Gunsmoke: Season 4, Episode 12

Grass (29 Nov. 1958)

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White men pretending to be Indians attack greenhorn Harry Pope at night, and he kills one of them. Now the dead man's friends want revenge.



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Episode cast overview:
Philip Coolidge ...
Harry Pope
Chris Alcaide ...
Ned Curry
Charles Fredericks ...
Earl Brant (as Charles E. Fredericks)


White men pretending to be Indians attack greenhorn Harry Pope at night, and he kills one of them. Now the dead man's friends want revenge.

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Alone on the Prairie
8 May 2012 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Pope (Coolidge) seems a mild-mannered, likable sort, maybe a little out of his depth living alone on the prairie. So why would Indians be spooking him, which he says is happening. But then a roughneck turns up dead. His buddies claim Pope did it, and Matt better arrest him or else. So what's going on here.

Actor Coolidge gets a sympathetic role, for a change. Usually, he's a creepy sort with his bald head and gravedigger's looks. I like the homely touches, like Pope slopping the pigs and scrubbing his clothes, the kind of frontier details usually passed over in a 30-minute time frame. Also, Chris Alcaide's tough guy Curry turns out to be nicely conceived and performed. All in all, it's a strong drama, though the who-did-what details seem murky at times. Nonetheless, it's another entry suggesting the '58 season was one of the series best.

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