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The Patsy 

Matt doubts the veracity of Long Branch hostess Holly Fanshaw's claim that she saw trail drover Fly Hoyt murder young Dave Thorp. His suspicions increase further when Hoyt voluntarily returns to Dodge in order to clear his name.

Director:

Richard Whorf

Writers:

Les Crutchfield (teleplay by), John Meston (story by)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Dennis Weaver ... Chester
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Martin Landau ... Thorp
Peter Breck ... Fly Hoyt
Ken Lynch ... Jim Cavanaugh
Jan Harrison Jan Harrison ... Holly Fanshaw
John Alderman ... Dave
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Storyline

Matt doubts the veracity of Long Branch hostess Holly Fanshaw's claim that she saw trail drover Fly Hoyt murder young Dave Thorp. His suspicions increase further when Hoyt voluntarily returns to Dodge in order to clear his name.

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Genres:

Western

Certificate:

TV-G
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1958 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

CBS Television Network See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Goofs

As Holly & Dave step out in the night air in the alley. There is an especially jazzy up-tempo version of "Home on the Range, coming from the saloon. It doesn't fit with time frame. It has a decidedly modern beat. See more »

Quotes

Doc: [Leans over body of murdered Dave Thorp] He was shot in the back. I don't understand it - he was a fine boy. I didn't think he had an enemy in the world.
Marshal Matt Dillon: He had one, Doc.
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Soundtracks

Home on the Range
(uncredited)
Music by Daniel E. Kelley and Brewster M. Higley
Saloon music
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Whodunit?
30 March 2012 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

An above average entry. A shy cowboy is dry-gulched in a Dodge alleyway with only a saloon girl as witness. She identifies a Texas trailherder as the culprit. The dead cowboy's angry brother wants vengeance, while now Matt has to arrest the trailherder amidst a bunch of hostile Texas cowboys.

Pretty good suspense as we wonder what the true story is. Matt's visit to the cowboy campsite has a gripping undercurrent of hostility as the Texans refuse to recognize "Kansas law". In the angry brother's role, Martin Landau injects real emotion that helps drive the drama. Mystery and suspense are neatly combined in this better than average episode.


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