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Ten Little Indians

Season 11, Ep 4, Aired 10/9/65
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  • Episode Description
  • Matt is riding along when he's confronted by Miguel Samando, a bandito who wants to kill the "famous Matt Dillon." Miguel isn't as fast as he thinks he is and is killed. Immediately thereafter another rider shows up, but this time is Matt's old ex-lawman friend Jack Pinto. Jack has decided to give up law enforcement and head to California to make his fortune. They drape Miguel over his horse and head for Dodge. Festus notices a rough looking character ride into Dodge and stop at the Long Branch. Failing to find Matt, he decides to check things out for himself. He goes to the Long Branch and finds three gunslingers; Doyle Phleger, Al Tresh and Billy Coe. Playing the role of a dim-witted hick in need of a drink, Festus makes friends with Al Tresh. A bottle or two later he gets Tresh to admit that he was offered $25,000 to kill Matt. It turns out that Miguel, Doyle and Billy were made the same offer. When Matt gets into town Festus fills him in. Jack offers Matt his help but Matt declines it. Billy gets stupid, draws on Matt while his back is turned, and dies when Doyle shoots him down. Now there's only two in competition for the reward. As things progress we see a mystery man with a notebook containing the gunfighter's names. As each one is killed he scratches their name off. Jack decides it's time to head to California and leaves, but the mystery man has one more surprise for Matt.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Burt Reynolds

    Quint

  • Ken Curtis

    Festus

  • Dennis Weaver

    Chester

  • Roger Ewing

    Thad

  • Buck Taylor

    Newly O' Brien

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • An Agatha Christie story with a western flavor.

    By tvking1, Apr 02, 2012

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Notes (1)

    • The synopsis is used with permission and is in the words of the person who e-mailed me.

    Allusions (1)

    • Title: "Ten Little Indians" "Ten Little Indians" is a children's rhyme that was the basis for Agatha Christie's mystery novel And Then There Were None, in which ten people are trapped on an island and killed off one by one. Various movies have been made based on Agatha Christie's book, usually with the title Ten Little Indians.

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