Gunsmoke: Season 19, Episode 22

Cowtown Hustler (11 Mar. 1974)

TV Episode  -   -  Western
7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 16 users  
Reviews: 1 user

A broke young man seeks his fortune with an old drifter, a formerly legendary champion billiards player.

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Emmy Awards 2014

We have the winners, photos and more in our 2014 Emmys section.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 330 titles
created 11 Nov 2012
 

Related Items

Search for "Cowtown Hustler" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Cowtown Hustler (11 Mar 1974)

Cowtown Hustler (11 Mar 1974) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Gunsmoke.
« Previous Episode | 609 of 635 Episodes | Next Episode »
Edit

Cast

Episode cast overview:
...
Doc
...
...
...
...
...
Moses Darby / Joshua Finch
...
Dave Rope (as Jonathan Goldsmith Lippe)
...
Sally
...
Joe Bean
Henry Beckman ...
Thaddius McKay
John Davis Chandler ...
Willie Tomsen
Richard O'Brien ...
Adam Kearney
Lew Brown ...
Beeton
Robert Swan ...
Cox
...
Turner
Edit

Storyline

Dave Rope is a down on his luck young man looking to marry his sweetheart Sally and move to St. Louis. He spots his chance when an old drifter, named Joshua Pinch, passes through and hustles several cowboys in a pool game. He learns that the drifter's real name is Moses Darby, a former world champion billiards player. Rope proposes a partnership with the old hustler. Darby accepts, and along with Sally, they head for Dodge City to seek their fortune. Before long Darby goes up against the local cattle baron, Adam Kearney. Angry at his loss, Kearney brings in Willie Tomsen, the best billiards player west of the Mississippi, to face Darby. For Darby, it is a chance to relive his glory days and redeem himself. But upon learning that Rope has put himself deeply in debt with a large bet on Tomsen, Darby must make an agonizing choice. To play for his own honor, or to throw the game for Rope's sake. Written by Christopher D. <imdbreviews@gmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Western

Edit

Details

Language:

Release Date:

11 March 1974 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
An aging pool player wants that winning feeling one more time
4 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This really is not that bad of an episode. I have never been a fan of Jack Albertson but in this episode he was perfectly cast as lovable pool playing giant.

It begins when a young man named Dave, who is in love with a woman named Sally, watches an older gentleman named Joshua Finch con some cowboys out of a monthly pay while playing pool. Dave sees the older man as a partner where they can go from town-to-town playing pool and winning money.

While in Dodge- Finch, who real name is Mose Darby a well known pool player, beats a rich cattle owner out of hundreds of dollars, the rancher hires him a professional pool player to beat Finch. Since this game is the talk of all Kansas a traveling gambling wagon, with his rough sidekicks, comes into Dodge to take bets on the pool game. Dave sees dollar signs as he bets all the money on the other pool player with Finch throwing the game. However Finch feels young again and wants to keep the feeling of winning. He tells Dave that he is not throwing the game. If Finch wins, the roughs will surly come after Dave since he did not have the money that was used for the bet.

This was not an action packed show but one that was pleasant to watch. The story was good and the acting professional. And the ending may seem happy but it will not be a good feeling as the credit roll.


2 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Finally Finished the Series - My top 25 newdickmorris
Whiskey Served in Vintage Westerns bobeich1
Radio Show vs 30 Minute Episodes newdickmorris
Mayblossom rex-sheldon
Inconsistent justice grifftrain2000
One repeated major gaffe pat-patterson
Discuss Cowtown Hustler (1974) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?