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The Hostage 

Twenty-two men escape from a territorial prison. The remaining 4 kidnap Matt hoping to get safe passage into Mexico. One of them has another agenda which he reveals to Matt as they get closer to the border.

Director:

Vincent McEveety

Writers:

Clyde Ware (teleplay by), Jo Ann Johnson (story by) (as Joe Ann Johnson)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Ken Curtis ... Festus
Roger Ewing ... Thad
Darren McGavin ... Lon Gorman
Vito Scotti ... Torreon
Willis Bouchey ... Sheriff Hockley
Charles Seel ... Barney
I. Stanford Jolley ... Sheriff Foley
Glenn Strange ... Sam
Tom Reese ... Wade Keys
Simon Oakland ... Carl Mandee

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Twenty-two men escape from a territorial prison. The remaining 4 kidnap Matt hoping to get safe passage into Mexico. One of them has another agenda which he reveals to Matt as they get closer to the border.

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Nine years later both Darren McGavin and Simon Oakland would star in the TV series Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974) See more »

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Oh My Darling Nellie Gray
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Performed by Jimmy Cross
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The story did not come across as a believable situation.
25 March 2013 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

It appeared from the beginning scenes that this was going to be another outstanding episode worthy of a watch. But after the plot of the show is revealed the program takes a turn into an almost weird type storyline. The great guest cast was not used properly nor was there enough time spent on one situation before the course of the show seemed to change.

The episode begins with four escaped convict from Leavenworth Territorial Prison (two of them Darrin McGavin and Simon Oakland who would much later star in the series Night Stalker) think it is a good idea to kidnap Marshal Dillon and use him as hostage as they flee to Mexico. Not only that do they think having a hostage will help, they also want the towns in their path to know they are arriving with Matt it tow. Now this might sound like a good plan for a show but do you really think they want to give the entire travel plans to each community as they make their way through Texas. Not only that but if something was to happen to Matt what is the back-up plan? Everyone in the law enforcement world knows where they are located. It makes no sense.

Here is a scene from the episode that actually made me say 'What?'- When the convicts, with Matt as hostage, come up on a posse forming a line in the road, the sheriff refuses to move. One of the convicts, with gun to Matt's head, advises that he will shoot Matt if they do not let them through. The Sheriff says go ahead and shoot because if something happens to Matt we are killing all of you. But then another convict holds a knife to Matt's throat. But this time the Sheriff lets them pass. Makes no sense.

With the storyline rather laughable it got no better when the story turned toward the rest of the cast. Kitty and Doc was worrying back at the Long Branch and Festus and Thad was thinking of a way to rescue Matt. The entire episode did not seem to have any flow to the story.

Anyway this episode proved to be more of a disappointment than entertaining. The story did not flow. It did not seem real.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1965 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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