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.


Bernard McEveety


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


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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


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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24 February 1975 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Gerald McRaney's one-minute cameo as a fugitive proved to be the most lucrative move of his career, as he met producer John G. Stephens (who had recently replaced Leonard Katzman). Stephens became producer and then executive producer on McRaney's "Simon and Simon" and "Major Dad" series (hiring McRaney for both) for a total of 12 years. See more »


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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Matt is sentenced to hard labor in a silver mine by a corrupt Judge
22 February 2013 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

Matt is after a fugitive and tracks him down to a silver town two days ride from Dodge. When Matt has to kill the fugitive, the man running the town, Judge Flood, puts the Marshal on trial for murder. After a brief ceremony Matt is found guilty and placed in the silver mine, at hard labor, for his guilt.

For the most part, the rest of the show is Matt's interactions between the rest of the prisoners and the guards. There really was no timetable of how long Matt was imprisoned before he plans an escape attempt but it had to be some time. With a little help from the cook, Matt is able to get a few supplies that will help him plan an escape. But he will also need the help of other prisoners to make the escape successful.

The good thing about this show is that James Arness is fully involved in this show. In fact he does more physical activities in the show than nearly any other episode in the season. But the problem was the slow action and the predictable results of each event. There really is no surprises in this show rather a long tale of being falsely accused before springing the coop. There was nothing new for the viewer to get excited about.

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