James Arness vaulted into the annals of television history with his iconic portrayal of U.S. Marshal Matt Dillon in the long-running television Western Gunsmoke. Armed with a quick draw and an even quicker wit, the principled and intelligent Marshal Dillon brought peace and righteousness to the lawless frontier of 1800s Dodge City with the help of his trusted deputy, Chester Goode (Dennis Weaver), his friend Doc Adams (Milburn Stone), and saloon keeper Miss Kitty (Amanda Blake).
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Season 1 Ep.36: Cara
Doc tends Cara, who slashed her forearm, to make it look like a suicide attempt. She asks for Matt. They haven\’t seen each other in twelve years since Yuma. Cara wants to stay awhile. Kitty doesn\’t want to hear about Matt\’s old flame. She hires Cara. Sheriff Benson says a bank robber, Jack Tolliver, is heading toward Dodge. He says a scout, a woman, cases the town. He describes Cara. Matt catches Cara in a lie. Matt tells her he\’s going to Ellsworth on government buisness. She asks him to postpone it. Kitty tells Matt Cara wants $20. Matt tells Chester to follow Cara. She buys a ticket to St. Louie. Matt asks Cara are you leaving without saying goodbye. Cara says the ticket was for Tolliver. Matt and Chester run to get on the train. Just like Cara wanted. They get off at a ranch and ride back to Dodge. Matt and Chester are keeping watch at the Botkin Bank. Tolliver and a cohort enter the bank. The cohort is shot. Tolliver goes out and uses Cara as a shield. She breaks free. Tolliver shoots her. Matt plugs him.
Dodge City, known as the Sodom and Gomorrah of the plains, is a typical frontier city of the late 1800s with typical problems ranging from rumored Indian raids to bank and stage robberies, cattle rustling, and family feuds. All of these must be dealt with within the law and that task falls to Matt Dillon, US Marshal (James Arness). Dillon is a man who prefers the use of logic over the use of the gun but the nature of the people passing through Dodge doesn’t always leave him that choice. Aided by various assistants and deputies over the years (played by Dennis Weaver, Burt Reynolds, and Ken Curtis), he does his best to keep the lawless element out of his town and his territory. Matt often solves his crimes through keen observation and deduction, an innovative approach for the times. Crucial information about cases is often provided by his beautiful companion, Long Branch owner Kitty Russell(Amanda Blake), while they drink beer or whiskey in her establishment. Matt also often exchanges banter or bounces his theories off of the crusty town doctor, Galen Adams (Milburn Stone).
Cast and Crew:
Director: Andrew V. McLaglen
James Arness, Milburn Stone,Amanda Blake,Dennis Weaver
Original Air Date: 1955
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