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The Wrong Man 

Hootie Kyle felt cheated in a card game by Tenner Jackson. Later, he punches Jackson and takes his thirty dollars back. The next day Hootie returns the money to the Marshal only to be told that Jackson had been murdered.

Director:

Robert Totten

Writers:

Clyde Ware (developed by), Robert Lewin (story by)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Ken Curtis ... Festus
Roger Ewing ... Thad
Carroll O'Connor ... Hootie Kyle
Glenn Strange ... Sam
James Almanzar James Almanzar ... Morell
Mel Gaines Mel Gaines ... Squeak
Gilman Rankin ... Purvis
Victor Izay ... Dutch
Terry Frost ... Stage Driver
Kevin O'Neal Kevin O'Neal ... James Kyle
Charles Kuenstle Charles Kuenstle ... Wilton Kyle
Clifton James ... Tenner Jackson
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Hootie Kyle felt cheated in a card game by Tenner Jackson. Later, he punches Jackson and takes his thirty dollars back. The next day Hootie returns the money to the Marshal only to be told that Jackson had been murdered.

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 1966 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Has the same title name as episode 29 in season 2. See more »

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The Story of a Loser
16 July 2019 | by wdavidreynoldsSee all my reviews

Hootie Kyle is a badly struggling farmer faced with the dilemma of knowing he cannot afford to support his family while trying to maintain his farm and some measure of dignity. He desperately needs water for his farm, but the well he has been digging has not yielded water. Mr. Purvis at the store in Dodge City cuts off Hootie's credit pending payment of the $100 he already owes.

Desperate men sometimes do foolish, desperate things, and this episode is essentially a tale of someone--namely Hootie Kyle--desperately, stubbornly, often foolishly refusing to face reality with potentially tragic results.

The viewer knows all the details as the story unfolds, but the characters involved do not. This leads to even more poor decisions on Hootie's part.

I actually enjoy the way this episode slowly builds. The viewer can feel Hootie Kyle's frustration as he continues to make one wrong decision after another. The conclusions seems inevitable from the beginning, but it is easy to continue to root for Hootie's fortunes to reverse.

Carroll O'Connor is great in this episode in the Hootie Kyle role. The rest of the supporting cast is strong, too. This isn't the best episode in the series by far, but it is very well done.


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