Gunsmoke: Season 1, Episode 20

Reunion '78 (3 Mar. 1956)

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Long Branch hostess Belle Archer sees Jerry Shand shoot a former Quantrill Rader dead in self defense, but refuses to say so, and now he faces a murder trial.


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Episode cast overview:
Val Dufour ...
Jerry Shand
Marion Brash ...
Maurice Manson ...
Andy Culley
Joseph V. Perry ...
Witness (as Joe Perry)
Mason Curry ...


Jerry Shand finds himself facing a hangman's noose after killing jovial hardware drummer Andy Culley, but Matt learns that Culley was a former Quantrill raider and senses that reticent Long Branch hostess Belle Archer is the key to proving Jerry's claim of self-defense. Written by Sam Spear

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Someone in the cast gives a wonderful Schultz imitation- I know nothing!
12 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There is a gunfight in this episode but that really is not the reason this show was compelling. There is a relationship between two of the characters that will be revealed in the end with some heartbreaking results. The ending is not a happy one but one that was already decided by fate.

The story involves a man from Lawrence named Jerry Shand that rides into Dodge with the notion of finding a man that he knew many years ago. This was not going to be a friendly reunion but one that will cause old wounds to be revealed and transgressions renewed.

Jerry is after a man that belonged to the Quantrill's Raiders about ten years ago that killed his family. He thinks he has tracked him down to a hardware drummer named Andy Culley. Their meeting will sooner or later lead to a gunfight with one of the parties arrest for murder.

But Matt believes that a saloon girl named Belle Archer may have witnessed the gunfight and can give evidence that the shooting was in self defense. But it seems that Belle is hiding something. With a man's life in danger will Matt be able to get to the truth.

The story was pleasant enough but the real kicker came at the end of the show. We learn more about the characters than they wants us to know. People are no longer living in the past. A good watch.

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