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Reed Survives
Gunsmoke Reed Survives (1955–1975)
TV Episode
  • Director:
    Charles Marquis Warren
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  • Writer:
    Les Crutchfield
  • Cast:
    James Arness,Dennis Weaver,Milburn Stone
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Booth Rider is being played for a sucker by the wife of the ranch owner he works for, in the hopes that he will have to kill her husband in self defense.
Episode complete credited cast:
James Arness James Arness - Matt Dillon
Dennis Weaver Dennis Weaver - Chester
Milburn Stone Milburn Stone - Doc
Amanda Blake Amanda Blake - Kitty
John Carradine John Carradine - Ephraim Hunt
Lola Albright Lola Albright - Lucy Hunt
James Drury James Drury - Booth Rider
Virginia Chapman Virginia Chapman - Gypsy (as Virginia Arness) (credit only)

Gunsmoke Reed Survives (1955–1975)

Virginia Chapman, as a gypsy, is credited but not seen in this show. But fifteen shows later in 'The Killer' Virginia Chapman, as the gypsy, makes an appearance but is uncredited. And with the outfit that Matt has on in the later show it would appear to have been filmed for this show but not used.

First of two appearances of Virginia Chapman, wife of James Arness.

There is no connection between the title and teleplay.

Strong story with movie-level cast-- Carradine, Albright, and Drury. Farm wife Albright shows up at Matt's office, claiming husband Carradine wants to kill her. Matt rides to farm, but Carradine shows no suspicious signs, emphasizing instead that he loves her and does so in convincing fashion. Now Matt doesn't know what to think until Kitty points out handsome young drifter (Drury) who has started work at the farm. And so the plot thickens.

Good screenplay from Les Crutchfield that leads to one of those deeper ironical endings that helped distinguish the series. Fine work from young Drury as the star-crossed drifter. However, someone in production decided Albright should be dressed as though she just stepped out of a glossy magazine-- some farm wife! Also, the cadaverously impressive Carradine's part is much to brief for an actor of his abilities. There's an unusual moment in the screenplay that should be noted. Matt walks into the saloon where Doc is holding forth at a table with others clustered around. Convention leads us to expect Matt will linger in some fashion with another cast principal. But he doesn't, walking past instead. Thus we never learn what the heavy discussion was about. The plot is advanced not a whit. But the moment does suggest something unusual and often neglected in a tightly budgeted TV series. Namely, that there is life beyond camera range.
This was a great story line and shows an early Matt Dillon's ability to size up a situation and where it might head. After talking with John Carradine's character, one thing is apparent. He is a bit too old and righteous for his beautiful saloon dancer of a wife Lola Albright. After speaking to Caradine, he headed straight for the Long Branch Salon and passes on chatting with doc who was holding court. Focused on heading off a disaster, he reached out to Miss Kitty to learn more about Albright. Miss Kitty directed him toward Drury and Matt suggested that Drury head north and get out of Dodge. Now, I assume on this show, that divorce wasn't an option. As Drury heads back to the farm, Albright convinces Drury that the husband was out to kill her and him. Of course Drury shoots Carradine just as Matt and his trusty sidekick Chester are riding onto the ranch. Matt knows that Albright persuaded Drury to kill Carradine. Confronting her, he knew he could never prove anything. In the end, frontier justice wins out and there are no winners! The writers of Gunsmoke did a great job creating Matt Dillon, who has to be one of the all-time greatest cowboy characters to ever grace a screen.
With actors John Carradine, Lola Albright and James Drury you know this is going to be a fine episode.

The story centers around the marriage of Ephraim Hunt (Carradine) and Lucy Hunt (Albright). Lucy comes into the Marshal's office claiming that Ephraim is set on killing her. So Matt sets out to have a chat with Ephraim and finds out that the older man is really in love with his young bride.

Not familiar with the situation, Matt talks to Booth Rider (Drury) that is a hired worker on the Hunt farm. He tells Rider that things are not well at the Hunt place and he needs to find work somewhere else. Rider refuses saying that he likes working for the Hunts.

