Season 20, Episode 12 Island in the Desert
First Aired: December 9, 1974
A half-crazed hermit forces Festus to pack gold across the desert in the conclusion of a story. Festus: Ken Curtis. Dixon: William C. Watson.
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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)