Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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Unmarked Grave 

A distraught middle-aged woman becomes determined to aid a young murderer in Matt's custody after she learns of her own son's violent death and unceremonious burial on Boot Hill.

Director:

Ted Post

Writers:

David Victor (story and screenplay by), Herbert Little Jr. (story and screenplay by)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Dennis Weaver ... Chester
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Ron Hagerthy ... Blackie
Helen Kleeb ... Mrs. Randolph
William Hopper ... Tasker
Than Wyenn Than Wyenn ... Darcy
Joe Scudero Joe Scudero ... Munro
Boyd Stockman ... Stage Driver
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A distraught middle-aged woman becomes determined to aid a young murderer in Matt's custody after she learns of her own son's violent death and unceremonious burial on Boot Hill.

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Genres:

Western

Certificate:

TV-G
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 August 1956 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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In the final shootout, when Chester goes to see if Matt is "hurt bad," the blood stain on Matt's shirt is on the right side of the shirt near the second button down, reasonably close to chest height. Once Matt checks the prisoner and turns around to face the camera, the blood stain is on the left side of the shirt, far from the middle, and at belly height. See more »

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Who's Channeling Whom?
27 July 2007 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Seems like someone has grounds for a plagiarism suit, since the screenplay here bears a remarkable resemblance to that of the feature-length classic, 3:10 to Yuma (1957). The latter was likely in development at about the same time this episode aired, so it's hard to tell from this distance who borrowed from whom, but the resemblance is too strong to be coincidental. Dillon must get outlaw Ron Hagerthy on board 2:10 train before outlaw's henchman can free him. Suspense comes to a head in long walk to depot not knowing when the gang will strike. Subplot of southern lady grieving over dead son reaches touching moment at entry's end but is otherwise poorly handled. In fact the screenplay as a whole lacks the kind of coherence typical of the better episodes. Perhaps it's significant that the script is not credited to head-writer and series inspiration, John Meston. Then too, for Perry Mason fans, this is an opportunity to catch William Hopper (Paul Drake) in rare non-Mason role and as a bewhiskered and boisterous villain, no less. By the way, in my book he's much better as the polished Drake.


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