Gunsmoke: Season 15, Episode 7

Charlie Noon (3 Nov. 1969)

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Matt Dillon is escorting his prisoner Charlie Noon back to Dodge City when he encounters a runaway Indian bride being pursued by the braves of her tribe. The Indians have mistaken Charlie ... See full summary »

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Doc (credit only)
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Kitty Russell (credit only)
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Festus Haggen (credit only)
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Newly O'Brien (credit only)
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Charlie Noon
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The Woman
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Edmund Hashim ...
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Kipp Whitman ...
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Matt Dillon is escorting his prisoner Charlie Noon back to Dodge City when he encounters a runaway Indian bride being pursued by the braves of her tribe. The Indians have mistaken Charlie Noon as the man who stole her and are seeking revenge. The suspense builds in this episode as all parties are seen to match wits and maneuver for strategic advantage rather than employ violence. "Charlie Noon" is thus noted more for intrigue than the activity one would expect of a typical western. Written by Steve Sassi

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Well played out episode with minor flaws
23 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A nice story that played out well but at times was hard for even this western-lover to comprehend.

Marshal Dillon is taking prisoner Charlie Noon across the desert back to Dodge. They come upon a burned out house where a man was dead from a arrow in the back. From a spear left at the scene, Matt knows that it is Comanche Indians that have killed the man. While they investigate the burned house they discover two people in the cellar of the house. An Indian woman and a boy named Jamie Barker. So the four now set off for Dodge right before the Indians return to the burned out house. (why the Indians did not check the cellar the first time is beyond me)

During the rest of the show two main plots appear. The Indian woman was a bride of the Comanche Indian named Lone Wolf. She ran away from the tribe before marrying Lone Wolf whom she did not love. Lone Wolf has been searching for her since.-- The other is that Charlie Noon has a hatred for Indians. However during the coming tribulations he begins to feel remorse for the way he treated the Indian woman.

For whatever reason. Lone Wolf believes that Charlie Noon is the person that stole his bride and is out for revenge. With the four backed into a corner someone has to do something in order to save the rest. It will not be an easy choice.

What did not set well with me is that the Comanches had been tracking the woman for years across many different territories. Yet with Marshal Dillon and his group only a few yards from where the Indians were camping, they could not track nor find the group. This would have been a minor circumstance in book form but watching on TV it just seemed unreal.

Anyway nice story with fine acting but far from the best.


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