Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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Never Pester Chester 

Matt sets out with a vengeance to capture two trouble-making Texas cowhands who dragged Chester and left him near death.


Richard Whorf


John Meston (story and screenplay by)

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Episode cast overview:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Dennis Weaver ... Chester
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Buddy Baer ... Stobo
Woody Chambliss Woody Chambliss ... Shiloh
Tom Greenway Tom Greenway ... Treavitt
Paul Birch ... Boss
Gary Vinson ... Jim


Matt sets out with a vengeance to capture two trouble-making Texas cowhands who dragged Chester and left him near death.

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Release Date:

16 November 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?


Stobo, played by former American Heavyweight Boxer Buddy Baer stood 6' 6 1/2" tall. Matt Dillon, played by James Arness stood 6' 7" tall. See more »


Starting at the 3:20 mark, when Chester confronts the two Texans bothering the town ladies, you can see the boom microphone, swinging back and forth between characters, in the top glass pane to the left of the cowboy with his back to the camera. See more »

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Chester Gets to Eat Dirt
21 July 2007 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Good entry. Some of the best and most unusual episodes are when Matt shows an all-too-human side. Here he lets Chester tame two rowdy cowboys because Matt's too tired to deal with them. Instead the cowhands poke fun at the slow-witted Chester and then drag him behind a horse. Needless to say, Matt's beside himself with guilt and anger as Chester hovers near death. The climactic fist-fight with the gargantuan Buddy Baer (ex-heavyweight champion Max Baer's brother and a surprisingly good actor) promises more than it delivers. Still, it's odd to see someone bigger than the 6'6" Arness. The final scene with Matt and Chester is well conceived since it could have easily become maudlin. Limitations with the budget can easily be seen in the sparseness of the trailside encampment and its pitifully skimpy equipment; while it looks like someone pulled strings to hand youngster Gary Vinson a couple of lines that could easily have been given to the trail boss Paul Birch. Nonetheless, an above average 30 minutes

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