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Smoking Out the Nolans 

"Smoking Out the Nolans" is an episode of Gunsmoke starring James Arness, Dennis Weaver, and Milburn Stone. Matt has the unpleasant task of evicting some squatters from a rancher's land, but the squatters claim the rancher sold the land to them legally.

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... Matt Dillon
... Chester
... Doc
... Kitty
... Clay Young
Ainslie Pryor ... Josh Nolan
... Mrs. Nolan
... Mr. Burgess (as Ed Platt)
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Matt has the unpleasant task of evicting some squatters from a rancher's land, but the squatters claim the rancher sold the land to them legally.

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5 November 1955 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Marshal Matt Dillon: But the fewer people come into Dodge, the less trouble they bring.
Chester Goode: If people didn't come here, you wouldn't have a job.
Marshal Matt Dillon: Hmm. I wouldn't? You think only the people that come here bring trouble?
Chester Goode: Ain't that what you just said?
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Too predictable with an uneventful ending
28 April 2013 | by See all my reviews

This is a predictable episode that had an ending unworthy of any show when someone confesses to a lie, for really no reason, when they have been quiet the entire show. It was just too easy of an ending with very little anticipation.

Clay Young is trying to evict the Nolans that he said has been squatting on his property. He even has a eviction notice signed by a Judge and he goes to see Marshal Dillon for help. When Matt meets with Josh Nolan, he is told by Josh that they paid for the land and Clay was suppose to get the deed recorded at the land office.

With the Nolan refusing to come out of the house, Matt needs to get them out without anyone getting hurt. So he sends Chester to pour sulfur down the smoke stack which will force the people out of the house. Sure enough it works and the Nolans are forced to leave their home.

Matt knows someone is not telling the truth but he may not have time to find out which person. Josh Nolan is determined payback Clay Young with a bullet.

Even though this is a typical western story the program just did not play well. None of the characters were really likable so the viewer did not really side with either parties in the situation. It was just to predictable with a rather uneventful ending.


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