Wanted: GUNSMOKE (CBS/1955-1975)

3 Stars

INTRODUCTION
Well, Rawhide is over now, farewell Gil, Rowdy, Wish, San Anton, Abilene, Sedalia …
so I’m about to switch horses and head to Dodge City (Kansas), to meet Marshal Matt Dillon,
in short, friends, I’m going to review season 11 of Gunsmoke!

GUNSMOKE • SEASON 11 (1965-1966) (32 episodes • 50 mins • b&w)
This… is the last season in black and white and the first season with the updated style (new opening titles, new end titles, new leaning) that is a departure from the format of the 1950’s originators (i.e., producer Norman MacDonnell and music director Herschel Burke Gilbert) paving the way for the decade to come and with less episodes (32 against the previous 36). The men behind that new Gunsmoke are a tandem of producers and the new head of the music department named Morton Stevens who supervises and conducts the majority of scores at CBS. Morton Stevens is known as the music theme creator of the cop series Hawaii Five-O and will contribute to ‘this’ season 11 (two scores: “Seven Hours to Dawn” and “Malachi”) as well as other CBS household names like Fred Steiner, Richard Shores and Harry Geller—the last two are very active on The Wild Wild West—and the legendary Golden Age artist Franz Waxman.

This season sees some interesting directors: Joseph Sargent, Mark Rydell, B-movies Tay Garnett and even actor Peter Graves aka the brother of James Arness or aka IMF agent Jim Phelps. Furthermore, the best director that dominates the season remains Vincent McEveety, the brother of director Bernard McEveety. Meanwhile, another western series ended: Rawhide, during its eighth season. The 1965-1966 interval was a ‘key’ crossroad for television dramas because three monochromatic western series were produced during that short period: GunsmokeRawhideThe Wild Wild West *.

* The pilot was produced early 1965 under the previous regime at CBS and the series failed to be canceled
and had a chaotic initial season with five unstable producers (Michael Garrison, Collier Young, Fred Freiberger,
John Mantley, Gene L. Coon).

PRODUCTION TEAM
producer: Philip Leacock
associate producer: John Mantley
story consultant: Paul Savage
director of photography: Harry Stradling Jr.

British-born producer Philip Leacock partly started on Gunsmoke from season 10 as a second or replacement producer—but in the line of pioneer Norman MacDonnell—and will manage back-to-back seven season 1 episodes of The Wild Wild West during the 1965-1966 time period and later twenty episodes of Cimarron Strip (1967-1968) but as executive producer.

Canadian-born associate producer John Mantley used to be a story consultant during season 10, replace Philip Leacock as producer at the end of that particular season 11 and from season 14 will become a simple executive producer. But while working on Gunsmoke, he achieves seven season 1 episodes of The Wild Wild West as a full-time producer helped by the same Philip Leacock. Find Mantley’s episodes list: “The Night of the Howling Light”, “The Night of the Steel Assassin”, “The Night the Dragon Screamed”, “The Night of the Grand Emir”, “The Night of the Flaming Ghost”, “The Night of the Whirring Death”, “The Night of the Puppeteer”.

Story consultant Paul Savage takes over from episode 21 of season 11 until season 14 but used to be a writer on Gunsmoke from season 8.

Son of the famous Golden Age cinematographer of the same name with a heavy 50 years output, Harry Stradling Jr. partly started during season 10 under the previous regime on Gunsmoke and will quit early season 13 and work later on another CBS western series entitled Cimarron Strip and participate at some big Seventies films like There Was a Crooked Man…Little Big ManThe Man Who Loved Cat DancingBite the Bullet, to name but a few.

CAST OF CHARACTERS
regular cast: James Arness (US Marshal Matthew “Matt” Dillon), Ken Curtis (Marshal assistant “Festus” Haggen), Milburn Stone (“Doc” Adams), Amanda Blake (Miss “Kitty” Russell), Roger Ewing (Deputy Thaddeus “Thad” Greenwood).

supporting cast: Glenn Strange (Bartender “Sam” Noonan), Charles Seel (Telegrapher “Barney” Danches), Hank Patterson (Livery stable owner “Hank”), Howard Culver (Dodge House hotel clerk “Howie”), Rudy Sooter (Bartender and guitar player “Rudy”), Olan Soule (Barber “Bert”), Roy Roberts (Banker Harry Botkin).

