Will Mannon, brutal and sadistic, comes to Dodge City planning to kill Matt Dillon and cement his fearsome reputation. He first shoots and wounds Festus outside of Dodge, leaving Festus lying in the dirt and taking his mule Ruth to ride into town. He intimidates Dodge City residents, claiming to hold four aces in a poker game with the other players afraid to see his actual hand. Finally, he assaults Kitty. Finally, Matt returns to Dodge to confront the brutal Mannon.
Did You Know?
James Arness, Amanda Blake, Buck Taylor, and Steve Forrest reprised their roles from this episode 18 years later in the television movie "Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge" (1987). See more
Will Mannon rode Ruth into town about five hours ago.
He's down at the Long Branch right now.
You want to talk about a fast gun hand? If you was to take a snake's tongue's grease it and tie it to a bolt of lightning you couldn't get nothing as fast as his gun hand!
Followed by Gunsmoke: The Last Apache