Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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Liar from Blackhawk 

Hank Shinn is a newcomer in town bragging about his reputation as gunman, but Marshal Dillon suspects he is nothing more than a liar.


Andrew V. McLaglen


John Meston (story and screenplay by)


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Episode cast overview:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Dennis Weaver ... Chester
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Denver Pyle ... Hank Shinn
Strother Martin ... Ed Davey
John Doucette ... Al Janes
Fred Graham ... Cowboy
Howard Culver ... Howie Uzzell
Bert Rumsey ... Sam Noonan


Hank Shinn arrives in Dodge from the Dakota territory and is given a wide berth because of his reputation as a killer with a fast draw. However, Shinn's curious behavior leads Matt to suspect that he may not be the gunman that everyone believes him to be. Written by Sam Spear

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Release Date:

22 June 1957 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

CBS Television Network See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


$20 in 1873 had the same purchasing power as $371.21 in 2008. See more »


Hank Shinn: I don't know if I like this talk.
Matt Dillon: Nobody's making you listen to it.
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A man wants respect and unfortunately gets that respect
14 June 2013 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

Here is a nice tale about a man that wanted respect- problem with the story is he got the respect he was seeking.

Denver Pyle plays Hank Shinn a man that comes into Dodge and lets everyone know about his reputation as a gunfighter. he even has a drummer, Ed Davey, that has heard about Shinn and tells people about a famous gunfight where Hank shot three men dead.

It is not long before Hank is forced to draw against a staggering drunk that was going to kill him. And all of the respect he so desired is not was he was expecting. And when a real gunfighter comes to town, Hank will be getting even more respect than wanted.

As the another reviewer stated, the title to this episode gives away much the story but still was entertaining to the end. And maybe in the end perhaps Hank did gets some respect that he so desperately sought. With a fine written script and some brilliant acting by the cast, this show was a very good watch.

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