A new semi regular pops-up this season named Thad played by Roger Ewing from episode 3 “Clayton Thaddeus Greenwood”—Thad could easily be the nephew of Matt Dillon, by the way.

The strength of season 11 is the colorful guest actors that add weight to the story: see John Anderson, Joe Don Baker, John Drew Barrymore, Neville Brand, Beau Bridges, Jim Davis, Bruce Dern, Jack Elam, James Gregory, Steve Ihnat, Robert Lansing, Gary Lockwood, Darren McGavin, Leonard Nimoy, Simon Oakland, Warren Oates, Nehemiah Persoff, John Saxon, Tom Skerritt, Lee Van Cleef, James Whitmore.

WHY SEASON 11?
“So with the shift to the hour format, Gunsmoke became a quasi-anthology series, with many more episodes built around other characters living or passing through Dodge City.”
—Stuart Galbraith IV

“The switch to the hour format did make room for richer character development and a greater sense of a larger Dodge City community, a bustling populace of three-dimensional characters.”
—Stuart Galbraith IV

THE DVD SETS
The prints are restored and look wonderful and the picture quality highlights the cinematography of
Harry Stradling Jr. It features English subtitles.

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30 Comments

  1. Find the new line of Gunsmoke during season 11.

    1. The New Showdown Main Titles

    Matt Dillon’s handgun and Matt Dillon faces a gunslinger.
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    Matt Dillon’s face and the first use of the series logo.

    2. The New Opening Titles

    The second use of the series logo.
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    The first credits for James Arness.


    3. The New End Titles


    Matt Dillon’s handgun used a background for the producer credits.
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    Matt Dillon’s hanged hat used a background for the third use of the series logo.
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    Matt Dillon’s hanged hat used a background for the second credits of James Arness.
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    Matt Dillon’s office winchesters used a background for the associate producer credits.
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    Matt Dillon’s office winchesters used a background for the cinematographer credits.
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  2. ClassicTVMan1981X

    And why season 11? It's the final season of the series to be telecast in monochrome.

    ~Ben

    Why season 11?
    It makes a good transition from Rawhide to Gunsmoke: both produced during the 1965-1966 interval.

  3. JohnHopper

    Find the new line of Gunsmoke during season 11.

    1. The New Showdown Main Titles

    Matt Dillon’s handgun and Matt Dillon faces a gunslinger.
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    Matt Dillon’s face and the first use of the series logo.

    2. The New Opening Titles

    The second use of the series logo.
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    The first credits for James Arness.


    3. The New End Titles


    Matt Dillon’s handgun used a background for the producer credits.
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    Matt Dillon’s hanged hat used a background for the third use of the series logo.
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    Matt Dillon’s hanged hat used a background for the second credits of James Arness.
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    Matt Dillon’s office winchesters used a background for the associate producer credits.
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    Matt Dillon’s office winchesters used a background for the cinematographer credits.
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    Another marvelous example of CBS' remastering– looks splendid on DVD!

  4. I just remember how in the 1980s, finding episodes of the black and white hours was a big deal. There were 2 syndication packages, the 6 seasons of half hours and the color hours, and the black and white hours were not available. I believe that Encore Westerns was the first time they had aired since their original CBS run.

  5. Neil Brock

    I just remember how in the 1980s, finding episodes of the black and white hours was a big deal. There were 2 syndication packages, the 6 seasons of half hours and the color hours, and the black and white hours were not available. I believe that Encore Westerns was the first time they had aired since their original CBS run.

    Actually, when CBN had its Saturday afternoon western line-up, they did run the hour-long b&w "Gunsmoke" in 1986-87. But I don't think they got too far along into them, airing one episode per week. It might have just been the 1961-63 seasons that got shown. I'm not sure. I taped a few of them, back then. Prints were decent, but looked a bit 16mm-ish as I recall. Not as good as the Encore Westerns prints.

