Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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The Preacher 

The stage coach arrives in Dodge carrying two distinct personalities. Sam Keeler, a loud braggart of a man who boasts he can beat any man with his fists and Seth Tandy a quiet, meek man who... See full summary »

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The stage coach arrives in Dodge carrying two distinct personalities. Sam Keeler, a loud braggart of a man who boasts he can beat any man with his fists and Seth Tandy a quiet, meek man who refuses to raise his hands in violence. Keeler tries to provoke Tandy into a fight and Dillon is forced to intervene to prevent Tandy's beating. Soon Keeler has a grudge against Tandy and Dillon which will lead to an inevitable confrontation between Keeler and Dillon. Written by tomtrekp

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16 June 1956 (USA)  »

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James Arness who plays the lead role of Matt Dillon was 6'7" (2.01m) tall. However, during this episode Hollywood tricks make him appear to be smaller than Chuck Conners who was 6'5½" (1.9m) tall and plays the role of Sam Keeler. Chuck Conners was also known as "The Rifleman" in a series named The Rifleman that aired in 1958. See more »

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Dillon's hair in the final fight scene changes shot to shot, sweaty, neat, or disheveled and back. It is very notable as Dillon releases the preacher. See more »

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Gwine to Rune All Night
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aka "De Camptown Races"
Written by Stephen Foster
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2 November 2008 | by See all my reviews

This episode is very unique for me in many ways. I was a very sick child in the hospital in NY when I first saw it. It stayed with me for years. James Arness had visited me in the hospital at the request of my parents who had gotten Dennis Weaver to arrange it. In later years I became a boxer, and wanted to see this episode again somehow. I finally got the DVD and it was amazing. In a radio interview with me James Arness told me Chuck Connors accidentally landed a real punch in rehearsal and dropped Jim. What was more amazing was that Royal Dano played two very wonderful characters with Chuck Connors on the Rifleman, as Mr. Abe Lincoln and a disfigured civil war veteran. In both episodes Chuck was extremely protective and loving of Royal's character. I wondered if they ever spoke about this Gunsmoke episode where Chuck brutalized him. I tried to reach Johnny Crawfor to ask him but was unsuccessful. I wondered if Chuck and Royal were friends.


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