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Champion of the World 

Bull Bannock, ex world heavyweight champion, tries to make a place for himself in Dodge City.


Marc Daniels


Les Crutchfield


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Ken Curtis ... Festus
Roger Ewing ... Thad
Alan Hale Jr. ... Bull Bannock (as Alan Hale)
Don Keefer ... Wally
Glenn Strange ... Sam Noonan
Ted Jordan Ted Jordan ... Nathan Burke
Charles Wagenheim Charles Wagenheim ... Halligan
Jane Dulo Jane Dulo ... Cora Argyle
Arthur Peterson ... Drunk
Ralph J. Rose Ralph J. Rose ... Gopher Freely (as Ralph Rose)
Pete Kellett Pete Kellett ... Mac
Troy Melton ... Zac


Bull Bannock, ex world heavyweight champion, tries to make a place for himself in Dodge City.

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24 December 1966 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Excellent casting in this nice episode
12 July 2012 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

Alan Hale Jr is again perfectly cast as a lovable, carefree stooge that only sees the good in people. He plays Bull Bannock -a rich ex-fighter that decides to move west to a nice town called Dodge City. He intends to buy the Long Branch but Ms Kitty is unwilling to sell.

Bull comes across a con-man named Professor which advises that he can get Ms Kitty to sell the Long Branch but will cost him some money to get the business contract signed. And with Bull believing all he hears, he gladly gives Professor all the money needed.

Instead of talking to Ms Kitty, the Professor begins causing problems at the Long Branch that he hopes will cause Ms Kitty to sell. However it cause the reverse effect making everyone believe that Bull Bannock is the one behind all the problems.

The professor takes Bull for thousands of dollars before the naive Bull learns that the Professor is a con-artist. And since he is an ex-prize fighter, he will take his skills not only to the Professor but also to Matt.

Even though the ending did not turn out in the usual way, the show had a nice touch. With Alan Hale Jr as the lovable giant- and the coy Dan Tobin as the Professor-- this was bound to be a good show. The perfect casting to a nice script.

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