Gus Mather arrives in Dodge in a wagon, carrying the coffin of his best friend, Orson Boggs. Boggs died of a sickness, Gus wants to give him a proper wake, and invites anyone to join in free liquor at the Longbranch. Matt asks Gus who Boggs was, Gus says they're from Redbank Country. The morning after the wake, Matt is too curious, decides to ride to Redbank Country to find out about Boggs. Matt and Chester finally find Mrs. Boggs, who says her husband didn't have any friends. The story continues to unfold as Mrs Boggs later shows up in Dodge. A couple of classic lines by these characters. Matt to prairie man traveling to Dodge: "Pay your bills and don't kill anyone, and you won't have any trouble" (words to live by). Matt says about Mrs. Boggs: "I think she's hiding something". Chester: "Too bad is ain't her face, if you ask me". Written by
Jim Hall, Longwood, FL
Superior entry. Gus Mather comes to Dodge bearing the casket of his good friend Orson Boggs. Gus is a friendly sort and wants to give Boggs a big send-off with a roistering wake. Naturally, all of Dodge's barflies show up at Boot Hill and then at Kitty's, drinking up a storm. But Matt suspects something. So he and Chester ride way out to find the Boggs homestead. There they encounter his righteous, domineering wife who's enough to scare the Devil himself. They all end up back in Dodge to a surprise ending.
It's a really well-put-together entry from all production aspects. Pyle was a Gunsmoke favorite and shines here as the free-spending Gus. Seymour, as Boggs' wife, is also a vivid character making the end both logical and slightly amusing. Good locations for the ride out. It really looks like the barren, rolling hills of Kansas. No gunplay here, but there's deepening curiosity as writer Meston's offbeat story unfolds along with some snappy dialog.
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