Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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Who Lives by the Sword 

Despicable gunman Joe Delk provokes Lew and Billy Baxter and easily kills the inexperienced young men in gunfights, but Matt's swift and unexpected reaction soon has Delk experiencing nightmares and self-doubt.

Director:

Andrew V. McLaglen

Writers:

John Meston (story by), John Meston (screenplay by)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Dennis Weaver ... Chester
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Harold J. Stone ... Joe Delk
Steven Terrell Steven Terrell ... Billy Baxter
Robert C. Ross Robert C. Ross ... Lew Baxter
Harry Woods ... Snyder (as Harry Wood)
Sheila Noonan Sheila Noonan ... Mrs. Baxter
Hal Baylor ... Mike
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Despicable gunman Joe Delk provokes Lew and Billy Baxter and easily kills the inexperienced young men in gunfights, but Matt's swift and unexpected reaction soon has Delk experiencing nightmares and self-doubt.

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Genres:

Western

Certificate:

TV-G
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The title is from the old proverb: He who lives by the sword, dies by the sword. See more »

Quotes

Joe Delk: I'm felling some better Marshal, I... Them pills Doc give me helped.
Matt Dillon: What makes you think I care how you feel?
Joe Delk: Nothing, Unless I decide not to leave Dodge.
Matt Dillon: You'll leave. You got an hour to go.
Joe Delk: Maybe?
Matt Dillon: It's your choice. You know what will happen if you don't.
Joe Delk: I might not be so easy to get next time Marshal.
Matt Dillon: Maybe not. But we'll find out. We'll find out real quick.
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Don't Mess With Marshall Dillon
6 March 2020 | by csmith-99615See all my reviews

One of the more unusual episodes in the entire run of Gunsmoke. It's really a physicalogical study of a hardened gun fighter. A known gun slinger comes into town and immediately gets a couple of young cow hands to draw on him. He kills them easily ( self defense because they drew first). Matt, who probably could have killed the gun man with his gun, instead decides to take off his gun belt and use his fists. We really don't see the beating but it's bad enough to keep the gun fighter bed ridden for a week or so. The rest of the show is the guy trying to recover mentally from the beating. He lost all self confidence and turned from a cold blooded killer to a scared little man. Really interesting watch complete with some Twilight Zone music


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 1957 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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