Gunsmoke: Season 7, Episode 1

Perce (30 Sep. 1961)

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Ex-con Perce McCall helps to save Matt's life in a shootout, and then falls for a beautiful, but greedy saloon girl who puts him under great pressure to start stealing again.



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Episode cast overview:
Ida Poe
Perce McCall
Seeber (as Kenneth Lynch)
Robert Brubaker ...
James Nusser ...
Chuck Hayward ...
Baynes Barron ...
Alex Sharp ...
Charles Bail ...
Withers (as Chuck Bail)
Ted Jordan ...


After helping Matt prevail in a confrontation with three outlaws, ex-convict Perce McCall settles in Dodge City with $500 and apparently promising future prospects. His good fortune changes abruptly when he tries to quickly amass enough money to win the favor of hard-hearted Long Branch hostess Ida Poe. Written by Sam Spear

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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This was the first 60 minute episode of the series. See more »


Dr. Galen 'Doc' Adams: If I'd known you were coming, I'd have left something, Chester
Chester Goode: I was only trying to figure out what you had to eat.
Dr. Galen 'Doc' Adams: You could ask me.
Chester Goode: Oh. Well, what was it?
Dr. Galen 'Doc' Adams: I don't know.
Chester Goode: What!
Dr. Galen 'Doc' Adams: I ordered beef stew, but what they brought me I couldn't say.
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Justifies the move to the One-Hour format
15 January 2013 | by (Whiting, Indiana) – See all my reviews

Excellent episode which is enhanced by the hour-long format, allowing for a full, in-depth examination and appreciation of the fatalistic, character-driven drama that typifies the best of "Gunsmoke." This could not have been accomplished in the half-hour format, which often left me feeling dissatisfied. The mini-tragedy of Perce and Ida is beautifully written and paced, its development and resolution carrying the exact right emotional weight, thanks to the "time-span" of the viewing experience.

The show is filmed mostly in close-ups and tight shots, which keeps us involved in the characters. I'm not really a big Ed Nelson fan, but I was thoroughly captivated by his performance. My only reservation is the tendency to overplay the "comic" aspects of Chester Goode; the wake-up scene with the clock...a time-filler if there ever was one...stands out as the only unnecessary element in the film. Overall, though, it's a minor distraction.

Dialogue and direction are first rate, from the powerful, intense opening scene right through to the episode's denouement---a fancy term used in high drama, but which is surely justified here.


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