Marshal Matt Dillon is in charge of Dodge City, a town in the wild west where people often have no respect for the law. He deals on a daily basis with the problems associated with frontier life: cattle rustling, gunfights, brawls, standover tactics, and land fraud. Such situations call for sound judgement and brave actions: of which Marshal Dillon has plenty.
1Matt Gets It
10 Sep 1955Description ▼
Matt is critically wounded while attempting to arrest super-fast gunman Dan Grat. Grat runs rampant in Dodge while Matt recovers, but is unpleasantly surprised when the recovered marshal challenges him again. |
17 Sep 1955Description ▼
Temperatures are high, tempers are short, and Matt is unenviably duty-bound to protect despicable gunman Cope Borden from being lynched by a group of normally law-abiding and hard-working ranchers and cowhands. |
3Word of Honor
01 Oct 1955Description ▼
Doc is sworn to secrecy to protect a cruel gang guilty of murder. |
08 Oct 1955Description ▼
The frightened teenage daughter of a rancher enlists Matt to attempt to save her father's life by amputating his gangrenous leg. |
15 Oct 1955Description ▼
A old prospector marries a saloon girl, who like others wants to know where his gold from his prospecting days is hidden. |
29 Oct 1955Description ▼
Matt is dubious of young Timmy Wyatt's stories concerning nighttime robberies and assaults, but he agrees to investigate and is surprised by what he discovers. |
7Smoking Out the Nolans
05 Nov 1955Description ▼
Matt has the unpleasant task of evicting some squatters from a rancher's land, but the squatters claim the rancher sold the land to them legally. |
12 Nov 1955Description ▼
Dillon takes away the gun of Andy Travis after he kills a man in self defense, figuring no one will challenge an unarmed man to a gunfight, but it's an action that might prove to be very costly. |
26 Nov 1955Description ▼
Marshal Dillon has to keep bullying buffalo hunter Jase Murdock from traveling south into Indian territory on a hunt for hides. Murdock's plan to trespass and wantonly massacre buffalo promises to spark an uprising. |
03 Dec 1955Description ▼
Two men cut off a Chinese immigrant's pigtail, and he tells Matt that he can return home to China only with the pigtail or by taking the lives of the men who stole it. |
11General Parsley Smith
10 Dec 1955Description ▼
An inveterate liar is loudly insistent that Dodge City's new banker is a swindler who will abscond with the townspeople's savings at his earliest opportunity. |
24 Dec 1955Description ▼
Chester is concerned when his nomadic and "uncivilized" brother pays a Christmas visit to Dodge, but Magnus Goode proves worldlier and more adaptable to town life than anyone thought possible. |
31 Dec 1955Description ▼
Booth Rider is being played for a sucker by the wife of the ranch owner he works for, in the hopes that he will have to kill her husband in self defense. |
14Professor Lute Bone
07 Jan 1956Description ▼
Doc Adams complains vehemently to Matt when a medicine man's opium-laden "cure-all" nearly kills an infant girl. Matt initially finds himself unable to intervene legally, but he is finally able to do so when abuse of the elixir results in the death of an elderly man.
21 Jan 1956Description ▼
Hank Springer who claims the sheriff of Mingo framed him for murder, escapes from Matt's jail, wrongly believing he has killed a deputy in the process, and now has the intention of killing the apparently corrupt sheriff. |
16Reward for Matt
28 Jan 1956Description ▼
A woman puts a price on Matt's head after he shoots down her husband. |
04 Feb 1956Description ▼
Holdup man John Henry Jordan repeatedly escapes conviction by robbing only the wealthy and sparing poorer persons who are potential witnesses against him. His luck runs out when Matt's efforts force him to victimize ordinary citizens. |
18 Feb 1956Description ▼
A young white boy, taken hostage years earlier by the Pawnee, must steal from or kill a white in order to be accepted by the tribe as a brave. |
25 Feb 1956Description ▼
Troy Carver is an aging ex lawman with poor eyesight being chased by a dirt farmer who wants revenge for the killing of his brother 2 years before. |
03 Mar 1956Description ▼
Jerry Shand finds himself facing a hangman's noose after killing jovial hardware drummer Andy Culley, but Matt learns that Culley was a former Quantrill raider and senses that reticent Long Branch hostess Belle Archer is the key to proving Jerry's claim of self-defense.
17 Mar 1956Description ▼
Matt saves suspected 18 year old cattle thief Steve Elser, from a would be lynch group, and tries to help him find a job, but discovers he might be a hopeless case. |
22Tap Day for Kitty
24 Mar 1956Description ▼
Matt suspects Kitty of shooting and wounding an old man who attempted to abduct her in hopes of forcing her to marry him. |
31 Mar 1956Description ▼
Amos Cartwright is an Indian scout for the army and is suspected of deliberately allowing his troop to be ambushed by the Comanches, and now the brother of one of the dead soldiers is planning to kill him. |
24The Pest Hole
14 Apr 1956Description ▼
When an epidemic of typhoid fever hits Dodge, some citizens want to take the law into their own hands against the person suspected as the carrier of the disease. |
25The Big Broad
28 Apr 1956Description ▼
A large woman and her small companion bring trouble to Kitty's saloon, as the woman has a way of causing guns to be drawn. |
12 May 1956Description ▼
Far from Dodge and without a horse Matt Dillon still manages to bring in Lee Trimble...a man wanted for murder. Lee's brother Dolph swears that he'll get him out. Meanwhile, an old friend of Dillon's, Hack Prine, has arrived in Dodge to take a job. Happy to see each other they reminisce about old times both unaware that the job Hack is in Dodge for is killing Dillon.
19 May 1956Description ▼
After Matt exposes gambler Ben Sissle as a cheat, Sissle attempts to extract revenge by giving brain-damaged Cooter Smith a gun and telling the marshal that Cooter plans to challenge him to a gunfight. |
26 May 1956Description ▼
A brutal killer named Crego is in Dodge. His game is to goad slower men into drawing first and then gunning them down and claiming self defense. Each time Dillon confronts him he backs down. If Matt can't rely on the law to provide a solution to this problem he may be forced to resort to Crego's tactics to mete out justice.
09 Jun 1956Description ▼
Doc bristles at a stranger who has just ridden in with two friends. With the proverbial blood in his eye, Doc fetches an old six-shooter and confronts the stranger. What's going on with the normally mild-mannered town doctor. Fortunately, Matt intervenes in time. We expect the object of Doc's anger, Clem (Chris Alcaide), to be a dis-likable roughneck. But he's not. Instead he's courteous and understanding even after Doc's sworn to kill him.
16 Jun 1956Description ▼
The stage coach arrives in Dodge carrying two distinct personalities. Sam Keeler, a loud braggart of a man who boasts he can beat any man with his fists and Seth Tandy a quiet, meek man who refuses to raise his hands in violence. Keeler tries to provoke Tandy into a fight and Dillon is forced to intervene to prevent Tandy's beating. Soon Keeler has a grudge against Tandy and Dillon which will lead to an inevitable confrontation between Keeler and Dillon.
31How to Die for Nothing
23 Jun 1956Description ▼
Two drunk trail herders, one of whom draws on Matt. Matt is forced to defend himself, and kills the man. The dead man's brother (Mort Mills), another crew member, swears vengeance and now Matt must deal with the threat.
30 Jun 1956Description ▼
Slickster Dutch George (that fine actor Robert Middleton) turns up in the middle of the prairie and steals a horse from boyish-looking McQueen (Tom Pittman). Turns out that George is an old friend of Matt's. Matt knows George's reputation as a skilled horse thief from back when Matt was a boy. McQueen comes to Dillon for help, together with Chester they ride to find George and the stolen horse. Matt thinks he may finally have George caught with evidence.
07 Jul 1956Description ▼
Matt tries to quell rumors of a planned Pawnee attack. |
34Chester's Mail Order Bride
14 Jul 1956Description ▼
Chester has been writing to a mail-order bride who is now coming to Dodge to marry him. What Chester has neglected to tell Matt and Doc is that the picture he sent her wasn't his but the marshal's. |
21 Jul 1956Description ▼
Weed Pindle is a rather mild mannered wandering guitar player who is in Dodge. A couple of the rowdier cowboys have started having fun at his expense getting him drunk. When they find out he fought for the Union in the 3rd Illinois Cavalry their fun turns serious and they are set on hanging the peaceful player. Chester and some of the other citizens are just as determined to prevent it.
28 Jul 1956Description ▼
An old flame of Matt's comes to town, but her presence in Dodge may be motivated by more than sentiment. |
37Mr. and Mrs. Amber
04 Aug 1956Description ▼
A struggling prairie couple endures harassment and torment at the hands of the wife's self-righteous brother. |
18 Aug 1956Description ▼
A distraught middle-aged woman becomes determined to aid a young murderer in Matt's custody after she learns of her own son's violent death and unceremonious burial on Boot Hill. |
39Alarm at Pleasant Valley
25 Aug 1956Description ▼
While on the way back to Dodge, Matt and Chester help homesteaders besieged by Indians. |
08 Sep 1956
2Brush at Elkader
15 Sep 1956
22 Sep 1956
4The Round Up
29 Sep 1956
5Young Man with a Gun
20 Oct 1956Description ▼
After Matt unceremoniously kills despicable gunman Sam Kircher, teen-age brother Peyt Kircher arrives in Dodge and announces that he plans to practice drawing and shooting until he is good enough to face Matt and avenge his brother's death.
27 Oct 1956
7How to Cure a Friend
10 Nov 1956
17 Nov 1956Description ▼
Doc rides out to a small farm to greet newcomers and let them know a doctor is available if needed. He is rudely met by Flory Tibbs who claims her husband is out working. Someone calls from inside the cabin and Doc finds him lying in bed with a wounded leg. It's obvious she doesn't want Doc around so fearing for the man's life Doc tells Matt about the strange behavior and Matt and Chester ride out to investigate.
24 Nov 1956
01 Dec 1956
08 Dec 1956
15 Dec 1956
22 Dec 1956
29 Dec 1956
15Puckets New Year
05 Jan 1957
16The Cover Up
12 Jan 1957
17Sins of the Father
19 Jan 1957Description ▼
Big Dan Taggitt, a mountain man, signs up for a room at the Dodge House for he and his wife. Everything is fine until Mr. Dobie finds out his wife is an Indian. Not just any Indian...she is the daughter of Yellow Horse an Indian raider who had killed many settlers. Dobie riles the town up against them while Matt tries to keep the peace. Dobie's ranting eventually leads to violence.
26 Jan 1957
02 Feb 1957
09 Feb 1957
16 Feb 1957
23 Feb 1957
23Sweet and Sour
02 Mar 1957
09 Mar 1957
16 Mar 1957
23 Mar 1957
30 Mar 1957
06 Apr 1957
13 Apr 1957
30Big Girl Lost
20 Apr 1957
31What the Whiskey Drummer Heard
27 Apr 1957
04 May 1957
11 May 1957
34Who Lives by the Sword
18 May 1957
25 May 1957
01 Jun 1957
37The Man Who Would Be Marshal
15 Jun 1957
38Liar from Blackhawk
22 Jun 1957Description ▼
Hank Shinn arrives in Dodge from the Dakota territory and is given a wide berth because of his reputation as a killer with a fast draw. However, Shinn's curious behavior leads Matt to suspect that he may not be the gunman that everyone believes him to be.
06 Jul 1957
14 Sep 1957Description ▼
Gunman Nate Springer arrives in Dodge with the obvious intention of committing murder, but his nervousness and unpredictability make Matt determined to find out who hired him and why he seems so different from his steel-nerved reputation. |
2Gun for Chester
21 Sep 1957Description ▼
Chester claims the new stranger in town is really there to kill him and Matt investigates, but remains skeptical even after Chester is shot in the arm by an unseen person. |
28 Sep 1957Description ▼
In order to collect a reward of $500, Harry Speener kills Joe Harpe even though Harpe had recently saved his life on the prairie. Matt grudgingly pays the reward, but unwittingly sends Speener to an ironic fate when he orders the opportunistic ex-bartender out of Dodge.
05 Oct 1957Description ▼
While Kitty dines with Matt on the edge of town, Kitty's old beau robs the bank. |
12 Oct 1957Description ▼
Young Budge Grilk tells Matt that his father has committed a murder and offers to lead the Marshal to their homestead. Matt and Chester are wary of Budge because of his addled and unkempt demeanor, but they decide to accompany him. When they arrive at the decrepit homestead, Matt and Chester are surprised and taken as hostages at gunpoint and locked in a squalid potato cellar. Matt suspects that the entire family is half-starved and capable of desperate measures to ensure their survival. Pa Grilk confirms Matt's suspicion when he tells them that they are to be killed so that he and Budge can rob the Dodge City Bank without interference. Matt eventually gets the upper hand on Budge and is able to hold him at knife-point. He attempts to barter for his and Chester's freedom, but he is shocked and dismayed when the ruthless Pa Grilk proves fully willing to sacrifice the young man's life.
19 Oct 1957Description ▼
Young and likable Jesse Pruett teams up with an unlikely "partner" in the person of Bill Stapp, a murderous former Quantrill raider. Stapp has promised to lead Jesse to the man who killed his father so he can avenge his death, but the young man is tragically unaware of Stapp's true intentions
26 Oct 1957Description ▼
On her way to Dodge to marry, Mavis McCloud sends a telegram to the Marshal of Dodge City. Chester and Doc want to know "Is she coming here to marry Matt" or is something else going on? |
8Born to Hang
02 Nov 1957Description ▼
Joe Digger is nearly killed by two men who tried to lynch him. Now he is giving Matt until midnight the next day to bring them to jail, or he will track them down and kill them both. |
09 Nov 1957Description ▼
In a situation much like the play referenced by the title, the children of two prominent families have fallen in love, though the patriarchs of both have forbidden they see each other. Dispite the girl's father having threatened the boy with death, the two run away, and go to Dodge City for Matt's help. He reluctantly does, though the father arrives soon afterward, warning that if he doesn't turn them over to him, he and his ranch hands will tear the town apart searching for them. Matt and Chester secretly have the young couple married and sent off in a stage coach, and delay the father back at his estate until he cools down, and finally accepts what has happened.
10Never Pester Chester
16 Nov 1957Description ▼
Matt sets out with a vengeance to capture two trouble-making Texas cowhands who dragged Chester and left him near death. |
23 Nov 1957Description ▼
Losing his first wife when she disappeared, Jim Cobbett tries marriage again. All seemed fine until she turned up missing too. Did he have something to do with her absence as some think he did with his first? |
12How to Kill a Woman
30 Nov 1957Description ▼
Matt investigates why a gunman is harassing station master Jesse Daggett by killing his passengers in cold blood, when things reach a climax after a female passenger is shot dead. |
13Cows and Cribs
07 Dec 1957Description ▼
An impoverished but hardworking woman's plans to adopt an orphan baby are jeopardized when Matt discovers that her improvident husband is involved in cattle rustling. |
14 Dec 1957Description ▼
Doc, on his way to an accident at a local farmhouse, is confronted by a stranger barring his way. When he feels forced to shoot him, he tells Matt to arrest him for it before the marshal's reputation comes into question by everyone in town.
21 Dec 1957Description ▼
Kitty takes a buggy ride with a dandified stranger. When he makes a pass, her spirited rejection of it results in her being left alone on the prairie. |
28 Dec 1957Description ▼
A feud begun between two families when they lived in the Ozarks continues with fresh bloodshed, and Matt gets caught in the middle. |
04 Jan 1958Description ▼
Matt and Chester travel to the small town of Elkader to arrest would-be killer Kerry Post, but find they must first expose a bogus U.S. Marshal in order to lure him into town. |
11 Jan 1958Description ▼
Doc finds a half-dead man on the side of the road and tells Matt. Matt and Chester ride out to a buffalo hunter's camp but before they get far, the occupants show up not treating them much better than the man the doc found. |
18 Jan 1958Description ▼
The Gunther brothers rob the Dodge City Bank and take Kitty hostage. Matt and Chester follow at a discreet distance, waiting for their chance, knowing that sadistic Jed would be happy to make good on his threat to kill Kitty.
25 Jan 1958Description ▼
Matt and Chester find a man shot in back in his lonely cabin and the immediate suspects are two men who have been trying to force him to sell his land. |
01 Feb 1958Description ▼
A strong-willed, shotgun-wielding matriarch helps her son escape from Matt's custody, but the Marshal is equally determined to see the young man tried and sentenced for killing an unarmed man. |
08 Feb 1958Description ▼
"There's no law west of Dodge." Two writers in from New York want to see if that's true. When a Pawnee Indian uprising seems to be brewing, they may have found their story. |
15 Feb 1958Description ▼
On the prairie, Matt meets up with a young boy who tells him that some men tied up and abducted his father the night before. |
22 Feb 1958Description ▼
To escape a potentially lethal blizzard, Matt seeks shelter in a cabin in which two psychopathic bandits have enslaved and repeatedly molested a young woman after murdering her father. |
01 Mar 1958Description ▼
The only man who didn't treat Beulah like dirt is marrying another woman, whose brother doesn't want him in the family. When the groom is shot leaving the church, everyone suspects the new brother-in-law. |
08 Mar 1958Description ▼
Addled hide skinner Emmett Dooley believes that he killed a man and demands to be put in jail. Matt is convinced that Dooley was not the culprit and tries to lure the real killer into giving himself away. |
27Joke's on Us
15 Mar 1958Description ▼
A horse thief is headed for a rope. At least that's how his friends see it. They find out too late they may have the wrong man. The joke may be on all of them now as someone is killing them one by one. |
22 Mar 1958Description ▼
There's a new Faro dealer at the Long Branch. When the town drunk, the meekest man in town, tries to attack him, the dealer swears he'll kill him if he ever tries that again. But he also swears he "never seen him before in his life." |
29 Mar 1958Description ▼
When town bully Cloud Marsh experiences public humiliation during a laughing gas show, he and his surly brothers assault proprietor Earle Stafford and attempt to molest his kind-hearted wife. |
05 Apr 1958Description ▼
When Doc is called to a Texas cattle drive's camp due to a shooting, Matt comes along and learns that the victim was shot in the back and that one of the cowhands was responsible. Headstrong trail boss Kin Talley refuses to disclose the identity of the guilty party and Matt responds by ordering all of Front Street's saloons, gambling halls, and stores closed. Determined to get the saloons re-opened, Talley delivers sickly Sam Peeples to Matt and claims that he is the killer. Matt knows that Peeples is not the guilty party, but without evidence he has little choice other than to re-open Front Street. Inevitably, rowdy cowhands create trouble that ultimately leads to Talley's arrest, the death of a cowhand in a showdown with Matt, and a surprising turn of events that discloses the true identity of the killer.
31Amy's Good Deed
12 Apr 1958Description ▼
Amy Slater gets to Dodge and tells Matt she came to die. He suggests seeing Doc Adams, she says she's not sick but that Matt could help. When asked how, she says "you're going to kill me." Learning the truth, he decides how to handle it. |
19 Apr 1958Description ▼
Dodge would appear to be undergoing a rash of suicides--or is a murderer with a rope making the rounds? |
26 Apr 1958Description ▼
Lou and Linda met in St. Louis and are engaged to be married. Lou is waiting in Dodge for her but a man he says he never met rides in on the stage too and makes Matt suspicious when Lou says he doesn't know him. |
34The Big Con
03 May 1958Description ▼
The Dodge City Bank's acting manager loses $20,000 of the bank's money when he imprudently makes a loan secured by a seemingly "can't lose" poker hand. Matt makes it apparent to the three "players" that he believes they actually worked together to defraud the bank, so they flee Dodge with Doc as a hostage.
10 May 1958Description ▼
Matt is strongly suspicious of the character and the intentions of gentleman gambler Leach Fields, especially when he proposes marriage to a recently-widowed woman who may know the location of $10,000 in stolen money. |
17 May 1958Description ▼
When Jim Cando is thrown in jail by Matt, for a robbery and murder, he orders his partner to get him out by any means, or he will implicate him in the crime too. |
24 May 1958Description ▼
When an Army payroll is stolen and two soldiers are murdered, the commanding officer of Fort Dodge threatens to put Dodge City under martial law unless Matt can capture the perpetrators within 48 hours. |
31 May 1958Description ▼
After capturing suspected murderer Jim Nation, Matt has to eventually trust the suspect to help out when he and other stagecoach passengers are held at gunpoint by an outlaw. |
07 Jun 1958Description ▼
Suave and enigmatic gambler Marcus France falls in love with Long Branch hostess Boni Damon. France is curiously unwilling to marry Boni, though he is willing to risk death to protect her from the unwanted advances of vicious Tiller Evans. |
1Matt for Murder
13 Sep 1958Description ▼
Matt is suspended by the War Department, after Red Samples comes to Dodge with his gang and an alleged witness, claiming Matt shot an unarmed man in cold blood. |
20 Sep 1958Description ▼
Matt doubts the veracity of Long Branch hostess Holly Fanshaw's claim that she saw trail drover Fly Hoyt murder young Dave Thorp. His suspicions increase further when Hoyt voluntarily returns to Dodge in order to clear his name. |
27 Sep 1958Description ▼
Matt believes white smugglers supplied the guns that a band of Pawnee used to attack local ranchers. |
04 Oct 1958Description ▼
Two murders result when an unscrupulous Eastern businessman named Ivy hires a psychotic killer to help him establish undisputed control of Dodge City's freight shipment business. |
5Letter of the Law
11 Oct 1958Description ▼
A rich landowner seizes the chance to get a little more acreage when he discovers that a homesteader has failed to file the paperwork to make his quarter section his own. |
18 Oct 1958Description ▼
Matt and Chester, out of water while riding back to Dodge, come upon a man with two fine horses who is not very trusting. When they meet him later in Dodge, he is much different: friendly and spending money freely. |
25 Oct 1958Description ▼
A stagecoach on which Matt and Chester are riding is robbed and another passenger is murdered. Matt utilizes a ruse to incriminate the thieves when a "cowboy" appears and offers to show him where one of the thieves may be buried. |
01 Nov 1958Description ▼
Matt refuses to arrest his friend Ben Tiple without more evidence, when the man he has been feuding with is found shot in the back. |
08 Nov 1958Description ▼
When a stranger leading some immigrants planning on settling outside of Dodge wants Matt to give him a badge to avert trouble, he gets suspicious and rides out to their camp to see what is really up. |
15 Nov 1958Description ▼
After mild-mannered Hank Blenis is "lynched" by the two men who stole his horse, self-righteous Charlie Drain decides to take the law into his own hands and is led tragically astray by the culprits. |
11How to Kill a Friend
22 Nov 1958Description ▼
Two gamblers find Matt incorruptible and attempt to intimidate him by hiring gunman Toque Morlan. The two are ironically unaware that Morlan was Matt's close friend until a long-ago attack by a mob left Morlan scarred and harboring a bitter grudge against lawmen.
29 Nov 1958Description ▼
White men pretending to be Indians attack greenhorn Harry Pope at night, and he kills one of them. Now the dead man's friends want revenge. |
06 Dec 1958Description ▼
When Doc arrives too late to save his patient, her husband, a good friend of Matt's, blames Doc for her death. |
13 Dec 1958Description ▼
Financially desperate Jack Fitch robs a stagecoach and abducts passenger Laura Church, unaware that she is "engaged" to an unscrupulous businessman who threatened to ruin her father if he did not agree to the marriage. |
20 Dec 1958Description ▼
Claustrophobic plainsman Poney Thompson is arrested for murdering a man who maliciously shot his dog, but an ironic fate awaits him after he breaks free from Chester's custody. |
16Gypsum Hills Feud
27 Dec 1958Description ▼
Matt's attempt to find a man who shot at him from ambush leads him and Chester into the middle of a murderous feud between two bitter and isolated mountain families. |
03 Jan 1959Description ▼
Over the objections of his sometime partner Rod Allison, treacherous Jim Box murders aging rancher Jesse Wheat, then attempts to steal cattle from Wheat's young widow. |
10 Jan 1959Description ▼
Chester's Uncle Wesley comes to Dodge and thinks Chester is the marshal, and Matt goes along with the gag, playing the deputy. |
17 Jan 1959Description ▼
A man's house is burned and his livestock killed, but he refuses to identify the perpetrators to the marshal. |
20Love of a Good Woman
24 Jan 1959Description ▼
An old friend of Doc's, a nurse, is visiting and he hopes she will stay around Dodge. In the meantime Matt is worried that an ex-con is gunning for him even though he thought he was innocent five years ago. |
31 Jan 1959Description ▼
Trail boss Dolph Quince sends for his friend Matt to help escort his cattle herd into Dodge because he is having trouble with Jayhawkers (Kansas renegades), and he hopes to ease the animosity his men have towards all Kansans. |
07 Feb 1959Description ▼
A family friend of Kitty's visits from New Orleans and is shocked to find her a saloonkeeper. Still, the young man is determined to defend the lady's honor, a stance that could get him killed in rowdy Dodge. |
14 Feb 1959Description ▼
Young Billy flees Dodge in fear after being suspected of shooting dead an older saloon girl whose sexual advances he had been resisting. |
21 Feb 1959Description ▼
Doc takes hard the death of a homesteader under his care; then a flashy new medicine man comes to town and takes away many of his patients. |
28 Feb 1959Description ▼
Rivalry for the affections of a former saloon gal leads to a frame-up for murder. |
07 Mar 1959Description ▼
Jack Massey, who bears a strong resemblance to Matt, is shot in the back while standing in the Marshal's office. Matt subsequently learns that gambler Ed Eby has recently come to Dodge and that Eby claims to have overheard an unnamed man threaten to shoot the Marshal "any way he could". Matt is dubious of Eby's veracity inasmuch as the gambler bears a long-standing grudge against him. However, Matt is tense over the possibility that he could be murdered from ambush, especially after inebriated Nat Swan tries to do so in order to make a name for himself. When the tension causes Matt to become involved in an armed conflict that results in the death of an innocent man, he decides to confront Eby about his intentions as well as the accuracy of his story.
14 Mar 1959Description ▼
Matt suspects a conspiracy when a man is murdered, Al Clovis flees on a train even though he has a perfect alibi, and the bank is robbed. |
21 Mar 1959Description ▼
Men start killing each other over saloon girl Dolly Varden, who seems to bring gamblers luck just by standing next to them when they're playing cards. |
04 Apr 1959Description ▼
After years of captivity, a white woman and her half-Indian daughter are set free by the Indians, but they are shunned in Dodge. |
11 Apr 1959Description ▼
A gunfight in the Long Branch forces Matt to arrest a drunk. Letting him go since it was a fair fight, he suspects him of selling guns to the Indians, and goes after him even though he may run into those Indians. |
18 Apr 1959Description ▼
Matt and Dodge City's businessmen employ an unusual tactic to save ambush victim Lee Prentice from being taken to corrupt Baker City to face certain hanging on a trumped-up murder charge. |
32Change of Heart
25 Apr 1959Description ▼
A whirlwind romance blossoms between Jerry Cass and Long Branch hostess Bella Grant, but the situation is complicated by the sudden appearance of Jerry's opportunistic brother Brisco. The couple announce plans to marry, but Matt becomes suspicious when Jerry tells him that Bella has suddenly asked him to agree to leave the ranch that he recently inherited from his father for six months to try living in the East. Matt subsequently learns that Jerry had never actually seen his father's will, but that Brisco had obtained a copy from the bank. The Marshal deduces that Brisco and Bella may be working together and when he reads the will himself, a clause in the document heightens his suspicions. Matt calls the three parties together to disclose what he has learned and to force Brisco and Bella to reveal their partnership and their intentions, but an unexpected outcome awaits.
02 May 1959Description ▼
Marshal Dillon has to stop a ruthless, cold-blooded, greedy, buffalo hunter who is in the habit of brutally killing his hired help to avoid paying them their wages. |
09 May 1959Description ▼
Matt tries to help Andy Hill, a young gunman who is apparently trying very hard to go straight, by getting him a job riding shotgun on the stagecoach. |
35There Was Never a Horse
16 May 1959Description ▼
Gunman Kin Creed arrives in Dodge determined to enhance his reputation by outdrawing Matt in a gunfight. He goes to great lengths to force Matt into a confrontation and is able to wound him, but it proves to be a pyrrhic victory. |
23 May 1959Description ▼
Print Asper is suspected of attempted murder when he forces a crooked lawyer, at gunpoint, to return the ranch he stole from him, and the lawyer still ends up getting shot later by someone. |
30 May 1959Description ▼
Dodge City's businessmen learn a hard lesson when they reject Matt's advice and hire a meek constable to handle a gang of rowdy but free-spending trail cowboys. |
06 Jun 1959Description ▼
Seriously injured Matt faces a moral dilemma when Blue Horse saves his life and prevents the escape of a prisoner. The Marshal knows that Blue Horse is being sought by the Cavalry as a fugitive from a reservation, and he is well aware that he is duty-bound to assist their search in any way possible.
13 Jun 1959Description ▼
Matt seeks the help of wise Chief Long Robe to track down gunrunners who are supplying renegade Cheyenne braves with rifles used to murder prairie-dwelling families. Long Robe provides Matt with the needed information, but warns him that the death of even a single brave could lead to a violent uprising.
05 Sep 1959Description ▼
Ironic tragedy results when Danny Kader stubbornly disregards his father's predispositions (and Matt's pragmatic advice) in order to attempt an elopement with a young gypsy woman. |
19 Sep 1959Description ▼
When Kitty is hurt in a fall from a horse, she and Matt must seek help from shiftless dirt farmers who are oddly uninterested in aiding them. |
26 Sep 1959Description ▼
Deesha is running a scam in which his partner sells an unbranded horse to an unsuspecting buyer, after which Deesha moves in to claim the horse, leaving the buyer with nothing. |
03 Oct 1959Description ▼
A man suddenly turns up in Dodge City claiming to be Billy Crale, the long-lost son of a well-to-do local widow. Matt knows that Billy Crale was reported dead during the Civil War and he becomes highly concerned for Mrs. Crale's safety when he confirms that the man is actually a onetime outlaw known as Johnny Red.
10 Oct 1959Description ▼
Chester saves a man from a zealot's violent "justice," then faces a dose of the same himself. |
6Tail to the Wind
17 Oct 1959Description ▼
A father and son bully a farmer and his wife who won't sell their land, but the farmer is oddly reluctant to let Matt arrest the two, even when they resort to gunfire. |
24 Oct 1959Description ▼
Attention-starved Kate Kinsman claims that her husband Jeff was murdered by their handsome (and unattached) neighbor Ed Dolliver. The physical evidence points to Dolliver's guilt, but Matt is unconvinced and sets a trap to expose the killer.
31 Oct 1959Description ▼
Matt rounds up three men (Steed, Foss, and Pegger) knowing that one of them is guilty of murdering a Pawnee brave while attempting to rape his wife Sochi. The Marshal tells the three that Sochi can identify her attacker, but he hopes that the guilty man will give himself away during the tense ride back to Dodge.
07 Nov 1959Description ▼
A man wants to gunfight when he returns home, after years away, and finding his brother married to his girl. |
14 Nov 1959Description ▼
Onetime gunman Zeno Smith faces an unenviable choice. If he does not help would-be gambler Hank Fergus rob Mr. Jonas's general store, Fergus will tell 12-year old orphan Tommy the full story of how Zeno's descent into deprivation and alcoholism dates to the day he backed down from facing Fergus in a gunfight.
11Odd Man Out
21 Nov 1959Description ▼
Matt is uncertain what to make of Cyrus Tucker's confused claim that his wife of 32 years "just ran off", especially when a homesteader claims that he saw the old man digging a large hole just behind his house. |
28 Nov 1959Description ▼
Drifters Ab Cole and Rusk Davis repeatedly bother virtuous Chavela Ramirez and their actions eventually cause serious injury to the young woman. Matt takes Cole into custody and warns Chavela's proud father Miguel that there will be serious consequences if he defends his daughter's "honor" by going after Davis himself.
13Box O' Rocks
05 Dec 1959Description ▼
A man enlists the aid of a parson to fake his own death. |
12 Dec 1959Description ▼
A man is convicted of murder on doubtful testimony. |
15Tag, You're It
19 Dec 1959Description ▼
When hired gunman Killion comes to Dodge, many of the men get scared thinking he is after them, but it turns out his paid target is a woman. |
16Thick 'N' Thin
26 Dec 1959Description ▼
A quarrel between two partners in homesteading escalates to the point of gunfire. Matt tries to make peace between them by locking them up together. |
02 Jan 1960Description ▼
An ex-Confederate waits to settle the score with the Union man whose unit cost him a loved one and property in the late war. |
09 Jan 1960Description ▼
Despite a serious heart condition, onetime prizefighter Tom Burr is determined to go through with his plans to fight vicious Hob Creel. The only way Matt can stop the mismatch and save Burr's life is to fight Creel himself. |
19Till Death Do Us
16 Jan 1960Description ▼
Someone takes a shot at a hard man who is brutal to his wife, and someone is overheard claiming he was offered money to kill the man. |
23 Jan 1960Description ▼
Matt and his friends try to come to the aid of a has-been actor caught cheating at cards. |
30 Jan 1960Description ▼
Matt has reason to believe that new overweight, gun toting, straight shooting, female owner of Lady Gay saloon, may have killed the previous owner, or did she? |
06 Feb 1960Description ▼
While Matt is out of town, an ex-convict comes hunting Doc, believing despite the doctor's protests that he is the judge who sentenced the man to a long stretch in prison. |
23Moo Moo Raid
13 Feb 1960Description ▼
Old man Onie has a great swimming cow that can lead herds across rivers, and when they both come up missing, one trail boss accuses another of killing them. |
20 Feb 1960Description ▼
Kitty gets caught in the middle when a crazy-eyed man goes hunting for his former son-in-law, whom he blames for the death of his daughter in childbirth. |
27 Feb 1960Description ▼
Three people rob a train of $50,000 and one of them is forced to fatally shoot a baggage clerk. Before dying, the clerk is only able to tell Matt there were three of them. A railroad agent who happened to be on the train adds to the details including where the robbery occurred and he expects quick results from Matt believing he should create a posse. Matt and Chester ride out to investigate the site. They find a man and his son camped with a wagon but a third person is spotted in the brush. Matt arrests Dan and his kids Jerry and Janet Everly for robbing the train and killing the baggage clerk. However, he is sympathetic to the hard-pressed family's claim that they are entitled to compensation from the railroad, and he resents the implications of the obnoxious railroad agent Krocker who accuses the Marshal of having "eyes" for the spunky teen-aged Janet and planning to run off with her and the missing money.
05 Mar 1960Description ▼
Determined to avenge his murderous brother's hanging, Vince Walsh begins a self-serving campaign of unofficially helping to keep the peace in Dodge City over Matt's objections. Walsh is certain that his actions and his taunts will eventually goad the Marshal into a gunfight.
27Where'd They Go
12 Mar 1960Description ▼
Accused of being the masked robber of the general store, a homesteader agrees to come along quietly with Matt and Chester, but he asks that they help him complete a few chores about the place for his poor wife, who's in the family way. |
26 Mar 1960Description ▼
A dying man's relations are much displeased when they learn that he's willed all he owns to Kitty. |
29Colleen So Green
02 Apr 1960Description ▼
A southern belle charms Chester and many others in Dodge, not including Kitty. |
09 Apr 1960Description ▼
Far from Dodge, Chester finds himself in the uncomfortable position of trying to extract a bullet in order to save Doc's life after the two are ambushed by a pair of savage prairie wolfers. |
31I Thee Wed
16 Apr 1960Description ▼
A man beats his wife and is sentenced to fifty days or fifty dollars by the judge. The beaten woman scrapes together the money for her husband's fine, only to be beaten again. |
32The Lady Killer
23 Apr 1960Description ▼
A saloon girl shoots a man who came to her room, claiming he attacked her, but as the dead man was to testify against a man from the woman's past, Matt is suspicious. |
30 Apr 1960Description ▼
Ed makes no secret of his intention to kill Bert for marrying the girl Ed wanted. So when Ed is the one who turns up dead, folks assume that Bert did it. |
34Speak Me Fair
07 May 1960Description ▼
There's a cattle drive near town, and the cowboys are nervous about a series of cattle rustling events that have taken place recently. |
14 May 1960Description ▼
Belle Ainesly rides into town after 3 years absence. Seems she ran off with an unsavory character 3 years ago, and all of Dodge feels she's a "bad" woman. Belle says she is coming back to stay at the family ranch. |
36The Bobsy Twins
21 May 1960Description ▼
Two brothers have decided that it is their mission to rid the West of Indians. |
28 May 1960Description ▼
Kitty doubts the veracity of Matt's old friend Dolly Winters, who arrives in Dodge seeking the Marshal's help and claiming to have been robbed, beaten, and jilted by a man named Rad Meadows. |
04 Jun 1960Description ▼
Matt is on the trail of a badly wounded corporal for robbing the army payroll and falls into a trap when the father of the corporal gets the drop on him and wounds Chester. |
11 Jun 1960Description ▼
The widow of a stagecoach robber is courted by the man who, unbeknownst to the widow, is the one who shot her husband. |
03 Sep 1960Description ▼
Badly wounded, Matt's old friend won't identify the man who shot him, but does say he expects the gunman to return to finish the job. |
17 Sep 1960Description ▼
Troublemakers trick an immigrant blacksmith into leaving his house on his wedding night, then burn down the house. |
24 Sep 1960Description ▼
Matt arrests Finn Pickett based on a circular that indicates he is wanted for murder in Oklahoma Territory. Pickett repeatedly proclaims his innocence and vows that his prairie-savvy sons will do whatever is necessary to free him. |
01 Oct 1960Description ▼
Lee Nagel suspects his visiting uncle of murder when his father is killed in their store in an apparent accident. |
08 Oct 1960Description ▼
There is $10,000 in gold being shipped on a stagecoach, Matt and Chester are escorting a prisoner on that stagecoach, and there is a beautiful lady Laura and a pastor along as passengers. Is there danger afoot when the stage stopover is strangely empty?
6The Peace Officer
15 Oct 1960Description ▼
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.
22 Oct 1960Description ▼
Don Matteo, who once rode the range with Matt, comes to Dodge looking to shoot down a shady cowboy who once romanced Don Matteo's sister. |
29 Oct 1960Description ▼
Murders follow when a buffalo hunter and his browbeaten partner come to town. |
12 Nov 1960Description ▼
Out on the prairie, Matt is shot and taken captive by two outlaws, one of whom is a weakling abused and bossed around by the other. |
19 Nov 1960Description ▼
Two roughnecks (Sloat and Grade) cruelly harass Raffie Bly, a confused and defenseless young man who suffered a serious head trauma while serving as a drummer in the Civil War. |
11Ben Tolliver's Stud
26 Nov 1960Description ▼
A row with his boss makes Ben quit his job. He leaves but says goodbye to Jake's daughter first. When he takes a horse for lost wages, Jake swears he'll kill him. The tables are turned when a hard and fast rule of Jake's soon backfires. |
03 Dec 1960Description ▼
When the 3 Dolan brothers keep forcing their cattle onto rancher Jeff's land, the tension leads to murder. |
10 Dec 1960Description ▼
Gus Mather arrives in Dodge in a wagon, carrying the coffin of his best friend, Orson Boggs. Boggs died of a sickness, Gus wants to give him a proper wake, and invites anyone to join in free liquor at the Longbranch. Matt asks Gus who Boggs was, Gus says they're from Redbank Country. The morning after the wake, Matt is too curious, decides to ride to Redbank Country to find out about Boggs. Matt and Chester finally find Mrs. Boggs, who says her husband didn't have any friends. The story continues to unfold as Mrs Boggs later shows up in Dodge. A couple of classic lines by these characters. Matt to prairie man traveling to Dodge: "Pay your bills and don't kill anyone, and you won't have any trouble" (words to live by). Matt says about Mrs. Boggs: "I think she's hiding something". Chester: "Too bad is ain't her face, if you ask me".
17 Dec 1960Description ▼
The cooking of a new chef at Delmonico's is popular with most in Dodge, but one dissatisfied customer ends up dead. |
24 Dec 1960Description ▼
A seductive, impoverished widow pursues long-married Hannibal Bass, hoping to get her hands on his farm. |
31 Dec 1960Description ▼
In a family that believes in taking care of its own--including administering punishment within the family for crime--one of two grown brothers appears to have committed murder, but which one? |
07 Jan 1961Description ▼
A man shoots his partner, flees, and is caught by two men claiming to be lawmen. |
14 Jan 1961Description ▼
Red and Joe Lime are no-good murderous brothers, and Matt has to track 'em down out on the prairie. Trouble is, Matt comes down with a fever due to missing out on so much sleep in the last couple of weeks. This situation causes some serious problems for all involved when Matt has to return to Dodge because he is too sick to pursue the Lime brothers.
21 Jan 1961Description ▼
A man and his wife come across a lone trapper and make camp with him. Next day, the husband comes to Dodge to report to Doc that his wife is sick, but Doc finds the woman beaten to death, and the husband accuses the trapper. |
20Love Thy Neighbor
28 Jan 1961Description ▼
The theft of a sack of potatoes leads to increasingly violent hostilities between the Scooper and Galloway families. |
04 Feb 1961Description ▼
Matt rescues teen-aged Trudy Trent from a life of isolated poverty with her incestuous and alcoholic father, but he subsequently learns that "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" when he rejects her misguided romantic overtures toward him.
