Gunsmoke

Gold Train: The Bullet (1)

Season 17, Ep 12, Aired 11/29/71
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  • Episode Description
  • A hidecutter starts trouble in the Long Branch and Matt comes to the rescue throwing him out of town. When Festus goes up to fetch Dr. Chapman, he finds the old scudder there himself. Offering to buy Doc a drink, he can't resist and they surprise everyone down at the Long Branch. While they are all excited to see Doc, Matt is out checking the town and ends up shot in the back by the hidecutter he just threw out. Doc's homecoming is ruined when he realizes that if he tries to remove the bullet he could paralyze Matt and he doesn't want to be the one to do it. So, he contacts a surgeon in Denver, and loading Matt in the baggage car of the train, Kitty, Doc, Festus, and Newly all head for Denver along with a Federal gold shipment.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Buck Taylor

    Newly O' Brien

  • James Arness

    Matt Dillon

  • Milburn Stone

    Doc

  • Amanda Blake

    Kitty

  • Bernard McEveety

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Matt gets shot and Doc doesn\'t dare do the operation himself.

    By rjkelley58, Jun 02, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Festus: Doc? Doc: Festus How are you?

    • "Humph, seventeen years ago this month. I'll never forget that first day as long as I live. It was raining, I was cold and hungry and miserable. When I stepped off that stage coach and saw all those ugly buildings and all those muddy streets, I hated Dodge City. I was down to my last forty dollars, and it couldn't have taken me much further, but you couldn't have paid me to stay in Dodge. I waded over to the cafe and was hurrying through breakfast so I could get back on the stage and a man came in. He sat down across the room from me. He was the biggest man I have ever seen in my life, and he also ate the biggest breakfast I'd ever seen in my life. He was so busy polishing off all those eggs and ham and biscuits he didn't even notice me. But, I noticed him. I noticed him so much that I decided to stay for a while. And stay I did. Despite of the fact that I found out that the big man wore a big badge, and he didn't think he had any right to get involved in any kind of permanent relationship. Oh we really fought some battles about that. Seems to me that I left three or four times just swearing up and down that under any circumstances was I gonna see him or his damned badge again. But, I always came back, and once he even came to get me. Well, here we are, after seventeen years and that's got to be the longest non-permanent relationship in history. But I wouldn't change one day of it. Not one day," Kitty to Matt thinking he was asleep on the table. "I noticed that day Kitty, I noticed," Dillon who really wasn't asleep.

    Notes (2)

    • Harry Carey, Jr. played in the 1984 movie Gremlins.

    • To welcome Milburn Stone back, they film the only three part episode in Gunsmoke history.

    Trivia (1)

    • My only nitpick is, what does Dodge do when all the real law is out of town? Newly, Festus, and Matt are all absent leaving Burke in charge. I'd be very afraid if I was Dodge.

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