Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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Chester's Murder 

When the drunkard Chester is escorting to jail is shot dead, Chester is suspected of the murder.


Ted Post


John Meston


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Episode credited cast:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Dennis Weaver ... Chester
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Peggie Castle ... Nita Tucker (as Peggy Castle)
Murray Hamilton ... Jake Buley
Gage Clarke ... Jim Dobie
Tom Greenway Tom Greenway ... Ned Pickard
Tim Graham ... Wilbur Jonas
Charles J. Conrad Charles J. Conrad ... Man (as Charles Conrad)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bert Rumsey ... Sam Noonan


When the drunkard Chester is escorting to jail is shot dead, Chester is suspected of the murder.

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Release Date:

30 March 1957 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

CBS Television Network See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dillon uses extremely poor judgment to allow Chester to escort to jail the man he had been in a fight with just a few minutes earlier. Compounding this error both Chester and the other man were intoxicated, and Dillon told Chester to go the back way. See more »

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Interesting characters make this show worthy
10 June 2013 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

At the Long Branch, Chester and Ned Pickard get into an argument. The Marshal intervenes and then tells Chester to take Ned to jail. On the way to the jail, Ned is shot and everyone in town believes that it was Chester that killed him. Even the nosy clerk at the Dodge House, Dobie, thinks Chester should stand trial for murder.

Chester tells Matt that he was hit from behind and does not know how Ned got shot. But with little evidence there is nothing for Matt to do except write the incident up for possible court hearing.

There may have been some questionable writing but nearly all shows have parts that need no explanation for the outcome. Even after half-way through the episode, when we knew the true party involved, it still did not take away from the interest of the show. A nice story that was well acted. Good watch.

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