Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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A Hat 

A badly wounded mountain man kills the son of a powerful rancher in self defense and flees to Dodge, where Dillon provides protection for him against the father and his gang.


Robert Totten


Ron Bishop (as Ronald Bishop)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Milburn Stone ... Doc Adams
Amanda Blake ... Kitty Russell
Ken Curtis ... Festus Haggen
Chill Wills ... Red Conniston
Tom Simcox ... Jed Conniston / Ben Conniston
Robert Sorrells Robert Sorrells ... Louieville
Glenn Strange ... Sam Noonan
Ted Jordan Ted Jordan ... Nathan Burke
Hank Patterson ... Hank
Scott Hale Scott Hale ... Clem
Gene O'Donnell Gene O'Donnell ... Waiter
Bill Erwin ... Townsman
Ed McCready Ed McCready ... Villager
Lee de Broux ... Cowpuncher (as Lee DeBroux)


Clint Sorils, a notorious gunman, is minding his own business when a stray bullet ruins his hat. In trying to obtain payment, Clint runs afoul of Red Conniston, a powerful rancher. The ensuing clash leaves men dead and gravely wounded, all because of a hat. Written by richardann

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Release Date:

16 October 1967 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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1.33 : 1
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When Red Conniston is shown shooting in the saloon, he shoots his six-gun seven times. See more »

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Excellent episode
22 August 2019 | by kenstallings-65346See all my reviews

An amazingly well written script combines with a strong ensemble cast to create a rare quality portrayal.

Though his lack of dialogue almost rendered Gene Evans as a bit player, the entire episode is founded upon his character of Clint Sorils, a hardscrabble mountain man who's bark is so tough that it hides almost entirely a heart of gold.

There is a particularly poignant scene where Kitty is attending Sorils' bedside and in a state of delirium, Sorils speaks out to his long departed wife. In that exchange, Kitty becomes quite emotional at the raw beauty of the words he speaks to her, projecting them to the woman he loved and lived with, mistakenly thinking she was by his side.

That scene by itself cements the excellence of this episode, but it accompanies many other fine acts. It also proves again that an actor can take few words and scenes and turn them into a memorable tour-de-force. And as fine an actor as Amanda Blake truly was, it didn't take much acting on her part to summon the emotional response the scene demanded.

Gene Evans was essential to play this role, as he completely owns the physical chops to play such a rugged man, who's immense size and strength is exceeded only by his character and compassion. Ultimately, the episode boils down to men of character standing up to men of weakness and amorality.

The writing and the acting take this episode to a level of quality rarely seen in theater. This script could be portrayed in a movie, on a summer theater stage, or on television, and be equally appreciated for its depth. It's a must watch episode.

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