Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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Custer 

"Rough justice" awaits cocksure Army deserter Joe Trimble after a civilian jury wrongly acquits him of murder and the Army forgoes prosecution in favor of returning him to his unit.

Director:

Ted Post

Writers:

Gil Doud (screenplay by), John Meston (story by)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Dennis Weaver ... Chester
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Brian G. Hutton ... Joe Trimble
Richard Keith Richard Keith ... Major Banker
Herbert Lytton ... Judge
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"Rough justice" awaits cocksure Army deserter Joe Trimble after a civilian jury wrongly acquits him of murder and the Army forgoes prosecution in favor of returning him to his unit.

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Genres:

Western

Certificate:

TV-G
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1956 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

CBS Television Network See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

A hand salute is not to be rendered indoors. When an officer comes into a room a person of lower rank comes to attention to show respect. And the rules governing this were only recently changed to allow someone in civilian clothes to salute. They have to be a veteran and have cover (a hat). This was done to allow veterans to render a salute in flag ceremonies. See more »

Quotes

Chester Goode: All ready to go Mr. Dillon... and I'm so hungry I could eat a whole hog.
Marshal Matt Dillon: This is all the hog you get this morning.
Chester Goode: Is it done?
Marshal Matt Dillon: That depends on how hungry you are.
Chester Goode: It's done.
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Featured in Pioneers of Television: Westerns (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Gary Owen
(uncredited)
Traditional Irish drinking and marching song
[Background music]
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From the Frying Pan into the Fire
7 September 2011 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Strong story. Matt and Chester encounter suspicious character (Hutton) on the prairie. He's got a pack of horses he says are his, but Matt says the brand indicates they belong to a farmer in the area. So Matt takes him to the farmer's place to see where the truth lies.

Hutton turns in a first-rate performance as the shifty-eyed stranger, managing to convey menace without acting tough. His smugly arrogant Joe Trimble is also one of the more dislikable troublemakers of the early series. There're also a couple of major twists, one of which the IMDb synopsis unfortunately gives away. Nonetheless, that and the final scene suggest something on the order of a cosmic justice should the human variety fail.

(In passing—I have mixed emotions about the very first scene that in effect removes all doubt about what happens later. I'm thinking the story would be more thought provoking had the scene not been included. See what you think.)


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