Gunsmoke: Season 7, Episode 31

Cale (5 May 1962)

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Cale is a bullheaded young drifter who takes a nap in a barn he comes across only to wake up to shootout between a horse thief and the owner. Cale is shot, wounded, and becomes a suspected accomplice.



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Episode cast overview:
Carl Reindel ...
Peter Ashley ...
Will Archer
Joseph Hamilton ...
Nick Archer
Robert Karnes ...


Cale falls asleep in a stranger's barn and wakes up to a gunfight. The owner, shot, falls into the barn and thinking Cale is another rustler, shoots him. Cale takes off after the real rustler and is shot again. Dillon rides upon him, takes him to Doc and when he recovers, decides to resolve this in his own way. Written by DrDOS

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Poor casting made an otherwise nice show suffer
20 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode was made worse from the poor acting by Carl Reindel, that played Cale, or we could say it was poor directing. Whatever the reason the person playing the main character was so poorly played that it made the entire episode seem dull. Someone else cast as the lonely Cale could have made this show much more entertaining.

Cale happens to stop by a farm house and takes a nap in barn. He is awaken by gunshots as the owner, Nick Archer, is in a gunfight with a former cowhand named Sterret. Nick gets shot and falls into the barn door. He sees Cale thinking he is with Sterret and shoots him before passing out (Cale thinks Nick Archer is dead). Cale sees Sterret riding off and gives chase but gets shot again by the fleeing Sterret.

Matt happens to be hunting and comes across the ungrateful Cale. He takes Cale back to Dodge where his mouth and poor attitude ticks off nearly the entire town of Dodge.

In the meantime Cale, working at the Dodge stable, happens to see Sterret and forces him to ride back with him to the Archer's farm. There they find Nick Archer still alive holding a rifle on both of them. Cale tries to explain when Sterret knock the rifle out of Nick's hands. From then on it will be everyone for himself.

It was easy to see that the writer wanted the viewer to feel uncomfortable with the character Cale. But even in supposedly friendly scenes the viewer could see that Carl Reindel was uncomfortable playing the character. This is one episode where one wrong cast member can make the entire episode suffer.

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