Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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The Mistake 

When a man suspected of murder can't establish his alibi, Matt arrests the man. After the prisoner draws a gun on Chester and escapes, evidence suggests he might not be guilty.

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... Matt Dillon
... Chester
... Doc
... Kitty
... Bostick (as Touch Connors)
Gene O'Donnell ... Haney
... Driver
Robert Hinkle ... Rider
... Bartender
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When a man suspected of murder can't establish his alibi, Matt arrests the man. After the prisoner draws a gun on Chester and escapes, evidence suggests he might not be guilty.

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24 November 1956 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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There actually is a town named Coldwater in Kansas. It's about 60 miles north and west of Dodge City, Kansas. It remains a small town to this day. As of 2010 the population was 828. See more »

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Slender, but with Big Payoff
15 September 2011 | by See all my reviews

Though the story has a unique payoff, it's really rather slender, without much development until the last. Matt and Chester trail fugitive Bostick (Connors) whom Matt suspects of murder. Bostick has denied the accusation, claiming he was with Doc at the time. However, Doc is out of town, so Matt has to proceed on his suspicions, which appear confirmed when Bostick escapes jail.

A lot of screen time is spent on Chester's humorous creature comforts. It also appears he's a little slower than usual though not in a mean-spirited way. One complaint with this early series—the often klutzy sets along Front Street. Here it's an alley spot where the murder occurs that just reeks bad indoor set. Note too, how production doesn't try to disguise the multiple shadows one person casts as though there is more than one sun in the sky. Of course, the multiple shadows are created by the many klieg lights used to light the set.

Nonetheless, the payoff again helps establish Gunsmoke as a different kind of Western for its day.


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