Gunsmoke: Season 10, Episode 8

Hung High (14 Nov. 1964)

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As Matt takes a convicted man to Hays City for hanging, Matt and the prisoner are waylaid, the prisoner lynched, and Matt is framed for the killing, then arrested by a sergeant with a grudge against him.

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An old lawman friend of Matt's comes to town. He just retired and wanted to catch up with an old friend. When his friend is shot in the back and left to die, a stranger in town points out someone who could've done it - his drinking buddy Tony Serpa. Written by DrDOS

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Action packed show that was a good watch
23 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I will go alone with this being an action pack episode but there was just too many strange coincidences that was hard for the viewer to comprehend.

In Dodge, Matt is visited by a long time friend and ex-lawman Jim Downey. After playing some cards in a friendly game, Jim is shot in the back by thug called Tony Serpa.

By chance Matt is able to prove that Tony is the murderer and sets out for Hays City for a hanging. But then he runs in to friends of Tony that do not take to kindly for the Marshal nor do they take kindly to Tony for confessing about killing the lawman. So they set up Matt to look like he took revenge out on Tony.

When a passing cavalry unit comes up on the scene they find Tony hanging from a tree and Marshall Dillon appearing to have been drinking. The sergeant (who had swore to get back a Matt for putting him in jail earlier in the show) now has the upper hand as he arrests Matt with the idea of taking him back to Fort Dodge.

When Matt escapes and gets on the trail of Tony's friends, it will prove that the Sergeant did not make the correct choice.

It is a good show but there is a lot of information that does not make the most sense. From Tony's confession, the fact that the cavalry was in the area, Matt escapes from guards, and Matt finding a drunk with brave friends. But we as viewers know we have to accept things even if they do not correspond with regular behavior. In that matter the show was good. Not exceptional but a good watch for viewers.


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