Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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Carter Caper 

A man with a grudge hits upon the perfect revenge when he spreads the word in Dodge that short-tempered Billy is so good with a gun that he shot down the famous gunfighter, Beau Carter.


Jerry Hopper


John Meston




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Dennis Weaver ... Chester
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Jeremy Slate ... Billy Hargis
William Phipps ... Joe Stark
Anjanette Comer ... Cara Miles
Rayford Barnes ... Dan Flack
I. Stanford Jolley ... Parker Mims
Barney Phillips ... Smith
George Selk ... Moss Grimmick
Glenn Strange ... Sam
Michael Fox ... Waiter
William Fawcett ... Turner
Jacque Shelton Jacque Shelton ... Beau Carter


Billy Hargis runs into Joe Stark on the trail and shares the chicken Joe stole for dinner. When Billy catches Joe about to sneak off in the night with Billy's horse, he teaches Joe a lesson with his fists. Meeting up with Billy later in Dodge, Joe decides to spread a rumor that Billy is a famous gunfighter, knowing that such a tale is sure to prompt someone in town to challenge Billy to draw his gun. Written by DrDOS

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Release Date:

16 November 1963 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The boardwalk sign "Tonsorial Parlor and Pool Hall" at around the 42:15 mark is a curiosity as the word "tonsorial" is never heard in modern times. Tonsorial is a fancy word that describes the work of those who give shaves and haircuts. It derives from the Latin verb tondere, meaning "to shear, clip or crop." See more »

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A very good episode that is worth a watch.
22 December 2012 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

Joe Stark rides up on an old man and steals his pet chicken. Later while the chicken is cooking a man named Billy Hargis rides up and is invited to eat. Later that night Joe tries to steal Billy's horse. Billy beats Joe up leaving him four teeth less. Stark yells out killer as Billy rides off.

In Dodge Billy Hargis comes into the Lone Branch. A man is roughing on a saloon girl named Cara Miles. Billy steps in saves Cara from the cowboy and they become smitten on each other to the point of getting engaged to marry.

When Joe Stark sees Billy in town he starts a rumor that he is a gunman that killed the notorious Bo Carter. He knows this will cause people from around the area to see if they can out-draw the man that killed Bo Carter. And sure enough the first to want to face off with Billy will be Dan Flack. But Dan will have to get Billy riled up, by roughing up Cara, to finally get him to want a gunfight. And it will come down to just one man standing. That is before Bo Carter makes an appearance in Dodge.

A very good script with some fine acting. The show is entertaining and interesting. This is one of the shows that you will remember long after watching. A truly good episode worth a watch.

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