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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Chester
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Val Dufour ...
Jerry Shand
Marion Brash ...
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Maurice Manson ...
Andy Culley
Joseph V. Perry ...
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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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Who Put the Barb in the Barbed Wire
7 September 2007 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Uneven entry, at best. Perhaps the best scene involves Chester making moon-eyes at dance-hall girl Belle who pats him on the head and sends him on his way. Plot concerns secret past of a barbed-wire salesman named Jerry (an interesting touch) who hardly looks menacing with his friendly demeanor and middle-age paunch . Nonetheless, a cowpoke called Andy (in a no name cast) wants to kill him-- but why? Belle is also involved, but like the other two, we don't know the reason. There's a shootout before the rather poignant final scene.

The outdoor staging along Front Street, where much of the action occurs, is damaged by the obvious use of a poorly done indoor set. The look is simply too phony and detracts from the action. It took at least a year for the series to place itself on a surer footing, which included providing Dodge's main thoroughfare with a more natural appearance. Eventually, the scripts also improved over this spotty maiden-voyage year.


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