Gunsmoke: Season 2, Episode 38

Liar from Blackhawk (22 Jun. 1957)

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Hank Shinn is a newcomer in town bragging about his reputation as gunman, but Marshal Dillon suspects he is nothing more than a liar.



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Episode cast overview:
Hank Shinn
Ed Davey
Al Janes
Fred Graham ...
Howard Culver ...


Hank Shinn arrives in Dodge from the Dakota territory and is given a wide berth because of his reputation as a killer with a fast draw. However, Shinn's curious behavior leads Matt to suspect that he may not be the gunman that everyone believes him to be. Written by Sam Spear

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22 June 1957 (USA)  »

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This episode features two actors who almost got the opportunity to portray Marshal Dillon. Howard Culver (who plays the part of the hotel clerk) provided Matt's voice for the original 1949 pilot episode for the radio version of "Gunsmoke". The permanent role of Matt in the radio series eventually went to William Conrad. Denver Pyle (who plays the part of Hank Shinn) was nearly cast as Matt when CBS decided to develop the show for television in 1955. He told an interviewer years later that he had been instructed to go ahead and get fitted for his wardrobe because "...we've got just one more actor left to test, and he's so tall that we don't think he's going to test very well." Of course, the "too-tall" actor was James Arness, who evidently did test quite well. He went on to portray Matt on television for 20 years. See more »


Ed Davey: I been up in Dakota territory gettin' rich.
Chester Goode: Gettin' rich?
Ed Davey: I left there with twenty dollars - that's the richest I've ever been!
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Respect Cuts Two Ways
3 September 2013 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Hank Shinn, a gunman with a reputation, rudely cuts in on Chester and Kitty's conversation. Chester gets unusually angry and it looks like the two are going to have a gunfight. But then a drunken cowboy cuts in. Later, the gunman Shinn swears he only wants respect and no more gunplay, even giving up his gun to Dillon. But things get complicated when Matt's friend Janes, another gunman, comes to town. Is Dodge big enough for two gunslingers to co-exist, especially when one only wants respect.

Pretty good episode with a thoughtful twist, though the action seems more contrived than usual. Nonetheless, it's a good chance to scope out three of TV's most recognizable stalwarts of the day — Pyle, Martin, and Doucette. It always amazes me when I see the diminutive Martin play one of these cringing roles after he was so deliciously evil in Cool Hand Luke (1967). Anyway, it's also a good chance to catch Chester being very un-Chester-like.

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