But what really is happening is that Lucy is baiting Rider to get into a gunfight with her husband. If Rider kills Ephraim then she will be free and able to leave Dodge with a clean slate. But something goes horribly wrong with her scheme. And at the end of the episode no person will be happy with the outcome.

An excellent example of 'what goes around comes around'. The story was compelling and the characters interesting which always makes for a good watch and entertaining show.
First of all, if James Drury allowed me to kiss him, I don't think I'd be sending him packing...

This woman as pure evil. She married a man, seduced another to have him kill her husband. Then she laughed at the marshal, knowing she could never be arrested for her husband's murder.

But if she thought she was going to go unpunished, she had another thing coming to her. This episode ends in a twist that teaches us the old saying "Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive." She indeed did live up to that quote...Everyone was a looser in this episode.

Wonderful story line with a great cast of character actors!
GUNSMOKE was not only a landmark television Western, lasting 20 years on the prime time airwaves, but was also a trendsetting radio series. Departing from the juvenile good guys/bad guys shows that dominated in the early 50s, this was a gritty, realistic, adult Western that supplied no easy answers in its accurate depiction of the daily hardships faced in Dodge City, Kansas, circa 1870. From its 1955 debut until its seventh season in 1961, the series was a half hour drama directly inspired by its radio version, after that it expanded to an hour, eventually graduating to color by 1966. John Carradine made two appearances during the early half hour era, airing on CBS Saturday nights at 10:00PM, best remembered for Dennis Weaver's limping deputy Chester, with the Dec 31 1955 broadcast of "Reed Survives" only the 13th episode, out of a whopping 635 (his other appearance would be the fifth season opener "Target"). James Arness was an instant success as Marshal Matt Dillon, supported by Milburn Stone as Doc Adams and Amanda Blake as Miss Kitty, all present along with Chester right from the start. Like many entries, this is a study in characterization, opening with pretty young wife Laura Hunt (Lola Albright) calling on Matt to inform him that she fears that her older husband Ephraim plans to kill her with a newly purchased gun. The Marshal pays a friendly visit to his old friend Ephraim (John Carradine), and discovers that, though there is a wide age gap, he truly loves his wife and wants the marriage to persevere (the episode gets its title from his comment about how the reed must survive in inclement weather). Matt then asks Kitty about Laura, who once worked as a showgirl at the Long Branch, but is told that the girl pretty much kept to herself. Kitty points out one man at the bar, Booth Ryder (James Drury), employed by Ephraim Hunt for just a few weeks, who disregards the Marshal's advice to leave town. Matt and Chester keep a watchful eye on the Hunt ranch, but are too late to prevent Ephraim from being fatally shot by Booth, who manages to escape. Chester heads into town to get Doc while Matt remains behind to convey the sad news to the grieving widow. She isn't just startled to see the Marshal, we know she was expecting someone else, her stark look of terror restored to calm by Matt's insistence that he can't legally touch her, despite knowing how she set up her husband's murder, having only married him for his money. Marshal Dillon waits for Booth to return to the widow Hunt, and after a brief shootout in the barn is surprised to hear that drifter Booth couldn't stand to see the now wealthy Laura laugh in his face, confessing to strangling her with his bare hands. Carting him off to jail, Matt concludes that Booth should have taken his advice and kept on riding. Rather predictable in its moralizing but well done nonetheless, opening with Marshal Dillon walking through boot hill, his quest to prevent stupid mistakes that turn fatal, setting the pattern for what follows. Lola Albright starred opposite Shrinking Man Grant Williams in Universal's 1957 "The Monolith Monsters" before finding her greatest fame on television's PETER GUNN, as well as several acclaimed record albums. On screen for just two scenes, Carradine is made up to look much older, a warm gregarious husband, his only sin wedding a callous gold digger. His next GUNSMOKE in 1959 also found him playing an older man, an intolerant father who pays the ultimate price for it.