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"Gunsmoke" The Busters (1975)

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Original Air Date:
10 March 1975 (Season 20, Episode 22)
A cowboy is unaware that Doc has given him less than a week to live after being kicked in the head by a horse and his partner tries to give him whatever he wants. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Milburn Stone ... Doc

Ken Curtis ... Festus

Buck Taylor ... Newly

James Arness ... Matt Dillon

Gary Busey ... Harve Daley

John Beck ... Mitch Hansen

Lynn Benisch ... Zoe (as Lynn Benesch)

Gregg Palmer ... Simeon Reed

Randy Boone ... Hub Miller

Fran Ryan ... Hannah
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Louie Elias ... Saloon Brawler (uncredited)

Rod McGaughy ... Barfly (uncredited)

Hank Robinson ... Saloon Brawler (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Vincent McEveety 
Writing credits
Jim Byrnes (written by)

Charles Marquis Warren (developed for television by) uncredited

Norman MacDonnell  based on the radio series created by (uncredited)
John Meston  based on the radio series created by (uncredited)

Produced by
Ron Honthaner .... associate producer
John Mantley .... executive producer
John G. Stephens .... producer
Cinematography by
Edward R. Plante (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Howard A. Smith  (as Howard Smith)
Set Decoration by
Herman N. Schoenbrun 
Production Management
Jack Aldworth .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Webb .... assistant director (as Robert M. Webb)
Sound Department
Alan Bernard .... production sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles R. Young .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alexander Velcoff .... costumer
Music Department
Rex Koury .... composer: theme music (uncredited)
Other crew
George Walsh .... announcer
Series Cast
These people are regular cast members. Were they in this episode?

Tom Brown ... Ed O'Connor

Hank Patterson ... Hank Miller

Roy Roberts ... Harry Bodkin
Charles Seel ... Barney Danches

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Charles Marquis Warren  developed for television by

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Gary Busey's character Harve Daley in this episode was the last man killed in the series.See more »


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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A great send-off for a great series, 13 December 2007
Author: wgranger from United States

The two men were actually free-lance broncobusters, and this is how Sheriff Matt Dillon got involved: the ranch owner had refused to pay the men, but the sheriff made him pay because the owner's own ranch hands admitted that the two men did the work. I know this is a minor point but Gary Busey's character was actually suffering from an epidural hematoma, not a subdural one. This is what allowed him to have the "lucid interval" and have that final "good time" before his death. I still think this was one of the greatest episodes and was an appropriate send-off for the series - Gary's character and the show both went out with a bang. Overall, the later Gunsmoke episodes seemed to show more humanity than the "shoot 'em up" episodes in the early years and I still am sorry it went off the air.

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