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The Gunrunners 

Jubal Gray and his gang of renegade ex-soldiers steal a cache of rifles and gunpowder to sell to a band of marauding Indians. In a chance encounter they seriously injure Tahrohon, an Indian... See full summary »


Irving J. Moore


Hal Sitowitz


Episode cast overview:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Milburn Stone ... Doc Adams
Amanda Blake ... Kitty Russell
Ken Curtis ... Festus Haggen
Michael Constantine ... Noah Meek
Jim Davis ... Jubal Gray
Dick Peabody Dick Peabody ... Patch
James Griffith ... Wade Lester
John McLiam ... Bender
Dan Ferrone ... Tahrohon
Lane Bradford ... Reese
X Brands ... Singleton
Glenn Strange ... Sam Noonan




Jubal Gray and his gang of renegade ex-soldiers steal a cache of rifles and gunpowder to sell to a band of marauding Indians. In a chance encounter they seriously injure Tahrohon, an Indian friend of buffalo-man Noah Meek. Noah vows revenge for his friend's wounds. Written by richardann

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This episode is titled "Buffalo Man" on Comcast TVLDW (TV Land). See more »


During the final gunfight, Matt sneaks around to the unguarded storeroom of a farmhouse, which contains a huge cache of powder and weapons. He kicks open the door and fires point-blank (four times) into a barrel of gunpowder. The house goes up with a near-nuclear explosion, incinerating everyone inside. Matt, who was by far the closest to the powder barrel, walks away without a scratch. See more »

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A rehashed plot that offered nothing new.
1 April 2013 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

This episode had a nice story but the way that Matt was able to get the bad guys was more like something from a Hollywood fantasy than real life. If you can overlook the ending explosion that happen when Matt fired a few rounds into a barrel of gunpowder then this episode is not bad. This was a made-for-TV explosion since firing a regular bullet into gunpowder will not make it ignite.

Anyway the story involves a buffalo hunter named Noah Meek that rescued an Indian boy years ago. They have grown up together and now Noah considers the Indian boy, Tahrohon, his only family member. Noah goes into Dodge to get Tahrohon a knife for their years together.

While alone Tahrohon hears some commotion and goes out to investigate. He finds that a wagon has a broken wheel with five guys wondering what they can do. Tahrohon tells them that Dodge is the closest city and that they could use a tree as a slide to make it into town. When they jack-up the wagon one of the crates falls and breaks open revealing a large supplies of rifles. The men are gunrunners. They rough up the Indian and push him off a cliff. Then the men travel on.

When Noah returns he finds Tahrohon and carries him to Doc Adams. With serious injuries, Noah vows to track down the men that assaulted his boy. And with the slide making marks in the ground, tracking the wagon will be no trouble. Noah is seek revenge.

There really is nothing remarkable about this episode. It reminds me of so many other western shows we have seen in the past. Someone harms a family member and the father seeks revenge. The only thing that has changed is the family is a buffalo hunter and an Indian. A rehashed plot that has been used many times.

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5 February 1968 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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