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The Bassops 

A family in search of a doctor find Matt and his prisoner unconscious and handcuffed to each other on the prairie. The prisoner wakens first and announces that Matt is the condemned man he is transporting for hanging.


Andrew V. McLaglen


Tom Hanley


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Episode cast overview:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Burt Reynolds ... Quint
Robert J. Wilke ... Kelby (as Robert Wilke)
Warren Oates ... Deke Bassop
Mickey Sholdar Mickey Sholdar ... Tommy Bassop
James Griffith ... Harford
Eunice Christopher Eunice Christopher ... Mellie Bassop (as Eunice Pollis)
James Nusser James Nusser ... Louie Pheeters
Ollie O'Toole Ollie O'Toole ... Telegrapher
Robert Bice ... Wilson
Glenn Strange ... Sam
Patricia Joyce Patricia Joyce ... Donna Lee


Wayne Kelby shoots up the saloon, killing one man and wounding Quint. When Matt returns to town he goes after him and puts the word out. When he's arrested in Tascosa, Matt brings him back but on the return trip, an accident knocks them both out and when they come to they both claim the other is the prisoner. Written by DrDOS

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22 February 1964 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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When Wayne Kelby attacks Matt while riding up the steep hill, you can see fishing line attached to Matts gun belt to help it fall off while he rolls down the hill. See more »

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Never really captured any excitement in this old plot
28 December 2012 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

The episode begins in the Long Branch where a man named Wayne Kelby has been in a three day poker playing game with three other men. As Quint and Kitty are talking, one of the men jumps to his feet and accuses Kelby of cheating. Kelby shoots him dead, wounds Quint and grabs Kitty before leaving.

Marshal Dillon has alerted all the Sheriff's offices of Kelby and the fact that he is wanted. A Sheriff in Tascosa, Tx captures Kelby and waits for Matt to pick him up.

While on the way back to Dodge with the prisoner in tow, Kelby springs at Matt knocking himself and Matt off their horse. Before Matt passes out he is able to handcuff Kelby's arm to his as both slip into unconsciousness.

A traveling family lead by Deke his wife Mellie and son Tommy find the two but both are claiming to the the US Marshal from Dodge. With each saying the other one is lying it will difficult for the family to determine who is telling the truth.

This really is not a bad show but one that had little excitement causing it to seem long at times. It is a plot that has been played out many times in westerns making the story appear old. But the acting was fine and the interest held up, making it a fine watch for viewers.

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