Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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Hard Labor 

Dillon is sentenced to a lifetime of hard labor by Judge Flood, who uses an illegally constituted court to staff his private silver mine.

Director:

Bernard McEveety

Writers:

Earl W. Wallace (teleplay by), Hal Sitowitz (story by)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Milburn Stone ... Doc (credit only)
Ken Curtis ... Festus (credit only)
Buck Taylor ... Newly (credit only)
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
John Colicos ... Judge Flood
Hal Williams ... Widge
William Smith ... Latch
Kevin Coughlin ... Elton
Ben Piazza ... Fifer
Gregory Sierra ... Osuna
Gerald McRaney ... Pete Murphy
Don Megowan ... Mike
Jackie Russell ... Bar Girl
Lloyd Nelson ... Jury Foreman
Fred Lerner ... Guard
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Dillon is sentenced to a lifetime of hard labor by Judge Flood, who uses an illegally constituted court to staff his private silver mine.

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Genres:

Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 February 1975 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

There seems to be a controversy on whether or not this episode was repeated on CBS. One book gives it as airing as the second-to-last telecast on August 25, 1975, but a TV Guide for that week lists a Cher special (presumably running as the lead-in for the pilot of "Beacon Hill," for which CBS had high hopes) in that time slot. See more »

Goofs

Matt and three other prisoners blow up part of a mine shaft, leaving themselves trapped in the end section and trying to dig their way out. They leave one torch burning so they can see what they're doing, and it goes down as the oxygen in the air is used up. But you can tell the torch is gasoline-powered and controlled by a remote rheostat. See more »

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An overused formula written for Gunsmoke
26 June 2018 | by martinxperry-14868See all my reviews

With all the westerns on TV, you could see this slave labor in a mine formula across most all of the western. Cheyene, Wanted Dead or Alive and other used this story line. Nothing changed from show to show. The story played oit exactly the same. Not much action, very hard to imagine actually happening. I was saddened to see Gunsmoke use this. I hated it the first time I saw it, and each repeat was harder to stomach.


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