Henry Huckaby, a local farmer and fed up with a sore back and an empty belly leaves to seek his fortune in Dodge. After several failed ideas he hits on one that may make him rich but could also cost him his life.
Did You Know?
It only took nine seasons, but in this episode, the first African-American finally appears in "Gunsmoke." Johnny Towers is, of course, a boxer. But in a time when black people were limited to the roles of maids and butlers, or night club singers, he is an army officer, seemingly treated with respect by his fellow soldiers, and ultimately, by everyone in Dodge. No reference is ever made to his color or anything controversial, but it is a landmark episode for this western series. See more
In this episode, Matt stops a prize fight because "Prize fighting is illegal in Kansas." However, in "Big Tom," (season 5 episode 18), Matt actually participates in a prize fight because one of the fighters is too ill to fight. See more