Gunsmoke: Season 2, Episode 8

Legal Revenge (17 Nov. 1956)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Western
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Doc comes upon a new homesteader confined to bed with a badly infected leg and a gun under the bedclothes for protection against his wife.



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Episode cast overview:
Flory Tibbs
Philip Bourneuf ...
George Basset
Robert Strong ...


Doc rides out to a small farm to greet newcomers and let them know a doctor is available if needed. He is rudely met by Flory Tibbs who claims her husband is out working. Someone calls from inside the cabin and Doc finds him lying in bed with a wounded leg. It's obvious she doesn't want Doc around so fearing for the man's life Doc tells Matt about the strange behavior and Matt and Chester ride out to investigate. Written by tomtrekp

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17 November 1956 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Keeps Up the Suspense
14 September 2011 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Another superior script from Sam Peckinpah, with a number of twists, including the ending that says something about appearances. Matt and Chester are called out to Tibbs farm (shack) where the wife (Leachman) is decidedly uncooperative even though her husband (Bourneuf) suffers in bed with a leg infection. So Matt brings out Doc to help. But now wife Flory is downright menacing; at the same time husband George appears to be keeping a hidden gun on her. So what in the heck is going on since neither wants to explain.

Leachman is almost scary as the dourly severe Flory. When she picked up the butcher knife, I grabbed a big pillow. What a fine versatile actress Leachman is, even this early in her career. The suspense stays on high as we try to figure out which of the two is causing the trouble, and what will happen. The ending is particularly offbeat and well thought out. Too bad the series didn't put the innovative Peckinpah under long-term contract.

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