James Arness vaulted into the annals of television history with his iconic portrayal of U.S. Marshal Matt Dillon in the long-running television Western Gunsmoke. Armed with a quick draw and an even quicker wit, the principled and intelligent Marshal Dillon brought peace and righteousness to the lawless frontier of 1800s Dodge City with the help of his trusted deputy, Chester Goode (Dennis Weaver), his friend Doc Adams (Milburn Stone), and saloon keeper Miss Kitty (Amanda Blake).
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Season 1 Ep.35: The Guitar
Augie Shart and Gene Tyler a couple of drunks try to hang Weed Pindle from Texas once they find he fought for the Union. Chester stops it. Chester get Weed to play his guitar and take up a collection. Tyler and Shart paint Rainbow, Weed\’s burro, and smash his guitar. Matt slaps Shart and Tyler and tells them you two are through in Dodge. Weed washes Rainbow and rides out. Tyler and Shart follow. The townfolk follow. Tyler and Shart lasso Weed. We see one guy hung. As the camera pulls back there\’s two. Matt aks everybody where they were. They all have alibis. Doc wonders if Shart and Tyler had time to enjoy it, the hanging they wanted.
Dodge City, known as the Sodom and Gomorrah of the plains, is a typical frontier city of the late 1800s with typical problems ranging from rumored Indian raids to bank and stage robberies, cattle rustling, and family feuds. All of these must be dealt with within the law and that task falls to… More Matt Dillon, US Marshal (James Arness). Dillon is a man who prefers the use of logic over the use of the gun but the nature of the people passing through Dodge doesn’t always leave him that choice. Aided by various assistants and deputies over the years (played by Dennis Weaver, Burt Reynolds, and Ken Curtis), he does his best to keep the lawless element out of his town and his territory. Matt often solves his crimes through keen observation and deduction, an innovative approach for the times. Crucial information about cases is often provided by his beautiful companion, Long Branch owner Kitty Russell(Amanda Blake), while they drink beer or whiskey in her establishment. Matt also often exchanges banter or bounces his theories off of the crusty town doctor, Galen Adams (Milburn Stone).
Cast and Crew:
Director: Andrew V. McLaglen
James Arness, Milburn Stone,Amanda Blake,Dennis Weaver
Original Air Date: 1955
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