Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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Unmarked Grave 

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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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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18 August 1956 (USA)  »

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The fake mustache on the man bringing Blackie in on the stage is applied in a poor manner. The right side of his mustache ends right at the corner of this mouth. But, the left side is about an inch or so too long. Obvious mismatch. See more »

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Who's Channeling Whom?
27 July 2007 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Seems like someone has grounds for a plagiarism suit, since the screenplay here bears a remarkable resemblance to that of the feature-length classic, 3:10 to Yuma (1957). The latter was likely in development at about the same time this episode aired, so it's hard to tell from this distance who borrowed from whom, but the resemblance is too strong to be coincidental. Dillon must get outlaw Ron Hagerthy on board 2:10 train before outlaw's henchman can free him. Suspense comes to a head in long walk to depot not knowing when the gang will strike. Subplot of southern lady grieving over dead son reaches touching moment at entry's end but is otherwise poorly handled. In fact the screenplay as a whole lacks the kind of coherence typical of the better episodes. Perhaps it's significant that the script is not credited to head-writer and series inspiration, John Meston. Then too, for Perry Mason fans, this is an opportunity to catch William Hopper (Paul Drake) in rare non-Mason role and as a bewhiskered and boisterous villain, no less. By the way, in my book he's much better as the polished Drake.


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