Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
7 user

Tail to the Wind 

A father and son bully a farmer and his wife who won't sell their land, but the farmer is oddly reluctant to let Matt arrest the two, even when they resort to gunfire.


Christian Nyby


Les Crutchfield (story by), John Meston (teleplay by)


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?



Episode cast overview:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Dennis Weaver ... Chester
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Harry Townes ... Pezzy
Alice Backes Alice Backes ... Cora
Harry Swoger Harry Swoger ... Burke
Alan Reed Jr. Alan Reed Jr. ... Harlow


A father and son bully a farmer and his wife who won't sell their land, but the farmer is oddly reluctant to let Matt arrest the two, even when they resort to gunfire.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis










Release Date:

10 October 1959 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


When Matt and Chester are outside of the Marshal's office there is a wanted poster for Johnny Red that Matt just tacked to the bulletin board. That is the title character for the previous show in which Johnny Red dies at the end. See more »


(at around 20 mins) Pezzy is kissing his wife goodbye and releases the hand brake from forward, lock, to the middle so he can go. At the 25:37 mark Pezzy and Chester leave in Pezzy's same wagon with the hand brake all the way forward in the lock position. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

What an ending......
20 August 2013 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

For an episode that was lacking for the first twenty minutes, the ending to this show was perhaps the most surprised that I have been in a very long time. In fact this is one of those shows that you want to watch a second time since you missed the clues that was as stealthy as any in a good mystery.

The story centers around the mild and meek Pezzy Nellar and his outspoken wife Cora. They have a small spread outside Dodge and being harassed by this land hungry rancher, Burke Reese, who wants to buy them out. When they refuse to sell, Burke and his son cause havoc around the Nellar's farm. They burn his hen house and shoot up his property. When Marshal Dillon get wind of the problems he visits Pezzy only to find him wimping down to prosecute the Reese's.

It appears that the Burke and his son will eventually run off Pezzy and Cora or someone will get killed. And with Pezzy not wanting to do anything about the trouble, Matt is helpless to intervene.

The story to this point is perhaps not the most exciting plot a viewer can picture. However, the last few minutes of the episode makes up for any lost thrill the viewer may experience during the program. Harry Townes is again great at playing a humble type farmer plus they have teamed him up with a fiery mate in the form of Alice Backes as his wife. An unusual incident makes this ending worth watching. Great show.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 7 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed