Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Introduced by John Wayne, this debut episode of the Gunsmoke TV series finds Marshal Matt Dillon (James Arness) of Dodge City squaring off against Dan Grat (Paul Richards), a wanted outlaw from Amarillo. Grat has a reputation of killing his victims without saying a word, and Matt is determined to stop the criminal in his tracks before his kills again. But when the smoke clears, Grat remains standing--and it is Matt who is writhing on the ground. This cliché-smashing classic is based on the Gunsmoke radio episode of October 2, 1954.
deputy, law-enforcement, marshal, Wild-West