  6. Bert Greene

    Actually, when CBN had its Saturday afternoon western line-up, they did run the hour-long b&w "Gunsmoke" in 1986-87. But I don't think they got too far along into them, airing one episode per week. It might have just been the 1961-63 seasons that got shown. I'm not sure. I taped a few of them, back then. Prints were decent, but looked a bit 16mm-ish as I recall. Not as good as the Encore Westerns prints.

    The CBN run was selected episodes from each of the b/w one-hour seasons. The did use 16mm prints, but the shows were cut to about 46:30.

  7. bmasters9

    Those cards are more vintage television history right there, especially being remastered and looking as sharp as they are!

    The same cards appear in the first and monochrome season of The Wild Wild West.

  8. JohnHopper

    The same cards appear in the first and monochrome season of The Wild Wild West.

    The last one also appeared on episode 1 of Hogan's Heroes, as well as on…
    The Millionaire
    The Honeymooners
    The Twilight Zone
    (1959 TV series)
    Seasons 1-5 of The Andy Griffith Show
    The Dick Van Dyke Show

    Seasons 1-3 of The Beverly Hillbillies
    Seasons 1-2 of Petticoat Junction
    Season 1 of Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.

    ~Ben

  9. GUNSMOKE SEASON 11

    Episode #1
    “Seven Hours to Dawn”
    written by Clyde Ware
    directed by Vincent McEveety
    music by Morton Stevens
    guests: John Drew Barrymore, Michael Vandever, Al Lettieri, Allen Jaffe, Morgan Woodward, Jerry Douglas, Johnny Seven

    “Don’t touch those guns, Marshal. If you do, I’m gonna have to open up the other world for you”.
    —Mace Gore (actor John Drew Barrymore)

    During a whole night, Dodge City is taken over by an army of robbers dressed as cow punchers and acting as putschists led by Mace Gore (actor John Drew Barrymore) who isolates and blocks the town and confiscates all guns. They order the population to give them their valuables: silver, money, jewelry, wedding rings. The headquarters of the robbers is at the Long Branch—the saloon of Miss Kitty—where they count the loot and store the weapons. But the robbers let their impulses loose like mad dogs and abuse people and in the course of the actions, they even gun down Marshal Dillon! In order to keep the gang in Dodge for the army to pick them up, Festus creates a phony story of a gold shipment coming from the train.

    It’s a strong season opener and a tough military coup-like episode in which murdering outlaws rob the population of Dodge City: a must-watch that is served by the low-key cinematography. The dark music score by Morton Stevens reinforces the martial nature of the criminals’ MO. The cast of bandit characters (Michael Vandever as Raider, Al Lettieri as Smitty, Morgan Woodward as Deeks, Jerry Douglas as Clark, Johnny Sevens as Barens) is really good and especially, John Drew Barrymore as leader Mace Gore. Miss Kitty fails to be raped by bandit Barens and Matt Dillon fails to be beaten up by a bunch of dark alley rapers. After the shooting of Matt Dillon, the townspeople are frozen as statues in the middle of the street. Both writer Clyde Ware and director Vincent McEveety work on Rawhide during its season 7.

    Actor John Drew Barrymore returns from the season 10 “One Killer on Ice” and also work on Rawhide during season 1 (“Incident of the Haunted Hills”), season 7 (“Corporal Dasovik”) and season 8 (“Ride a Crooked Mile”) and on the first season (“The Night of the Double-Edged Knife”) of The Wild Wild West. Actor Morgan Woodward returns from the season 3 “Potato Road”, Johnny Seven from the season 7 “Nina’s Revenge”, Allen Jaffe from the season 10 “Winner Take All”. Actor Al Lettieri appears in one season 7 episode (“The Meeting”) of Rawhide dealing with gangsters.

    Absolutely recommended! For the friends of Sam Peckinpah’s films!

