Gunsmoke

Season 11 Episode 4

Ten Little Indians

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Aired Unknown Oct 09, 1965 on CBS
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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

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  • An Agatha Christie story with a western flavor.

    9.0
    In "Ten Little Indians", based somewhat on the Agatha Christie novel of the same name, Matt returns to Dodge from an errand and finds he has a price on his head. He gets a taste of this before his return when he runs into a young, rather goofy Mexican man who has kidded himself into thinking he can outdraw Matt, and who instead lands in an early grave. The bounty is offered by a mystery man, who has hired five gunfighters, ostensibly to kill Matt, but each of whom knows that he won't get the bounty if another one of the other men kills Matt first, so they first must contend with each other before having the honor of performing the murderous deed. The last man standing gets the honor, but will find that Matt's gun is faster. Could it be that's exactly what the man of mystery has in mind? This puppetmaster, who has a vendetta against each of these men for a wrong done to him, carries out his plan for revenge most meticulously, worthy of "The Count of Monte Cristo", and Matt is not his real target. There's a scene where Bruce Dern shoots another gunfighter in the back to save Matt, for himself that is. Maybe improbable, but that's more or less how it was planned. It's also hard to understand how a once decent lawman and good friend of Matt's can be so easily coaxed into turning on him. There are too many corrupt lawmen in TV westerns. Still, a good, exciting storyline.moreless
Bruce Dern

Bruce Dern

Doyle Phleger

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Rafael Campos

Rafael Campos

Miguel Samando

Guest Star

John Marley

John Marley

Ben Pringle

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Ken Curtis

Ken Curtis

Festus

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Glenn Strange

Glenn Strange

Sam

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Nehemiah Persoff

Nehemiah Persoff

Jack Pinto

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    • 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.