11 Feb 1961Description ▼
Dillon goes after cowboy Jake Bayloe after he guns down his partner in the Long Branch , shooting Kitty in the crossfire and critically wounding her. |
25 Feb 1961Description ▼
While Chester is out searching for Doc, his horse is injured. Chester goes to a house for help and is instead taken prisoner. |
04 Mar 1961Description ▼
After witnessing the callous murder of her kindly father, Harriet Horne disregards Matt's advice and unwisely attempts to extract revenge from the perpetrators by making them jealous rivals for her attention. |
11 Mar 1961Description ▼
A concealed gunman takes a shot at Chester, and it may have been a bank robber, or it may have been someone who's been making trouble at the Long Branch. |
18 Mar 1961Description ▼
Hot-headed Tom's new wife used to be a river-boat girl, and when a gunman from her old life recognizes her, a battle between the two men is brewing. |
25 Mar 1961Description ▼
To protect Kitty, Matt is forced to physically (and publicly) subdue fractious troublemaker Pat Swarner. When Swarner is subsequently found murdered, oft-inebriated Jud Sloan's claim that the Marshal was the killer seems uncomfortably credible.
01 Apr 1961Description ▼
Marshal Dillon must find a suitable home for Charity Gill, a young orphan, after the little girl's father dies when his cabin catches fire. Charity insists that she should live with the Dodge City lawman. |
08 Apr 1961Description ▼
Horse thieves murder a man to get his animals. Matt tracks the criminals to a Kiowa camp. |
15 Apr 1961Description ▼
Rough and rowdy Minnie comes to Dodge City and sets her designs on Doc Adams much to the delight of Matt, Chester and Kitty. |
31Bless Me Till I Die
22 Apr 1961Description ▼
Vengeful former convict Nate Bush sets off a tragic series of events when he informs Matt that well-liked new arrival Cole Treadwell is actually Cole Trankin, an escapee from the Arizona Territorial Prison. |
32Long Hours, Short Pay
29 Apr 1961Description ▼
A gunrunner supplies the Pawnee with weapons. Matt arrests him, but when the Pawnee find out, they capture Matt and free his prisoner. |
06 May 1961Description ▼
Hot tempered Andy Coe and his wife want to sell their wagon to Moss, but can't when Ed Fallon's team spooks and crashes into their wagon. Fallon pays for the broken wagon and gives Andy a job. Fallon is sweet on Andy's wife. |
13 May 1961Description ▼
A man claiming to be a sheriff from Texas comes to Dodge and asks Matt for help tracking down a named fugitive, but the man may not be a sheriff. |
20 May 1961Description ▼
A pretty girl arrives in town and chases Chester, who's happy for her to do so, but the young woman has a secret that may land her in jail. |
36The Love of Money
27 May 1961Description ▼
When an ex-marshal passing through town is shot in the back, Matt suspects a new saloon gal might have had something to do with it. |
03 Jun 1961Description ▼
When Roy Tayloe is murdered following a poker game, quick-tempered Harry Miles is certain that daughter Melinda's suitor Tom Potter is the killer. Miles quickly becomes impatient with Matt's methodical investigation of the crime and threatens to kill Potter himself unless he stays away from Melinda.
17 Jun 1961Description ▼
Matt and Chester find Rod Ellison shot and paralyzed on the prairie and return him to Dodge for surgery. Ben Witter abrasively advises Matt that he is a deputy sheriff from Pueblo who has come to Dodge to arrest Ellison for robbery, but Matt is suspicious of Witter's refusal to produce a valid arrest warrant.
30 Sep 1961Description ▼
After helping Matt prevail in a confrontation with three outlaws, ex-convict Perce McCall settles in Dodge City with $500 and apparently promising future prospects. His good fortune changes abruptly when he tries to quickly amass enough money to win the favor of hard-hearted Long Branch hostess Ida Poe.
2Old Yellow Boots
07 Oct 1961Description ▼
After killing an old prospector and stealing his fancy boots, Frank Cassidy drifts into Dodge after a stop at the farm of siblings Beulah and Leroy Parker. Cassidy and Beulah soon find themselves strongly attracted to each other and neither will let anything get in their way.
14 Oct 1961Description ▼
Kitty has her friends in Dodge buzzing when she meets the stage in the early hours to pick up a small boy. All wonder, especially his foster parents: could his real mother be Kitty? |
21 Oct 1961Description ▼
When Gip finds out his boys are descendants of a killer, he promises Sarah to not spare the rod if needed to keep their bad blood in check. His efforts prove futile as the oldest falls for a dance hall girl who is about to get married to someone who once cheated his brother.
28 Oct 1961Description ▼
Cliff Shanks runs on hard times. He loses his ranch, his cattle and then his wife to another man. Determined to strike it rich, he heads out to Colorado to find gold. When a stranger helps him during an Indian attack, he devises a plan to come back to Dodge a rich man and regain all he had lost.
6Long, Long Trail
04 Nov 1961Description ▼
A well-to-do young woman is determined to join her betrothed at an Army outpost. He was literally the boy next door. She's stubborn, and the trek is a dangerous one, so Matt decides to take her himself. Before they reach the end of their journey, the young lady, so devoted to her betrothed at the outset of her trip, may be losing her heart to the marshal.
11 Nov 1961Description ▼
His mother has been dead almost a year, and Cully is troubled by his pa's carousing. When they discuss his getting married again, it seems like a good idea until he returns from a business trip with a new wife, an Arapaho squaw, who he has conflicted emotions about.
18 Nov 1961Description ▼
A new girl in town is staying at Ma Smalley's. In the joy of "sparking" with the girl in a borrowed buggy, Chester inadvertently proposes. The girl admits openly that she came to Dodge to find a husband and whom should she find, right away, but Chester. If there's a hint of hesitation there, Chester overlooks it. He takes his responsibilities as a future husband seriously, staking his claim to an abandoned homestead and leaving his job with Mr. Dillon to devote himself to whipping the substandard land into shape. He builds a dugout single-handedly, wakes to find it flooded, and realizes that he has water in abundance to sell to parched settlers. He does a brisk business, filling many barrels, and what could be more logical than to hand his earnings to his betrothed for deposit in the bank in town.
25 Nov 1961Description ▼
Seventeen year old Milly Glover and her little brother Joey live in needless poverty because of the indolence of their drunkard father. Seeing how a happy marriage saved her friend Laura from penury, Milly sets about courting three nearby bachelors, with unintended consequences.
02 Dec 1961Description ▼
A man's daughter, taken over a year ago by some Indians, is spotted by a trapper. Matt and the Army pursue her to trade for her safe return. The situation gets more complicated when it's learned she has feelings for her captor and he for her.
09 Dec 1961Description ▼
Doc is gassed and kidnapped to tend what he thinks is a wounded outlaw. When he wakes up, the young man he speaks to about the wounded man is unusually helpful. When he meets him later in Dodge, all he wants from Doc is to learn about medicine and forget about the two he was riding with, who are now wanted for robbery and murder.
16 Dec 1961Description ▼
Nina has a joyless marriage to a man who admits he married her just for her father's money - of which they've seen none since their wedding day. When her husband hires a man to create a scandal with his wife that will blackmail her father into forking over some money, the man instead falls in love with Nina. So Nina's husband hires another man: this one, to kill Nina's lover.
23 Dec 1961Description ▼
An uncouth young mountain man is told by his pa that it's time he had himself a wife, so he comes to Dodge, is pleased by the looks of Miss Kitty, and simply kidnaps her. |
14A Man a Day
30 Dec 1961Description ▼
A band of outlaws offer to pay Matt to make himself scarce while they rob the bank. If he refuses, they promise to kill one man per day until he agrees. |
06 Jan 1962Description ▼
Prospector Harvey Easter settles in Dodge City after striking it rich in the Colorado Rockies. His heavy handed attempts at philanthropy soon have unintended results. |
13 Jan 1962Description ▼
Lacey has fallen for Jess, who works for her father. Lacey's mother likes Jess, but Lacey's father thinks he's a wrong 'un. Lacey's father is killed, and Lacey announces that she killed him. Matt doesn't want to take Lacey to jail, but Lacey's mother won't have her in the house any longer, so Ma Smalley becomes her custodian. Matt tries to reassure Lacey, telling her he's never seen a woman hanged. Meanwhile, Jess takes up again with the girl he was seeing before he met Lacey; that girl is poor, Lacey is the daughter of a prosperous farmer. When Lacey learns about the other woman from Ma Smalley, Lacey--and what Matt said about the hanging of women--may be put to the test.
20 Jan 1962Description ▼
Well-liked Cody is good with his hands. He has built his own house and is deemed an all-round good fellow by Chester and Matt. He is soon to be married, to one of Kitty's girls. A young fellow new in town does Cody a good turn and Cody returns the favor by removing a bullet from the fellow and hiding him in his own home. The man is being hunted in Dodge for killing someone but it was not a murder. All is well until Cody's fiancée comes to call while Cody is away and the fellow is there, hiding, alone. He's a handsome young fellow, and Cody is so much older.
27 Jan 1962Description ▼
Beginning with Doc, who rescues him from a ditch, everyone wants to give amiable drunk Dan a chance, or a job, or both. |
10 Feb 1962Description ▼
Chester is getting home-cooked meals from, and giving guitar lessons to, a spirited young woman who hopes thereby to make her estranged sweetheart jealous. |
17 Feb 1962Description ▼
Lute is hired to kill Matt. When he arrives in Dodge, he meets and falls in love with Fanny. To get his contract done and keep his promise to Fanny, he employs an old friend who's willing to do this but has his own ideas on getting it done.
21He Learned About Women
24 Feb 1962Description ▼
Taken prisoner by a band of comancheros, Chester is helped to escape by one of the band's women and flees with another who may or may not be worthy of his trust. |
03 Mar 1962Description ▼
Footloose but honest Pruit Dover saves Matt's life while being returned to Dodge to stand trial for killing a man during a drunken argument. Matt's faith in the law and even his devotion to duty are severely shaken when vindictive Judge Henry disregards the lack of credible witnesses or hard evidence against Dover and sentences him to hang.
10 Mar 1962Description ▼
Oren was a rancher who liked his drink, gambling and women, even though he had a pretty wife at home. Matt is forced to kill him and when he breaks the news to her, all she can see is getting revenge for his death, and Matt is her target. |
17 Mar 1962Description ▼
Land-grabbing Dean Beard is wrongly acquitted after he murders popular feed store owner Jessie Ott to prevent Ott from exposing his land swindles. Beard is eventually forced to leave Dodge when no one will do business with him or even acknowledge his presence, but an ironic fate awaits him.
24 Mar 1962Description ▼
A young officer is said to have been killed fighting the Kiowa, but his body has not been recovered. His widow, a young woman from an influential family, insists that he might not be dead and wants someone to take her to Indian country so that she can locate him or his body. She will not listen when politicians, Army officers, and Matt tell her that such a trip would be contrary to the treaty and dangerous. When a trapper with suspicious motives offers to be her escort to Indian country, Matt is concerned for her safety and follows behind them with a young Army officer whose head has been turned by the pretty young widow.
31 Mar 1962Description ▼
Little Bit and his grandpa, from Texas, are passing through Dodge to buy a breeding bull. When they meet Silva, someone grandpa considers a fooler, they have their hands full making it back with their stock and their lives. |
07 Apr 1962Description ▼
A group of women are going by wagon train to Colorado, lured by the promise of marrying rich miners, but Matt learns that the leader's actual plan for the women is quite different. |
14 Apr 1962Description ▼
Following the death of her father Billy in a confrontation with a customer, Lily Baskin inherits the family faro business and later establishes it in Miss Kitty's Long Branch Saloon. Lily soon faces the unwanted attentions of two admirers: Champ Larkin, a former boxing star, and Johnny Cole, the customer who killed her father.
21 Apr 1962Description ▼
Loy has always felt he could do what he pleased. When he shoots one of his gang members in the back just for the reward, he takes the body into Dodge to Matt Dillon who isn't as ready as he thought to give him his bounty. |
28 Apr 1962Description ▼
A man and his partner have made their pile and are on their way to do with their money as they had planned when one of them sets eyes on Kitty. He decides that she must be his, and, when she refuses him, he opens a saloon to compete with the Long Branch with drinks that cost half what they do at Kitty's place. He'll put her out of business thereby, he reasons, and then she'll have to marry him.
05 May 1962Description ▼
Cale falls asleep in a stranger's barn and wakes up to a gunfight. The owner, shot, falls into the barn and thinking Cale is another rustler, shoots him. Cale takes off after the real rustler and is shot again. Dillon rides upon him, takes him to Doc and when he recovers, decides to resolve this in his own way.
12 May 1962Description ▼
On his way to a fishing vacation, Chester stumbles into a human drama when he mistakes for a thief and shoots a fleeing Indian who has touched the heart of a lonely young white woman. |
19 May 1962Description ▼
Billy Joe escapes from federal custody, leaving his guard dead and his fellow prisoner dying. He arrives at a farmhouse near Dodge where he diverts a pretty woman who is the unhappy wife of a sodden man dominated by his father and resented by his equally cowed brother. When the husband winds up dead, Billy Joe finds himself accused by the family of the murder, and the father threatens to administer "justice" to Billy Joe himself. There was already a wanted poster out on him for the escape and the killing of the guard, but Billy Joe protests his innocence of it all, reminding Matt that it's his duty to protect him from the would-be lyncher.
26 May 1962Description ▼
"Professor" Eliot cows his three grown sons into submission while he peddles his patent medicine. Unlike most con men, however, these men also are killers. When, disguised as Indians, they attack a stagecoach, they arouse passions in the white settlers that may lead to yet more bloodshed.
15 Sep 1962Description ▼
Tate Gifford, in town to pick up his dead son's horse, finds Cale has taken him for a ride. Matt searches for him when he doesn't return and finds the horse with no rider. When he does find Cale after returning the horse, he is too hurt to move and after losing his horse, Matt must work to keep them both alive and get help.
