Gunsmoke: Season 1, Episode 7

Smoking Out the Nolans (5 Nov. 1955)

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Matt has the unpleasant task of evicting some squatters from a rancher's land, but the squatters claim the rancher sold the land to them legally.


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Episode cast overview:
John Larch ...
Clay Young
Ainslie Pryor ...
Josh Nolan
Jeanne Bates ...
Mrs. Nolan
Mr. Burgess (as Ed Platt)


Matt has the unpleasant task of evicting some squatters from a rancher's land, but the squatters claim the rancher sold the land to them legally.

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Clay Young: Marshal... I got bad news for you.
Marshal Matt Dillon: Well, nobody ever comes in here with good news, Clay.
Clay Young: But what I got, it might get you killed.
Marshal Matt Dillon: That so?
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Too predictable with an uneventful ending
28 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a predictable episode that had an ending unworthy of any show when someone confesses to a lie, for really no reason, when they have been quiet the entire show. It was just too easy of an ending with very little anticipation.

Clay Young is trying to evict the Nolans that he said has been squatting on his property. He even has a eviction notice signed by a Judge and he goes to see Marshal Dillon for help. When Matt meets with Josh Nolan, he is told by Josh that they paid for the land and Clay was suppose to get the deed recorded at the land office.

With the Nolan refusing to come out of the house, Matt needs to get them out without anyone getting hurt. So he sends Chester to pour sulfur down the smoke stack which will force the people out of the house. Sure enough it works and the Nolans are forced to leave their home.

Matt knows someone is not telling the truth but he may not have time to find out which person. Josh Nolan is determined payback Clay Young with a bullet.

Even though this is a typical western story the program just did not play well. None of the characters were really likable so the viewer did not really side with either parties in the situation. It was just to predictable with a rather uneventful ending.

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