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Matt saves suspected 18 year old cattle thief Steve Elser, from a would be lynch group, and tries to help him find a job, but discovers he might be a hopeless case.

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Elser
K.L. Smith ...
Pence (as Ken L. Smith)
Russell Thorson ...
Bowers (as Russ Thorson)
Michael Granger ...
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Matt saves suspected 18 year old cattle thief Steve Elser, from a would be lynch group, and tries to help him find a job, but discovers he might be a hopeless case.

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17 March 1956 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.33 : 1
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James Nusser makes his first appearance on Gunsmoke as a wounded clerk. He will make seven guest appearances before being cast as the regular town drunk Louie Pheeters. See more »

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The Wounded Can Be Dangerous
8 September 2007 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Good set-up and story. Pretty boy Brett Halsey enters the Long Branch one step ahead of a lynch-minded Texas trail crew. Kitty's immediately sympathetic and hides Halsey in her room while she fetches Matt who fends off the crew. Seems the kid's father turned abusive after being roughed up by a Texas trail-hands years earlier. Now the kid wants to retaliate by stealing from a Texas herd. Matt's sympathetic and tells the kid to find a job in Dodge. Meanwhile, Doc suspects the kid is just using his boyish looks to exploit people. So which is he-- victim or abuser? Or does he just need a helping hand.

Halsey (a Farley Granger look-alike) shines as the troubled kid, as does Ken L. Smith as the angry trail foreman. Though used sparingly after the first year, Matt's little contemplative tour of Boot Hill often set a subdued, thoughtful tone, as it does here. Also, the quietly effective harmonica score (low-key and mournful) provided just the right emotional pitch to story lines that often mirrored those same qualities. In part, I think, Gunsmoke's early success came from those fleeting moments when the stories and characters became quietly reflective of something deeper than just effective plot-lines and ornery cowpokes.


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