CTVA US Western - "Gunsmoke" (CBS) Season 2 (1956-57) James Arness

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Season 2 (CBS)(1956-57) (30 min black-and-white)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:  James Beer,
Tom Dischley
references:
TV Guide / Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive


################## Gunsmoke ##################
############# season 2 1956-57 ##############
############## (b-w half-hour) ###############
CBS Saturdays 10:00 - 10:30 pm Eastern (Half-hour slot) (39 episodes)

2.01 [040] Gunsmoke:
COW DOCTOR (b-w)(30 min)
08-Sep-1956 CBS Sat
Guest Cast:
Robert H. Harris ...... Ben Pitcher
Dorothy Adams ......... Mrs. Pitcher
Tommy Kirk ............ Jerry Pitcher
Gage Clarke ........... Hinkle
Synopsis:
Doc is furious when he is called to the ranch of his his long-time enemy Ben Pitcher and learns that his patient is a cow.
Doc is further enraged when he returns to Dodge City and he finds out that a woman died for lack of treatment because he
was away at the Pitcher ranch. [JB]

2.02 [041] Gunsmoke:
BRUSH AT ELKADOR (b-w)(30 min)
15-Sep-1956 CBS Sat
Guest Cast:
Gage Clarke ........... Hinkle
Paul Lambert .......... Lou Shipen
Alfred Linder ......... Clerk
Dennis Cross .......... Bartender
Malcolm Atterbury ..... Liveryman
Synopsis:
Because of unsufficient evidence, Matt Dillon sets a murderer free. However, fate plays an ironic trick on the man after
the marshal turns him loose. [JB]

2.03 [042] Gunsmoke:
CUSTER (b-w)(30 min)
22-Sep-1956 CBS Sat
Guest Cast:
Brian Hutton .......... Joe Trimble
Richard Keith ......... Major Banker
Herbert Lytton ........ Judge
Synopsis:
A friend of Matt Dillon's is murdered. Matt sets out to find the murderer and his motive. [JB]

2.04 [043] Gunsmoke:
THE ROUNDUP (b-w)(30 min)
29-Sep-1956 CBS Sat
Guest Cast:
Barney Phillips ....... Ed Summers
Jacques Aubuchon ...... Ray Torp
John Dierkes .......... Sam Rydell
Michael Hinn .......... Zel Blatnick
Sam Schwartz .......... Ted Hightower
Mason Curry ........... Jake
John Patrick .......... Dad
Synopsis:
Dodge City merchants asks Matt Dillon to deputize twenty men to protect the town against the escapades of a horde of
celebrating cowhands. Dillon refuses and finds himself facing a mob of riotous cowboys alone. [JB]

2.05 [044] Gunsmoke:
YOUNG MAN WITH  A GUN (b-w)(30 min)
20-Oct-1956 CBS Sat (Rerun 16Aug58 CBS)
Guest Cast:
Jack Diamond .......... Peyt Kertcher
Fredd Wayne ........... Sam Kertcher
Clegg Hoyt ............ Jack Rynning
Sid Clute ............. Spencer
Bert Rumsey ........... Bartender
Synopsis:
Matt Dillon meets a young boy who wants to become a gunfighter. Matt tries to persuade the boy to
get a job and forget about gunslinging, but the youngster seems to be obsessed with the idea. [JB]

2.06 [045] Gunsmoke:
INDIAN WHITE (b-w)(30 min)
27-Oct-1956 CBS Sat
Guest Cast:
Peter Votrian ......... Dennis
Marian Seldes ......... Mrs. Mary Cullen
Alexander Lockwood .... Colonel Honeyman
Abel Fernandez ........ Little Wolf
Stanley Adams ......... Ross
Clegg Hoyt ............ Dutchholder
Kenneth Alton ......... Cowboy
George Archambeault ... Citizen
Synopsis:
A young boy faces a problem when he must choose between the primitive way of the Indian and his rightful place in
civilized society. Though born of white parents, the boy has been raised by a band of Cheyennes. [JB]

2.07 [046] Gunsmoke:
HOW TO CURE A FRIEND (b-w)(30 min)
10-Nov-1956 CBS Sat
Guest Cast:
Andrew Duggan ......... Nick Search
Simon Oakland ......... Enoch Mills
Joseph Mell ........... Bill Pence
Jess Kirkpatrick ...... Mr. Teeters
Synopsis:
A former friend of Matt Dillon is now a notorious gambler. The man tries to use his acquaintance with Dillon to fleece
local townsfolk. [JB]

