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Indian Scout 

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.

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John Dunkel (story and screenplay by)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Dennis Weaver ... Chester
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Eduard Franz ... Amos Cartwright
DeForest Kelley ... Will Bailey (as DeForrest Kelley)
William Vaughn William Vaughn ... Twitchell
Harold 'Tommy' Hart Harold 'Tommy' Hart ... Clay (as Tommy Hart)
Pat Hogan ... Buffalo Tongue
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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.

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Genres:

Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 1956 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Amos must be only part American Indian. American Indians can not grow facial hair. See more »

Goofs

Amos' last line, "He didn't even bother to count coal," is wrong. The line should be "He didn't even bother to count coup," the Indian term for physically touching an enemy. See more »

Quotes

Marshal Matt Dillon: Well, a man has to make a choice, Amos.
Marshal Matt Dillon: By failing to act, you made yours all the same.
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9 September 2007 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Strong first year entry and one of John Dunkel's best screenplays. Opening scene is a grabber as retrieval posse caravans down Front Street with bodies of 23 men killed in battle with Comanches. Only the Indian scout, a white man who's lived with Comanches, has survived. Brother of one of the slain vows revenge on the scout, suspecting he led the party into an ambush because of his Indian loyalties. In front of Matt and others he insults scout who will not take the insults lightly. They are two strong-willed men now at loggerheads.

Best part is rather mysterious nature of the scout whose loyalties are not always predictable, making him a rather unusual character for the series-- which is uppermost, his white heritage or his Indian adopted family? The climax presents a satisfying and thoughtful resolution. However, veteran actor Eduard Franz severely underplays his role as the scout, thus undercutting much of the power of the climax, while the cheap-jack exterior set which is supposed to blend with the fine location shot of Comanches silhouetted against the sky robs the half-hour of classic status. Nonetheless, the story remains an engaging and thought-provoking one.


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