    Mace Gore and his two henchmen threaten Matt Dillon.
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    Mace Gore and his two henchmen inside the marshal’s office.
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    Mace Gore and his two henchmen fire to warn his men and to corner Matt Dillon.
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  10. GUNSMOKE SEASON 11

    Episode #2
    “The Storm”
    written by Paul Savage
    directed by Joseph Sargent
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: Forrest Tucker, Willard Sage, Tim McIntire, Richard Evans, Kelly Thordsen, Stuart Margolin

    Two youngsters named Ab (actor Richard Evans) and Claude (actor Tim McIntire) from a farmer family kill a drunk buff hides trader named Cantwell (actor Willard Sage) in a back alley and one innocent named Woodley (actor Kelly Thordsen) is sentenced to death instead. One of the two young men feel guilty and sinks his conscience into whiskey and provokes a saloon customer that guns him down cold and makes his final confession. Matt Dillon goes picks up the other brother at the home of his friend (actor Forrest Tucker) during a storm. But things take another turn …

    It’s a decent Film Noir and family drama about a murder at night that degenerates that is supported by the tense score of Leon Klatzkin. Matt Dillon is again wounded. Don’t miss Festus performing a song at the saloon The Long Branch, accompanied by the bartender Rudy (actor Rudy Sooter) at the guitar who is a real country music musician, by the way. Composer Leon Klatzkin previously worked on Rawhide (season 5 and 6) and will let one onscreen credits during one third season episode (“The Night of the Falcon”) of The Wild Wild West which will happen to be just stock music.

    Actor Forrest Tucker returns from the season 10 “Double Entry”, Willard Sage from the season 10 “Chief Joseph” and Kelly Thordsen from the season 3 “Mavis McCloud”.

    End credits for CBS composer Leon Klatzkin.
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  11. Jeff Flugel

    Thanks for introducing me to a new word, John – putschist. Had to look that one up…That first episode reviewed above sounds like a good one.

    “Seven Hours to Dawn” is the first of the two masterpieces of season 11. It's a must-watch.

  12. JohnHopper

    “Seven Hours to Dawn” is the first of the two masterpieces of season 11. It's a must-watch.

    To give you an idea about the (wild) leaning of season 11, the first sentence that the guest character say is:
    “Don’t touch those guns, Marshal. If you do, I’m gonna have to open up the other world for you”.
    —Mace Gore (actor John Drew Barrymore)

  13. GUNSMOKE SEASON 11

    Episode #3
    “Clayton Thaddeus Greenwood”
    written by Calvin Clements, Sr.
    directed by Joseph Sargent
    music by Richard Shores
    guests: Jack Elam, Sherwood Price, Robert Sorrells, Allen Jeffe, Paul Fix, Roger Ewing

    Four wild drovers led by Sam Band (actor Jack Elam) terrorize owner of a general store John Greenwood (actor Paul Fix) working as a sheriff and his son Thaddeus (actor Roger Ewing) working as a deputy for a very small town in Oklahoma that Sam Band humiliates and calls “plowboy”. Thad goes after the four drovers and meets Matt Dillon and Festus. His father has a stroke and dies. Thad heads to The Long Branch at Dodge City, Kansas. Unable to pick them up in that state, he keeps on watching them in a silent way as an ironic harbinger of death and wait for … The drovers are crooked and simulate a wolf threat issue thanks to three German shepherds.

    It’s a nice revengist drama and a good introduction to the character of Thad who is eventually hired by Matt Dillon but the sherry on top is the performance of actor Jack Elam as the nasty heavy. The four drovers are played by Jack Elam, Sherwood Price, Robert Sorrells, Allen Jeffe. Don’t miss the fight scene between Thad and the drovers at Delmonico’s accompanied by Richard Shores’ vivid music. Two bartenders play music at the Long Branch: Sam at the fiddle and Rudy at the guitar. After Morton Stevens, this is the second composer working on The Wild Wild West but also lets two scores on Rawhide. For the record, Shores will write music during the four seasons of The Wild Wild West.

