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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Abby
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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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Someone needed heavy jail time in this episode
24 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When Matt and Chester go out to check on a murder they run across a wagon and find a bruised young woman. Before long two hunters, the lead hunter named Ben Siple, has Matt and Chester at gunpoint. When Matt tells them they are on Indian land, Siple takes the butt of his rifle and lays out Matt. He ties Matt and Chester up to the wagon wheel and then takes his hand and slaps the young woman, Abby, across the face for even talking. So we are talking about a very abusive person in Ben Siple.

Later on after kicking Matt in the face, Siple makes mention of Abby again talking with the Marshal so he takes her out into the woods and lays another beating on the poor gal. But when they hear Indian calls not far from camp, the two buffalo hunters saddle-up to flee, leaving Matt, Chester and Abby to face the Indians alone.

The brutal abuse in this episode is rather shocking and makes some scenes almost horrifying. John Anderson, cast as Siple, brings the horror to the screen in a very real way which speaks volumes for his acting ability. By the time the episode ends, the viewer may feel better for watching but not completely satisfied. Good watch.


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