Gunsmoke: Season 20, Episode 20

Hard Labor (24 Feb. 1975)

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Dillon is sentenced to a lifetime of hard labor by Judge Flood (Colicos), who uses an illegally constituted court to staff his private silver mine.

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Judge Flood
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Widge
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Latch
Kevin Coughlin ...
Elton
Ben Piazza ...
Fifer
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Osuna
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Pete Murphy
Don Megowan ...
Mike
Jackie Russell ...
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Lloyd Nelson ...
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Dillon is sentenced to a lifetime of hard labor by Judge Flood (Colicos), who uses an illegally constituted court to staff his private silver mine.

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There seems to be a controversy on whether or not this episode was repeated on CBS. One book gives it as airing as the second-to-last telecast on August 25, 1975, but a TV Guide for that week lists a Cher special (presumably running as the lead-in for the pilot of "Beacon Hill," for which CBS had high hopes) in that time slot. See more »

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Matt tells Latch to "stay close to me" when he smashes in Judge Flood's saloon door, and Latch jumps into the room right behind Matt. But Latch isn't seen at all in the next scene, beginning one second later when Matt confronts Judge Flood (it also looks like the editor left in Matt's cue to step on his mark). See more »

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Matt is sentenced to hard labor in a silver mine by a corrupt Judge
22 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Matt is after a fugitive and tracks him down to a silver town two days ride from Dodge. When Matt has to kill the fugitive, the man running the town, Judge Flood, puts the Marshal on trial for murder. After a brief ceremony Matt is found guilty and placed in the silver mine, at hard labor, for his guilt.

For the most part, the rest of the show is Matt's interactions between the rest of the prisoners and the guards. There really was no timetable of how long Matt was imprisoned before he plans an escape attempt but it had to be some time. With a little help from the cook, Matt is able to get a few supplies that will help him plan an escape. But he will also need the help of other prisoners to make the escape successful.

The good thing about this show is that James Arness is fully involved in this show. In fact he does more physical activities in the show than nearly any other episode in the season. But the problem was the slow action and the predictable results of each event. There really is no surprises in this show rather a long tale of being false accused before springing the coop. There was nothing new for the viewer to get excited about.


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