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.

Director:

Richard Whorf

Writer:

John Meston
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Cast

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
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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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Genres:

Western

Certificate:

TV-G
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1958 (USA) See more »

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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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Soundtracks

Make His Home in Kansas
(uncredited)
Performed by Dennis Weaver
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2 May 2012 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Average episode distinguished by presence of Charles Bronson in a rare--for the time--good guy role. Tough guy Gibbs is feuding with Tiple (Bronson) but then Gibbs turns up shot in the back. Town thinks Tiple did it and pressures Matt to arrest his friend. Matt doesn't think so, but what's he to do.

The premise of Matt having to arrest a friend is a fairly familiar one for the series. The ending, however, shows how imaginative head writer Meston was in finding fresh poignancy in the theme. Note how Bronson and the towering Arness appear together in a full-body two-shot, accentuating Bronson's relative shortness (5'8"). I suspect that such diminishing camera angles did not happen once Bronson achieved super-star status. But like many shorter super-stars, Bronson projected a much bigger image than physical size.


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