Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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The Quest for Asa Janin 

A young man is convicted of killing the saloon girl he wanted for his own. Matt is so sure that the young man is really innocent that he goes on the road after another suspect to prevent an unjust hanging.


Andrew V. McLaglen


Paul Savage




Episode cast overview:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Anthony Caruso ... Ward Macklin
Richard Devon ... Asa Janin
Jack Lambert ... Scotsman
George Keymas ... Owen Pardee
Joseph Sirola ... Leroy
James Nusser James Nusser ... Louie Pheeters
Gene Darfler Gene Darfler ... Dave Engels
Harry Carey Jr. ... Sheriff Hank Colridge
Lane Chandler ... Warden
Edward Faulkner ... Deputy (as Ed Faulkner)
Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez ... Bartender (as Pedro Gonzalez-Gonzalez)


Convinced a convicted man is not guilty of murder, Matt goes on the road after a man who may be the real killer. Along the way, he meets up with a man who offers to help him in his quest, but who turns out to have his own reasons for finding the man Matt is hunting. Written by DrDOS

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Release Date:

1 June 1963 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Not only the cream of the crop Gunsmoke, one of the greatest episodes of any tv series ever.
6 May 2018 | by vstallion76See all my reviews

Grand slam! This episode is superb in absolutely every aspect of tv production. Underlying a great plot leads to legendary performances by Arness and the ever delightful Anthony Caruso, who seem share a mutual admiration in this episode. If you ever need to seem someone on the tv series Gunsmoke, this is your vehicle.

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