Marshal Dillon : Bureaucrat (1957)

Genres - Western  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

John Hoyt guest stars as Rex Proctor, a politically ambitious Washington bureaucrat. Arriving in Dodge City, Proctor insists that Marshall Matt Dillon (James Arness) is all wrong in his approach to law and order. Using his political clout, Proctor takes over as the town's peacekeeper, imposing innumerable "Eastern" rules and regulations that are totally out of place in the Wild West. Despite Matt's protest, Proctor refuses to listen to reason--and his stubbornness may cost him his life. This episode is based on the Gunsmoke radio broadcast of January 29, 1956.