|Gunsmoke # A Man A Day|
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Matt Dillon: James Arness
A gang of criminals headed by Cooner plan to rob a gold shipment in Dodge City. Knowing that they will not have a chance to succeed as long as Marshal Dillon is around, they try to make him leave by bribing him. They call Chester to ride out to go to a remote farm. There Chester finds an elderly farmer in the hands of the gang.
Cooner introduces himself and his men: Carver and Grice. Chester is to tell Marshall Matt Dillon: If he's out of town the day of the robbery, he'll get $ 1.000. Grice hands him an envelope with the money.
If he doesn't leave the message is: A man a day.
A man a day means: First some people not close to Dillon, then Miss Kitty, then the doc and then Chester.
As Chester leaves to bring Dillon the message Chester tells Grice he'll be hanged or shot. Grice laughs: "I will ask Cooner whether I may be the one who shoots you if he doesn't leave."
So is the bank. No money is found in the open safe.
As they come out they are trapped. Out of the dark they hear the voice of the sheriff calling them to surrender or to be shot. They try to run. Carver and Grice are shot, Cooner is arrested.