    Actor Jack Elam is a recurring guest on Gunsmoke and returns from the season 10 “Help Me, Kitty” and appears on both Rawhide and The Wild Wild West (see the season 3 “The Night of Montezuma’s Hordes”). Actor Roger Ewing returns from the season 10 “Song for Dying” as a different character, Allen Jeffe from this season “Seven Hours to Dawn”, Paul Fix from the season 9 “The Other Half”, Robert Sorrells from the season 10 “Breckinridge”.

    End credits for CBS composer Richard Shores.
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  14. GUNSMOKE SEASON 11

    Episode #4
    “Ten Little Indians”
    written by George Eckstein
    directed by Mark Rydell
    music by Fred Steiner
    guests: Nehemiah Persoff, Rafael Campos, Zalman King, Bruce Dern, Warren Oates, John Marley, Nina Roman, Stanja Lowe, Don Ross

    Out of the blue, Matt Dillon faces individually five gunslingers (Miguel Samando, Billy Coe, Doyle Phleger, Al Tresh, Jack Pinto) who try to kill him for $25,000, including an old friend and a retired sheriff. But things are not what they appear to be … It’s a frame to eliminate five guilty men out of ten conceived by a ruined and revengist rancher named Ben Pringle (actor John Marley).

    It’s a good gunfighters episode thanks to director Mark Rydell and a singular twisted rework of Agatha Christie’s novel Ten Little Indians adapted to the series mold—two years later, the plot was redone in the episode “The Superlative Seven” from the British espionage series The Avengers. The ensemble of actors’ performances are very good: the picturesque professional hired guns (Bruce Dern as Doyle Phleger, Warren Oates as Al Tresh), the rancher acting as a sneaky observer (John Marley as Ben Pringle) and the two-faced former sheriff (Nehemiah Persoff as Jack Pinto). The sherry on top is to witness Festus and Al Tresh having fun at the Long Branch! The cue that highlights the final showdown is written like “King Nine Will Not Return” from The Twilight Zone. After Morton Stevens and Richard Shores, find the third composer working on The Wild Wild West (see the season 3 “The Night of the Undead”) but also participated at Rawhide.

    This is the first part of both actors Nehemiah Persoff and Bruce Dern on Gunsmoke and Persoff guests in both Rawhide and The Wild Wild West. Actor Warren Oates is a recurring guest on the show and returns from the season 10 “Circus Trick”.

    End credits for CBS composer Fred Steiner.
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  15. On the whole, Disc 1 highlights good episodes including the first masterpiece "Seven Hours to Dawn".
    Next week, I will explore Disc 2 of Gunsmoke season 11. So stay tuned for more!

    PS: Season 11 is a genuinely good season.

  16. JohnHopper

    GUNSMOKE SEASON 11

    Episode #2
    “The Storm”
    written by Paul Savage
    directed by Joseph Sargent
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: Forrest Tucker, Willard Sage, Tim McIntire, Richard Evans, Kelly Thordsen, Stuart Margolin

    Two youngsters named Ab (actor Richard Evans) and Claude (actor Tim McIntire) from a farmer family kill a drunk buff hides trader named Cantwell (actor Willard Sage) in a back alley and one innocent named Woodley (actor Kelly Thordsen) is sentenced to death instead. One of the two young men feel guilty and sinks his conscience into whiskey and provokes a saloon customer that guns him down cold and makes his final confession. Matt Dillon goes picks up the other brother at the home of his friend (actor Forrest Tucker) during a storm. But things take another turn …

    It’s a decent Film Noir and family drama about a murder at night that degenerates that is supported by the tense score of Leon Klatzkin. Matt Dillon is again wounded. Don’t miss Festus performing a song at the saloon The Long Branch, accompanied by the bartender Rudy (actor Rudy Sooter) at the guitar who is a real country music musician, by the way. Composer Leon Klatzkin previously worked on Rawhide (season 5 and 6) and will let one onscreen credits during one third season episode (“The Night of the Falcon”) of The Wild Wild West which will happen to be just stock music.

    Actor Forrest Tucker returns from the season 10 “Double Entry”, Willard Sage from the season 10 “Chief Joseph” and Kelly Thordsen from the season 3 “Mavis McCloud”.

