Gunsmoke: Season 3, Episode 18

Buffalo Man (11 Jan. 1958)

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Doc finds a half-dead man on the side of the road and tells Matt. Matt and Chester ride out to a buffalo hunter's camp but before they get far, the occupants show up not treating them much better than the man the doc found.

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Doc finds a half-dead man on the side of the road and tells Matt. Matt and Chester ride out to a buffalo hunter's camp but before they get far, the occupants show up not treating them much better than the man the doc found.

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The fight scene between star James Arness and guest star John Anderson in this episode was used as the basis for a famous educational film produced by the American Cinema Editors. The film is still used today as a training exercise for editing students the world over. See more »

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I'll Never Eat Buffalo
19 August 2011 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Strong story, especially around the brutalizing of defenseless little Abby (Smith). Matt and Chester ride out of Dodge to investigate a horrific murder. On Indian land, they encounter two buffalo hunters and a girl. Siple (Anderson) is one mean buffalo man who abuses the cowering Abby and ties up Matt and Chester. His pardner Ticks (Klugman) is scared of him too. However, the Indians don't take to buffalo hunters no matter how mean.

The gravel-voiced Anderson is totally convincing as the menacing Siple, and when he drags Abby into the woods to beat her, it's truly chilling. It's also one of Klugman's early roles. The entry's rather surprising for its realistic depiction of Abby's desperate state, leaving few gaps for the viewer to fill in. Also, check out both the episode's "Trivia" entry and John Anderson's bio. Apparently, the culminating fist fight has become a text book for budding film editors.


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