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Noose of Gold 

An attorney general uses Matt's friendship with an outlaw for political gain.

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Doc
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Thad
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John Farron
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Willard Kerner
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Ted Jordan ...
Nathan Burke
Charles Wagenheim ...
Jack Bailey ...
Ben Leary
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Milt Agnew
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Sheriff Porter (as Robert B. Williams)
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Harry Barnes
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Jim Gunther
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An attorney general uses Matt's friendship with an outlaw for political gain.

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4 March 1967 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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great Vincent Gardenia performance
24 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It seems clear (to me, anyway) that "Gunsmoke"'s producers knew the difference between great and so-so scripts, and paid close attention to casting the former.

"Noose of Gold" is a case in point. Vincent Gardenia was a truly great actor. Charles Shepherd is close to being a one-dimensional role, but Gardenia makes him a believably vicious little SOB, not a stock villain. It's not immediately obvious he can't be trusted, and Gardenia takes his time showing us what sort of person Shepherd really is.

And let's not forget the wonderful Steve Ihnat as the nominal "bad guy".

This is a typical "tragic" "Gunsmoke" episode, down to the clichéd final scene with people gathered around a corpse. If it weren't for Ihnat and Gardenia, I'd probably rate this episode a 7.


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