Gunsmoke: Season 5, Episode 13

Box O' Rocks (5 Dec. 1959)

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A man enlists the aid of a parson to fake his own death.

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Larry J. Blake ...
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A man enlists the aid of a parson to fake his own death.

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Let's Give That Rock A Decent Burial
17 August 2007 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Average entry, at best. Opening scene on Boot Hill generates some interest as coffin readied for burial is discovered to contain only rocks. Where is Packy Roundtree, the supposed deceased, and why has the parson (the ubiquitous Vaughn Taylor) gone along with the scheme of a false burial. Action picks up when a roughneck, Cruder, is implicated in the scheme.

This fourth season included a reduced role for head writer John Meston who had been key to the show's dramatic success. Here, the plot gimmick is a good one, but writer Les Crutchfield has trouble building the suspense from the opening scene. Thus we get a pretty lame comedy scene from Chester and assayer Howard McNear that is more foolish than funny. Unexpected ending almost redeems the slack middle, suggesting that gimmicks rather than structure is Crutchfield's strong suit. Also, notice the clumsy transition from location shots to a poorly-done set as Dillon and Chester chase Cruder to the mine. Exterior sets blemished more than just a few Westerns, both big and little, of this period.


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