The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)
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The Gunslinger 

While anesthetized in Jerry's dentist's chair for a tooth extraction, Rob dreams he's a sheriff in the Old West and has a showdown with Big Bad Brady.

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Jerry Paris
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Dick Van Dyke ... Rob Petrie
Rose Marie ... Sally Rogers
Morey Amsterdam ... Buddy Sorrell
Larry Mathews ... Ritchie Petrie
Mary Tyler Moore ... Laura Petrie
Richard Deacon ... Mel Cooley
Jerry Paris ... Jerry Helper
Ann Morgan Guilbert ... Millie Helper
Allan Melvin ... Gun Drummer
Carl Reiner ... Alan Brady
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Storyline

To extract Rob's impacted wisdom tooth, Jerry places him under a general anesthetic, a procedure which concerns Rob only because he needs to get back to work to write a western sketch for the show, due that day. While under the effects of the anesthetic, Rob not only dreams about the sketch but also subconsciously places himself, his family and his friends in that western dream setting: Gunless Sheriff Rob wants to rid the west of all bad guys, with Big Bad Brady, a former associate of his when Rob was a gunslinger, at the top of that list. Rob hears from Killer Cooley that Big Bad is coming to town to watch a show, vowing to kill anyone associated with it if he doesn't like it, but if the show doesn't go on, he'll just kill Rob instead. If Rob can't convince the reluctant cowboys of the town to perform, he must decide whether to face Big Bad Brady or go on the run. As Sheriff Rob resolves to make a stand, wife Laura thinks she has the answer to save him. Written by Huggo / edited by statmanjeff

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Genres:

Comedy | Family

Certificate:

TV-G
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 1966 (USA) See more »

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Calvada Productions See more »
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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This was the last episode to be filmed, and virtually everyone associated with the show in any way has a cameo appearance. See more »

Goofs

Although it had been established just a few episodes earlier (in "Love thy Other Neighbor") that Jerry Helper ran his dentistry practice out of his house, in this episode he has a dentist's office in a high-rise downtown. See more »

Quotes

Sally Rogers: Here's your favorite, fried chicken.
Rob Petrie: Oh boy! And hominy grits.
Sally Rogers: Oh I don't know, about 40 or 50.
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Connections

Spoofs High Noon (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

I Don't Care
(uncredited)
Music by Harry O. Sutton with lyrics by Jean Lenox
Performed by Mary Tyler Moore
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One of the great episodes...
1 November 2012 | by biggmSee all my reviews

...especially if you're a fan of TV Westerns from the fifties and sixties.

In this episode, Rob, under the influence of dental anesthesia, dreams he's the sheriff of an old west town.

The plot recycles the stock "high noon showdown" scenario, and each member of the cast plays a wild west archetype in a way that mirrors their character personality in the regular series.

Gunfighters, saloon floozies, heroes, cowards, code-of-the-west ethics, and the quintessential "bullet ballet" are given a good going-over thanks to sharp, clever writing, and some brilliant comic performances from the show regulars (and a fun bit from Allan Melvin, as a gun merchant).

There's no shortage of movie length Western spoofs, but few manage as many laughs in two hours as "The Gunslinger" achieves in twenty five minutes.

Now reach for your remote control, partner...and give this episode a good look-see.


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