Gunsmoke: Season 12, Episode 28

Nitro: Part 1 (8 Apr. 1967)

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A gang hires a jobless man to extract nitroglycerin from dynamite, so they can much more effectively blow open safes.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Ewing ...
James Nusser ...
Robert Rothwell ...
Joe Keller
Glenn Strange ...
Gene O'Donnell ...
Express Manager
Pete Kellett ...
Carl Pitti ...
John Breen ...
George McClaney
Bonnie Beecher ...
Anne Gilcrist


Two smooth thugs and their trigger-happy partner (the actor is given significantly lower billing than Tom Reese and Eddie Firestone, who play the sharpies) extract nitroglycerin from dynamite by boiling it until the nitro floats "like an oil" on the water's surface and skimming it off. It's fully as dangerous as it sounds, so they have hired men to do it for huge sums of money which they get from burglarizing banks and blowing up their safes. The first one goes up in an gigantic explosion which shatters windows miles away, so they turn to a young ex-cowboy with no prospects except his saloon-girl girlfriend. The young man reluctantly agrees, hoping to make a fresh start by investing in petroleum development (Buck Taylor's dad Dub plays the developer). But when a cougar spooks the thugs' horse and causes horse and buggy to be strewn all over the landscape, the thugs must regroup. They have accidentally knocked over the bank where the Kansas Petoleum Development Company's money was ... Written by Peter Harris

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27 January 2007 | by (Valencia, Spain) – See all my reviews

This is a pretty boring episode featuring David Canary (Candy on Bonanza) as a down-on-his-luck drunk who is hired by outlaws to boil TNT and turn it into nitroglycerin. Since most of the guys who do this job get blown up sooner or later, the outlaws stay away from the shack and only come by once in a while to pick up the nitro and make sure Candy is still at work.

Of course, the pay is good, and Candy finds out they are robbing banks with the nitro he is making. So Candy finds his conscience at the bottom of a bottle, and the rest is a standard, predictable passion play of the kind that was typical for Gunsmoke. Matt Dillon is hardly in this episode at all, which is another negative for this one. If you are a fan of David Canary, you will enjoy this two-part story. Otherwise, it is just plain dull and boring.

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