Gunsmoke: Season 4, Episode 10

Lynching Man (15 Nov. 1958)

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After mild-mannered Hank Blenis is "lynched" by the two men who stole his horse, self-righteous Charlie Drain decides to take the law into his own hands and is led tragically astray by the culprits.



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Episode cast overview:
Charlie Drain
Ed Shelby
Charles H. Gray ...
Bob Gringle (as Charles Gray)
O.Z. Whitehead ...
Hank Blenis
Chuck Hayward ...
Michael Hinn ...
Gil Mather
Robert Montgomery Jr. ...
Billy Drico
Don Lloyd ...


After mild-mannered Hank Blenis is "lynched" by the two men who stole his horse, self-righteous Charlie Drain decides to take the law into his own hands and is led tragically astray by the culprits.

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Charlie Drain: Them lynchers has got to be punished!
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After the first scene, the episode seemed to fade
21 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

From such good beginnings this episode suddenly went sour when the last half featured a man that seemed more mentally disturbed than interesting. The script was not that bad- it was more the over-the-top acting ability that just did not make this show fully entertaining.

The episode started out rather chilling as a man from Ohio, that was not accustom to the ways of the west, decides to stake claim near Dodge. The man, Hank Blenis, only has a horse and a saddle but believes he can make a go with the land. But it is not long before two cowboys, Shelby and Grindle, come riding up and lynch the poor Hank and steal his horse.

Marshal Dillon was familiar with the lynching but did not have anything to investigate. In comes a local farmer, Charlie Drain, that wants to know what the Marshal is doing about the lynching. His father had been lynched and now his is almost psychotic about Matt finding the people involved. If the Marshal cannot find the person(s) then he will take the law into his own hands. But when he ask for help from the locals, little does he know the help may come from unreliable sources.

This episode had some nice qualities but was nearly ruined by the emotional charged way that George Macready played the savior of all lynchers, Charlie Drain. The part was over-played taking away from the better parts of the story. After the emotional first scene the episode seemed to fade.

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