Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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The Guitar 

Weed Pindle is a friendly guitar player in Dodge, but when certain cowboys find out he fought for a particular division of the Union Army, they become set on trying to hang him.



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Episode cast overview:
Weed Pindle
Charles H. Gray ...
Tyler (as Charles Gray)
Delmer (as Duane Thorsen)
Bill Hale ...
Joseph Mell ...


Weed Pindle is a rather mild mannered wandering guitar player who is in Dodge. A couple of the rowdier cowboys have started having fun at his expense getting him drunk. When they find out he fought for the Union in the 3rd Illinois Cavalry their fun turns serious and they are set on hanging the peaceful player. Chester and some of the other citizens are just as determined to prevent it. Written by tomtrekp

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Release Date:

21 July 1956 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


It is very obvious that Aaron Spelling cannot play guitar; throughout most of the song he's strumming, there is only a head shot of him and we cannot see his hand movements. In addition he lipsynchs the tune someone else sings. See more »


Doc: Well, I wonder if they had time to enjoy it?
Matt Dillon: Enjoy what?
Doc: The hanging they wanted so all fired bad.
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One of the better episodes in the entire collection!!
17 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have to agree with the others about this episode, it is one of the better shows in the entire collection. And unlike others I am not going to give away the ending since it is a 'must see' type of show.

It begins when two cowboys from Texas named Short and Tyler befriend a small skinny man with a guitar named Weed Pindle. Weed seems to be a type of guy that just roams from town to town on his burro just to see what is going on in the world. He does not seem to have a care in the world as the two cowboys show him the town of Dodge.

But when Weed tells the two that he served in the 3rd Illinois Cavalry the two Texans are not amused. Weed had served in the Union army which was a hated thing to a Texan at this period of time. When they asked Weed about the war he states that he did not see much action and did not even see a hanging. The two cowboys are going to make sure that Weed sees a hanging, his own.

There is a lot more to this story than was is described which will leave the viewers shocked at the conclusion of the show. With an excellent script and great acting, this could possible be one of the best 'Gunsmoke' episodes ever made. An entertaining and excellent show.

Note- Weed says that he served in the 3rd Illinois Cavalry. We learned from the episode "General Parsley Smith" that Doc Adams advised he served in the 3rd Illinois Cavalry. But no mention of Doc being in the same unit was ever brought up in this episode.

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