Gunsmoke (1955–1975)

Prairie Happy (7 Jul. 1956)

TV Episode   |  TV-PG   |    |  Western

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Matt tries to quell rumors of a planned Pawnee attack.

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  • James Arness in Gunsmoke (1955)
  • Dabbs Greer in Gunsmoke (1955)
  • James Arness in Gunsmoke (1955)
  • Amanda Blake in Gunsmoke (1955)
  • James Arness in Gunsmoke (1955)
  • Amanda Blake in Gunsmoke (1955)

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16 May 2013 | kfo9494
| Rumors can kill
Matt and Chester have been away to Hays City for a week and upon returning find that the city of Dodge is afire with the rumor that the peaceful Pawnee Indians are on the war path. In fact the rumor is that they will be invading Dodge the next morning and it will be everyone for themselves. But now the Marshal is back he can head up a defensive tactic against the savage Indians.

But Matt, having known the Pawnee tribes, is perplexed on why the Indians would give their invasion alert and forgo the surprise attack. Matt does not believe the rumor and believes it was started to excite the people. But some citizens, led by Jonas, still want to believe in the rumor and are armed to the teeth to kill redskins.

Matt traces the rumor back to an old buffalo hunter named Tewksbury. But with no motive behind the rumor Matt must find out the reason he has the town of Dodge on war alert.

Even though the story held up well and provided half an hour of entertainment, you can still see that the characters are still trying to find themselves. Dabbs Greer, the usual meek General Store owner, is full of vim and vinegar as he talks to the Marshal in a rough expressions. Plus James Arness did little for this show as it appeared like he was reading instead of acting. But when all is said and done this episode was still a nice watch with a decent ending.


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7 July 1956



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