Season 15, Episode 16 The Pack Rat
First Aired: January 12, 1970
Only a young thief knows a fatal trap has been set for Matt, who's headed for Dodge City to return an escaped prisoner to custody. Sancho: Manuel Padilla Jr. Festus: Ken Curtis. Belle Clark: Loretta Swit. Newly: Buck Taylor. Martha: Heidi Vaughn.
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- Rating: TV-PG
- Premise: This landmark adult Western centered on Marshal Matt Dillon of Dodge City. John Wayne turned down the lead, suggesting James Arness (who remained for its entire run). Originating on radio (with William Conrad as Dillon), it moved to TV in September 1955. I… (more)