Gunsmoke: Season 4, Episode 1

Matt for Murder (13 Sep. 1958)

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Matt is suspended by the War Department, after Red Samples comes to Dodge with his gang and an alleged witness, claiming Matt shot an unarmed man in cold blood.



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Episode cast overview:
Bruce Gordon ...
Tom Samples
Harlan Howe ...
Martin Balk ...
Allen Kramer
Jess Kirkpatrick
Jack Lester
Dick Rich
Johnny Western


Matt is suspended by the War Department, after Red Samples comes to Dodge with his gang and an alleged witness, claiming Matt shot an unarmed man in cold blood.

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13 September 1958 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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A nice sounding plot that was lost in production
12 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode, from the beginning of season four, just did not seem to be the town we left just a few months ago. This episode was more gritty and things were done that seemed out of character for Marshal Matt Dillon lawman of Dodge.

It started out in high hopes as a man named Tom Samples brings a wagon containing a dead man, Lou Price, that Matt had thrown out of town a few weeks ago. Mr Samples has a witness named Huggins that says he saw the murderer and his name is Marshal Dillon.

It is not long before the War Department has suspended Matt and sends Wild Bill Hickok down to place Matt under arrest. But thanks to the fact that Hickok and Dillon are friends, they have information that the witness may be telling a falsehood and start to investigate.

The episode was just average but there were things in the show that just did not seem the ways of Marshal Dillon. When he has been suspended he still is mad enough to want to arrest someone even though it should have been against the law. Matt uses questionable tactics during the episode that would never hold up in any court. Plus the fact that after Matt has killed a man in a saloon, while the body is still on the floor, Matt decides to belly up to the bar for a refreshing beverage. It appears things have changed not only in season four but also in Dodge City.

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