Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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The Iron Men 

"The Iron Men" is an episode of Gunsmoke starring James Arness, Milburn Stone, and Ken Curtis. Matt is in the town of Brimstone to investigate a brutal cattle baron and asks his drunkard, ex marshal friend to help.





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Episode cast overview:
... Matt Dillon
... Doc
... Festus
... Newly
... Chauncey Demon
... Kathy Carter
Eric Olson ... Johnny Carter
... Luke
... Sheriff
... Kane
Paul Gehrman ... Dubbins
Alec Murdock ... Mace
... Carl Ryker


Ex-lawman Chauncey Demon, an old friend of Matt Dillon, has fallen on hard times. He has become an alcoholic who can no longer ride or shoot the way he once did. He renews his acquaintance with the widow and son of another lawman who was a close friend, Kathy and Johnny Carter. Demon runs afoul of wealthy cattle baron Carl Ryker and must face Ryker's gunslinger Kane, as well as deal with his feelings for Kathy and Johnny. Matt comes to the rescue at the crucial moment. Written by richardann

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21 October 1974 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Barbara Colby passed away 9 months later on July 24, 1975. She and her boyfriend were shot by 2 gang members. See more »


Marshal Matt Dillon: [Matt has shot and wounded Kane, a hired gun] Hold it. Drop the gun belt.
Kane: [removes belt] You sure don't leave a man a lot, do ya?
Marshal Matt Dillon: You didn't bring a lot with you.
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A rehashed plot brings nothing new to the viewer
13 February 2013 | by See all my reviews

This was a rehashed plot that really just did not being anything new to the table. When an old ex-lawman turned drunk, is given another chance by Matt to redeem himself, they story is played out with the same results we have seen so many times.

It was more the story than the acting. Cameron Mitchell that plays Chauncey Demon gives an excellent performance as the old drunk that Matt makes him feel like he has something to live for. Even James Arness has not lost a beat in this show where he actually appears in most of the scenes. The bad guy, John Russell, is as good as ever in this show.

The problem was the tired script. This has been played out many many times in the series. The ex-lawman has to choose between the bottle or his opportunity for a second chance. The only thing that has changed is the name of the characters. After twenty years, I am sure that it is difficult to come up with different concepts for the show but this one has been done to death.

The actors saved this show by their fine performance. Other than the actors, this show was disappointing.

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