Gunsmoke: Season 1, Episode 38

Unmarked Grave (18 Aug. 1956)

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A distraught middle-aged woman becomes determined to aid a young murderer in Matt's custody after she learns of her own son's violent death and unceremonious burial on Boot Hill.



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Episode cast overview:
Ron Hagerthy ...
Helen Kleeb ...
Mrs. Randolph
Than Wyenn ...
Joe Scudero ...
Boyd Stockman ...
Stage Driver


A distraught middle-aged woman becomes determined to aid a young murderer in Matt's custody after she learns of her own son's violent death and unceremonious burial on Boot Hill.

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This episode highlights how inept Chester can be. As Marshall Dillon begins walking Rusty from the Dodge House to the train station he asks Chester to keep him covered. Chester agrees. But not once does Chester ever look behind himself. If he did he would have clearly seen Mrs. Randolph following, and should have alerted Marshall Dillon, especially since Mrs. Randolph tried to help Rusty escape earlier. See more »

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A simple plot with simple results
26 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a rather predictable show as from near the beginning the viewer has a strong felling of how this episode is going to be played out before the credits roll. As we get a sickly deputy sheriff transporting a bank robber and killer, named Blackie, to Dodge by stagecoach.

When the deputy finally makes it to Matt's office with the teenage convict before collapsing to a point near death. He tells the Marshal about the young man's crime and needing to get on the morning train for trial. But he also gives a warning. He tells Matt that the young man's gang is trying to spring him out of jail and if they arrive in Dodge they will do anything to free their gang member, Blackie.

Sure enough the gang rides into Dodge. It is not long before they are looking for where their partner is located. The gang is there to make sure Blackie never gets on the train. While Matt is there to make sure the he is on the morning train out of Dodge.

There is a side plot in this episode that has an mother trying to find out about her son before being told that her son was shot and killed during a robbery. Then when they bring Blackie to the Marshal's office she takes it upon herself to think as the young man as her son but this had little to do with the main story.

Not the most interesting episode in the lot but a good watch nevertheless. An odd thing here-- the credits has the young prisoner named as Rusty but he was called Blackie in the show.

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