2Call Me Dodie
22 Sep 1962Description ▼
An adolescent escapee from a cruel orphanage knows she has a lot to learn, and she starts learning it from the rough-and-tumble characters and loafers she encounters in Dodge. |
3Quint Asper Comes Home
29 Sep 1962Description ▼
Quint's father, a white man, is murdered by a pair of white traveling ne'er-do-wells. The family had lived an isolated life but Quint had been raised essentially as a white. Quint returns with his mother to the Comanches and, after she dies a few years later, keeps his vow to forget the white half of himself and fight and kill whites. He manages to do this until a white captive of the tribe, whom the tribe intends to kill, treats him with respect and appeals to a side of Quint he thought was dead. Will Quint free the captive? If he does, how can he remain with the Comanches?
06 Oct 1962Description ▼
The pretty daughter of a rootless would-be farmer decides she's in need of a husband so that she can have a home of her own, and Chester strikes her as a likely candidate. If she can only get him by making her pa think that Chester compromised her by passing the whole night with her, well, that's all right, too.
13 Oct 1962Description ▼
A bank robber hides out in Dodge, bringing along his girl. While he's gambling away his loot, his girl casts her eye on Matt. |
20 Oct 1962Description ▼
Released after eight bitter years in prison, Collie Patten has difficulty adjusting to the fact that things have inevitably changed with respect to his relationships with his wife, his son, and the citizens of Dodge. |
27 Oct 1962Description ▼
A young woman who's heir to her father's land decides to carry out his plan to build a ditch that will impair her neighbors' access to water and perhaps trigger a range war. |
03 Nov 1962Description ▼
Billy and Tug are partners and friends. Tug is attacked by Indians and Billy leaves him for dead thinking he was. When Tug is found and revived by Doc, Matt has his hands full keeping them apart - one wants to split some money and one wants the other dead.
10 Nov 1962Description ▼
An about-grown girl who lost her family to violence is taken in by a kind farmer and his wife, who intend to adopt her. Before they can do so, the girl is spotted in town by disgraceful Phoebe Strunk and her gang of worthless sons, who assume that the pretty girl, like anything else they fancy, is theirs for the taking.
17 Nov 1962Description ▼
A farmer and his grown son bully his wife and grown daughter. When the farmer locks his daughter in the cellar, his wife sends word to Dodge for help. Matt and Doc arrive to free her, and Doc takes in the underfed, abused girl as his patient. While recovering her strength, dressing in pretty clothes for the first time, and reading romantic books brought to her by Kitty, the girl begins to see Doc as her knight in shining armor.
24 Nov 1962Description ▼
Civilization is moving in on the isolation of a rugged pioneer friend of Matt's, and he starts using lethal force against the settlers encroaching on the land he regards as his. |
12The Way It Is
01 Dec 1962Description ▼
Whenever Kitty makes plans she has to put them on hold if Matt has others. Frustrated, she takes a ride to a friend's place only to ride upon a hurt stranger who seems to need and appreciate her help and company more than her longtime friends.
08 Dec 1962Description ▼
To avenge the death of his twin brother Fergus, savvy plainsman Festus Haggen forms an initially uneasy alliance with Matt to track down his murderous uncle "Black Jack" Haggen. |
15 Dec 1962Description ▼
Chester gets a letter from his uncle Sunday, a 'crook', on his upcoming trip to Dodge city. When he arrives with a niece, he finds he has to watch them both or what they have planned just might work, at his expense. |
22 Dec 1962Description ▼
A reporter makes a bet with a professional gambler: he can find a man with no experience handling guns, take him to a town where no one knows him, spread around a rumor that the stranger is a feared gunfighter, and the stranger will survive for two weeks. The gambler accepts, betting that the stranger will be gunned down within two weeks. The loser will be out a thousand dollars. The man chosen for the experiment and brought to Dodge is mild, slight-of-frame grocer's assistant Clay Tatum. He isn't very handy with a gun, but the bet doesn't preclude his brushing up on his skills--and it turns out that he has a knack for gun play. He may be in need of it.
29 Dec 1962Description ▼
The "town fool" has a chance to change his life when he learns that a famous general, now on his deathbed, believes him to be his long-lost son. |
05 Jan 1963Description ▼
The town drunk who saw a man drowned, believes it was dream, until he meets up with the guy who did the drowning. |
12 Jan 1963Description ▼
Quint says that white renegades, not Indians, are the cause of recent raids around Dodge. Working shotgun on the stage, he proves his point when he is attacked, then pursued by those renegades. His "Indian" skills save him and a colonel's daughter who has contempt for half-Comanche Quint.
19 Jan 1963Description ▼
Fatally injured in a saloon fight that he started, town drunk Cotter asks Matt to find his daughter Clarey and to deliver her to his sister. Matt soon locates Clarey, a teenage tomboy living alone on a remote farm. Cheerful and clever, but also wild and unlettered, Clarey will need some grooming before she's ready for her aunt.
20The Bad One
26 Jan 1963Description ▼
Gant Parker sends his daughter away to school in the east to protect her from the bad in the west. When she meets a young boy who thinks he's bad just because his father was, she tries to convince everyone he's not as bad as he tries to appear by lying to everyone about what he's done.
02 Feb 1963Description ▼
Matt meets a newly released inmate, Chance Hopper, who he spent many years with growing up on a ranch in Texas. When he tries to find out if Matt is still as perfect as he always appeared to be, his cohorts are staking out a stage carrying gold and Matt figures prominently in their plans.
09 Feb 1963Description ▼
Les Torbert and his brother, riding through Dodge, say injuns murdered their pa recently and there's been Comanche raids nearby. When a local boy sees an Indian squaw, they stir up trouble in town for her when she gets hurt and has to see the doc and stay in town. Trouble brews for anyone who associates with her and it only escalates.
16 Feb 1963Description ▼
When Galt and Ash first meet, they fight over a saloon girl. Once over, they become fast friends and partners in a freight business. Galt suffers a concussion and reverting back to his old ways becoming nothing but trouble for the whole town of Dodge.
24Blind Man's Bluff
23 Feb 1963Description ▼
Falsely accused of murder, a man in a three-way poker game leaves town. Matt trails him to Elkader where they have as much fun with lawman as strangers. Mugged and partially blinded, Matt gets help recovering from an unlikely source - the very man he has been chasing.
02 Mar 1963Description ▼
Two ne'er-do-wells come to town and soon cook up a plot under which half-Comanche blacksmith Quint Asper is framed for the theft of a horse. The atmosphere in Dodge quickly becomes dangerously ugly for Quint. |
26Anybody Can Kill a Marshal
09 Mar 1963Description ▼
Two men want to rob the bank in Dodge, but are unwilling to try it while Matt lives. A man agrees to accept the job of killing the marshal, attaching some rather peculiar conditions to his acceptance. |
27Two of a Kind
16 Mar 1963Description ▼
O'Ryan and Finnegan, feuding over a girl they both knew back home, are caught in a legal loophole to take ownership of a mine and land they both own. When Matt is forced in the middle of it, he has to work fast so no one else is hurt. |
28I Call Him Wonder
23 Mar 1963Description ▼
An out-of-work drover, lucky at cards, is robbed by the other card-players after he wins their money. Sleeping under the stars, he becomes the unwilling guardian of a hungry, orphaned Indian boy whose village was burned to the ground. He tries to find a place for the boy, to whom the good folks of Dodge are not welcoming.
29With a Smile
30 Mar 1963Description ▼
Dal, the son of a rich rancher, is abrasive and abusive but cowardly when confronted, having always relied on his father's wealth and influence to get him out of difficulty. When up to his usual tricks, he gets one of the ranch hands fired. The fired man takes up with a saloon girl whom Miss Kitty hired after her father was murdered. Dal takes a fancy to the girl, tries to shoot his rival, and instead shoots and kills the girl. Chester witnesses it all, and goes with Matt to Dal's ranch to arrest him. Dal's father is in disbelief, but Dal is hardly worried, confident his father will get him out of this scrape as he has all others. After he is convicted, he slowly begins to fear he will hang. While his father works to save him from the hangman, he is disgusted with his son's display of fear, sure that if he were the one facing the rope, he'd go to the gallows "with a smile."
30The Far Places
06 Apr 1963Description ▼
Carrie, the widow of a rancher, never liked life on the prairie and has always hungered to travel to "the far places." She insists that her only son leave Dodge for Chicago. He does, but soon returns, saying that the life of a rancher is the only one he wants. He's also ready to settle down on the land with a local girl, a plan his mother is desperate to thwart. She invites the girl to her home in her son's absence, with a large sum of money ready to buy the girl off--and if that doesn't work, she also has a gun.
13 Apr 1963Description ▼
Kitty welcomes her mentor from New Orleans, but the colorful old lady takes liberties with the truth and with Kitty's possessions. |
20 Apr 1963Description ▼
Polly is looking forward to marrying Wade, a coworker at her father's business. She tells Chester she loves him too but as a friend. When Chester is out hunting he helps a sick woman and finds she is already married to Wade, and he promises not to tell Polly.
27 Apr 1963Description ▼
A woman newly widowed is powerfully attracted to Quint, but when he gently turns her down, she vows to make him pay for scorning a white woman. |
04 May 1963Description ▼
Many years ago, when Matt was young and wild, Old York, who even then was an outlaw, saved Matt's life. Pardoned for his Civil War service, Old York finds his way to Dodge, where there's a lawman who's in his debt. Old York tests his belief that Matt won't touch him with a bloodless robbery; when Matt finds a way to overlook it, accepting the old man's claim that a war injury has left him with mental lapses, Old York assumes he's in the clear for a bank robbery. When he pulls off the bank job and escapes, the townsfolk assume that Matt must have looked the other way, and Matt turns in his badge. He catches up with Old York and tells him that he wants his cut from the bank robbery. Were the townsfolk right--has Matt gone bad?
35Daddy Went Away
11 May 1963Description ▼
Looking to start a dressmaking trade, Lucy Damon and her daughter want to locate in Dodge. When Chester finds out that her daddy went away, he does whatever he can to smooth their transition. As the relationship progresses he starts to resent the changes he's now expected to make and discovers what really happened to daddy.
36The Odyssey of Jubal Tanner
18 May 1963Description ▼
Aaron, sweet on saloon girl Leah and wanting to make her his wife, is attacked and killed by Colie Fletcher. When Matt goes after him, Colie runs into Jubal Tanner, wounds him, and steals his horse. Jubal, ungrateful to those who help him, meets Leah, and each helps the other's outlook.
25 May 1963Description ▼
Jeb, wanting to see something besides the farm, finds a horse grazing while out walking. He rides into Dodge and when he strikes up a friendship with Ab Singleton, sells it to him. When Ab is killed by a man who says the horse belonged to his partner, Jeb feels guilty for having caused his death and now must escape that partner who only believes he is a horse thief.
38The Quest for Asa Janin
01 Jun 1963Description ▼
Convinced a convicted man is not guilty of murder, Matt goes on the road after a man who may be the real killer. Along the way, he meets up with a man who offers to help him in his quest, but who turns out to have his own reasons for finding the man Matt is hunting.
28 Sep 1963Description ▼
Kate runs a stagecoach line spur. She sends her teen-aged grandson, Andy, to Gus Riley to pay off a debt. Instead, Andy robs and kills Gus, then heads for Dodge with the money, hoping to marry a saloon girl there who considers him just a boy. Matt gets on Andy's trail; the boy spots and shoots him, takes his badge, and leaves him for dead. But the stagecoach riders find Matt and bring him to his grandmother Kate's house for mending.
05 Oct 1963Description ▼
Ken Curtis, who will return later in the season as Festus, appears here as Kyle Kelly, a love-'em-and-leave-'em cowboy. As the episode opens, he leaves brokenhearted a girl who had expected a marriage proposal from him. He arrives in Dodge and soon takes up with the bored wife of a homesteader. Though there's no sign that Kelly has killed before, he and the wife make plans to get rid of her husband. Meanwhile, Kelly walks into the Long Branch and improbably encounters the girl he most recently left behind, now in Dodge and employed as a saloon gal. He gets into a fight over her and is humiliated. Next day he rides out to get his revenge on the man who bettered him; then he and the homesteader's wife hatch a plan to pin the killing on her husband.
3Legends Don't Sleep
12 Oct 1963Description ▼
Race Fallon, an aging outlaw and famous gunman, has just been released from prison. He meets up with Britt, a young tough who recognizes him as the idol of his youth. Race wants only to hang up his gun forever and tend the ranch of his sweet old Aunt Jen. Britt is reluctant to believe that Race is through with his old life, as he hungers for the excitement of being an outlaw, but is so dazzled by Race that he begs to accompany him to his Aunt Jen's ranch even if he isn't going to be joining him in exciting crimes, and Race reluctantly agrees. However, thanks to Britt, word gets around that Race is free again, and two of his old partners in crime come to his aunt's ranch, insistent that Race pull off another caper with them.
19 Oct 1963Description ▼
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. |
26 Oct 1963Description ▼
Bespectacled and slight of frame, Elmo Sippy looks like a schoolteacher, but he's a cowboy who likes to gamble. When he arrives in Dodge and loses money to a gambler he knows will kill if he's not paid, Elmo ducks out of the Long Branch and steals the money from the till of the general store. It's his first foray into dishonesty, and he's elated to find it was "easy"--so much easier than being a cowpoke. When a little later he finds it necessary to use violence to get the money he wants, he discovers that killing is easy, too. Soon, the slight man on whom a gun belt looks absurd is a one-man crime wave, killing for the apparent joy of it.
6My Sister's Keeper
02 Nov 1963Description ▼
A despondent widower goes to work on a farm for two sisters, each of whom finds him fascinating in her own way. |
09 Nov 1963Description ▼
Quint is hired to escort a family on the first leg of their journey to Oregon. On the way, he learns the reason for their going, a motive that could have repercussions for Quint. |
16 Nov 1963Description ▼
Billy Hargis runs into Joe Stark on the trail and shares the chicken Joe stole for dinner. When Billy catches Joe about to sneak off in the night with Billy's horse, he teaches Joe a lesson with his fists. Meeting up with Billy later in Dodge, Joe decides to spread a rumor that Billy is a famous gunfighter, knowing that such a tale is sure to prompt someone in town to challenge Billy to draw his gun.
