Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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Gunman Nate Springer arrives in Dodge with the obvious intention of committing murder, but his nervousness and unpredictability make Matt determined to find out who hired him and why he seems so different from his steel-nerved reputation.

Director:

Ted Post

Writer:

John Meston
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Dennis Weaver ... Chester
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
John Dehner ... Nate Springer
Jess Kirkpatrick ... Mr. Teeters
Howard Culver ... Jim Uzzell
Preston Hanson Preston Hanson ... Jess
Brick Sullivan Brick Sullivan ... Bartender
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Gunman Nate Springer arrives in Dodge with the obvious intention of committing murder, but his nervousness and unpredictability make Matt determined to find out who hired him and why he seems so different from his steel-nerved reputation.

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Genres:

Western

Certificate:

TV-G
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Trivia

The fourth of John Dehner's twelve appearances. Four episodes previous to this, in the previous season, he played Miss Kitty's long lost father from New Orleans. See more »

Goofs

Chester is shown reading a book, perhaps a 1957 interpretation of the 19th century bit of popular media, the "Dime Novel". It's something called "Cowboy Thrills" with the sub head "Tales Of The Old West". Any time a year is expressed in Gunsmoke, it is perpetually in 1873 or 1874. The anachronism here is that the term "cowboy" would not be one used then for anything heroic, and as for the "old west", wasn't 1873 just about how "old" the west can be? See more »

Quotes

Marshal Matt Dillon: It's 10:30, Springer. By midnight, I want you to ride down that street and out of town. And if you come back, you're going to jail.
Nate Springer: [Rises slowly] It's been a long time since a man talked to me that way, Marshal.
Marshal Matt Dillon: How long has it been since you were scared into shooting a dog? Or since you drew on a woman? You've lost your nerve, Springer. You're not about to kill anybody.
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The Yellow Rose of Texas
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He Even Shoots a Dog!
2 August 2011 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

A belligerent stranger (Dehner) arrives in Dodge, antagonizing just about everyone and even shooting a dog! Matt figures he's a gunman hired to take someone out. But it's not clear since Springer behaves so oddly with a hollow-eyed stare, to boot. I like Matt's observation that he's not just mean, but worse, he's "jumpy", which makes him more dangerous.

The entry is really a showcase for that fine actor John Dehner, so good in so many TV Westerns of the period. I'm not sure how credible his character is here once we find out what's eating him, but Dehner's got that hollow-eyed stare down in spades. There's some suspense as we wonder what's up with gunman Springer; plus, one of the more detailed death scenes, which usually amounts to just lying motionless.

Nothing special, just a solid entry to kick off the third season of what was becoming a highly popular series.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 1957 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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