2.08 [047] Gunsmoke: LEGAL REVENGE (b-w)(30 min)
17-Nov-1956 CBS Sat
Directed by Andrew V McLaglen
Guest Cast:
Cloris Leachman ....... Flory Tebbs
Philip Bourneuf ....... George Bassett
Robert Strong ......... Clerk
Synopsis:
Doc stops at a cabin and finds a man with a badly infected leg and while treating him he sees a gun being held by the man
pointed at his "wife". Doc sends Matt and Chester back to the cabin and while they are talking to the man the woman chases
them off threating to shot them with her rifle. When Matt returns the man is dead and the woman admits to killing him.
Matt arrsts her for murder and she tells him that the man killed her husband and had been holding her as a prisoner. While
see is in jail Matt receives notice that the man she killed is wanted dead or alive for several murders and release the woman,
who turns down the reward because " I told my husband while he was dying that I would kill the man who killed him". [TD]

2.09 [048] Gunsmoke:
THE MISTAKE (b-w)(30 min)
24-Nov-1956 CBS Sat
Directed by Andrew V McLaglen
Guest Cast:
Michael "Touch" Connors ....... Jim Bostick
Gene O'Donnell ........ Haney
Cyril Delevanti ....... Driver
Robert Hinkle ......... Rider
Bert Rumsey ........... Bartender
Synopsis 1:
Sam the bartender finds a dying Faro dealer who tells him he was robbed by a man in a red shirt with black curly hair.
Matt then questions a man (Touch Connors) matching that description who says he is innocent and that Doc is his alibi but
since Doc has left town Matt arrests him until he gets Doc's story. The suspect escapes from Jail and Matt tracks him down
and shots him in the arm and brings him back to Dodge. While they were gone the real robber struck again but this time the
the next victim another Faro dealer kills him before he dies. Matt releases the innocent man and he leaves Dodge. [TD]
Synopsis 2:
Marshal Dillon is faced with a problem after a gambler is killed in Dodge City. If he trails the man suspected
of the killing, he will have to leave the town unprotected. [JB]

2.10 [049] Gunsmoke:
GREATER LOVE (b-w)(30 min)
01-Dec-1956 CBS Sat
Guest Cast:
Claude Akins .......... Jed Butler
Ray Bennett ........... Hank
Amzie Strickland ...... Mrs. Brant
Frank de Kova ......... Tobeel
Synopsis:
An outlaw whose buddy is near death threatens to take Doc's life if he fails to save the wounded man. Marshal Dillon
tries to prevent bloodshed by placing himself at the mercy of the gunman. [JB]

2.11 [050] Gunsmoke:
NO INDIANS (b-w)(30 min)
08-Dec-1956 CBS Sat
Guest Cast:
Dick Rich ............. Sam Butler
Herbert Rudley ........ Captain Starr
Mickey Simpson ........ Stapp
Fintan Meyler ......... Arie O'Dell
Joel Ashley ........... Jake
K.L. Smith ............ Cran
Synopsis:
Marshal Dillon and Chester set themselves up as decoys in an attempt to ambush a band of Indian renegades. [JB]

2.12 [051] Gunsmoke:
SPRING TERM (b-w)(30 min)
15-Dec-1956 CBS Sat (Rerun 11Jul59 CBS)
Guest Cast:
Ross Ford ............. Dane Shaw
Paul Newlan ........... Danch
H.M. Wynant ........... Barker
Harry Townes .......... Bill Lee
Jack Kruschen ......... Jed
Stanley Adams ......... Bartender
Clayton Post .......... Citizen
Synopsis:
A man is shot down on Dodge City's main street. During the investigation, Marshal Dillon
finds that he himself was the intended victim. [JB]
Synopsis:
While investigating a murder, Matt finds out that he was the intended victim.[JB]
(Synd. Rerun WMTV-15 (NBC) Madison, WI Tues 9Apr 68 12:05 a.m. CST)