30 Nov 1963Description ▼
On his way to Larned, Matt, feverish, spends the night at an abandoned shack. When he wakes up after losing a day, a recently released convict who swore to kill Matt, is himself found against a wall, dead, unarmed, shot twice, and the murder weapon appears to belong to the marshal.
10Extradition: Part 1
07 Dec 1963Description ▼
Matt hears that Charlie Hacker, wanted for mail holdup and murder, lives in Texas. Wanting to help out the widow with a reward, he goes to arrest him but enters Mexico where extradition proves difficult when he is jailed for his own safety.
11Extradition: Part 2
14 Dec 1963Description ▼
Matt tries to work with a Mexican officer to return a robber and killer to the U.S. Charlie Hacker does his best to escape and keep the reward on his head from being collected by anyone, especially Matt Dillon. Complicating matters are some bandits know about the reward too and they're closing in.
21 Dec 1963Description ▼
Jeremiah Dark and his daughter are from a hundred nowheres and heading to the same, wanting to bring a little happiness to those he meets. Accused of cheating at cards and then roughed up, he doesn't identify those responsible and Matt is afraid he might take the law into his own hands.
13Pa Hack's Brood
28 Dec 1963Description ▼
Itinerant and shiftless Pa Hack is the worthless father of three grown, ragged children. He bullies his two sons into stealing for their meager pot. When he stops by the Willis farm to beg some flour and coffee to supplement the chickens one of his boys stole, Pa Hack covets the Willis land and decides to use his ragged daughter as bait for the owner's son in order to get himself a piece of that land. Trouble is, the Willises have taken in a young woman who may get in the way. As he salivates over the land he's come to see as his by right, Pa Hack doesn't hesitate to use violence to get what he wants.
14The Glory and the Mud
04 Jan 1964Description ▼
Jack Dakota wants to hang up his Wild West Show guns and just settle down in Dodge with an ex-girlfriend, twenty years past. When an out of work cowboy wants to earn a reputation as a fast gun, Matt may need to step in to keep the peace on his streets.
11 Jan 1964Description ▼
It's a test of wills when Quint witnesses a murder and the father of one of the prime suspects lowers Quint into a well to try to force him to promise his silence. |
18 Jan 1964Description ▼
Festus returns to Dodge from wolfing and is hired by the Cattleman's Association to hunt down the wolves killing everyone's cattle. What he finds is that what's been doing the preying may wind him up in prison if he doesn't get Matt's help.
25 Jan 1964Description ▼
A man rides into town with a badly beaten stranger in tow. Matt finds out he was a friend who befriended him ten years ago under similar circumstances and rides to the town he calls home when he hears he was killed shortly after Doc sent the stranger on his way.
18Once a Haggen
01 Feb 1964Description ▼
Festus, playing a poker game at the Long Branch, loses to a traveling salesman. When he turns up dead and robbed, they suspect a close friend of his as evidence, found at the scene, doesn't help nor do their remarks as they were leaving: about robbing him.
08 Feb 1964Description ▼
The Ginnis family, not from any town, live on the prairie and are used to getting their own way. When one son gets hurt, they ride to town to get help. That was just their first brush with the folks of Dodge but proves not to be their last. |
15 Feb 1964Description ▼
Festus married? At least that's what their fathers imagined it should be when she was born and after she growed up. When Mayblossom comes to Dodge to fulfill that promise, Festus has to figure out what he can do to marry her off as her fitting in appears to be a lot more work than he expected.
22 Feb 1964Description ▼
Wayne Kelby shoots up the saloon, killing one man and wounding Quint. When Matt returns to town he goes after him and puts the word out. When he's arrested in Tascosa, Matt brings him back but on the return trip, an accident knocks them both out and when they come to they both claim the other is the prisoner.
29 Feb 1964Description ▼
Festus finds a little girl out on the prairie. He learns she saw her ma get killed by a stranger. When he takes her to Dodge, Matt hears she was hiding when this happened but can identify this man who may already be in town. |
23Comanches Is Soft
07 Mar 1964Description ▼
After some horsing around, Festus breaks some of Quint's equipment. To repair or get anew, they travel to Wichita and meet a saloon girl who tells them she needs to get away from town but her jealous boyfriend is now hot on their trail. |
14 Mar 1964Description ▼
A new in the business saloon girl spurns a rancher from Dodge. She quits, rides to Dodge, meets and marries a local rancher. When she arrives at his home, she meets his uncle -- the man she spurned in Wichita who still thinks he can make her his.
25Now That April's Here
21 Mar 1964Description ▼
Festus, returning to Dodge after doing some trapping, sees his girl, April, and they argue over a gift she received. Running off, she hides but her perch gives her a bird's eye view of a murder, one no one believes she witnessed but the killers.
28 Mar 1964Description ▼
Caleb, not happy with his life as a dirt farmer, wants to count for something. Trying to tell Matt that he admires him for his accomplishments, he's away escorting a prisoner to be hanged whose brother has vowed to kill him when he returns.
27Owney Tupper Had a Daughter
04 Apr 1964Description ▼
Owney Tupper's only child was born when he and his wife were already middle-aged. Now that his wife is dead, Owney and the child are very content alone, but the girl's prosperous aunt and uncle come to town and impress a judge with the life they can offer her, as compared to Owney, whose house is falling down around him. Owney can get his girl back, he's told, when he can demonstrate that he can provide for her properly. All Owney's attempts thereafter to make money are thwarted, until a job comes up that no one else in Dodge wants: that of the first in-town hangman (a judge wants the execution carried out there instead of Hays City, as an example to the populace).
11 Apr 1964Description ▼
Ned Wright was tried and acquitted of murdering Bently, but Ned and his wife have been outcasts ever since. When he falls ill, Ned tells Doc that he killed Bently after all, then dies. Chester, in his last appearance on the show, suspects that Ned was lying in hopes of somehow thereby making life better for his widow. As Chester sets himself to find Bently's real killer, the man who was Bently's best friend hires a man to kill Chester.
18 Apr 1964Description ▼
Stella Damon is new in Dodge and is looking to set up a saloon directly competing with Kitty. A whiskey drummer arrives who knows more about her history than she likes which worries her that the past may catch up sooner than she had wanted.
25 Apr 1964Description ▼
Henry Huckaby, a local farmer and fed up with a sore back and an empty belly leaves to seek his fortune in Dodge. After several failed ideas he hits on one that may make him rich but could also cost him his life. |
02 May 1964Description ▼
Milquetoast E.J. Hardacre, told he has 3 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 her from an old boyfriend and his time may be up sooner than he thought.
09 May 1964Description ▼
Rob Scott considers himself a man who could stay or go when it came to women. He may have met his match though when a woman he desires and her husband take over an abandoned homestead and they come to where he works to look over some stock.
16 May 1964Description ▼
A traveling salesman meets up with Bull Foot, an Indian who mainly sells vegetables. When goods are traded for a squaw, he is upset when she runs away and into the arms of Festus, whose mule she steals, only to return home awaiting sale to the next customer.
23 May 1964Description ▼
Orval returns from seven years in prison for killing his wife's lover, vowing to reclaim his house and business. Edna tries to goad her new husband and Orval's son into a plot to kill Orval; then her head is turned by a traveling salesman. |
35The Other Half
30 May 1964Description ▼
Identical twins Jay and Jess and local girl Nancy vowed in childhood that the three of them would always stay together. But now that all are grown, Nancy and Jess have quietly paired off. Someone is seen going into the twins' store one night, and Jess is found shot dead. While arguing that Matt is not doing enough to catch his brother's killer, Jay moves in on Nancy, telling her that he knows about the planned marriage and insisting that he now take the place of Jess in her life. Nancy is unsure. It appears that Jay and Jess may not have been at all alike, as Nancy is discovering, and Jay's father confesses to Matt that if one of his sons had to die, he wishes it had been Jay. Matters come to a head when a man, not knowing of the death of Jess, comes to the store looking for him, telling Jay he's negotiated a price for the piece of land in another state to which Jess had planned to move with Nancy.
36Journey for Three
06 Jun 1964Description ▼
Two brothers and a friend they met head to California to start a new life. Along the way they learn this friend may have different ideas when it comes to the strangers they meet and towns they pass through because Matt is now on their trail.
26 Sep 1964Description ▼
A runaway kid and a wanted man from East Texas team up to first find the kid's mother and second to shake those who have been chasing him since Carver County about a murder and robbery he just didn't commit. |
03 Oct 1964Description ▼
Cyrus Degler is determined to keep Quint away from his 19-year old daughter. But no threats or beatings can keep them apart. They are about to leave town to get married when cousin Praylie comes to town bent on putting a stop to their plans any way he has to.
10 Oct 1964Description ▼
Having already rescued an old man once, Danny may have to try to save him again when his friend is framed for murder. |
17 Oct 1964Description ▼
A violent killing appears to be the work of Indians, but Matt doubts it, someone accuses Quint of it, and the solution involves secret motives and revenge in Indian country. |
24 Oct 1964Description ▼
There's trouble for Doc Adams, and perhaps for Dodge, when a new doctor and his wife arrive in town and the wife resorts to spreading a nasty rumor about Doc to get the new practice started. |
6Take Her, She's Cheap
31 Oct 1964Description ▼
When a shiftless farmer offers his daughter to Matt, Matt demurs, but the smitten girl comes after Matt, bringing danger with her. |
7Help Me, Kitty
07 Nov 1964Description ▼
When a young pregnant woman seeks Kitty's aid in escaping from the child's father, the two women take the stagecoach from Dodge and meet with greater danger. |
14 Nov 1964Description ▼
An old lawman friend of Matt's comes to town. He just retired and wanted to catch up with an old friend. When his friend is shot in the back and left to die, a stranger in town points out someone who could've done it - his drinking buddy Tony Serpa.
21 Nov 1964Description ▼
An old rancher returns home after many years in prison, ready to reclaim what is his by any means necessary, including burning out the squatters on his land. |
10Big Man, Big Target
28 Nov 1964Description ▼
Ellie Merchant, the wife of farmer Joe Merchant, is having a passionate affair with outlaw Pike Beechum. Beechum intends to remove Joe and any other obstacle between him and Ellie. |
05 Dec 1964Description ▼
Dan Collins finds himself in the middle of a stage holdup when he spends the night at a stage station. When he wakes after a night of drinking, he finds the bandits all dead. The folks on the stage are very happy and think he did the killing. He doesn't see any reason to make them think different.
12 Dec 1964Description ▼
Art and Bob both have an eye on a new girl in town. She works at the Long Branch but only has eyes for the most well liked man in town. On the eve of their marriage, it all comes to a head and the town is out for blood. |
19 Dec 1964Description ▼
Festus's ornery aunt arrives, squats on a piece of land, sets up a still, and comes to the rescue of a pair of star-crossed lovers. |
26 Dec 1964Description ▼
Festus takes part in a horse race in which big money is at stake, tempting some to sabotage in order to make sure of the outcome. |
02 Jan 1965Description ▼
Matt's old friend comes to town, announcing plans to settle down and start a business, but the business he has in mind involves dishonesty and perhaps murder. |
16Run, Sheep, Run
09 Jan 1965Description ▼
The body of a no-good man is found in his burning store on the same night as the sudden disappearance of the nice couple he cheated out of the money for their ranch. |
16 Jan 1965Description ▼
On their way out of town, some cousins of Festus come across a badly injured man whom they assume is dead, so they flee, pursued by Festus, who believes his cousins attacked the man. |
18One Killer on Ice
23 Jan 1965Description ▼
Anderson, a stylish bounty hunter, rides into Dodge City. He informs Matt that his partner has a wanted criminal at an ice house. The locale is a two-day ride from Dodge; Anderson wants Matt's help to bring the criminal in. The outlaw's brother intends to go gunning for Matt and Anderson. There's also a twist: Matt finds out Anderson didn't tell him the truth about what happened. Both Anderson's partner and the outlaw lie dead at the ice house.
30 Jan 1965Description ▼
Chief Joseph has come to town suffering from pneumonia. When he and his party are refused lodging at the hotel, a stranger steps in offering his room. Local sentiment is against this and like a boiling over teapot, trouble begins to brew. |
06 Feb 1965Description ▼
A circus family comes to town and charms the populace, who don't know the family's real stock in trade is larceny. |
21Song for Dying
13 Feb 1965Description ▼
The head of the Luken clan blames Martin Kellum for not helping his young bride during a difficult childbirth when the doctor was away. When he runs to Dodge, Matt does his best to keep everyone safe including the local citizens. |
22Winner Take All
20 Feb 1965Description ▼
Two brothers quarrel to the death over a woman, and as the survivor flees with her, pursued by Matt, the killing may not be over. |
27 Feb 1965Description ▼
The goofy nephew of Festus, Eliab Haggen, comes to Dodge with the hopes of shooting off a tiny piece of his ear, because Festus bit off a piece of his dad's ear years ago in a fight. |
06 Mar 1965Description ▼
Kitty welcomes her mentor to town, but her friend is burdened by a secret: she's here to deliver the child of her outlaw son, a man willing to take his own mother hostage. |
13 Mar 1965Description ▼
A young attorney newly arrived in Dodge works the law to keep his client out of Matt's clutches, then has ample reason to regret it. |
20 Mar 1965Description ▼
Bert Clum uses his clan to get what he wants. They are camped outside of Dodge. When they meet a small wagon train, he hatches a plot to rob the local bank. But he needs to snatch a baby to hide behind first. |
27 Mar 1965Description ▼
A 'Down on their luck' aunt (Eileen Heckart) and niece (Katharine Ross) are on their way to San Francisco. When Aunt Hattie and her niece, Liz stop in Dodge City, Hattie is forced to support Liz's dreams of a wealthy lifestyle by taking a job at the Longbranch Saloon. There, she meets a farmer, who soon falls in love with her and asks her to marry him and stay in Dodge. He also says Liz can live with them. However, when Liz finds out that Hattie plans to forgo the wealthy San Francisco lifestyle she envisioned for the hard life as a farmers wife, and has no money to support herself without Hattie's help, she takes matters into her own hands in a most deadly plan.
