Gunsmoke

Season 11 Episode 1

Seven Hours to Dawn

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Aired Unknown Sep 18, 1965 on CBS
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Matt has to get Dodge City back from outlaws. Not easy since Matt gets shot down trying to get help.

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  • Intense!

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    I grew up watching Gunsmoke and felt happy when I found it on TVLand and EncoreWesterns. This episode of Gunsmoke was really intense. When the Marshall got shot, I was no good! But to find that he was still alive, brought me back! And finally, Matt and Kitty showed some sort of feelings for each other!! It's about time!!!! Great episode and good job keeping the secret, Doc!!
  • Mason Gore and his gang take over Dodge. Matt is forced to watch but when two of the gang attack a young girl Matt is forced to take action. After being beaten by 4 members of the gang Matt tries to take a horse to ride for help but is shot down.moreless

    9.1
    A very fine episode of Gunsmoke. Every moment is tension filled from the moment Mason Gore (John Barrymore, Jr.) steps into Dillon's office until the final scene when Kitty finds Matt alive. The acting in this episode is some of the best you'll find in any of Gunsmoke. Doc (Milburn Stone), Kitty (Amanda Blake), Festus (Ken Curtis), Mace Gore (John Barrymore, Jr.) and of course Matt (James Arness) all turn in excellent performances. When Matt is gunned down and Doc lies to Kitty that there's nothing he can do and later is so gentle in telling Festus that there's something Matt would like him to do, to telling the undertaker to make a coffin for Matt, it's a side of Doc rarely scene. Festus grief-stricken, then angry and simmering to shifty and sly, Ken Curtis's perfomance is superb. Kitty, fighting off an attack from Barrens, to shock at Matt's "death", to surprise, anger, and joy that Matt's alive, Amanda Blake takes us through all the emotions masterfully. Matt takes us from suspiciousness, shock, anger, revulsion and at the end tenderness and does this not so much with words as with his eyes and deeds.

    This ranks as one of my all time favorite episodes.

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John Barrymore Jr.

John Barrymore Jr.

Mace Gore

Guest Star

Michael Vandever

Michael Vandever

Raider

Guest Star

Al Lettier

Al Lettier

Smitty

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Allen Jaffe

Allen Jaffe

Jack Down

Recurring Role

Morgan Woodward

Morgan Woodward

Deeks

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Charles Seel

Charles Seel

Barney Danches

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    • The synopsis is used with permission and is in the words of the person who e-mailed me.

    • In fact, the writer/director/producer credits had been moved to the end of the episode immediately preceeding the cast credits.

    • This was the opening episode of the 11th season and the first time that an opening clip preceeded writer/director credits. It is also the first time that the stars of the show were headlined at the beginning.

    • Guest Star Al Lettieri (1928-75) is best known for his role as Virgil "The Turk" Sollozo in the film The Godfather (1972). His other film credits include The Bobo (1968), The Getaway (1972), The Deadly Trackers (1973), The Don is Dead (1973), McQ (1974), and Mr. Majestyk (1974). He appeared in the first television movie, The Hanged Man (Nov. 18,1964), and his only other TV credits besides this Gunsmoke appearance are The Gallant Men, Walter Winchell File, and Perry Mason.

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