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Anybody Can Kill a Marshal 

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.

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Harry Harris

Writer:

Kathleen Hite
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Burt Reynolds ... Quint
Milton Selzer ... Painter
Joyce Van Patten ... Molly
James Westerfield ... Cleed
Warren Stevens ... Lucas
James Nusser James Nusser ... Louie Pheeters
Howard McNear ... Howard Rudd
Brenda Scott ... Betsy
George Selk ... Moss Grimmick
Tom Lutz Tom Lutz ... Cowboy
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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.

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Genres:

Western

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Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 1963 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Goofs

Around the 15 minute mark - when Howard Rudd becomes apprehensive concerning Painter's "needs", Painter takes out a 50 dollar bill out of his top left pocket, and places it on the table and says, "Can we get started?" While we only see the reverse side of the bill, the US Capital is clearly displayed. This image was placed on the small size note series beginning in 1929. Since, the words "In God We Trust" is not displayed, this specific tender would have been issued before 1956. See more »

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Is that guy following me?
8 January 2016 | by grizzledgeezerSee all my reviews

Just saw this for the first time. It's surprising it doesn't show up on "best episodes" lists. But the same could be said for a lot of other episodes. It's off-kilter (the bad guys wondering out loud whether Marshal Dillon is actually killable), with an "uneasy" ending. I won't spoil it.

Besides the somewhat unusual story, several other things stand out. One is a rarity among the hundreds of thousands of motion pictures and TV shows made in the entire history of the world -- a lightning flash //is not// accompanied by thunder, which occurs several seconds later.

Another is Howard McNear's quirky turn as Wilbur Jonas' assistant. McNear (Doc Adams in the radio version) played this role several times, presumably because Dabbs Greer wasn't available.

The last is the music editor's selection of Bernard Herrmann's music from an early Twilight Zone episode. It's out of place in a Western (not just the music itself, but the vibraphone), which is probably why it's so effective.


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