Gunsmoke: Season 5, Episode 36

The Bobsy Twins (21 May 1960)

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Two brothers have decided that it is their mission to rid the West of Indians.

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Morris Ankrum ...
Merle Finney
Ralph Moody ...
Harvey Finney
Buck Young ...
Bud Grant
Jean Howell ...
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Charles McArthur ...
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Two brothers have decided that it is their mission to rid the West of Indians.

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Ralph Moody, Morris Ankrum, and James Arness had all appeared together previously in 1955's 'Many Rivers to Cross'. See more »

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A Matter of Taste
15 May 2013 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Two terminally scruffy, dim-witted old men stumble across the prairie looking for Indians to shoot. Instead they find a young couple's campsite, but the couple can't spare any food for the two hungry drifters. So they shoot the man, leaving the woman to wander off. The only thing they worry about is whether killing is in "keeping with the Sabbath" as their pappy said. Clearly, they're two of the worst looking, most demented characters of the early series.

An entry like this is mainly a matter of taste. There's a somewhat humorous undercurrent to their demented talk, and I suspect it was to try to relieve the brutality of the simple-minded violence. Their obsessive talk of killing Indians because they've heard about it, suggests the dangers of loose talk, though where these nut-cases come from is never made clear. What the episode suggests in rather disturbing fashion is an alien world out there on the open prairie, where anything might emerge. Anyway, it's certainly an offbeat episode, more off-putting than suspenseful.

(In passing—there's a load of obvious irony in the title.)


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