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The Prisoner 

A prisoner is being escorted to a town where his chance of receiving a fair trial are slim. Kitty will intervene by protecting this young man until the Marshal can return.


Leo Penn


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Ken Curtis ... Festus
Jon Voight ... Steven Downing
Ramon Bieri ... Jarvis
Ned Glass ... Pink Simmons
Buck Taylor ... Newly
Paul Bryar ... Sheriff Ryan
Kenneth Tobey ... Bob Mathison
James Nusser James Nusser ... Louie Pheeters
Glenn Strange ... Sam Noonan
Tom Brown ... Ed O'Connor
Ted Jordan Ted Jordan ... Nathan Burke
David Fresco ... Barber


A prisoner is being escorted to a town where his chance of receiving a fair trial are slim. Kitty will intervene by protecting this young man until the Marshal can return.

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Release Date:

17 March 1969 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Not to be confused with episode 7/33 of the same name. See more »


In the first five minutes, the character played by Jon Voight saves Miss Kitty by pushing her away from a falling crate. As she is shown on the ground her "beauty mark" is on her right cheek, but after she stands up, the beauty mark is on the wrong cheek in the last frame in which she is shown. See more »

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Ms Kitty's life is saved by a prisoner- she will try and return the favor
11 October 2012 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

A convicted prisoner that happens to be in Dodge while in route to a neighboring county saves Ms Kitty life from runaway wagon and gains the favor of the Lone Branch owner. The prisoner, Steven Downing (Jon Voight), is being carried to Madison County for hanging by a bounty hunter for $5,000. Ms Kitty wins the prisoner from the bounty hunter while gambling and she sends for Doc to tend to his injuries.

The prisoner tells Ms Kitty that he was falsely convicted of killing Bob Mathison's wife. Seems that Mathinson controls all functions of government inside the neighboring county of Madison and an impartial trial is impossible.. With Matt Dillon out of town, Ms Kitty sends a telegraph to Matt concerning a possible new trial for the prisoner. But with the Sheriff from Madison County in route to Dodge with a death warrant will Matt arrive it time to stop the hanging. Even with Ms Kitty hiding the prisoner, Bob Mathinson offered $5000 to the person that tells the hiding place of the prisoner, human nature will kick into action.

A very simple plot that was played out well by the cast. There a lot of fluff in this episode to carry it to the hour mark but the story was strong enough to hold the viewer's attention.

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