Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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The Cage 

When a gang tries to kill one of their captured members, the member turns around and teams up with Matt to bring the rest of the members to justice.


Bernard McEveety




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Ken Curtis ... Festus
Buck Taylor ... Newly
Steve Carlson ... Roy Stewart
Paul Stewart ... Sanders
Gregg Palmer ... Benson
Ken Mayer ... Blake
Robert Swan ... Weden
Hank Brandt Hank Brandt ... Luke Stewart
Allen Jaffe ... Gresley
Jorge Moreno ... Alfonso
Laura Figueroa Laura Figueroa ... Maria
Joaquín Martínez ... Pepe (as Joaquin Martinez)


When a gang tries to kill one of their captured members, the member turns around and teams up with Matt to bring the rest of the members to justice.

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Release Date:

23 March 1970 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The story was not bad- Problem was with writing
19 August 2013 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

This episode started out in an interesting way with two brothers in a prisoner wagon. Then the story went left when it ended up in Southern New Mexico as Matt is looking for a gang of gold robbers. The story was not really bad it was the fact that the writers threw in a love story on top of an unbelievable storyline.

This complicated story begins when Matt and Festus find a prisoner wagon where all the guards have been killed. However inside are Roy and Luke Stewart brothers that was part of the gang that was stealing gold. Matt finds out that the gang the Stewart boys rode with wants to make sure they do not talk and jumps the wagon thinking they have killed everyone including the Stewarts. But Roy survives and now is ready to turn evidence against his old gang.

Here is when the episode turns from interesting to unbelievable. Roy tells Marshal Dillon that the gangs hideout is in southern New Mexico. So the next day Matt, Festus, Newly and Roy set out to get the bandits and the gold. On horseback this would have been near a ten day hard ride. Why did they need the entire law enforcement division from Dodge City taking near a whole month away from Dodge while chasing bandits in far away lands? And then Matt agrees to let Roy handle finding the gold, even though the outlaws have already tried to kill him once before. It did not make sense.

Now throw in a side-plot about Roy and a relationship with a young mute Mexican woman and you have a story that loses interest at a high rate. And the sad part is that the love story was more interesting than finding the gold or outlaws.

There is a lot of things wrong with the story. Even trying to tell who Roy was really after was sometimes confusing since there were like two main bosses or two gangs- I really never knew. The only bright spot was when Festus had dialog with Burke and Newly. When Festus drank Burke's beer (not seen in heavy edited episodes) or when Newly and Festus are talking about learning a foreign language- both of these scenes were actually very funny. But that was the exception rather than the norm.

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