Gunsmoke: Season 3, Episode 28

Bottleman (22 Mar. 1958)

TV Episode  -   -  Western
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There's a new Faro dealer at the Long Branch. When the town drunk, the meekest man in town, tries to attack him, the dealer swears he'll kill him if he ever tries that again. But he also swears he "never seen him before in his life."

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There's a new Faro dealer at the Long Branch. When the town drunk, the meekest man in town, tries to attack him, the dealer swears he'll kill him if he ever tries that again. But he also swears he "never seen him before in his life."

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Strong Entry
9 June 2011 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Faro dealer Clell arrives in Dodge with wife Flora, aiming to get a job at the Long Branch. But Kitty detects a mean streak when he beats up Cassidy, the town drunk, who for some reason has tried to cold-cock him with a whiskey bottle. So what has Cassidy got against a man it appears he's never seen.

It's a strong episode building to a poignant climax that's hardly a happy ending. Dehner does well as the addled drunk, a difficult turn once he decides to sober up. Martin certainly looks the part of the oily gambler, though the entry remains a Dehner showcase. Two aspects to note — Chester gets to strum a guitar and warble a tune in his usual "aw' shucks" endearing manner. On a different note, Matt comes back to Dodge empty-handed after chasing a crook who, Matt admits, outsmarted him. It's that sort of human dimension writer Meston insists upon that helped raise Gunsmoke to classic status.


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