Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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Slocum 

Will Geer plays an old mountain hunter that comes to Dodge to see his long time friend Matt Dillon. When the hunter is accused of attempted murder, it will be Matt that sets off to bring his friend to justice.

Director:

Leo Penn

Writer:

Ron Bishop (as Ronald Bishop)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Ken Curtis ... Festus
Will Geer ... Slocum
Dub Taylor ... Noah Riker
Ross Hagen ... Luke Riker
James Wainwright ... Mark Riker
Lee J. Lambert Lee J. Lambert ... Paul Riker (as Lee Lambert)
Mills Watson ... Peter Riker
Steve Sandor ... John Riker
James Nusser James Nusser ... Louie Pheeters
Lew Brown Lew Brown ... 1st Cowboy
Charles Kuenstle Charles Kuenstle ... 2nd Cowboy
Glenn Strange ... Sam
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Will Geer plays an old mountain hunter that comes to Dodge to see his long time friend Matt Dillon. When the hunter is accused of attempted murder, it will be Matt that sets off to bring his friend to justice.

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1968 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Louie Pheeters: [sitting at the bar] Excepting some women, of course, just ain't nothing prettier than a full bottle.
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enjoyably quirky
2 September 2015 | by grizzledgeezerSee all my reviews

I've never been a big fan of Will Geer. Though he had an excellent reputation, his performance in "The Waltons" did nothing to justify it. The character had (to me) a nasty/filthy edge that suggested he enjoyed torturing cats -- or worse.

He redeems himself here. We see a talented actor fleshing out an interesting character in ways that go far beyond merely reading the lines. Dub Taylor (Buck Taylor's dad) gives a comparably good performance as Geer's nemesis.

The combination of a good script and excellent acting results in a decidedly "strange" episode of the sort that became less common as "Gunsmoke" aged. It's absolutely a "don't miss" episode.

The only thing wrong is Parker's terrible Mickey Mouse score. Its alternating between comic and serious badly distracts/detracts from the story -- one of those rare cases where music actually hurts a film.

Slocum has an obviously off-kilter personality with a comic edge. Do we have to have it constantly shoved down our throats? I would have written a basically serious score, letting the humor fall where it may.


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