Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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Gold Train: The Bullet: Part 1 

"Gold Train: The Bullet: Part 1" is an episode of Gunsmoke starring James Arness, Milburn Stone, and Amanda Blake. Doc lacks the faith to operate on Matt's bullet wound, so he transports him to a specialist by train, which is taken over by bandits for its gold shipment.





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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Matt Dillon
... Doc
... Kitty
... Festus
... Newly
... Jack Sinclair
... Beth Tipton
... Capt. Darnell
... Conductor (as Warren Kemmerling)
... Nebo
... Blanchard
... Kelliher
... Roper (as Jonathan Lippe)
Pepe Callahan ... Secos
... Caldwell


The three-part story begins with Doc Adams returning to Dodge City after an absence, which lifts the spirits of the town. Later, Matt is shot by a criminal. The bullet is lodged near his spine. Doc says he's incapable of the intricate surgery necessary to remove the bullet. As a result, Doc transports Matt by train to Denver, where a specialist awaits. Kitty, Festus and Newly also decide to make the trip. The U.S. Army is also using the train to transport gold, which is the target of a gang led by Jack Sinclair -- who lost a hand because of Dillon. Matt, laying face down and virtually unable to move, would be a sitting duck if Sinclair discovers he's on the train. Written by Bill Koenig

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29 November 1971 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Matt rides into Dodge at the beginning of the show, he asks Festus to put his horse into a livery stall. Festus addresses the horse as "Buck". This line probably wasn't in the script, because "Gunsmoke" had a rule that horses didn't have names (based on real life). See more »


When Sinclair and his men break into the gold car and take a blanket off the gold, one of the men shouts: "Must be a BILLION there, at least!" That was 10 times as much money, and then some, as there was in the whole United States Treasury. The script probably said "million," and the actor got over-excited. See more »

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This part sets up the characters for part two
12 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

This is part one of a three part story and this particular part just gives us the main players and the situations facing our hero Marshal Matt Dillon. There is not much to really give away about this part since all this really does is just lead up to a hopefully entertaining episode in part two and three.

One of the best things about this episode is that Doc Adams (Milburn Stone) has returned from going back to medical school (Stone was recovering from a heart attack) and he is re-introduced right at the beginning. But unfortunately no mention of Dr Chapman (the replacement) sudden departure was mention.

It appear good timing that Doc as returned when Matt is shot by a buffalo hunter right in the back. Doc says the bullet is lodge in the spinal cord and Matt need to be rushed to a doctor in Denver that is one of the best spinal doctors in the world. So they load the next train to Denver with all main cast members. They load Matt in the rear of the train as it sets off to Denver.

With the train set with Kitty, Newly, Festus, Doc and Matt we learn the other side-plots that will be presented and the characters on the ride. First the train is loaded with a gold shipment that is expected by the US Cavalry and of course we have a known bandit with a damaged left hand named Jack Sinclair. He will have his gang down the tracks where they will stop the train to unload their booty.

On the train is an innocent girl that has taken a shine to Newly, a fugitive woman that was being taken back for trial, a priest that appears to have problems and all along Matt laying in the back unknown to the bandits. And it may be a good thing since Matt is the one that injured Jack Sinclair's left hand. All this and Festus trying to sneak off the train to get help.

This episode is just a set-up for the next part of the episode. Hopefully this will turn into an entertaining story as we move onto the next show.

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