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Gold Train: The Bullet: Part 2 

Jack Sinclair's gang is trying to steal the gold the U.S. Army is transporting on the same train Doc is transporting a seriously wounded Matt to Denver. Festus and Newly commandeer the ... See full summary »


Bernard McEveety


Jim Byrnes


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Ken Curtis ... Festus
Buck Taylor ... Newly
Eric Braeden ... Jack Sinclair
Katherine Justice ... Beth Tilton
Robert Hogan ... Capt. Darnell
Warren J. Kemmerling ... Conductor (as Warren Kemmerling)
Sam Melville ... Nebo
John Crawford ... Blanchard
Harry Carey Jr. ... Kelliher
Jonathan Goldsmith ... Roper (as Jonathan Lippe)
Pepe Callahan Pepe Callahan ... Secos
Walter Sande ... Caldwell


Jack Sinclair's gang is trying to steal the gold the U.S. Army is transporting on the same train Doc is transporting a seriously wounded Matt to Denver. Festus and Newly commandeer the wagon the gang will use the haul the gold away. Sinclair and most of the gang give chase on foot; the wagon cannot move fast because of the weight of its load. Matt, laying face down, still manages to shoot one of Sinclair's gang. But, in the process, his condition worsens. Meanwhile, the back story of various passengers unfolds, including a priest who doubts his faith. Written by Bill Koenig

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6 December 1971 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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1.33 : 1
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In a scene towards the end, BURLINGTON NORTHERN R.R. can be seen written across the locomotive tender. The BNRR was created in 1970 after a merger of four railroad lines (Great Northern, Northern Pacific, Seattle Portland & Spokane, and the Chicago Burlington & Quincy. See more »

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Best soliloquy TV history
28 April 2018 | by kenstallings-65346See all my reviews

At the ten minute point of this episode, Amada Blake starts what may well be the best soliloquy in Hollywood TV history. She tells the story of how she arrived in Dodge City and hated the place, and then -- the man walks in! The poignant part of the narrative she provided in character is that no other TV series could have referenced something that happened, "seventeen years ago to the month," without that statement being fiction. This episode was taped in the seventeenth season, and so it was literal fact!

This unique reality is what gives the soliloquy such power. The audience can go along individually and recount the details of entire episodes brought back by brief references in the two minute soliloquy. The short rejoinder given by Arness at the end, in character, is priceless, and must be seen in the context of the scene to be enjoyed.

The scene brings a tear to one's eye simply because of how fresh it remains in the timeless nature of film, but uttered by two people who both passed away years ago, Amanda Blake before James Arness. The mortality of two people, brought together to form Hollywood history in an immortal TV series, is laid before us.

Seventeen years is a long time in anyone's life, and the words spoke in character might just as well been a symbol of their own lives in reality, especially given that this three-part series was the first return of Milburn Stone from his medical hiatus due to heart bypass surgery.

The story of Matt and Kitty is laid out plain to see in a short two-minute scene, and it isn't merely that it's the only TV series in history that could have laid down seventeen years of real life behind it, but that the story sums up how life's simple moments often form the basis for all other things so much more complicated and meaningful.

A man walks in, and eats his "eggs and biscuits," and the life of a woman is forever altered, so that life without the man seems impossible to ponder, for both her and the man, but also for the audience who grew up over the course of two decades watching the story unfold!

And what a beautiful story it was!

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