Gunsmoke: Season 12, Episode 29

Nitro: Part 2 (15 Apr. 1967)

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The man extracting nitroglycerin from dynamite for the gang, begins to lose his nerve in the extremely dangerous process.



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Episode cast overview:
Roger Ewing ...
James Nusser ...
Robert Rothwell ...
Joe Keller
Scott Hale ...
Dying Man
Glenn Strange ...
Howard Culver ...
Hotel Clerk
George McClaney
Bonnie Beecher ...
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Red Bailey


To get the young man back to extracting nitroglycerin for them, the bank robbers offer him a straight-up deal of $5,000 per batch, with the understanding that they will soon leave the area and he can go in peace. The young man agrees, but soon finds that his nerves are shot. He recruits town drunk Louie Pheeters (James Nusser, who gets "And Featuring" billing) to do the job for him, but then stops it before it starts and tries to make the batch himself. But the trigger-happy thug murders a man, which finally leads Matt to capture the robbers. Meanwhile, unaware of what's going on, the young man is mixing the last batch ... Written by Peter Harris

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Matt Dillon's hair-rising ride across the plains, with him getting everything and then some out of his horse and showing the tension throughout his body, was no act. Just before filming this scene (the last of the season), James Arness learned that the series wasn't on the fall schedule and reacted accordingly. When the show was renewed a few weeks later (CBS boss William Paley returned from vacation and personally ordered it back on), he liked the film so much that he had the producers use it as the opening of each show, which they did in place of the famed gunfight. See more »

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Matt Gets Involved
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.

In the second part, Matt Dillon finally gets marginally involved. I am not sure what his deal was at the time, but for some reason it seems like there were many episodes where Dillon (James Arness) only showed up for a couple of minutes. That is a shame, as he was usually a lot of fun to watch, much like John Wayne. Here, Dillon mostly shows up at the end to literally pick up the pieces. This was prime-time 1960s drama. It is not very moving by today's standards, and it is definitely dated material. If you are a David Canary fan, you will like this two-part episode.

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