Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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A speculator in land is already unpopular in Dodge, but when he is acquitted of the murder of a man he killed, he finds himself "sent to Coventry": no one in town, not even Kitty, will buy, sell, or even speak to him.





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Episode cast overview:
Matt Dillon
Joe Maross ...
Dean Beard
Pete Rankin
Jessie Ott
Mary Field ...
Clara Ott
Hedda Stokes
Moss Grimmick
Jed Hager
Mr. Botkin
William Boyett ...


Land-grabbing Dean Beard is wrongly acquitted after he murders popular feed store owner Jessie Ott to prevent Ott from exposing his land swindles. Beard is eventually forced to leave Dodge when no one will do business with him or even acknowledge his presence, but an ironic fate awaits him. Written by Sam Spear

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Release Date:

17 March 1962 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The recognizable musical climactic riff used at the end before the credits was often used in the conclusion before the credits of several Twilight Zone broadcasts. See more »


When Beard shoots Hager in the Long Branch saloon, Hager doesn't actually pull the gun from his holster and you can see it in the Holster as turns and falls on his back against a chair. The camera moves to Beard then fades out. When it fades back in, Dillon is looking at the body and the gun is in his right hand and he is face down on the floor. See more »

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More in line with 'Twlight Zone' than Gunsmoke.
18 November 2012 | by See all my reviews

In this episode, Dean Beard is a guy that is only looking out for himself. While coming across two people in need, he refuse to offer aid. He cheats people into selling him land far below market value. He even kills a person but gets away with it when there are no witnesses to confirm the obvious. He is just an all around bad guy.

After being found 'not guilty' of the murder word spread through town not to speak to Dean. It is like he is not even alive as he moves from one scene in Dodge to another part of town.

Pressure gets so heavy on Dean that he decides to leave town. But now he is in need of aid-- will the other people give him aid that he refused others? It will be an odd ending to an odd episode.

First part of the show was interesting but then it went bizarre as it fell into a science-fiction area that is odd for 'Gunsmoke'. An bizarre episode for sure.

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