Gunsmoke: Season 13, Episode 16

The Victim (1 Jan. 1968)

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When a childlike simpleton is accused of murder, Matt will have his hands full trying to keep the man from being lynched in a town that cries for blood.



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Episode cast overview:
Wes Martin
Lee Stark
Bo Remick
John Kellogg ...
Sheriff Joe Wood
Judge Josh Pike
Warren Vanders ...
Edmund Hashim ...
Jim Stark
Gregg Palmer ...
Deputy Reed
Tim O'Kelly ...
Billy Martin


When a childlike simpleton is accused of murder, Matt will have his hands full trying to keep the man from being lynched in a town that cries for blood.

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A mentally challenged man is accused of murder and the town wants blood.
28 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Bo Remick is simpleton oaf that is as large as nearly any man in this town outside of Dodge. Bo has the childlike crush on a woman named Lee Stark but she is in a relationship with a man named Billy Martin. One evening Bo hears some noise while walking home and finds Lee telling Billy to leave her alone. Bo pushes Billy and the next thing we know is that Billy is dead and Bo is accused of murder.

The town is near lynch mode as Sheriff Wood sends for Marshal Dillon to help with the prisoner's safety. With the help of Matt, Bo is held waiting for the circuit Judge to make his appearance. Matt will also have to deal with Billy's father, Wes Martin (James Gregory), that is not happy with how long the verdict is taken. He vows to take action into his own hands instead of waiting for the final sentencing by the Circuit Judge.

Matt has some reservations about Lee Martin's testimony. But when Bo tries to escape time has run out for Matt and Bo.

The story, by itself, was really not that bad. In fact, it was an sad story that involved a large childlike person that was also mentally challenged. Cliff Osmond does a great job of playing this type pf character and does another fine job in this episode. And Beverly Garland that played Lee Stark did a great job in the ending scenes to make the episode better than expected. Good Watch!

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