2.13 [052] Gunsmoke:
POOR PEARL (b-w)(30 min)
22-Dec-1956 CBS Sat
Guest Cast:
Constance Ford ........ Pearl Bender
Denver Pyle ........... Willie Calhoun
Michael Emmet ......... Webb Thorne
Jess Kirkpatrick ...... Frank Teeters
Bert Rumsey ........... Bartender
John Hamilton ......... Big John
John McGough .......... Jimmie
Synopsis:
Two men who are in love with the same woman determine to shoot it out. Matt Dillon learns of the plan and intervenes. [JB]

2.14 [053] Gunsmoke:
CHOLERA (b-w)(30 min)
29-Dec-1956 CBS Sat
Guest Cast:
Paul Fix .............. McCready
Bartlett Robinson ..... Gabriel
Peg Hillias ........... Jenny
Stuart Whitman ........ Bart
Gordon Gebert ......... Billy
John Smith ............ David
Synopsis:
An unscrupulous landowner attempts violence to evict a homesteader and his family from their claim. [JB]

2.15 [054] Gunsmoke:
PUCKET'S NEW YEAR (b-w)(30 min)
05-Jan-1957 CBS Sat
Guest Cast:
Edgar Stehli .......... Ira Pucket
Grant Withers ......... Jed Larner
Richard Deacon ........ Botkin
Rocky Shahan .......... Jim
Bert Rumsey ........... Bartender
Synopsis:
Matt and Chester find an old buffalo soldier who has been left to die by his partner. They save the old man's life
but have to cope with his bitterness. He now stalks his former partner, intent upon murder. [JB]

2.16 [055] Gunsmoke:
THE COVER UP (b-w)(30 min)
12-Jan-1957 CBS Sat
Guest Cast:
Roy Engle ............. Hoffer
Vivi Janiss ........... Sara Baxton
Tyler McVey ........... Sam Baxton
Theodore Marcuse ...... Zack Ritter
Malcolm Atterbury ..... Jed Bates
Synopsis:
Marshal Dillon seeks the answer when an unknown assailant shoots down defenseless homesteaders at the doors
of their remote cabins. [JB]

2.17 [056] Gunsmoke:
SINS OF THE FATHER (b-w)(30 min)
19-Jan-1957 CBS Sat (Rerun 25Jul59 CBS)
Guest Cast:
Peter Whitney ......... Dan Daggit
Angie Dickinson ....... Rose Daggit
Gage Clarke ........... Dobie
Paul Wexler ........... Rodin
Synopsis:
An enraged hunter vows revenge after his Indian wife is brutally attacked. [JB]

2.18 [057] Gunsmoke:
KICK ME (b-w)(30 min)
26-Jan-1957 CBS Sat
Guest Cast:
Robert H. Harris ...... Fred Myers
Frank de Kova ......... Tobeef
Julie Van Zandt ....... Jennifer Myers
Paul Lambert .......... Harry Bent
Synopsis:
A bank robber poses as a respectable citizen of Dodge City, but overestimates his hold on an illiterate Indian
guide on whom he perpetrated a cruel hoax. [JB]

2.19 [058] Gunsmoke:
THE EXECUTIONER (b-w)(30 min)
02-Feb-1957 CBS Sun
Guest Cast:
Robert Keys ........... Abe Curry
Michael Hinn .......... Morgan Curry
Liam Sullivan ......... Tom Clegg
Synopsis:
A ruthless young gunslinger kills an older man in a senseless duel. The victim's brother,
realizing he is unable to meet the slayer on equal terms, goes to avenge the death unarmed. [JB]

2.20 [059] Gunsmoke:
GONE STRAIGHT (b-w)(30 min)
09-Feb-1957 CBS Sat
Guest Cast:
Carl Betz ............. Nate Timble
Tige Andrews .......... Mike Postil
Marianne Stewart ...... Mrs. Timble
Joe de Santis ......... Gunter
John Dierkes .......... Ace
Ward Wood ............. Parker
Synopsis:
Matt and Chester attempt to serve a warrant for arrest of a man in a nearby frontier town, but are stopped by townspeople,
who refuse to identify him. The oultaw, now a law-abiding citizen, wants to go straight. [JB]

