Gunsmoke: Season 3, Episode 12

How to Kill a Woman (30 Nov. 1957)

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Matt investigates why a gunman is harassing station master Jesse Daggett by killing his passengers in cold blood, when things reach a climax after a female passenger is shot dead.

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Chester
Barry Atwater ...
Jesse Daggett
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Nat Pilcher
Robert Brubaker ...
John Parrish ...
Elderly Rancher
Jolene Brand ...
Young Bride
George Cisar ...
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Matt investigates why a gunman is harassing station master Jesse Daggett by killing his passengers in cold blood, when things reach a climax after a female passenger is shot dead.

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Awkwardly Done
17 August 2011 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

A lesser entry, marred by a contrived and sometimes confusing plot. A stage passenger is waylaid by masked man and killed in cold blood for no apparent reason. Matt and Chester ride to the stage way-station to investigate. Station manager Daggett (Atwater) acts suspiciously, but there is no proof of masked man's identity. Then a woman passenger is murdered under similar circumstances. Now Matt is angry and flummoxed.

Script is by legendary Sam Peckinpah who did many for the series, including the stellar The Guitar (1955). Here, however, the mechanics behind the mystery don't make a lot of sense. Nor do they to add up persuasively, but seem awkwardly imposed instead. The episode does benefit from the strong presence of Pernell Roberts as the surly stranger, showing why he was soon signed up as one of the Cartwright brothers in the hugely successful Bonanza. Also, this is one of the few early episodes to take place entirely away from Dodge, Doc, and Kitty.


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