    Festus performs a song at The Long Branch, accompanied by bartender Rudy at the guitar.
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  17. GUNSMOKE SEASON 11

    Episode #5
    “Taps for Old Jeb”
    written by Les Crutchfield
    directed by James Sheldon
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: Ed Begley, Wayne Rogers, Morgan Woodward, Arthur Batanides, Don Keefer

    At night and at his camp, an old excentric gold prospector named Jeb Crater (actor Ed Begley) supported by his partner Sholo (actor Morgan Woodward) hire a stranger named Stretch Morgan (actor Wayne Rogers) to be their bodyguard. Arriving at Dodge City, Jeb organizes a big party at the Long Branch to celebrate his richness. The next day, Sholo complains at the marshal’s office that Jeb might be dead but actually he was clubbed from behind. Morgan is suspected. But things are not what it appears to be …

    It’s an absurb con game episode with a twist and features Thad who meets his cousin: Stretch Morgan. The episode should be re-titled “Fool’s Gold”. The character of Doc performs a song during Jeb’s party accompanied by bartender Rudy playing guitar and Sam at the fiddle.

    Actor Morgan Woodward returns from “Seven Hours to Dawn” and Wayne Rogers from the season 7 “Cody’s Code”.

  18. GUNSMOKE SEASON 11

    Episode #6
    “Kioga”
    written by Robert Lewin
    directed by Harry Harris
    music by Lyn Murray
    guests: Neville Brand, Roy Roberts, John Hubbard, Hank Patterson, Ken Renard, Howard Culver, John War Eagle, Teno Pollick, Catherine Wyles

    Furs trader McCaw (actor Neville Brand) shoots down two Indians after having a lunch with them and heads to Dodge City but one of the victims named Kioga (actor Teno Pollick) is still alive and tracks him down to Dodge to avenge the death of his relative.

    It’s a decent little revenge drama. The story is served by a beautiful low key photography. Composer Lyn Murray’s score includes nice hapsichord passages for the character of Kioga—Murray used to work on Rawhide. Thad is absent.

  19. GUNSMOKE SEASON 11

    Episode #7
    “The Bounty Hunter”
    written by Paul Savage
    directed by Harry Harris
    guests: Robert Lansing, Burt Freed, Wright King, Lisabeth Hush, James Anderson

    Bounty Hunter Luke Frazer (actor Robert Lansing) posing as Turner accepts a $600 contract that includes 10,000 acres of land from rancher Thornton (actor Burt Freed) wishing to avenge his young son and picking up Otto Fry (actor Wright King) that changes his name to Lon Jensen. Frazer stops at Dodge City and tracks Fry down. Matt Dillon covers and warns Jensen. But later on, we learn that Thornton didn’t tell the whole truth about the events of his son’s death. Things take another turn…

    It’s a dual family affair (Thornton and Jensen’s), a marital dilemma, a good existential drama disguised as a bounty hunter intrigue. Actor Robert Lansing’s performance is impeccable and makes this entry exciting. Don’t miss the intense fight scene between diehard Frazer and his shady client Thornton at the ranch and its wild aftermaths. Festus knows Luke Frazer from way back. During the bath scene, we learn about the true motivations of Frazer. As in most series, the bounty hunter is considered as a harbinger of death and people refuse to cooperate with him. Thad is absent. Actor Wright King looks like Henry Fonda in this episode because he talks and behaves as him in his western feature films: see John Ford’s My Darling Clementine. The majority of the stock music comes from Leon Klatzkin’s “The Storm” and sustains the edgy and tense atmosphere of the drama.

    Actor Wright King returns from the season 9 “No Hands” and Bert Freed from the season 4 “The F.U.”.

    Recommended!