28Dry Road to Nowhere
03 Apr 1965Description ▼
A temperance agitator wants to shut down Kitty's saloon and end all the drinking in Dodge. |
29Twenty Miles from Dodge
10 Apr 1965Description ▼
On a stagecoach returning to Dodge, Kitty and her traveling companions are waylaid and held for ransom. |
17 Apr 1965Description ▼
A mousy local man is hailed as a hero when he shoots and kills a man wanted for murder. Then a newspaper reporter interviews him and uncovers facts that cast a very different light on the shooting. |
24 Apr 1965Description ▼
Drought and crop failure leave Dodge without fruit or vegetables and a farming widow and her son very ill with scurvy. |
32Bad Lady from Brookline
01 May 1965Description ▼
Just arriving in Dodge, Molly McConnell looks for her husband. When she finds out he's been killed, and Dillon is responsible, she wonders why he didn't tell her in the first place and sets out to learn how to shoot so she can kill him. |
33Two Tall Men
08 May 1965Description ▼
Outside of Dodge, a trapper rides upon two men leaning over a body. Thinking it's a robbery, he shoots at them and runs them off. When he sees it's the Doc, he takes him into Dodge and tells everyone what happened. His story changes with each telling and when they catch them the town wants to do nothing less than lynch them both.
15 May 1965Description ▼
A man comes to town and tells Sam he's going to shoot Matt. It's soon understood he is an old friend. Involved in shooting and killing a man, their friendship is stretched as he claims self defense even though he was the only one armed. |
35The New Society
22 May 1965Description ▼
Matt is ordered to Ridge Town to reopen the case of an army major who was murdered 12 years before, when a dying outlaw he shot swears he did not commit the crime, and it appears the whole town is hiding something. |
36He Who Steals
29 May 1965Description ▼
A buffalo hunter who doesn't hold with ranching is acquitted of shooting the man who tries to stop him from stealing a calf, but he isn't finished with stealing to get his way. |
1Seven Hours to Dawn
18 Sep 1965Description ▼
Mace Gore's gang has taken over Dodge. When Matt is believed killed, Festus and Doc have a plan to lure Gore into a trap, even though his usual plan is to leave by dawn. |
25 Sep 1965Description ▼
A man is convicted of robbing and murdering his partner, but the sons of Matt's old friend are responsible. Matt must arrest the remaining son after the other's dying declaration and make it to Hays City in time to stop the hanging. |
3Clayton Thaddeus Greenwood
02 Oct 1965Description ▼
Thad, son of and deputy to an Oklahoma sheriff, arrives in Dodge pursuing vandals on his father's warrant, not realizing the Oklahoma warrant isn't executable in Dodge. |
4Ten Little Indians
09 Oct 1965Description ▼
Marshal Dillon meets an Hispanic badman who forces Dillon into a gunfight. Almost immediately, Matt encounters an old friend, retired lawman Jack Pinto, who accompanies the Marshal to Dodge. Upon his return to town, Matt is told by Festus that four hired guns are waiting to kill the marshal. One by one, the gunmen die while trying to collect a $25,000 bounty on Dillon--yet incidents prove that the bounty is still in force. Who has offered the bounty, and who still plans to collect?
5Taps for Old Jeb
16 Oct 1965Description ▼
After a successful search for gold, two prospectors hire a man who shows up at their campfire as a bodyguard. |
23 Oct 1965Description ▼
A young Pawnee arrives in Dodge to seek his own revenge on a murderer, not trusting in the white man's justice. |
7The Bounty Hunter
30 Oct 1965Description ▼
Lured out of retirement with the promise of land, a bounty hunter is aimed by his boss at the man who killed his son. He just doesn't tell him the reward and charges had been dropped. |
06 Nov 1965Description ▼
A man who persuaded the good folk of Dodge to invest their money in a mine is out of prison and back to prove that there really is gold in the mine. |
13 Nov 1965Description ▼
While Matt's out of town, his friends play along with a drifter's innocent impersonation of the marshal, but a man comes to town determined to get revenge on the marshal, and he's not playing. |
20 Nov 1965Description ▼
An elder brother took the blame for the younger as both were sent away for cattle rustling. When they return home, the younger is not done with doing wrong, nor with asking his brother to cover his tracks. |
27 Nov 1965Description ▼
A twelve-year-old boy recovers in Doc's office and then goes with a gun after the man who robbed and killed his father. |
04 Dec 1965Description ▼
Twenty-two men escape from a territorial prison. The remaining 4 kidnap Matt hoping to get safe passage into Mexico. One of them has another agenda which he reveals to Matt as they get closer to the border. |
11 Dec 1965Description ▼
After a risky train robbery and with two posses on their trail, four men hurriedly ride to some fresh horses. Dillon wounds one of the gang carrying the stolen money and it turns out to be a young woman. |
18 Dec 1965Description ▼
While Matt's out of town, Kitty is attacked by Richard Strom and Strom is then shot and killed by Festus when he comes to Kitty's aid. Strom's father, a judge, rides into town hoping to have Festus arrested for the murder of his son. When he isn't he decides to have a trial of his own.
25 Dec 1965Description ▼
Kitty travels to Pick Axe to make claim to a gold mine left to her by a friend. When she arrives she is met with surly town folk and claim jumpers. With help of Thad and a local boy who is mute, she hopes to save what she sees as her retirement future.
08 Jan 1966Description ▼
Two bounty hunters bring seriously injured murderer Johnny Drago into Dodge for treatment prior to traveling to Mexico to collect a $30,000 reward, but Matt refuses to let them move Drago until he recovers. They decide to try to kill Drago and remove him by force after an unscrupulous newspaperman convinces them that they will not collect the reward if Drago dies from his injuries rather than from his captors' gunshots.
17Sweet Billy, Singer of Songs
15 Jan 1966Description ▼
Festus's nephew arrives, seeking a bride who can read and write. He soon finds one, but runs into difficulties earning the money he needs for her dowry. |
18The Raid: Part 1
22 Jan 1966Description ▼
This two-part show has a host of guest actors to play members of a gang that is robbing banks across the west in extremely well planned raids. The Jim Stark gang heads for Dodge City to plan their next robbery. Stark has been warned that Dodge's Marshall Dillon will be a formidable opponent, so he plans to get rid of Dillon before the robbery. After his first attempt fails, Stark comes up with another plan to get Dillon out of the way, and this time it works. The Stark gang robs the bank, but it does not go exactly as planned, and in the second part this show, Stark will be looking over his shoulder for Dillon.
19The Raid: Part 2
29 Jan 1966Description ▼
After making another successful bank robbery, the Stark gang finds part of their plan was not accomplished as expected, and Marshall Dillon returns to Dodge before the gang can get away. An undercover member of the gang surreptitiously sets the town afire which affords the gang time to escape, and he also kidnaps Doc to attend to one of the wounded gang members. After the town deals with the fire, Dillon forms a posse to go after the gang which has been able to keep a step ahead of Dillon thus far. As the chase progresses, we see what was an originally well knit gang begin to dissolve. The various shortcomings of the individual gang members begin to eat away at the mortar that holds the gang together, and slowly the gang begins to come apart allowing their advantage to also crumble away.
20Killer at Large
05 Feb 1966Description ▼
In Matt's absence, Festus is accused of drawing first on a drunken man. Though innocent, Festus leaves town to avoid Matthew's having to arrest him, and takes refuge across the border with a widow and her son. |
21My Father's Guitar
12 Feb 1966Description ▼
A stranger riding through stops for water at a ranch. When he feels forced to kill the rancher for taking a joke too far, he tries to bury him but stops when some riders come up. After he reaches Dodge, everyone finds out how precious his guitar is to him but maybe too late.
19 Feb 1966Description ▼
Festus has a habit of using the wishbone from a dead chicken for making wishes on. When he comes across the doc, alone and snakebit, he uses that wish to help him, if it can. Meanwhile, Matt searches for three outlaws who held up a stage, killing the driver and guard. |
26 Feb 1966Description ▼
An outlaw gang shoots it out fleeing Dodge City. When one of them is injured real bad, he hides out in the church where the reverend is fearful but not for himself. |
24Honor Before Justice
05 Mar 1966Description ▼
The Osage Council has found Two Bears guilty of murder. His daughter rides into Dodge seeking Matt's help but he's out of town chasing horse thieves so Thad tries to help. He finds out that he and Matt are really riding the same trail. |
12 Mar 1966Description ▼
Billy has always looked up to his brother Ed. During a robbery gone wrong, he is arrested. Matt begins to open his naive eyes when his brother tries to free him from jail. |
19 Mar 1966Description ▼
While on a fishing trip with Festus, Doc is abducted and forced to operate on a sick child, then ordered to be a bridegroom in a true shotgun wedding. |
26 Mar 1966Description ▼
Some homesteaders have chosen a piece of land that is free to use per the government but Ben Payson has other ideas. When his daughter starts to care more about their son, he decides to force them off the property regardless the cost. |
09 Apr 1966Description ▼
A wagon is shot at and run off the road to Dodge. Festus comes along and helps the occupants, the new owners of the newspaper. He is rewarded with a job as a reporter even though he never learned to read or write. The stories he chooses to write about stirs up more bad feelings than he expected.
29Treasure of John Walking Fox
16 Apr 1966Description ▼
When old Jacob is shot dead in self defense, his loyal Indian partner, John Walking Fox, starts paying for things with $50 gold pieces, and he becomes the talk of the town, and a target for would be robbers. |
30My Father, My Son
23 Apr 1966Description ▼
Fast gun Jim Barrett shoots Joey Jeffords in self defense so his whole family bands together seeking retribution. When another young man shows up in town wanting to kill Jim too, several folks do their best to ensure he doesn't wind up just like Joey.
31Parson Comes to Town
30 Apr 1966Description ▼
A mysterious man rides into town and says he is after one of two men responsible for killing his brother. When he starts crowding a stranger in town, Matt must decide how to make sure he doesn't take the law into his own hands. |
32Prime of Life
07 May 1966Description ▼
Kyle Stoner is fast with a gun and likes to prove it. When he mixes with the wrong crowd and goes up against Matt, his father gets involved and he is a friend as well as an ex-lawman. |
17 Sep 1966Description ▼
Matt has the unhappy task of tracking down Gilcher, a long-ago friend of his, who fell on hard times and turned to horse theft and attempted murder. Matt surprises Gilcher at his mountain camp, and the two men sadly reminisce over old times. Suddenly, Gilcher sees a man up on the next hill holding a rifle. Gilcher warns Matt that the man (whom Matt can't see because his back is to the hill) is about to throw down on them both. Matt thinks Gilcher is bluffing. Gilcher makes a lunge for his discarded rifle -- and Matt -- thinking Gilcher is about to shoot him -- fires. An instant later, a rifle slug whizzing past Matt's ear confirms Gilcher's story. Matt promises to the dying Gilcher that he will give up law enforcement, which he does. He takes a room in Dodge while the new marshal tries to deal with a bounty hunter who shows up in town. Soon afterward, a young man shows up in town, seeking out Matt and claiming to be Gilcher's son. Matt tries to befriend the young man and get him out ...
24 Sep 1966Description ▼
A murderous band of outlaws bushwhacks an Army pay train and murders every man among them for the $200,000 in gold they are carrying. They throw open the pay chest and find -- lead. The leader scratches the lead with a knife and uncovers a gold streak, and realizes that the Army had amalgamated the two metals together before the pay train started to try to prevent just such an occurrence. So the leader and his men strip the dead soldiers of their uniforms and head for the nearest blacksmith's shop, which happens to be in Dodge. There they will melt down the alloy into pieces of gold, which they plan to distribute amongst themselves after leaving. Matt, who was off fishing, returns in time to catch the thieves in the act -- but is taken hostage and forced to help them. Features a rare view of Dodge City's outdoor back lot set for the final gunfight (in fact, the main characters watch the outlaws ride off the sound stage and onto the outdoor street!)
01 Oct 1966Description ▼
In an episode that made TV Guide's list of "Top 50 Dramatic Episodes of All Time" (and quite high on the list at that), Etta Stone is the matriarch of a crime family, whose husband was hanged and three sons imprisoned six years earlier at Matt's instigation. Now the sons have gotten out of jail and their first order of business is to kidnap Kitty, forcing Matt to come alone to rescue her. He gets a dire welcome when he sees a do-it-yourself working gallows right in the Stone front yard, and he is quickly seized and locked in the barn (Kitty is locked in the house). Etta Stone, with the help of the three imprisoned sons, tells Matt that he will be hanged from the gallows "on the morning of the second day." The only honest people around are the youngest son and the wife of another son, who have developed a romance of their own. One of the other sons can be bought, but he comes to a bad end -- Etta catches him helping Kitty try to escape and blows her own son away with the rifle she ...
08 Oct 1966Description ▼
Matt travels to Mexico to pick up an outlaw (Jim Davis) wanted for murder in Kansas. The outlaw is truly a nasty piece of work, which makes him good company for two drifters (Steve Ihnat, Warren Oates) who bushwhack Matt and steal his identity papers and the extradition warrant. After "arresting" the outlaw leader, the two men form a gang with him. The three killers are soon joined by a fourth, Reb (Bob Random), the son of a Confederate colonel who fled to Mexico rather than acknowledge the war was over. Matt soon meets the colonel, who apologizes for his son's helping steal from Matt but refuses help of any other kind to a Yankee. The sergeant who was the colonel's aide and is now his ranch foreman is more sympathetic, but refuses to abandon his boss. Meanwhile, Reb is caught up in a robbery and murder spree led by the other three outlaws, who knock over a small-town bank and kill numerous citizens. A deputy sheriff who survived the massacre (thanks to Reb firing at him and ...
