Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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The Hiders 

When a young teenager from a group of squatters decides he can do better than stealing, he changes his ways. But the leader of the squatters will try to manipulate the young man with the people that has treated him the best.

Director:

Victor French

Writer:

Paul Savage
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Ken Curtis ... Festus
Buck Taylor ... Newly
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Ned Beatty ... Karp
Mitch Vogel ... Dink
Lee de Broux ... Quincannon (as Lee De Broux)
Robert Donner ... Belnap
Damon Douglas Damon Douglas ... Billy
Sierra Bandit Sierra Bandit ... Martha
Ellen Blake Ellen Blake ... Mrs. Belnap
Ted Jordan Ted Jordan ... Burke
Woody Chambliss Woody Chambliss ... Lathrop
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When a young teenager from a group of squatters decides he can do better than stealing, he changes his ways. But the leader of the squatters will try to manipulate the young man with the people that has treated him the best.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The rattlesnake encountered had the markings and characteristics of a Mojave rattlesnake (Crotalus scutulatus), a species that is unique to California and the surrounding Southwestern United States, rather than the grasslands of western Kansas. Mojave rattlesnakes, in their natural habitat/ecosystem, exist no closer than 900 miles from where everything takes place. A Western Diamondback or a prairie rattlesnake would have made a more likely species to encounter. See more »

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Ned Beatty plays a tough in this interesting episode
6 September 2012 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

Victor French gets his third directing job on this episode of 'Gunsmoke' as we get a group of lazy squatters that main job is to steal their way through life.

The leader of the group is named Karp (Ned Betty) who forces control over the other five in the group. But one of the squatter is a younger boy named Dink (Mitch Vogel) has been abused by Karp and had the nerve to try to make it on his own. Only problem is that he chose to break into a store in Dodge and was captured by Festus.

Festus had previous dealing with the boy and knew about his situation. So Festus get Dink a job at Newly's store to pay off his damages. Everything is going well until Karp comes to town.

When Karp and Festus get into a near brawl in the street, Karp wants revenge on Festus in the form of killing him.

The only one in the squatters that has been nice to Dink was a woman named Martha. Karp advises that if Dink does not help him kill Festus, Martha would meet a terrible fate. So Dink is in the middle of protecting Martha or protecting Festus.

Ned Beatty does a good job of playing the tough in this show. I had my doubts at first but his performance was far better than expected. Ken Curtis also does a good job of holding the entire episode together since Matt just makes a cameo. Even with the plot starting rather slowly - it picked up to make an interesting episode.


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