  20. GUNSMOKE SEASON 11

    Episode #8
    “The Reward”
    written by Gilbert Ralston, Scott Hunt, Beth Keele
    directed by Marc Daniels
    guests: James Whitmore, David Ladd, Fred J. Scollay, Peter Whitney, Gilman Rankin

    Returning home at Dodge City after a prison sentence for gold swindling, Jim Forbes (actor James Whitmore) joins his son Brian (actor David Ladd) back and wants to prove to the townspeople that there’s gold in his mine. The gang of Clint Fisher (actor Fred J. Scollay) and Jason Holt (actor Peter Whitney) keep on provoking Forbes. The gang lets their impulses loose at The Long Branch while torturing Forbes at his mine to make him pay his debt.

    It’s a rough family drama about the themes of ostracism and redemption. Actor James Whitmore is good as usual.
    Director Marc Daniels has a good sense of composition: see the high angle shot arrival scene of Forbes intercut
    with close wide angle shots. Thad is absent.

    Actor James Whitmore returns from the season 10 “Dry Road to Nowhere”.

  21. JohnHopper

    I hope you enjoy this trip to Dodge City.
    Next week, folks, it's disc 3 with these episodes: “Malachi”, “The Pretender”, “South Wind”, “The Hostage”.
    So stay tuned for more Matt Dillon's adventures!

    For Kolchak aficionados, don't miss the Friday entry entitled “The Hostage”. And it's recommended!
    Note that in your calendar.

  22. GUNSMOKE SEASON 11

    Episode #9
    “Malachi”
    written by William Putman
    directed by Gary Nelson
    music by Morton Stevens
    guests: Jack Elam, Harry Townes, Edward Andrews, Robert Sorrells, Rex Holman

    In Mexico, outlaw Del Ordman (actor Jack Elam) shoots down a member of his gang named Shobin (actor Rex Holman) who let kill his brother and, later on, at night, and in a clearing, an old horse merchant while bones trader and whiskey addict Malachi Harper (actor Harry Townes) receives a letter from his rich brother Ethan (actor Edward Andrews) announcing his coming. Malachi is obliged to pose as Dodge City’s marshal and asks the help of Festus, Doc and Miss Kitty to stage a simulacrum but Del Ordman pops-up and wants to kill the man who shot down his brother: the marshal. Later on, Matt Dillon returns home. Dodge City has two marshals now!

    It’s a fun light dual story episode that is served by a good guest cast: Jack Elam, Harry Townes, Edward Andrews. In a way, it plays like a spoof of John Ford’s The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. Matt Dillon leaves Dodge at the start of Act 1. Thad is absent. This is the second score of CBS music head Morton Stevens after “Seven Hours to Dawn”.

    Actor Harry Townes returns from the season 10 “Two Tall Men” and both actor Jack Elam and Robert Sorrells from this season “Clayton Thaddeus Greenwood”.

  23. GUNSMOKE SEASON 11

    Episode #10
    “The Pretender”
    written by Calvin Clements, Sr.
    directed by Vincent McEveety
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: Tom Simcox, Tom Skerritt, Julie Sommars, Nehemia Persoff, Harry Davis, Gregg Palmer

    Ex-convict Edmund Dano (actor Tom Skerritt) and his elder brother Frank (actor Tom Simcox) return home to the farm of their parents and attend the official party at Dodge City when sheriff Jackson (actor Gregg Palmer) from Garden City questions Frank for the charge of robbing the stage’s cashbox. Both sons try to get a second chance but they keep on fighting each other and therefore their mother has a stroke. At night and with the help of a female insider (actress Julie Sommars) that he seduced, Edmund rob the money of the Freight Express head Mr. Daniels (actor Harry Davis) who gets shot.

    It’s a conflictual and existential Italian American family drama about the two sons of the Dano’s mixed up in a past dirty business and tackles the theme of fate and redemption: it’s also a pathos-filled story. The basic plot of the sons’ dilemma will be redone in the season 1 episode “Bitter Wine” with a Greek American family (also guest staring Nehemia Persoff playing again an angry father) from QM’s series The Street of San Francisco. The cast of the male characters is good: Tom Simcox, Tom Skerritt, Nehemia Persoff. Doc acts as a master of ceremony and performs a song at the Dodge City party accompanied by three musicians and among them, Sam and Rudy. Thad is present.

    Actor Nehemia Persoff returns from this season “Ten Little Indians”.

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