Gunsmoke

Season 1 Episode 1

Matt Gets It

2
Aired Unknown Sep 10, 1955 on CBS
7.6
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Matt Gets It
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Dan Grat, a gunman hunted by Texas authorities, seeks refuge in Dodge City. Marshal Dillon goes into action against this outlaw who shoots before he talks.

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  • Matt must figure out how to beat Dan Grat, an outlaw who's even faster with a gun than he is.

    8.0
    A good episode overall, and it definitely sets the precedent for the rest of the series.



    Starts off with the famous John Wayne introduction, where he says that he thinks Gunsmoke is a great show, very gritty and very adult. (For those of you who have only seen the color episodes, I will state that the B&Ws are nowhere near as warm and fuzzy, and end unhappily as often as not.) The Boot Hill opening fits in well, serving as a second introduction with a little more insight into the show.



    The plot is good. A gunman named Dan Grat comes to town and almost immediately embarks on a killing spree. Unfortunately, all are fair fights. Matt realizes he must stop Grat, and manages to goad him into a gunfight, but Grat is faster (!!!) While Matt is recovering, Kitty tells him more about Grat, and it turns out that even though he is the fastest gun Dodge has ever seen, he does not take the time to aim and must be at close range. Once Matt is well, he persuades Grat to fight him again, this time at a greater distance, and is successful in defeating him.



    The characters are true to life from the beginning. Chester is immediately shown to be somewhat lazy and a bit slow to comprehend. Matt, of course, is the stubborn, joking, hard working law man from his very first scene. Kitty obviously cares very much for Matt, even this early in the show. Doc is cantankerous and a bit ornery (he mellowed considerably as time went on).



    The acting is pretty good. It left a little to be desired in some of the early episodes, as the actors were still getting to know the characters, but I didn't see any major problems here. Everyone seems to know what to do with their hands, and there weren't any "dramatic silences."



    Sets and props are nice, costumes are great (I love the "normal" dress Kitty is wearing in Doc's office, very simple and pretty), make up is well done, and all the little details that make the great shows great are there.



    As I said, a very good episode overall, and a wonderful launch to the series!moreless
  • Matt gets shot by a gun faster than his.

    7.3
    An interesting way to start off a series with the hero being shot at the beginning. Of course we know he survives but we also learn of his “grit” and determination. Matt is shot by a gunman who just a little “off his rocker”. We meet Doc who though he is Matt’s friend he tells Matt he’s stupid to face Grat again because Grat’s faster. But Matt has figured out that though Grat’s faster he’s not accurate unless he’s very close. In the end Matt bests him and we see why at the start of each show though he’s seemly outdrawn, Matt always wins.moreless
Paul Richards (I)

Paul Richards (I)

Dan Grat

Guest Star

Robert Anderson

Robert Anderson

Sheriff Jim Hill

Guest Star

Malcolm Atterbury

Malcolm Atterbury

Bird

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Howard Culver

Howard Culver

Hotel Clerk

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    • Kitty: Matt it's not your worry.

    • John Wayne: Good evening. My name's Wayne. Some of you may have seen me before. I hope so. I've been kicking around Hollywood a long time. I've made a lot of pictures out here. All kinds. And some of them have been westerns, and that's what I'm here to tell you about tonight. A western. A new television show called "Gunsmoke". No, I'm not in it. I wish I were though. Because I think it's the best thing of it's kind that's come along. And I hope you'll agree with me. It's honest, it's adult, it's realistic. When I first heard about the show "Gunsmoke", I knew there was only one man to play in it. James Arness. He's a young fellow, and maybe new to some of you. But I've worked with him and I predict he'll be a big star. So you might as well get used to him, like you've had to get used to me. And now I'm proud to present my friend Jim Arness in "Gunsmoke".

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