Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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Root Down 

Chester may find himself entrapped into marriage with a drifter's daughter who isn't particular about how she lands a husband.


Sobey Martin


Kathleen Hite


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Episode cast overview:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Dennis Weaver ... Chester
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
John Dehner ... Luke
Sherry Jackson ... Aggie
Robert Doyle Robert Doyle ... Grudie
Howard McNear ... Howard Rudd
George Selk ... Moss Grimmick
Michael Carr ... Cowboy
Ollie O'Toole Ollie O'Toole ... Clerk


The pretty daughter of a rootless would-be farmer decides she's in need of a husband so that she can have a home of her own, and Chester strikes her as a likely candidate. If she can only get him by making her pa think that Chester compromised her by passing the whole night with her, well, that's all right, too. Written by Morganalee

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Release Date:

6 October 1962 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Sometimes you get a dull show- This happen to be one
26 November 2012 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

This is not a particular memorable episode. With many good recent shows, it was inevitable that there would be a clunker along the way. This was a simpleton show that had little if any interest to the viewer.

Chester gets caught up with the roaming Dutton clan when Aggie Dutton comes riding into Dodge to get a husband. Unfortunately her eyes go to Chester.

During one morning Aggie rides back into Dodge asking Chester to ride out to her Pa's spot. Tells him that her Pa wants him to go fishing. When Chester arrives Aggie tells her Pa that Chester was with her all night and that he has come "to do the right thing". Now Chester is held at the Dutton's wagon as her Pa expects Chester to marry his daughter. The Duttons set off for Colorado with their future son-in-law Chester tied up in the back of their wagon. Will someone from Dodge be able to rescue Chester from the pending shot-gun wedding?

The acting is not to blame for this episode being dull. Everyone in the episode was cast correctly for the character played. It really just came down to a story that was uninteresting and weak. With thirty-so episodes a season you are bound to have a dull show from time to time.

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