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Uncle Oliver 

Uncle Oliver arrives in town and believes his simpleton nephew would be a good deputy for Matt, instead of Chester.

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Uncle Oliver arrives in town and believes his simpleton nephew would be a good deputy for Matt, instead of Chester.

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25 May 1957 (USA)  »

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Kitty Russell: [talking about Viney] You didn't do him justice, Matt. It would take two of him to be simple minded.
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Getting Chester's Job
1 March 2013 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Two yokels, Viney & Uncle Oliver, arrive in Dodge. Clearly, they've spent too much time alone on the prairie since poor young Viney has trouble 'thinking'. Problem is Uncle Oliver wants Viney for Chester's job since he promised Viney's dad he'd take care of the overgrown galoot. Now Chester's worried because there's no telling what these prairie-happy characters might do, especially after someone takes a shot at him.

Good Meston script that mixes dabs of humor with the melodrama. So does someone want Chester's job badly enough to kill him. I don't know if I've ever seen Paul Wexler (Viney) before, but he cuts a string-bean figure in a floppy hat like no one I've seen before. Plus he does an excellent job as the slow thinking lummox. Hodgins (Oliver) is a familiar face from a hundred westerns, usually playing a fast-talker of one type or another. All in all, it's an above average entry with an emphasis on characters, which the series had a real feel for.


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