Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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The Iron Men 

Matt is in the town of Brimstone to investigate a brutal cattle baron and asks his drunkard, ex marshal friend to help.





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Kathy Carter
Eric Olson ...
Johnny Carter
Paul Gehrman ...
Alec Murdock ...


Ex-lawman Chauncey Demon, an old friend of Matt Dillon, has fallen on hard times. He has become an alcoholic who can no longer ride or shoot the way he once did. He renews his acquaintance with the widow and son of another lawman who was a close friend, Kathy and Johnny Carter. Demon runs afoul of wealthy cattle baron Carl Ryker and must face Ryker's gunslinger Kane, as well as deal with his feelings for Kathy and Johnny. Matt comes to the rescue at the crucial moment. Written by richardann

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21 October 1974 (USA)  »

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Marshal Matt Dillon: You told me once that if I ever needed anything from you, all I had to do was ask. Well, I'm askin' now: stay off of that for a week.
[Points to a bottle of whiskey]
Chauncey Demon: Give me one good reason why I should?
Marshal Matt Dillon: All right, I'll give you a reason: Johnny. Ever since he was old enough to understand, Bill and Kathy have been holding you up to him as an example of what a man ought to be. He heard about what you did last night. Fits right in with his picture of you. I don't want him to know that a hero like ...
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A rehashed plot brings nothing new to the viewer
13 February 2013 | by See all my reviews

This was a rehashed plot that really just did not being anything new to the table. When an old ex-lawman turned drunk, is given another chance by Matt to redeem himself, they story is played out with the same results we have seen so many times.

It was more the story than the acting. Cameron Mitchell that plays Chauncey Demon gives an excellent performance as the old drunk that Matt makes him feel like he has something to live for. Even James Arness has not lost a beat in this show where he actually appears in most of the scenes. The bad guy, John Russell, is as good as ever in this show.

The problem was the tired script. This has been played out many many times in the series. The ex-lawman has to choose between the bottle or his opportunity for a second chance. The only thing that has changed is the name of the characters. After twenty years, I am sure that it is difficult to come up with different concepts for the show but this one has been done to death.

The actors saved this show by their fine performance. Other than the actors, this show was disappointing.

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