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Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge (1987)

Will Mannon, "product of the Devil's loins", is released from a frontier prison and promptly goes in search of the people who put him there around twelve years ago, Marshal Matt Dillon and Miss Kitty Russell.

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Vincent McEveety

Writer:

Jim Byrnes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Buck Taylor ... Newly
Fran Ryan ... Hannah
Earl Holliman ... Jake Flagg
Ken Olandt ... Lt. Dexter
William Morgan Sheppard ... Digger McCloud (as W. Morgan Sheppard)
Patrice Martinez ... Bright Water
Tantoo Cardinal ... Little Doe
Steve Forrest ... Will Mannon
Mickey Jones ... Oakum
Frank Totino Frank Totino ... Logan (as Frank M. Totino)
Robert Koons Robert Koons ... Warden Amos Brown
Walter Kaasa Walter Kaasa ... Judge Collins
Georgie Collins Georgie Collins ... Mrs. Collins
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Will Mannon, "product of the Devil's loins", is released from a frontier prison and promptly goes in search of the people who put him there around twelve years ago, Marshal Matt Dillon and Miss Kitty Russell.

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Taglines:

In a Lawless Land Ruled by the Gun, He's the Law.

Genres:

Adventure | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge See more »

Filming Locations:

Calgary, Alberta, Canada See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The revolver used at the beginning by the vengeance-seeking escaped convict Will Mannon is a Merwin Hulbert 1st Model, an advanced design for its day and a relatively popular revolver, being fourth best-selling after Smith & Wesson, Colt, and Remington, in that order. Its scarcity today is a result of a factory fire, a devastating bankruptcy, and the First World War driving the company out of existence for most of the twentieth century. See more »

Goofs

The revolver used in the escape of the convict does not have a firing pin attached to the hammer. The floating firing pins were not used until the 20th century. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[to two young Indian boys]
Logan: Git!
[to Dillon, who is carrying a bale of furs]
Logan: Them papooses - I'd keep 'em out if I was you. If it ain't nailed down, they'll steal it.
Matt Dillon: They live here.
Logan: Well, I guess a squaw is better than no woman a'tall, huh?
Matt Dillon: You were given 15 years in territorial prison, Logan. What are you doin' out?
Logan: Lookin' for you. Been a long look, Dillon, but I promised myself I'd pay you back. Here I am.
Matt Dillon: Mister, you aren't the first gunny come lookin' for me. There's two more ...
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Best TV "reunion" movie ever.
21 June 2006 | by caricaturesSee all my reviews

Gunsmoke cast regulars James Arness (Matt Dillon), Amanda Blake (Kitty) and Buck Taylor (Newly) reunite for a pretty good old fashioned western. The plot involves the release from prison of Matt's most deadly foe, Steve Forrest, reprising his role as Will Mannon, bent on revenge. Another Gunsmoke alumni is along for the ride, Earl Holliman, who does a good turn as Jake Flagg. According to reports, Ken Curtis held out for too much money and subsequently did not reprise his role as Festus, what remains of his part is filled in by character actor Mickey Jones as Oakum. Too bad, it would have been great to see him don the spurs one more time. Milburn Stone (Doc) who appears along with Festus in flashbacks, had passed away by the time this film was made. There are several minor plot holes, chief among them is that in the episode, "Mannon" the title character was killed at the end, apparently while the end credits rolled, Doc discovered that he was still alive, saved him and he was then sent to prison. All in all, this film holds true to the legacy of the great, classic TV series.


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