Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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Reed Survives 

Booth Rider is being played for a sucker by the wife of the ranch owner he works for, in the hopes that he will have to kill her husband in self defense.


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Episode cast overview:
Ephraim Hunt
Lucy Hunt
Booth Rider
Virginia Chapman ...
Gypsy (as Virginia Arness) (credit only)


Booth Rider is being played for a sucker by the wife of the ranch owner he works for, in the hopes that he will have to kill her husband in self defense.

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Release Date:

31 December 1955 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Virginia Chapman, as a gypsy, is credited but not seen in this show. But fifteen shows later in 'The Killer' Virginia Chapman, as the gypsy, makes an appearance but is uncredited. And with the outfit that Matt has on in the later show it would appear to have been filmed for this show but not used. See more »

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Matt Dillon All-Time #1 Marshall
30 August 2012 | by (Bloomfield, NJ United States) – See all my reviews

This was a great story line and shows an early Matt Dillon's ability to size up a situation and where it might head. After talking with John Carradine's character, one thing is apparent. He is a bit too old and righteous for his beautiful saloon dancer of a wife Lola Albright. After speaking to Caradine, he headed straight for the Long Branch Salon and passes on chatting with doc who was holding court. Focused on heading off a disaster, he reached out to Miss Kitty to learn more about Albright. Miss Kitty directed him toward Drury and Matt suggested that Drury head north and get out of Dodge. Now, I assume on this show, that divorce wasn't an option. As Drury heads back to the farm, Albright convinces Drury that the husband was out to kill her and him. Of course Drury shoots Carradine just as Matt and his trusty sidekick Chester are riding onto the ranch. Matt knows that Albright persuaded Drury to kill Carradine. Confronting her, he knew he could never prove anything. In the end, frontier justice wins out and there are no winners! The writers of Gunsmoke did a great job creating Matt Dillon, who has to be one of the all-time greatest cowboy characters to ever grace a screen.

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