Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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Matt and Chester find a man shot in the back in his lonely cabin and the immediate suspects are two men who have been trying to force him to sell his land.


Ted Post


John Meston (story and screenplay by)


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Episode cast overview:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Dennis Weaver ... Chester
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Vaughn Taylor ... Olie Ridgers
Joe Maross ... Jim Branch
Willard Sage ... Dever
James Winslow James Winslow ... Giles
Lynn Shubert Lynn Shubert ... Hank
Jason Johnson ... Judge


Matt and Chester find a man shot in the back in his lonely cabin and the immediate suspects are two men who have been trying to force him to sell his land.

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Release Date:

25 January 1958 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

CBS Television Network See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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You Live in Your Radish, and I'll Live in Mine
27 July 2007 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Powerful story that combines some of the better features of the series. Drifters Vaughn Taylor and Joe Maross leave the great outdoors for a few days in Dodge. There they strike up an acquaintanceship with Matt and Kitty. Taylor is an odd duck, obviously unfamiliar with civilized conventions. Still, he's basically a good person just kind of cut loose and drifting on the great American prairie. While in Dodge, someone kills his beloved mule and hogs left at a prairie campsite. He suspects two ornery cusses he and Maross earlier encountered.

Story takes its strength from writer John Meston's vividly offbeat concept of Taylor's character. Though uneducated, he's clearly capable of some penetrating wisdom as the crude metaphor on life and radishes demonstrates. Taylor brings genuine pathos to the role, thus deepening the dramatic impact. (Nonetheless, someone in make-up or wardrobe should be demoted for outfitting the balding Taylor in what may be the worst wig of the series.) The best episodes often put Matt in the position of questioning his job or pondering its effect on others. That way he is humanized and not just a mechanical embodiment of law and order and superior gunplay. That happens here in the very last shot, leaving Matt to wonder about the mysterious ways of the world that elude even the best of us. Fine work from writer Meston and the cast.

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