Gunsmoke: Season 13, Episode 13

Rope Fever (4 Dec. 1967)

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Festus is jailed for a robbery and murder he did not commit in Pierceville, by an aging Sheriff who's too proud to investigate leads that would prove him innocent.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sheriff Bassett
Amy Bassett
Bret Gruber
Sam Gilman ...
Ken Mayer ...
Hal Baylor ...
Luke Summers
Dennis Cross ...
Zeb Butler
Ted Gehring ...


Festus is jailed for a robbery and murder he did not commit in Pierceville, by an aging Sheriff who's too proud to investigate leads that would prove him innocent.

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An aging Sheriff gets caught up in the praise that he seeks.
26 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this episode Festus is camping out near the city of Pierceville which just so happens is the worse place that he could have possibly picked. Inside the city the bank had been robbed by two bandits. The aging Sheriff Bassett forms a posse and sets out to find the bandits. When one of the bandits comes into Festus's camp area, it is not long before the Sheriff shows up. The Sheriff shoots the bandit and Festus is taken to jail as they think he is the second robber.

Sheriff Bassett is getting long in the tooth and the talk around town is that the Sheriff should retire. But when he kills one bandit and brings in another suppose bandit the town does nothing but laud the Sheriff.

With all the praise, Sheriff Bassett does not follow up on what Festus is telling him. When Festus tells the Sheriff to contact Marshal Dillon, the Sheriff never sends the message.

It is not long before the townsfolk want to lynch Festus. Now the praise the Sheriff was feeling is long gone. Festus's life is in danger, will the Sheriff make the right decision?

A well acted show that was entertaining. Two veteran actors in Ralph Bellamy and Anne Lee play their parts to near perfection. And we also get to see Ken Curtis doing some physical acting as he has to fight off an attack by others. Overall a good watch for viewers.

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