Gunsmoke

The Quest for Asa Janin

Season 8, Ep 38, Aired 6/1/63
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  • Episode Description
  • Matt couldn't convince a jury Dave Engels didn't kill Lucy Furth. Matt is writing a letter to the govenor. Owen Pardee is telling Leroy he's gonna draw against Matt and tell him he killed Lucy to throw him off. Matt outdraws him. Leroy tells Matt Asa Janin killed Lucy and he's in Valada, Texas. Matt sends a telegram to the govenor. Matt heads for Texas. Ward Macklin is following him. Ward rides into Matt's camp. He's a sheriff from Colorado. They bed down. In the morning they head south together. They come upon a wagon where two adults died of smallpox. They find a baby, who doesn't have the pox. They take the baby to the sheriff in Bromley, Texas Hank Colridge. Hank tells Matt don't wear your badge into Valada. Matt rides out alone. Matt gets in a tussle at the cantina with a Scotsman. Ward has followed Matt and helps out. Ward tells Manalo, the bartender, to tell Asa Janin two friends of Owen and Leroy are here. Asa sits down. Matt has a gun on him under the table. The three exit the bar. The Scotsman draws on Matt and loses. Matt has Hank send telegrams to the govenor and the warden. Ward tells Matt Asa killed his wife and son, and I'm going to kill him. Ward is ready to shoot Asa. Matt shoots Ward. Ward shoots Matt in the leg. Matt gets Asa to Hays City. Dave was killed trying to escape.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • James Arness

    Matt Dillon

  • Milburn Stone

    Doc

  • Amanda Blake

    Kitty

  • Paul Savage

  • Andrew V. McLaglen

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • "The law says this has to be"-Dave

    Notes (1)

    • Richard Devon who portrayed Asa Janin costarred with Elvis Presley as a mobster in Elvis' 1962 film "Kid Galahad".

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