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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Episode cast overview:
Peter Whitney ...
Jase Murdock
Richard Gilden ...
Golden Calf
Lou Vernon ...
Cal Ross
Robert Keene ...


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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26 November 1955 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.33 : 1
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A dialog filled episode that had no interest
29 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Could never get into this episode as we get a dialog filled show that seemed poorly written and poorly performed. There was nothing in this episode that would keep a viewer entertaining for any length of time before we were had another long talk from Matt about how life use to be around Dodge.

The story centers around a buffalo hunter named Murdock. He is one of those people that law does not mean anything to him. With his trusty Indian side-kick Golden Calf, they plan on going into the Indian territory for buffalo skins even though a treaty forbids white men to hunt on the Indian territory.

We learn that Matt is familiar with Murdock from years ago. Murdock was with a group of men that attacked Matt and left him for dead. Time obviously has not healed the wound that Matt still carries for the buffalo hunter. With Murdock set to enter the territory, Matt will try to stop his entry to the Indian lands.

The problem with this episode is that the story was uninteresting and the characters were rather dull. When we thought the story might pick-up is when the writers let us down by having Matt talk at length about another uninteresting subject. Too much talk and very little action. Not one of the better shows.

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