Gunsmoke (1955–1975)

The Preacher (16 Jun. 1956)

TV Episode   |  TV-PG   |    |  Western

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A brutal prize fighter who has been punching on a meek preacher, kidnaps him and tells Dillon he will beat the man to death.


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16 May 2013 | kfo9494
| This episode did not have a fighting chance
Even with the fine acting of the great character actor Royal Dano the episode did not hold up well as we get a story about a mild meek preacher (Dano) and a out right bully played by Chuck Connors.

For some odd reason when the stage arrives in Dodge Sam Keeler (Connors) becomes upset at Seth Tandy (Dano) because Tandy did not speak the entire time. (Why he was upset is for plot purposes only) Keeler, a prize-fighter, prods Tandy trying to get the much smaller man to fight. With Tandy saying he does not want to fight, Keeler keeps knocking him against the wall until someone gets the Marshal.

The entire episode centers around Keeler wanting to fight the small man Tandy. And of course it will be up to Marshal Dillon to save the problem preacher from the bully on the play ground.

I like Chuck Connors but this role was so far from the norm that anyone playing the part would not appear comfortable. Even James Arness seemed stiff as he delivered his lines in staccato fashion with no feeling of self expression of any kind. When you add the terrible fight scene between Arness and Connors, there really is very little entertainment value in this show. Not one of the better episodes.


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16 June 1956



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