2.21 [060] Gunsmoke:
BLOODY HANDS (b-w)(30 min)
16-Feb-1957 CBS Sat
Guest Cast
Joe Perry ............. Clay
Bob Forrest ........... Pete
Larry Dobkin .......... Jack Brand
Russell Johnson ....... Joe Stanger
Gloria Marshall ....... Linda Hawkins
Harvey Grant .......... Billy
David Saber ........... Tom
Ed Platt
Synopsis:
Marshal Dillon decides to turn in his badge after he is forced to shoot a man down in the name of the law. [JB]

2.22 [061] Gunsmoke:
SKID ROW (b-w)(30 min)
23-Feb-1957 CBS Sat
Guest Cast:
Susan Morrow .......... Ann Cabot
Joe Sargent ........... Jack Stoner
Guinn "Big Boy" Williams ...... Hank Groet
Synopsis:
A girl makes the long arduous trip west to meet the man who asked her to be his wife. She arrives in Dodge City, only to
have the man refuse to see her. A promising homesteader when he first proposed to her, the young man is now destitute. [JB]

2.23 [062] Gunsmoke:
SWEET AND SOUR (b-w)(30 min)
02-Mar-1957 CBS Sat (Rerun 22Aug59 CBS)
Guest Cast:
Karen Sharpe .......... Rena Decker
John Alderson ......... Ab Laster
Walter Reed ........... Joe Garrett
Ken Mayer ............. Hank
John Mitchum .......... Joe
Synopsis:
A dance hall queen, newly arrived in Dodge City, causes trouble for Marshal Matt Dillon.
She deliberately goats admirers into gunfights over her affections. [JB]

2.24 [063] Gunsmoke:
CAIN (b-w)(30 min)
09-Mar-1957 CBS Sat
Guest Cast:
Mark Roberts .......... Joel Adams
Harry Bartell ......... Cain Vestal
Paul Dubov ............ Pritchard
Dan Riss .............. Mike
Howard Ludwig ......... Pete
Synopsis:
A wealthy Dodge City rancher must reckon with his unsavory past as a gunfighter when an embittered man challenges
him to a showdown. [JB]

2.25 [064] Gunsmoke:
THE BUREAUCRAT (b-w)(30 min)
16-Mar-1957 CBS Sat (Rerun 9Jul60 CBS)
Guest Cast:
John Hoyt ............. Rex Propter
Ned Glass ............. Husk
Bill Bryant ........... Charlie Frost
Ken Lynch ............. Will Stroud
Synopsis:
Over Matt Dillon's objections, a government official decides to take over law enforcement in Dodge City.
But an angry mob rebels against his dictatorial methods. [JB]

2.26 [065] Gunsmoke:
THE LAST FLING (b-w)(30 min)
23-Mar-1957 CBS Sat
Guest Cast:
Florenz Ames .......... John Peavy
Anne O'Neal ........... Sabina Peavy
Frank de Kova ......... Mulligan Rives
Susan Morrow .......... Melanie
Synopsis:
Kitty, hostess and the part owner of The Long Branch Saloon, finds the attentions of one of her customers annoying,
and rebuffs him. Later, the man is found shot, and Kitty is accused of murder. [JB]

2.27 [066] Gunsmoke:
CHESTER'S MURDER (b-w)(30 min)
30-Mar-1957 CBS Sat
Guest Cast:
Murray Hamilton ....... Jake Buley
Peggy Castle .......... Nita Tucker
Tom Greenway .......... Ned Pickard
Gage Clarke ........... Jim Dobie
Charles Conrad ........ Man
Tim Graham ............ Jonas
Synopsis:
Matt is forced to take his friend Chester into custody when irate townspeople threaten violence. A jealous cowboy who
had threatened Chester in public was later found dead. Evidence points to Chester as the guilty party. [JB]

2.28 [067] Gunsmoke:
THE PHOTOGRAPHER (b-w)(30 min)
(1957.04.06)
Sebastian Cabot ............... Prof. Jacoby
Norman Fredericks ............. Gart
Ned Glass ..................... Grubby
Charles Horvath ............... Left Hand
Dorothy Schuyler .............. Kate

2.29 [068] Gunsmoke:
WRONG MAN (I) (b-w)(30 min)
(1957.04.13)

(not to be confused with episode #12.7 [416] "The Wrong Man")
Guest Cast:
Don Keefer .................... Sam Rickers
Catherine McLeod .............. Letty
Robert Griffin ................ Catlin

