Gunsmoke: Season 4, Episode 27

The F.U. (14 Mar. 1959)

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Matt suspects a conspiracy when a man is murdered, Al Clovis flees on a train even though he has a perfect alibi, and the bank is robbed.



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Episode cast overview:
Al Clovis
Fay Roope ...
Onie Becker
Steve Raines ...
1st Cowboy
Edward Faulkner ...
2nd Cowboy


Matt suspects a conspiracy when a man is murdered, Al Clovis flees on a train even though he has a perfect alibi, and the bank is robbed.

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14 March 1959 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Al Clovis: Look, let me have a gun. I can help you. You can trust me.
Matt Dillon: Clovis, I wouldn't trust you if you were in church praying.
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Routine until the End
8 August 2012 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

The story is pretty routine until the surprising end that may cause a head turning double-take. Clovis (Freed) is a crooked gambler who faces down the inoffensive Onie (Flynn) when the latter catches him cheating. Later, Onie's gunned down mysteriously causing Matt and Chester to chase after Clovis who's boarded a train. Then, while the law is gone, Dodge's bank gets robbed of big money. So what's going on here.

Actually the gang's trick seems more contrived and harsher (poor Onie) than usual. But that's really beside the point. Writer Meston always had an independent streak, a real asset to the series' classic status. Here, it's on clear display with the ending. He not only challenges TV strictures, but shows another side to the Matt-Chester relationship that's seldom seen, yet is quite affecting in its human dimension. At the same time, what a fine actor Weaver was as he shows here. And, oh yes, check out the rather puzzling title to the entry. My guess is it's gutter slang for "a bungled task". I don't think the production crew expected draft titles to reach the public, and probably had a chuckle over this one.

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