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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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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