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"Gunsmoke" No Hands (1964)

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Justice is literally served!

Author: kfo9494 from United States
27 December 2012

While watching this episode was not sure where the story was going. Thought it was going to be another Matt shoot-em-up at the end and cleaning up the story. Instead we are treated to a special kind of justice one you can really sink your teeth into.

It starts rather sadly when a woodcarver named Will Trimble is harassed by the Ginnis family clan. The Ginnis's are composed of Pa and four brothers each just as wild as the other. When one of the Ginnis brothers breaks his leg they go to Doc Adams place where they have to wait about 30 seconds while Doc finishes with a splinter for Will Trimble. That is why the Ginnis clan picked on Trimble- they had to wait.

When one of the Ginnis boys steps on Trimble hand in cause a wound that gets infected to the point of having to remove the hand. The woodcarver can no longer work so his plan is to leave Dodge. Trimble goes and gets supplies but before leaving the clerk gives him a few jars of the widow Burns' special pork sausage.

On the trail, Trimble and his dog stop after a wheel comes off the wagon. Since they only have the sausages to eat they share them. Later one of the Ginnis brother comes by and Trimble gives him a few sausages.

That evening the Ginnis son dies. They ride out to where Trimble was located and find his dog dead and Trimble in an awful way. Trimble asks for help but they fear he has some disease and just beats him to death and take his supplies.

Quint finds Trimble's body and gets Matt. They ride out to where the Ginnis' are located knowing they are the ones that killed Trimble. However, there is no way Matt can arrest them. There just isn't enough evidence to arrest. Matt and Quint ride off thinking justice will not be served. But what goes around comes around.

Excellent story. A wonderful episode that truly is a nice piece of writing. Denver Pyle and Strother Martin and excellent cast as the leads in this exciting episode. A great watch that will have you ginning at the end.

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This one is different

Author: Boycemaxblues70 from United Kingdom
17 April 2012

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Wow! This episode stands out from the crowd. *No Hands" introduces a rich array of characters living in or visiting Dodge City. How the visitors interlink with the town dwellers, including the regular cast, is scripted to near perfection by John Meston. Here, the good guys are exactly that, the bad guys have no redeeming features. It provides a great role for Denver Pyle (as far removed from his character in The Dukes of Hazzard as is possible). Not only that, the regulars, particularly Milburn Stone, also have a story to get their teeth into and are given strong lines to boot.

But what makes this one special is the overwhelming sense of tragedy that slowly builds up and affects all the main cast principals. Here, Matt Dillon is powerless to counter all that happens, injustice is cruelly applied, justice is truly ironic. Watch it if you can.

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Good Character Study

Author: (mark5767) from United States
19 January 2013

There is no convenient resolution provided in this episode, the bad guys do bad things and in the end are mostly left to their own devices. However Denver Pyle creates such a despicable man in the form of Pa Ginnis and his brood you sort of feel he gets what he deserves just by having to live with his own disgusting self.

Strother Martin does a great job as the hapless wood carver who is tormented by the Ginnis clan. He's not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but he has a good heart and it's disturbing when he suffers at the hands of the cruel Ginnis louts.

Overall I suppose the theme is back in the day you could find all types, the good, the bad and the somewhere in between. This episode does a good job of showing the interaction between these characters without offering any cheap comfort. The bad guys are still around at the end... you just hope for Dodge's sake they decide to move on!

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