Gunsmoke: Season 18, Episode 4

The Judgement (2 Oct. 1972)

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Musgrov spent five years in prison after Ira Spratt turned him in as an army deserter. Now out of prison, Musgrov captures the craven wife beater Spratt and takes him to Dodge City to kill ... See full summary »

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Ramon Bieri ...
Musgrove
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Gideon
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Fiona Gideon
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Ena Spratt
Richard Kelton ...
Ab Craddock
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Musgrov spent five years in prison after Ira Spratt turned him in as an army deserter. Now out of prison, Musgrov captures the craven wife beater Spratt and takes him to Dodge City to kill him. In the gunplay, Festus and Newly are wounded, and Spratt escapes. He hides in Gideon's barn and again escapes when Musgrov arrives. Musgrov then takes Gideon hostage, threatening to kill him if the townsfolk of Dodge City do not bring him Spratt. Written by richardann

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Lots of great actors that were ill used in this moral episode
13 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode is a path down the morals of each person as we get a revengeful man coming to Dodge to take care of a situation that happened many years ago. Instead of finding the man responsible he holds an innocent man hostage and declares a time-limit when he will shoot the hostage unless the man he is after is delivered. And now the writer walks us through the minds of two families they could loose a partner.

Musgrove is the man wanting revenge against Ira Spratt for turning him into the law after he deserted the army many years ago. He has tracked the 'no good', wife beating Spratt to his shack outside of Dodge. Spratt manages to get away and runs to a farmhouse occupied by a revered member of the community named Gideon.

After Musgrove finds out that Gideon gave some comfort to Spratt, Musgrove decides to hold the new father, Gideon, hostage in exchange for the rest of the community to bring Spratt to him. The community has till eight o'clock or the innocent Gideon will be killed.

As the story deals with the wives of Spratt and Gideon, we get a look into how they feel about being responsible for the death of the others husband. You have a man that is a wife beater or an upstanding man that has high regards from the people- which is best to die?

The viewer does have to deal with very minor play by most of the cast. Of the regular cast, other than Doc Adams most others are mainly short scenes with very little dialog. Poor Festus gets shot early into the program and not another word is heard from the injured deputy. Without Newly mentioning something near the end of the show the viewer could have thought it was 'lights-out' for the poor man. Then again, we all know better than that.


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