Death Train is one of many episodes of Gunsmoke from the later years of the series, and this is one of the best. Fear and epidemics are always scary thing and Ken Trevey did a fine job bringing those aspects to this episode. Very exciting scenes are the ones where the town folks find out the secret in the quarantined train. When Purlie Loftus gets fed up and takes Mrs. Townsend hostage is another great scene. When Matt Dillon tries holding down the mob and is beaten up and tossed around is one of a few times when the Dodge City citizens turn on him. At the end the town folks burn the train but Doc and the Townsends get out. Matt Dillon says the Preacher and Purlie Loftus and two others die and it was not from the plague shows you something about what fear can do to you. If you are a Doc fan this is a great episode for you because he is the star of the episode and is in control.
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