Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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Unwanted Deputy 

Determined to avenge his murderous brother's hanging, Vince Walsh begins a self-serving campaign of unofficially helping to keep the peace in Dodge City over Matt's objections. Walsh is ... See full summary »

Director:

Andrew V. McLaglen

Writers:

John Meston (teleplay by), Marian Clark (story by)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Dennis Weaver ... Chester
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Charles Aidman ... Vince
Mary Carver ... Maise
Marlowe Jensen Marlowe Jensen ... Dave (as Marlowe Jenson)
Dick Rich Dick Rich ... Rudd
Edward Faulkner ... Harry (as Ed Faulkner)
Ray Boyle ... Touhey (as Dirk London)
Craig Fox ... Lee
Bob Wiensko Bob Wiensko ... Bob
Joe Haworth Joe Haworth ... Charlie
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Storyline

Determined to avenge his murderous brother's hanging, Vince Walsh begins a self-serving campaign of unofficially helping to keep the peace in Dodge City over Matt's objections. Walsh is certain that his actions and his taunts will eventually goad the Marshal into a gunfight. Written by Sam Spear

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Genres:

Western

Certificate:

TV-G
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 1960 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Edward Faulkner who plays the cowboy who was murdered in the first scene of the show was a member of the John Wayne troupe of actors in many of Wayne's movies. See more »

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Run Rabbit Run
(uncredited)
Written by Noel Gay and Ralph T. Butler
Performed by Dennis Weaver
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Sloppy Script
16 July 2012 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Following a killing provoked by a bullying cowboy, Matt turns the culprit over to the law after which he's hanged. Now the bully's brother (Aidman) plots revenge on Matt by forcing him to draw first. But how will he do that.

Not very convincing episode. Just how Vince thinks acting as Matt's unwanted deputy will force Matt into drawing first is not made clear. This is also one of the few entries that crosses the humor line with Chester's slow wits. At the same time, I'm not sure what to make of the ending. It almost seems as if the script was hurried into premature production. All in all, it's an entry that falls short of the series standard.


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