Season 16, Episode 17 Mirage
First Aired: January 11, 1971
Festus returns from a desert shootout with a clouded memory and jumbled story. Lemuel: John Anderson. Tom: Gary Wood. Elsie: Mary Rings. Matt: James Arness. Adam: Kevin Burchett. Maddox: Harry Raybould. Stocker: Daniel M. White.
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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)