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Sorry that this perception persists. Many buffalo men, soldiers, settlers and especially trail drive drovers were black. The "Rawhide" image is all wrong, with blacks and latins probably outnumbering white cowboys. Check any decent historical account, and even some of the early census figures.
The 1870's...even though slavery was illegal, blacks were persecuted a lot. One of the prizefighters was black. Nobody seemed to treat him badly in any way. Nothing. That's great that the denizens of 1870's Dodge City weren't prejudiced, but is that perhaps anachronistic?
When Kitty comes down the stairs to first meet Stella, how in blazes can she hear so well what Stella said from across the saloon?
A rare moment during this episode: Festus, in his first appearance in the entire series, looks neat and clean-shaven.
In one scene where Polly was making Wade dinner, the calendar in the background said that it was Tuesday the 6th, but in the next scene, the calendar said that it was Wensday the 11th.
In a crane shot, the camera is looking down through the branches at Dean Beard riding towards the tree. The branch that will break off and fall is dead center of the scene. You can clearly see the rope or cable the FX crew has attached to the branch.
The intended title for this episode was Chesterfield, also the name of a popular cigarette brand. However, Pall Mall, which sponsored the episode, objected to what amounted to a free plug for a competitor, so the name was changed to Chesterland.
In the scene of Hi Stevens with his large, unruly family, the boys are played by actor Wright King's three sons (Rip, Mike, and Meegan) and actor/director Dennis Weaver's three sons (Rusty, Robby, and Ricky). Weaver and King were good friends in real life.
This was Ken Curtis' first appearance on Gunsmoke. He made several guest appearances on the show prior to joining the cast as a series regular in the role of Festus Haggens in 1964.
Goof: When Matt Dillion First tries to break into the front door of Zach's home. You can see the Floor of the Front porch move up and down. Like it's sitting on uneven ground
The climactic fight between Ben Siple and Matt Dillon is used for a film editing class at Los Angeles City College in California. Footage from several different takes of the scene - beginning to end - along with the soundtrack is used to help the students learn to piece the footage and soundtrack together and generate a cohesive scene.
Parl Baer in the radio version plays Chester Proudfoot which aired 6/17/56.
the bad guy with no lines and uncredited is of course len lesser or better known as 'uncle leo' of seinfeld.
This was actually the first episode filmed, but it was decided that "Matt Gets It" would lead off the first season.
This is an interesting Doc episode. He finds a "Typhoid Mary" and to prove his case, he has the man cook for him and asks Kitty to cook the exact same meat for Matt.
When Matt walks into Doc's office after Bailey has been killed by Amos, he almost falls over (to his right). If you watch close (and in slow motion) you can see his right ankle roll over. His arms swing out in an effort to stay upright then he casually continues on with the scene.
Jase Murdock left Matt for dead as he was coming to Dodge to be Marshal.
Matt wore a black hat.
when this episode was frist made for radio series the original title for this episode was called smokeing out the beatles
Two of the names on the wooden tombstones Matt walks by on Boot Hill say:
Jack K Smith
The 1882 date seems to be too late, considering that Matt says in one episode that he was in the Civil War (unless he was a drummer boy).
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gritty crime scenarios, fight for survival, bloody and violent, 60s, prostitution