5The Good People
15 Oct 1966Description ▼
A bounty hunter is falsely charged with murder, when he lies about killing a lynched man he thought was wanted by the law. |
22 Oct 1966Description ▼
A gunslinger hired to kill Matt, backs down from his obligation when he gets badly wounded and falls in love with a beautiful Asian woman who is caring for him, and his employers won't stand for it. |
7The Wrong Man
29 Oct 1966Description ▼
Hootie Kyle felt cheated in a card game by Tenner Jackson. Later, he punches Jackson and takes his thirty dollars back. The next Hootie returns the money to the Marshal only to be told that Jackson had been murdered. |
8The Whispering Tree
12 Nov 1966Description ▼
After a robbery, Virgil Stanley buries the money before being captured. It has been eight years and Virgil is being released. He has plans to use the money but has to deal with others with the same idea. |
19 Nov 1966Description ▼
Dodge becomes restless when a severe drought dries up all the wells except for one. Now it becomes a fight to keep living, placing Marshal Dillon in the middle. |
26 Nov 1966Description ▼
A station master sets up stagecoaches to be robbed by a gang, and also routinely beats up his beautiful wife. |
03 Dec 1966Description ▼
Petter Karlgren, a Swedish immigrant, and his father arrive in the untamed west to settle in Dodge. When Petter is baited into a fight, they will find that the west is more untamed and unforgiving than they ever thought. |
10 Dec 1966Description ▼
When a dying deputy swears in Thad to capture killer Fred Bateman, he ends up in a Quaker town, in which the people can not tell which one is the wanted man. |
17 Dec 1966Description ▼
Chad Timpson is taking care of his mentally challenged brother, Orv. But when a rider comes into Dodge we learn that Chad has a checkered past. A past that may break up the two brothers. |
14Champion of the World
24 Dec 1966Description ▼
Bull Bannock, ex world heavyweight champion, tries to make a place for himself in Dodge City. |
31 Dec 1966Description ▼
Dodge City is the site where notorious outlaw, Billy Boles, is set to hang. However, the town is occupied by people determined for their own kind of justice. |
07 Jan 1967Description ▼
A cattle-drive, led by Virgil Powell, help a sick Matt Dillon gets his prisoner to Dodge. But the prisoner has made a deal with a cowboy on the drive to avoid a certain hanging. |
14 Jan 1967Description ▼
On the way to help his cousin, Festus is mistaken for a hired gunman. The slow-witted Watson Boys will try to make a name for themselves in this humorous offering. |
21 Jan 1967Description ▼
After a young gunslinger wounds Matt, he comes to Dodge to finish him off and to rob the bank. He gets distracted after going to the saloon, where he meets and falls in love with one of Kitty's girls. |
28 Jan 1967Description ▼
A young boy comes to Dodge looking for his father. What he finds is that his father is a wanted outlaw on the run. |
04 Feb 1967Description ▼
A Marshal from Arizona has tracked down the men responsible for pillaging his town to an area outside Dodge. He is bound to seek revenge on the outlaws at any cost. |
11 Feb 1967Description ▼
Marshall Dillon is trying to bring a suspected murderer back for trial (on foot)for killing a lawman friend of the Marshall's. He finds the man near a large sheep ranch run by an independent Australian immigrant named Tyson. Tyson wants to handle the prisoner in his own way for allegedly killing a few of Tyson's ranch hands. The Marshall enlists the help of a local doctor and Tyson's own daughter while acquiring horses. Ultimately Tyson and the Marshall meet face to face before returning to Dodge City.
18 Feb 1967Description ▼
Luke Todd's family is hurting due to severe drought. Luke calls his old gang and they decide to rob the freight office in Dodge. When things go wrong, Luke leaves the stolen money for his wife to find. This action only leads to problems. |
25 Feb 1967Description ▼
Kitty gets caught up in a scheme where lawmen will try to arrest known criminal Dal Neely by using his daughter as bait. But everyone gets more than they bargained for in this story. |
24Noose of Gold
04 Mar 1967Description ▼
An attorney general uses Matt's friendship with an outlaw for political gain. |
11 Mar 1967Description ▼
With a man being released from prison that has made threats toward Marshal Dillon, Kitty is torn between a man that saved her life and her duty as a citizen of Dodge City. |
18 Mar 1967Description ▼
Mal Gates, a traveler, stops by a river to get a drink -- and a rattler chomps onto his face. His screams and his gunshots at the escaping snake are heard by Ed Carstairs, coming to the same watering hole from a different direction. But Carstairs is in no charitable mood. He's wanted in another town for killing a sheriff during a poker game, and justice in that town is notoriously corrupt (Matt later asks two sheriff's deputies snidely: "Was the town boss shot in the hip? Well, isn't that where he keeps the sheriff, isn't it ... in his hip pocket?"). So Carstairs tries to finish what the snake started by kicking Gates unconscious and switching identity papers with him. The ruse seems to work, but shortly after Carstairs arrives in Dodge he spots Gates being dragged unconscious on a litter behind Matt's horse -- Matt, making his rounds, also heard the commotion and found Gates still alive. Carstairs sneaks into Doc Adams' office and tries to smother Gates in his sleep, but jerks the ...
27Ladies from St. Louis
25 Mar 1967Description ▼
When a bank robber saves five nuns, the nuns look to a higher power to convince the man to turn himself in to the authorities. |
28Nitro: Part 1
08 Apr 1967Description ▼
Two smooth thugs and their trigger-happy partner (the actor is given significantly lower billing than Tom Reese and Eddie Firestone, who play the sharpies) extract nitroglycerin from dynamite by boiling it until the nitro floats "like an oil" on the water's surface and skimming it off. It's fully as dangerous as it sounds, so they have hired men to do it for huge sums of money which they get from burglarizing banks and blowing up their safes. The first one goes up in an gigantic explosion which shatters windows miles away, so they turn to a young ex-cowboy with no prospects except his saloon-girl girlfriend. The young man reluctantly agrees, hoping to make a fresh start by investing in petroleum development (Buck Taylor's dad Dub plays the developer). But when a cougar spooks the thugs' horse and causes horse and buggy to be strewn all over the landscape, the thugs must regroup. They have accidentally knocked over the bank where the Kansas Petoleum Development Company's money was ...
29Nitro: Part 2
15 Apr 1967Description ▼
To get the young man back to extracting nitroglycerin for them, the bank robbers offer him a straight-up deal of $5,000 per batch, with the understanding that they will soon leave the area and he can go in peace. The young man agrees, but soon finds that his nerves are shot. He recruits town drunk Louie Pheeters (James Nusser, who gets "And Featuring" billing) to do the job for him, but then stops it before it starts and tries to make the batch himself. But the trigger-happy thug murders a man, which finally leads Matt to capture the robbers. Meanwhile, unaware of what's going on, the young man is mixing the last batch ...
11 Sep 1967Description ▼
Matt Dillon and Kitty Russell are escorting a notorious outlaw back to Dodge City to stand trial. A member of another outlaw gang sees them traveling by stagecoach and switches out cotter pins on the yoke that keeps the stage tied to the horses. The pin obligingly breaks on a mountain road, causing a spectacular crash. Kitty crawls out unscathed and checks on Matt, who's unconscious but will be okay, and the outlaw -- who's comatose and dying. When she hears the outlaw gang approach, she takes Matt's Marshal's badge off his shirt and puts it on the outlaw, then spins a deceptive web for the gang, who believes her until the outlaw awakens and uses his last breaths to tell the gang what really happened. Most of the occasional-player cast of Dodge City is on hand for Kitty's later speech asking the citizens of Dodge to ransom Matt.
18 Sep 1967Description ▼
Two long time feuding cattle barons is set for a showdown in Dodge. This will place Marshal Dillon and the town right in the middle of the trouble. |
25 Sep 1967Description ▼
A notorious outlaw was shot in the back, fatally, before Matt could arrest him. The large bounty on the man's head was never collected. Now a "crusading" newspaper reporter is trying to goad the dead man's two young sons into a showdown with Matt Dillon, who would have been legally enjoined from getting the bounty money because of his lawman status and thus is the main suspect in the shooting.
4Vengeance: Part 1
02 Oct 1967Description ▼
Bob Johnson is a super fast gunman looking for revenge against the men who paralyzed his foster father and killed his foster brother, when they were attempting to steal a calf. |
5Vengeance: Part 2
09 Oct 1967Description ▼
Fast on the draw, Bob Johnson continues to give into the temptation to use his gun to extract revenge through self defense, even if he crosses the line into murder. |
16 Oct 1967Description ▼
Clint Sorils, a notorious gunman, is minding his own business when a stray bullet ruins his hat. In trying to obtain payment, Clint runs afoul of Red Conniston, a powerful rancher. The ensuing clash leaves men dead and gravely wounded, all because of a hat.
7Hard Luck Henry
23 Oct 1967Description ▼
Hard-Luck Henry Haggens comes to Dodge City to persuade his cousin Festus to return home on an important mission. Festus, as the wisest of the Haggenses, is to act as Solomon and divide a chest of Confederate gold pieces among the Haggens clan. Henry's constant mishaps thwart Festus's efforts in one of the funniest episodes of the series.
30 Oct 1967Description ▼
When some soldiers come to Dodge, the sergeant who earlier caught two soldiers deserting, is now using this information as potential blackmail against them. When they come into town, the sergeant has a run in with Festus. Later the soldiers stab the sergeant. The commanding officer upon hearing of the sergeant's run in with Festus tells Matt to turn him over or he'll tear up the town to look for him. Festus then turns himself to the Major.
06 Nov 1967Description ▼
Buck Taylor joins the cast as Newly O'Brian when Newly and Kitty are kidnapped by a gang who mistakenly believe he is a doctor. His skills as a gunsmith are central to their escape. |
13 Nov 1967Description ▼
Two fur trappers find their furs are worthless and their plan for moving westward are crushed. In a desperate move the two scheme a robbery with intentions of leaving for California. But things do not go as planned. |
11Stranger in Town
20 Nov 1967Description ▼
Harvey Cagle, a resident of Dodge, owes money to someone in another town. He tries to convince the man he owes to give him time to pay him back, but the man gives him only a few weeks. While there he sees a gunfighter, named Dave Reeves, kills someone and decides to hire him to kill his partner Carl Anderson so that he could get control of the business they share. When Reeves arrives he finds out that the woman Anderson is seeing is his wife, who left him a few years ago, and this makes him want to kill Anderson more.
27 Nov 1967Description ▼
Doc Adams has discovered that a private train car passenger has symptoms of the plague. When he quarantines the train car, the citizens of Dodge become fearful of the disease spreading.
04 Dec 1967Description ▼
Festus is jailed for a robbery and murder he did not commit in Pierceville, by an aging Sheriff who's too proud to investigate leads that would prove him innocent. |
18 Dec 1967Description ▼
A cowboy finds a lone Indian boy near his burned-out village. They become attached to each other, but boy is met by racism when they reach Dodge City. |
25 Dec 1967Description ▼
When triplets are born to a dying woman, Doc Adams will do all he can to keep the babies together instead of sending them to an orphanage. |
01 Jan 1968Description ▼
When a childlike simpleton is accused of murder, Matt will have his hands full trying to keep the man from being lynched in a town that cries for blood. |
17Dead Man's Law
08 Jan 1968Description ▼
Matt's horse shows up riderless in Dodge City, and there is blood on the saddle. While Festus and Newly search for Matt, ruthless vigilantes take over. |
18Nowhere to Run
15 Jan 1968Description ▼
A wounded man falls into his father's well, and rescue attempts are complicated by nearby blasting and the fact that the rescue party includes two men who don't want him to be rescued. |
22 Jan 1968Description ▼
Nick Skouras, a hired gunman, is crippled by his father Alex and can no longer use his right hand. Now he must face a vengeful killer in spite of his father's wishes. This episode should not be confused with "Blood Money" (Season 3, Episode 3) broadcast 28 September 1957.
29 Jan 1968Description ▼
Newly rescues an ignorant hill girl, Merry Florene from her uncivilized half-brothers, Roland and Elbert. He brings her to Dodge City and arranges for a job at Jonas' general store. The two ruffians find her and try to force her to help them rob the store.
05 Feb 1968Description ▼
Jubal Gray (Jim Davis) and his gang of renegade ex-soldiers steal a cache of rifles and gunpowder to sell to a band of marauding Indians. In a chance encounter they seriously injure Tahrohon (Dan Ferrone), an Indian friend of buffalo-man Noah Meek (Michael Constantine). Noah vows revenge for his friend's wounds.
12 Feb 1968Description ▼
Matt goes to Texas to attend the retirement party of his old friend, Sheriff Mark Handlin. After witnessing his friend's assassination by five desperadoes whom Mark had previously sent to prison, Matt chases them into Mexico. |
23The First People
19 Feb 1968Description ▼
When a new Indian tribal leader wants changes, the white Reservation Police Chief balks. When Marshal Dillon arrives some free-rein Indian police officers drum up charges on Matt and the new leader. |
26 Feb 1968Description ▼
Almost nobody believes traveling medicine man Mr. Sam'l is really a "water witch" who can detect water underground with his divining rod. The exception is a ruthless land grabber who has capitalized on a prolonged drought and all the known wells drying up. The land grabber, secretly, hired professional geologists to locate hidden springs on farmland that the owners are about to abandon and sell -- for a song -- to him. Realizing that Mr. Sam'l could find the water through blind luck if nothing else, and that even if he doesn't he will inspire Dodge City to renew digging before the land grabber can secure the property, the land grabber hires a gunman ...
25A Noose for Dobie Price
04 Mar 1968Description ▼
When Dobie Price escapes from the Dodge jail, Dobie's former gang member and cousin rides with Marshal Dillon to bring Dobie back to justice and a date with the hangman. |
23 Sep 1968Description ▼
Before a notorious outlaw was sent to prison, he captured lawman Grant Lyle and used a blacksmith's hammer and anvil to ceremoniously crush Lyle's hands. The hands are now frozen claws encased permanently in black gloves. Lyle learns that the outlaw is set to get out of jail, and schemes to kill him in a gunfight. At first Lyle tries to train his son to be a surrogate killer, but Matt interferes and the son balks. Lyle then commissions Newly to make a "fanning" gun, a triggerless weapon that can be cocked and fired by pushing the hammer back and letting it fall onto the firing pin. You can't hit the broad side of a barn when you're fanning a gun, but Lyle tries to teach himself to shoot the weapon anyway. When the stage containing the convict reaches Dodge, he thinks he's ready.