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Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge (1987)

Will Mannon, "product of the Devil's loins", is released from a frontier prison and promptly goes in search of the people who put him there around twelve years ago, Marshal Matt Dillon and Miss Kitty Russell.

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Vincent McEveety

Writer:

Jim Byrnes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Buck Taylor ... Newly
Fran Ryan ... Hannah
Earl Holliman ... Jake Flagg
Ken Olandt ... Lt. Dexter
William Morgan Sheppard ... Digger McCloud (as W. Morgan Sheppard)
Patrice Martinez ... Bright Water
Tantoo Cardinal ... Little Doe
Steve Forrest ... Will Mannon
Mickey Jones ... Oakum
Frank Totino Frank Totino ... Logan (as Frank M. Totino)
Robert Koons Robert Koons ... Warden Amos Brown
Walter Kaasa Walter Kaasa ... Judge Collins
Georgie Collins Georgie Collins ... Mrs. Collins
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Will Mannon, "product of the Devil's loins", is released from a frontier prison and promptly goes in search of the people who put him there around twelve years ago, Marshal Matt Dillon and Miss Kitty Russell.

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In a Lawless Land Ruled by the Gun, He's the Law.

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Adventure | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge See more »

Filming Locations:

Calgary, Alberta, Canada See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

James Arness admitted for wanting to do this TV film/reunion very badly. When he was asked on how Gunsmoke (1955)'s 20-season, 635-episode series ended, he said "We didn't do a final wrap-up show. We finished the 20th year, we all expected to go on for another season, or two or three. The network never told anybody they were thinking of canceling us". See more »

Goofs

The revolver used in the escape of the convict does not have a firing pin attached to the hammer. The floating firing pins were not used until the 20th century. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[to two young Indian boys]
Logan: Git!
[to Dillon, who is carrying a bale of furs]
Logan: Them papooses - I'd keep 'em out if I was you. If it ain't nailed down, they'll steal it.
Matt Dillon: They live here.
Logan: Well, I guess a squaw is better than no woman a'tall, huh?
Matt Dillon: You were given 15 years in territorial prison, Logan. What are you doin' out?
Logan: Lookin' for you. Been a long look, Dillon, but I promised myself I'd pay you back. Here I am.
Matt Dillon: Mister, you aren't the first gunny come lookin' for me. There's two more ...
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Matt and Kitty's Final good-bye
21 July 2007 | by volwolfSee all my reviews

I agree with others who have said the Earl Holliman character just didn't fit with the rest of the movie. As for Matt's mountain man look, I think there are many episodes in the series that suggest that if he hadn't become a U.S. marshal, he would have become a mountain man / trapper. But for any Gunsmoke fan, I think it was very special seeing Matt and Kitty back together one last time. Since Kitty wasn't in the last season of the regular TV series, this episode provided some closure to one of the longest screen romances of all time. I think the final scene with Matt and Kitty stayed true to the tone set by the TV series.


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