Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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Professor Lute Bone 

Professor Bone is a well meaning medicine man who shows up in Dodge selling an elixir with potentially deadly side effects.


David Victor (screenplay by), Herbert Little Jr. (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »

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Episode complete credited cast:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Dennis Weaver ... Chester
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
John Abbott ... Professor Lute Bone
Jester Hairston ... Wellington
Gloria Castillo ... Mrs. Ringle
Don Gardner Don Gardner ... Mr. Ringle
Strother Martin ... Mr. Stooler
Sally Corner Sally Corner ... Mrs. Stooler


Doc Adams complains vehemently to Matt when a medicine man's opium-laden "cure-all" nearly kills an infant girl. Matt initially finds himself unable to intervene legally, but he is finally able to do so when abuse of the elixir results in the death of an elderly man. Written by Sam Spear

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Release Date:

7 January 1956 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Cheating the Pumpkin-Rollers
14 September 2007 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

John Abbott as the dyspeptic Professor Lute Bone (great name) shows why he was one of Hollywood's best eccentric character actors. Here his character of the professor is fudged around a lot by the screenplay-- is he a charlatan bent on skinning naive frontier folk or a just a well-meaning but misguided guy with a gift of high-tone gab. Perhaps it doesn't matter but it does get confusing. Notable also for early appearance of the one and only Strother Martin in a fairly conventional role. Apparently this was before someone discovered Martin's own gift for wacky characters. Not much else to recommend, except Matt's questionable ordering around of the hapless Chester, making him look like a misbehaving child and in front of a crowd, no less. This may be the only time that I, for one, wished Chester had asserted himself against the marshal.

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