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"Gunsmoke" Chesterland (1961)

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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

One of Dennis Weaver's best performances.

10/10
Author: kfo9494 from United States
14 November 2012

Perhaps I have felt the same feelings that Chester portrays that I found this episode to one of my most favorite in the entire series. Whatever the reason Dennis Weaver makes the episode unforgettable.

Chester is courting this young beautiful girl named Daisy Fair. Seems like both are a little naive with the world and appear to just love each others company.

When Chester asks for Daisy's hand in marriage, he begins to think where they will live. He buys a barren shack just outside town that has nothing but dry ground for as far as the eye can see not even a well. And as he tries to fix the shack, it falls down in a pile of rotting wood.

The next thing he does is dig a pit-house into the dirt to hopefully please Daisy. When Daisy sees the dug-out house she says in no uncertain terms that she would never live in that kind of house.

But when the hole in the ground produces water, she is 'all-in' as they collect money from the surrounding farmers for water. That is until the well runs dry and Chester goes to the bank to get a newer pump.

The actions after--- pulls at anyone's heartstrings. The world is not as safe as it was just earlier in the day. And with the last words of the episode "I'll fix you some fresh in the morning" ends one of the best acting jobs ever done by Dennis Weaver.

One of the better shows of the entire series.

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Poignant portrait of loneliness and longing

8/10
Author: silvrdal from OKC
14 January 2010

In hopes of wooing the pretty and seemingly sweet Miss Daisy, Chester attempts to farm a dreadful patch of bone-dry land and construct his sad little idea of a home for his bride-to-be -- which turns out to be a well-constructed, but disappointing dugout hole. Miss Daisy is horrified, and backs out of the wedding plans. Matt tries to comfort Chester with the hope that she'll change her mind, but the rejected man soaks his tears with the doily Daisy had made for their new home, and sadly retires for bed.

Chester wakes the next morning to find his dugout filled with water. All seems 'well' as he and Daisy set up a watering hole for beleaguered farmers. Unfortunately, the well eventually goes dry. Chester and Doc go into town to withdraw funds to purchase a new pump, but the story doesn't end there...

"Chesterland" is a charming character piece which gave Dennis Weaver an excellent chance to shine, drawing the audience by the hand through his trials, joys and tribulations.

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