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Ben hands Festus some new wanted posters that have just arrived, and one of them is of Frank Eaton, who looks just like Festus. Only problem is, Frank Eaton was shot dead at the end of the episode, "Alias Festus Haggen".
It only took about 30 seconds for Nellie to remove the bullet from Boswell. An experienced doctor like Doc Adams could never (and probably never has) remove a bullet that quickly.
Victor French plays the man who wounds Matt and causes his amnesia. He introduces himself, after being sent to kill Mike, as Favorite. Did anyone else notice that Mike, in one scene, and then Matt in a later scene refers to him as Fortunate?
This episode marks a rare occurence on Gunsmoke, when James Arness' physical disability is acknowledged (it was usually just ignored). Kimbro makes mention of Matt "favoring that leg there".
When Matt first gets home, it's around 5:30 a.m. and he tells Festus he's been up for 36 hours. Counting back 36 hours, this would mean that that Matt woke up at 5:30 p.m. two days before. What was he doing in bed at supper time?
One of the most touching scenes in all of Gunsmoke is in this episode. Newly and Patricia are at their wedding rehearsal with Kitty, Doc, and Matt looking on as participants. Festus fills in for the minister and essentially marries them in his simple way. The sheer agony in everyone who knows about Patricia's illness can be clearly seen in all their faces. They know that 'forever' won't be that long.
Matt and one of the outlaws get into a vicious fistfight, where Matt is punched in the face repeatedly, and the outlaw is knocked unconscious. Yet, amazingly, all Matt has is a small spot of blood from his mouth, and neither one of them has a mark on them later.
When Cory hits the sheriff with a coffee cup and runs away he hits him in the upper back. When Matt is talking to him he has a bandage on his head.
In the very last scene, as the camera pans the street outside the Long Branch, it's obviously a still shot. The snow is falling, but everything else, including the horses, are completely stationary.
Doc refuses to operate on Matt, because he doesn't want to be responsible for paralyzing him. But without treatment, Matt's condition keeps getting worse until he's paralyzed anyway. Isn't Doc responsible for paralyzing him by NOT operating?
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.
According to the calender on the wall of Newly's shop the explosion occurred on Mar. 27.
This isn't really a goof, but why give Kitty the letter to read to everyone when you know she's gonna end up bawling before the end?
The freight company Festus went in with Titus was called "The Titus and Haggin Freight Co."
After Matt is shot at and thrown from his horse, he rides up to Gentry's house and his face is dirty from lying face down on the ground. Then when he arrives to arrest the Gentry boys, his face is clean.
So how come Dr. Sam can cure everybody else that gets the same contagious disease in this episode, but the she herself dies from it?
The gold is taken directly to Fort Dodge. Why did the army come into Dodge in the middle of the night with an empty wagon.
You'd have thought that since Morgan's men take up residence in the Long Branch all night, they'd see that shotgun Sam has under the bar, but they don't. Good thing Kitty knows it's there.
In the opening scene, when Matt collapses in the street, watch the background behind him. It's obviously a still shot, since nothing is moving in the scene until after Matt loses consciousness, when Louie starts to move toward him.
Goof: In the second to last scene of the episode, when Macgraw has just punched out David, David goes from floating unconscious, completely in the water in one shot, to lying half on the bank of the pond in the next, even though he never regains consciousness and Macgraw never touches him.
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gritty crime scenarios, fight for survival, bloody and violent, 60s, prostitution