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"Gunsmoke" Big Tom (1960)

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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

An aging prizefighter may get his last fight

7/10
Author: kfo9494 from United States
28 August 2013

Tom Burr is an ex-prizefighter that has settled down in Dodge. Tom has given up fighting and has since developed weakness spells that comes and goes. When a slick promoter comes to town he boosts Tom's reputation up so much that Tom is ready to go back into the ring. With intentions all along, the promoter schedules Tom a fight with Hob Creel, a younger and bigger fighter that beat Tom years ago.

As the weakness spells continue, Tom goes to see Doc Adams and learns that his weakness is due to a bad heart. In fact Doc Adams says that it was one of the worse hearts he had heard in a long time. Marshal Dillon has to put a stop to the fight. But doing so will reek the havoc of the people that have already laid down bets and the burly Hob Creel.

Here is a nice show that reveals how tough you had to be as Marshal in the late 1800's. A well written script that made for a program that was entertaining to the end. When Marshal Dillon drinks that last beer, he really looked like he needed some refreshment. Good watch.

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Battle of the Titans

7/10
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA
19 August 2013

A professional fighter Hob Creel and his fast talking manager come to Dodge hoping to find a suitable opponent. It so happens that Big Tom a washed-up fighter is living in Dodge, taking odd jobs for a living. Seems Big Tom and Creel fought before in San Francisco where Creel needlessly humiliated his opponent, causing a life-long hatred. Now Tom is heck bent to get revenge, but one thing stands in his way— a bad heart condition. So what will he do.

Good episode that has both suspense and poignancy. Nice to see professional thug Robert Wilke (Big Tom) get a sympathetic role for a change, and he does quite well with the softer emotions we're not used to from him. Then too, Harry Lauter as the relentless promoter lends a lot of character color. The entry's also notable for presence of Don Megowan (Creel), a giant of a man as tall and robust as Arness. So when he and Matt tangle, it's like a battle of the Titans.

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