Gunsmoke: Season 1, Episode 9

The Hunter (26 Nov. 1955)

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Matt has to try to arrest his old friend, Jase Murdock, who lives in the hills, after he starts murdering homesteaders to try and stop the spread of civilization.

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Peter Whitney ...
Jase Murdock
Richard Gilden ...
Golden Calf
Lou Vernon ...
Cal Ross
Robert Keene ...
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Matt has to try to arrest his old friend, Jase Murdock, who lives in the hills, after he starts murdering homesteaders to try and stop the spread of civilization.

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21 September 2007 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Though the ending manages a twist, the entry suffers from too many flaws. Note the boardwalk scene early on with Kitty and Matt. It's poorly performed by both. I'm guessing the chemistry between them had yet to gel at this early point in the series. Also, Dillon' s lines at the hunter's camp are not only poorly written but woodenly delivered, a real contrast to the polish and conviction Arness would later bring to the role. (Also, note how on two occasions the script has Dillon instantly and rather miraculously explain why the Indian has done something that's hard to figure out. To me, that's a flaw in the script.) The entry's not helped either by Peter Whitney's apparent mimicking of Richard Widmark's psychotic giggle in Kiss of Death (1947). Here it comes across as little more than an affectation. I wish there were something redeeming in this 30 minutes, but in my book, there isn't. Had the series stayed at this level, it might have lasted another year or two, and then been forgotten, instead of being the classic it is.


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