Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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Lost Rifle 

Matt refuses to arrest his friend Ben Tiple without more evidence, when the man he has been feuding with is found shot in the back.


Richard Whorf


John Meston




Episode cast overview:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Dennis Weaver ... Chester
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Charles Bronson ... Ben Tiple
Paul Engle ... Andy Spangler
Lew Gallo ... Joe Spangler
Tom Greenway Tom Greenway ... Will Gibbs
George Selk ... Moss Grimmick


Matt refuses to arrest his friend Ben Tiple without more evidence, when the man he has been feuding with is found shot in the back.

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Release Date:

1 November 1958 (USA) See more »

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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?


Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie
Cowboy folk song
[Background music]
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Dodge is a better place when this episode ends.
17 July 2013 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

I found this episode to be highly entertaining and not for the fact that Charles Bronson was in the cast but because it was a interesting story with a spectacular ending.

The story sets up well as two men have been having a feud for some time. Ben Tiple (Bronson) and Will Gibbs are the two involved. Gibbs accused Tiple of rustling cattle a few years back and has a dislike for him ever since. When Gibbs ends up shot in the back people in Dodge believe that Tiple was the murderer.

In comes Joe Spangler a friend of Gibbs. Spangler is a rough person that tends to beat his son, Andy, whenever the mood arises. Once while beating the young boy in the street for losing a rifle, Matt has to intervene and knock some sense into Spangler. Anyway Spangler believes that Marshal Dillon has not arrested Tiple because they are friends and vows to take the law into his own hands. Then comes the ending......

A well written script that entertained throughout. A story that when the credit rolled the viewer felt pleased for watching. Somehow you felt it was going to be a better life for the character in the story. An entertaining episode.

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