwing him. Holly finds a wanted poster in the sheriff's pocket indicating the reward for Drago, dead or alive, from the Mexican authorities is thirty-thousand dollars. They take Drago into Dodge for medical treatment. Doc and Matt insist on keeping Drago under guard in a hotel room until he's fit to ride. Local farmer Austin Boyle's wife is under Doc's care because she's having a difficult time carrying her baby and, knowing he could use the money, Festus suggests that Matt hire him as a guard. A Kansas

City Beacon Newspaper reporter, George Flint, is in town and keeps stirring up trouble between the bounty hunters and Matt to create an interesting story. Flint eventually plants the idea in the bounty hunter's minds to offer Boyle three-thousand dollars to kill Drago so they can quickly get to Mexico and

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Snap Decision

12x1
September 17, 1966

Disturbed over being forced to kill a prisoner who was trying to save his life, Matt Dillion turns in his badge.

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The Mission

12x4
October 8, 1966

Marshal Dillon is helped by an apparently friendly young runaway who later faces him as a deadly adversary.

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October 22, 1966

A gunfighter (McGavin) hired to murder Matt Dillion gets wounded while trying to save the life of an elderly Chinese man.

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