Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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The Long Night 

After surviving (barely) a bounty hunter's attempt to assassinate him, an outlaw tries to turn himself in to Matt Dillon. But Matt's out of town, and the bounty hunter's companions get to ... See full summary »


John Rich


Paul Savage (teleplay by), Richard Carr (story by)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Ken Curtis ... Festus
Bruce Dern ... Guerin
Lou Antonio ... Mace
Susan Silo ... Rita Lane
Robert Totten Robert Totten ... Ben Miller
Buck Taylor ... Newly
Robert Brubaker ... Henry Wade
James Nusser James Nusser ... Louie Pheeters
Russell Johnson ... Diggs
Rex Holman ... Broker
Glenn Strange ... Sam Noonan
Ted Jordan Ted Jordan ... Nathan Burke


After surviving (barely) a bounty hunter's attempt to assassinate him, an outlaw tries to turn himself in to Matt Dillon. But Matt's out of town, and the bounty hunter's companions get to the outlaw first. They aren't so much interested in the outlaw as they are in killing Matt, so they take over the Long Branch and hold everyone hostage. They also get word out to a land baron whose wife the outlaw accidentally killed: come here and pick up the prisoner in return for your gunmen to waste the marshal. The land baron accepts the deal, but the outlaw's girlfriend shoots him as he's about to take the outlaw away. While Doc performs an emergency operation, the land baron's hirelings are torn between their promise to punish the outlaw and their revulsion at the bounty hunters' sadistic leader, who forces town drunk Louie Pheeters to crawl on his hands and knees the length of the saloon to get a drink (which he then refuses in a dramatic sequence). This episode's production number indicates ... Written by Peter Harris

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17 February 1969 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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1.33 : 1
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James Nusser who played the town drunk really had a drinking problem in real life. See more »

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James Nusser that plays Louie- puts on an excellent performance
5 October 2012 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

In one of the better 'Gunsmoke' episodes this cliff hanger involves a man accused of murder in another county that is being chased by bounty hunters. Since the claim of murder is actually from a county that is controlled by a wealthy landowner, there really is no warrant just bounty hunters trying to bring him back to the county for their kind of justice.

The man, Ben Miller, does have a warrant for robbery and wants to turn himself into Matt. His wife, Rita, goes to get Marshal Dillon as the bounty hunters close in on Ben. Just in time, Marshal Dillon arrives to take control of the prisoner- much to the dislike of the three bounty hunters. And the leader of the bounty hunters, Guerin (Bruce Dern), wants revenge on Marshal Dillon.

While Ben Miller is in jail and Matt away on business, the bounty hunters come into Dodge and take Sam, Ms Kitty, Doc and Louie hostage as they wait for the wealthy land owner to arrive and take control of the so-called murderer. They are also set to receive a large amount of money from the landowner. But when the landowner arrives things do not go as planned. And in the end some people are arrested and some die.

This was an episode played brilliantly by the entire cast. Bruce Dern played his part to perfection as the evil bounty hunter. And even James Nusser that plays the town drunk Louie Pheeters puts on a great performance in this interesting episode. Good watch!

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