Gunsmoke: Season 2, Episode 27

Chester's Murder (30 Mar. 1957)

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When the drunkard Chester is escorting to jail is shot dead, Chester is suspected of the murder.



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Episode credited cast:
Nita Tucker (as Peggy Castle)
Jake Buley
Gage Clarke ...
Jim Dobie
Tom Greenway ...
Ned Pickard
Tim Graham ...
Charles J. Conrad ...
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When the drunkard Chester is escorting to jail is shot dead, Chester is suspected of the murder.

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Spotty, at Best
3 January 2012 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Clumsily staged and rather poorly written entry. Chester is making time with tough guy Pickard's girl (Castle) when Pickard threatens him. Trouble is Pickard gets killed while Chester's taking him to jail. The evidence says Chester did it, while he denies it. So Matt is on the spot with the town and his loyal deputy. But then, if Chester didn't do it, who did.

The screenplay is not one of writer Meston's better ones, with a number of plot holes. Also, the staging of the shootout scene is poorly staged— hard to see how Matt could have shot the wrong person. Outside of normal curiosity as to real culprit, there's not much suspense. All in all, it's a rather spotty entry.

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