Gunsmoke: Season 1, Episode 1

Matt Gets It (10 Sep. 1955)

TV Episode  -   -  Western
8.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.2/10 from 99 users  
Reviews: 5 user

Matt is critically wounded while attempting to arrest super-fast gunman Dan Grat. Grat runs rampant in Dodge while Matt recovers, but is unpleasantly surprised when the recovered marshal challenges him again.

Writers:

(screenplay), (story)
0Check in
0Share...

On TV

Airs Mon. Dec. 29, 1:00 PM on TVLAND

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 89 titles
created 17 Feb 2012
 
list image
a list of 53 titles
created 18 Feb 2012
 
list image
a list of 412 titles
created 11 Nov 2012
 
list image
a list of 575 titles
created 23 Sep 2013
 
list image
a list of 82 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Matt Gets It" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Matt Gets It (10 Sep 1955)

Matt Gets It (10 Sep 1955) on IMDb 8.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Gunsmoke.
1 of 635 Episodes | Next Episode »
Edit

Cast

Episode cast overview:
...
...
...
Doc
...
...
Dan Grat
Robert Anderson ...
Jim Hill
...
Bird
Howard Culver ...
Hotel Clerk
...
Himself - Host
Edit

Storyline

Matt is critically wounded while attempting to arrest super-fast gunman Dan Grat. Grat runs rampant in Dodge while Matt recovers, but is unpleasantly surprised when the recovered marshal challenges him again.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Western

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

10 September 1955 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

John Wayne appeared in the beginning to introduce the series. He was also originally offered the role of Matt Dillon but turned it down. And he recommended James Arness for the role. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene, as Matt walks through the graveyard, at least one of the cardboard headstones can be seen flapping in the breeze. See more »

Quotes

Dan Grat: Ah'm bad. You want me, Marshal, you got to come git me.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
a semi-auspicious start
4 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This first episode (there is no pilot, as the radio show was presumably the "pilot" *) only hints at would a fine series "Gunsmoke" would become.

It suffers from uncomfortable performances and clunky direction. Though part of this is doubtless due to simple unfamiliarity, a good part has to be due to the script, which sounds like a more or less direct transcription of a radio script. (John Meston is given story credit.)

There are some unintentionally risible lines. When Grat challenges the sheriff sent to get him, he says "If you want me… You come take me.", then "Closer'n that, sheriff, a lot closer… If ya want me." Perhaps what Grat really wants is a date for the next bull dance.

James Arness is remarkably youthful. He looks enough like the comic-book character that he'd have made an excellent Superman. (Note the forelock.) Of course, the point of this episode is to reveal that Matt is not invincible.

The music is generally superior to what would come later, with one lapse in taste -- as Chester rides up, we hear a bit of "Turkey in the Straw", to remind us that Chester is a hick. No music credit is given, so the score was probably assembled from existing cues.

For all its minor failings, you'd be hard-pressed to find another 1955 TV oater of this quality.

PS: In the opening scene, as Matt walks through the graveyard, you can see one of the cardboard headstones flapping in the breeze.

* Actually, there is a pilot. It was shown about halfway through the first season. It is, oddly, better-acted and directed, and has distinctly different cinematography.


3 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Matt's daughter joannabaroncelli
Marshal Dillon too rough on Chester? newdickmorris
One of THE Greatest Series!!! jojomack2006
Finally Finished the Series - My top 25 newdickmorris
Whiskey Served in Vintage Westerns bobeich1
Radio Show vs 30 Minute Episodes newdickmorris
Discuss Matt Gets It (1955) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?