2.30 [069] Gunsmoke:
BIG GIRL LOST (b-w)(30 min)
(1957.04.20)
Michael Pate .................. Philip Locke
Gloria McGhee ................. Laura Simmons
Judson Pratt .................. Bill Pence
Gerald Milton ................. Ed Doofin

2.31 [070] Gunsmoke:
WHAT THE WHISKEY DRUMMER HEARD (b-w)(30 min)
27-Apr-1957 CBS Sat
Guest Cast:
Vic Perrin ............ Wilbur Hawkins
Robert Karnes ......... Roberts
Robert Burton ......... Sheriff Tom Smith
Bert Rumsey ........... Bartender
Synopsis:
Marshall Dillon hopes to force an unknown enemy into the open by pretending that an attempt to kill him was successful,
but the Marshall's plan backfires. Now he has to wait for a second attack, not knowing where it is coming from.

2.32 [071] Gunsmoke:
CHEAP LABOR (b-w)(30 min)
(1957.05.04)
Andrew Duggan ................. Fos Capper
Peggy Webber .................. Flora Stancil
Robert F. Simon ............... Ben Stancil
Alan Emerson .................. Joe
Tom Gleason ................... Pete
Susan Morrow .................. Melanie

2.33 [072] Gunsmoke:
MOON (b-w)(30 min)
11-May-1957 CBS Sat
Guest Cast:
Rebecca Welles ........ Nan Mellors
Philip Pine ........... Vint
Stafford Repp ......... Charlie Brewer
Thomas Palmer ......... Jack Salter
Jane Ray .............. Vickie
Synopsis:
Vint Brent is a crooked gambler who allows Charles Brewer, his opponent, to win first.
However, Brewer is clever enough to stop playing while he is still winning.

2.34 [073] Gunsmoke:
WHO LIVES BY THE SWORD (b-w)(30 min)
(1957.05.18)
Steve Terrell ................. Billy Baxter
Robert C. Ross ................ Lew Baxter
Harry Woods ................... Snyder
Harold J. Stone ............... Joe Delk
Sheila Noonan

2.35 [074] Gunsmoke:
UNCLE OLIVER (b-w)(30 min)
25-May-1957 CBS Sat
Guest Cast:
Earle Hodgins ......... Oliver Stang
Paul Wexler ........... Viney Stang
Charles Bronson
Synopsis:
Matt Dillon stalks a would-be killer who ambushed his friend Chester. In order to draw the gunman
into the open, Dillon is forced to ask two of his closest friends to act as decoys. [JB]

2.36 [075] Gunsmoke:
DADDY-O (b-w)(30 min)
01-Jun-1957 CBS Sat
Guest Cast:
John Dehner ........... Wayne Russell
Judson Pratt .......... Bill Pence
Synopsis:
Shortly after Kitty buys half of the Long Branch from Bill Pence (Judson Pratt) her father whom she hasn't seen since
she was a child arrives from New Orleans. He wants her to return with him to New Orleans after she sells her share of
the Long Branch and gives him the money to handle for her. [TD]

2.37 [076] Gunsmoke:
THE MAN WHO WOULD BE MARSHAL (b-w)(30 min)
(1957.06.15)
Herbert Rudley ................ Emmett Egan
Alex Sharp .................... Jeff Willoughby
Clancy Cooper ................. Bozeman
Rusty Wescoatt ................ Gere

2.38 [077] Gunsmoke:
LIAR FROM BLACKHAWK (b-w)(30 min)
22-Jun-1957 CBS Sat
Guest Cast
Denver Pyle ........... Hank Shim
Strother Martin
John Doucette
Synopsis 1:
The people of Dodge find out what happens when a small-time gunman, with a big reputation, meets a cold-blooded killer.
Synopsis 2:
A brash young man considers himself a gunslinger, and in an attempt to impress the people of Dodge City, he provokes
a gun battle with a drunken man. When a genuine gunslinger arrives in town, the pretender is in real trouble. [JB]

2.39 [078] Gunsmoke:
JEALOUSY (b-w)(30 min)
(1957.07.06)
Than Wyenn .................... Lonnie Pike
Jack Kelly .................... Cam Durbin
Joan Tetzel ................... Tilda
Jack Mann ..................... Jack Davis
Ken Drake ..................... Cowboy
Barbara Dodd .................. Waitress

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