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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Episode cast overview:
Larry J. Blake ...
Crooder (as Larry Blake)
William Fawcett ...
Gertrude Flynn ...
Mrs. Blouze


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

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An episode filled with unique characters.
26 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this episode we have a interesting set of characters that makes for an entertaining show. Plus we get a story that was more from a 'Twilight Zone' episode than a 'Gunsmoke' program.

It begins as Matt is very suspicious about the death of as local man named Packy Roundtree. An unlikely Parson is performing the burial on boot hill when Marshal opens the coffin only to find a box of rocks. Someone has faked the death of Packy and Marshal Dillon is set to find out why.

It gets even more weird when Jed Crooder appears in town advising that he is also looking for Packy as they use to be partners. When the Parson tells the Marshal about a man he met named Preston Hawkins, the story starts to be more clear. Matt and Chester will have some riding to do in order to find Packy Roundtree.

This episode introduced some of the most interesting characters we have seen in a long time. From the so-called Parson with his devoted wife, to a beaded old man with a fetish on dynamite- the characters were very well developed. With a unique opening of the episode to the strange ending this was entertaining from beginning to end.

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