The Dick Van Dyke Show: Season 5, Episode 31

The Gunslinger (25 May 1966)

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To extract Rob's impacted wisdom tooth, Jerry needs to place him under a general anesthetic. Rob is concerned about the procedure if only because he needs to get back to work to write a ... See full summary »


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Larry Mathews ...
Killer Cooley
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To extract Rob's impacted wisdom tooth, Jerry needs to place him under a general anesthetic. Rob is concerned about the procedure if only because he needs to get back to work to write a western sketch for the show which is due that day. While under the effects of the anesthetic, Rob begins not only to dream subconsciously about the sketch, but also place himself, his family and friends in that western setting within his dream. Gunless Sheriff Rob wants to rid the west of all the bad guys, with Big Bad Brady, a former associate of his when Rob was a gunslinger, at the top of that list. Rob hears from Killer Cooley that Big Bad Brady is coming to town to watch a show, and vows to kill anyone associated with it if he doesn't like it. If the show doesn't go on, he's going to kill Rob instead. Rob has to convince the cowboys of the town to perform. If he can't, Rob has to decide whether to face Big Bad Brady or go on the run. Sheriff Rob's wife, Laura, who is tired of running, thinks she ... Written by Huggo

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Although it was not the last episode broadcast, this was actually the last episode of "The Dick Van Dyke Show" ever filmed. The final episode that was broadcast, "The Last Chapter," was mostly a "clip show" of snippets taken from earlier episodes, with a short epilogue that was filmed a week earlier than "The Gunslinger" following the filming of the episode "Love Thy Other Neighbor." See more »


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One of the great episodes...
1 November 2012 | by (texas,usa) – See all my reviews

...especially if you're a fan of TV Westerns from the fifties and sixties.

In this episode, Rob, under the influence of dental anesthesia, dreams he's the sheriff of an old west town.

The plot recycles the stock "high noon showdown" scenario, and each member of the cast plays a wild west archetype in a way that mirrors their character personality in the regular series.

Gunfighters, saloon floozies, heroes, cowards, code-of-the-west ethics, and the quintessential "bullet ballet" are given a good going-over thanks to sharp, clever writing, and some brilliant comic performances from the show regulars (and a fun bit from Allan Melvin, as a gun merchant).

There's no shortage of movie length Western spoofs, but few manage as many laughs in two hours as "The Gunslinger" achieves in twenty five minutes.

Now reach for your remote control, partner...and give this episode a good look-see.

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