First off ... this IS one of the "best" episodes of Gunsmoke ... EVER! Suspense, intensity, and impossible odds ... you got 'em! And it's great to see Matt get "taken out", then see how the town responds without their savior. Great acting turned in by Barrymore, Arness, Stone and Blake ... and a great script!
Gang takes over entire town. Gang forces Marshall to help. Marshall tries to get heroic ... but fails ... TRAGICALLY! But, in a smart twist, Marshall actually survives and DOES become ONE of the heroes (tho Festus is probably the biggest hero of this episode).
Don't miss this one!