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Seven Hours to Dawn 

Mace Gore's gang has taken over Dodge. When Matt is believed killed, Festus and Doc have a plan to lure Gore into a trap, even though his usual plan is to leave by dawn.

Director:

Vincent McEveety

Writer:

Clyde Ware
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Ken Curtis ... Festus
John Drew Barrymore ... Mace Gore
Michael Vandever ... Raider
Al Lettieri ... Smitty (as Al Lettier)
Allen Jaffe ... Jack Dawn
Glenn Strange ... Sam Noonan
Charles Seel ... Barney Danches
Morgan Woodward ... Deeks
Jerry Douglas ... Clark
Johnny Seven ... Barens
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Mace Gore's gang has taken over Dodge. When Matt is believed killed, Festus and Doc have a plan to lure Gore into a trap, even though his usual plan is to leave by dawn.

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1965 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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First show of Season 11 and the first time the producer/director/writer is not listed at the beginning of the show. See more »

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When Matt is getting beat-up in the alley, the long shot shows his hat falling off and hitting the ground. The next close-in shot shows Matt's hat still on his head. See more »

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Matt is one tough cookie in this TV written script
14 February 2013 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

I will say that Marshal Matt Dillon was one tough bird. In this episode alone, he gets takes four slugs and in just a few hours he is sitting up in a chair talking. Man that is the definition of tough. It is either him or the expertise of Doc Adams that can have someone near death up and about in just a few short hours.

But even with the 'for-TV-sake' script, this episode did provided a nice hour of entertainment that the viewer just had to watch. A nice show.

It all begins when a large group of bandits come into Dodge at night and demand all the people living in the town to give them all the valuables. They even makes sure all the businesses open and give them every bit of cash available. With everyone leaving their valuables outside their houses the bandits declare that they will be gone by dawn and no one hurt if all cooperates.

With the Marshal being the first one they disarm, he tries to think of a way to escape. But when he finally decides to ride out, the bandits are waiting and Matt drives into a wall of gunfire. It looks hopeless for the people of Dodge.

An interesting plot with great characters.


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