Friday, May 28, 2010

Friday's Favorite OTR

Gunsmoke “The Wrong Man” 5/8/60

This is a neat episode on several levels. First, the basic story is quite good: Dillon has to lock up a grouchy gambler on suspicion of murder, then gets called out of town to look into another killing. The two plot threads eventually weave together.

Second, it’s a character study as well, examining what it’s like to be a lawman when those around you don’t see or understand what a lawman has to do to keep the peace. Heck, even Miss Kitty gets annoyed with Dillon at one point, when the poor marshal is just doing his job.

With the usual strong performances by William Conrad and Parley Baer, this is yet another example of why Gunsmoke is considered by many to be one of the best Westerns ever.

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