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The Noose 

Ex-con Fred Garth seeks to exactly re-create the hanging death of his father by casting Doc as the father and Matt Dillon as the young Garth (who was shot in the leg and tied to a post ... See full summary »

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Vincent McEveety
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Episode cast overview:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Ken Curtis ... Festus
Buck Taylor ... Newly
Tom Skerritt ... Fred Garth
William Fawcett ... Nebs
Glenn Strange ... Sam Noonan
Ted Jordan Ted Jordan ... Nathan Burke
Woody Chambliss Woody Chambliss ... Woody Lathrop
Hank Patterson ... Hank Miller
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Ex-con Fred Garth seeks to exactly re-create the hanging death of his father by casting Doc as the father and Matt Dillon as the young Garth (who was shot in the leg and tied to a post while his father swung). Garth kidnaps Matt, Doc, Kitty and Festus and isolates them in a deserted town. Written by Peter Harris

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Western

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Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 1970 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Many things odd about this episode.
21 June 2012 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

This plot is more from something out of the 'Twilight Zone' rather than an 'Gunsmoke' episode. I can honestly say that after sixteen season of episodes the writers was dipping into any story that would play for any type of audience. And here we have a dilly of a tale.

Some fifteen years ago in Dodge Town (which is the old town before Dodge moved to near the river and renamed Dodge City), Fred Garth's father was found guilty by a jury and was sentenced to hang. Fred was also found guilty and was sentenced to prison.

While Fred was chained to a post the townsfolk carried out the sentence on Fred's father all in the sight of poor young Fred. And Fred has been brewing in prison for the last 15 years.

He comes back to Dodge Town and is going to carry out the exact same situation he witnessed while chained to the post. He is going to make Matt Dillon ( Matt helped convict his father) go through exactly what he went through some fifteen years ago. He also wants spectators so he ends up kidnapping Doc, Kitty and Festus as part of the people that was in the town when his father was hung.

By the end of the episode Fred is going to hang someone and make the others watch as he reenacts the events of years ago.

Even though this episode seemed to drag as Fred takes his time in gathering the spectators- it does pick up with interest at the end. But at the end there is a big let-down as if the show was for naught. An odd ending for an odd episode. --- Plus---- I never understood why Newly did not think something was amiss and go check on his friends. Much of this show did not add-up.


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