Sep. 10, 1955
60 min.
CBS TV Network
Trivia Facts | Top Quotes | Goofs/Mistakes
  • Goof (revealing mistake): In the opening scene, as Matt walks through the graveyard, at least one of the cardboard headstones can be seen flapping in the breeze.
  • Goof (revealing mistake): In the opening scene in the series first season where Matt is walking through Boot Hill you can see one of the headstones swaying in the wind indicating these are either made of cardboard or foam.
  • Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Amos' last line, "He didn't even bother to count coal," is wrong. The line should be "He didn't even bother to count coup," the Indian term for physically touching an enemy.
  • Goof (miscellaneous): Even though Joel Ashley's character is credit with the name Linus, throughout the entire show he is referred to as Nate. Nate is the same character he played in the earlier show 'The Big Broad'.
  • Goof (anachronisms): Matt opens strolling thru boot hill with many graves marked in the 1880s yet the story is set no later than 1876, the year of Custer's last stand. It may not be a goof because the boot hill musings never have had anything to do with the stories and could represent Matt's reflections years later.
  • Goof (continuity error): In this show, Kitty purchases half interest in the Long Branch. However, previously in 'Sweet and Sour' Season 2 show 23 - Kitty advises that she is half owner of the Long Branch.
  • Goof (revealing mistake): The Harry Speener character's name is misidentified as "Harry Spencer" in the closing credits for this episode.
  • Goof (miscellaneous): Joe Harpe's character name is misidentified as "Joe Sharpe" in the closing credits.
  • Goof (revealing mistake): At the beginning of Potato Road, Matt rides into town in a dark outfit, but in the next scene when he dismounts his horse, he is seen in a lighter outfit.
  • Goof (revealing mistake): The murderous former Quantrill raider in this episode is consistently referred to by the other characters as "Bill Stapp", but the closing credits misidentify him as "Bill Strapp".
  • Goof (revealing mistake): When the dealer falls out of his chair and against the wall after being shot by Andy, the "wood paneling" behind him is displaced and warps like cardboard.
  • Goof (continuity error): At the very beginning, Chester is wearing a dark shirt. Right after being thrown from his horse he crawls up to Matt behind a log. He is now wearing a light colored shirt.
  • Goof (revealing mistake): When the marshall is in his office, there is a bulletin board with wanted posters on it. It appears they didn't have enough wanted posters of different people as the poster for Tyler McKay was used twice.
  • Goof (continuity error): When Yermo shoots Verd, he has the gun shoved right in the stomach. In the next cut, Verd is shot in the shoulder as the smoke from the gun goes off to the right.
  • Goof (continuity error): When Matt punches Andy at the bar he then turns around and is square up facing Kerrick when he tells him he better do his drinking somewhere else. The camera then goes to a long shot showing Kerrick leaving but Matt now has his back to Kerrick looking at Andy.
  • Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): John Anderson's character is called Dolliver throughout the entire show. But in the credits it is spelled Delliver.
  • Goof (continuity error): When Cyrus is in front of his house watching Matt, Chester, and Hody ride up the camera angle from the front shows him with his hands by his sides. When the camera angle cuts to a view from his back, his hands are now on his waist with no time elapsed.
  • Goof (continuity error): During a closeup a bullet hole appears in a canteen before the shot was fired. After the shot is heard water begins to drain out of the hole.
  • Goof (continuity error): When Onie andTush are fighting, Tush's gun falls out of his holster, but in the next scene both of them have their guns in their holsters.
  • Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): On two occasions in an early scene, Dolly refers to Rad Meadows as "Mad" Meadows.
  • Goof (anachronisms): An airplane can be seen flying over Chester's head right after Moss Grimmick asks if Bessie had "ran out on him".
  • Goof (continuity error): Near the midpoint, Chester is in a fight with one of the bandits. Afterwards Chester rolls off the bandit with hands above his head and nearly on the bandit's arm. The next camera switch shows Chester with both arms to his side and many feet from the bandit.
  • Goof (miscellaneous): When Pruitt Dover fights the older man next to the pond, it is obvious that there is a stunt double standing in for him. Pruit's hair is much lighter in color than the double's, whose hair is black.
  • Goof (continuity error): When Beard shoots Hager in the Long Branch saloon, Hager doesn't actually pull the gun from his holster and you can see it in the Holster as turns and falls on his back against a chair. The camera moves to Beard then fades out. When it fades back in, Dillon is looking at the body and the gun is in his right hand and he is face down on the floor.
  • Goof (anachronisms): At the start of the episode it is stated that Billy and Lily Baskin are living and working in Joseph City, AZ. The sheriff, when telling Johnny Cole to leave town even states that "Joseph City doesn't like gunfighters". Joseph City, AZ changed its name from St. Joseph in the 1920s - much later than the setting of the series.
  • Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Matt walks into the bar in Elkader, he asks how much for a beer...bar tender says "a quarter"...yet on the wall is a big picture of a mug of beer stating: Beer 10 cents.
  • Goof (crew or equipment visible): After Matt wakes up in the alley, he stumbles towards a barrel. As he approaches it, a shadow from the camera/crew can be seen on the wall next to the barrel. The shadow quickly moves out of the picture.
  • Goof (anachronisms): The series is set in Dodge City, Kansas during the 1870s. At the end, a large-wheel bicycle known as a "penny farthing" is shown being ridden through town. This bicycle was not produced in America until 1878 and it was initially only owned by the wealthy. They were not widely used until the 1880s.
  • Goof (plot holes): Matt upon leaving town tells Festus he has Quint watching the jail. The jail was shown to be empty, so there would be no need for anyone to watch it.
  • Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Doc goes in the general store to get baby supplies he calls the store clerk Jonas. However that was a character played by Dabbs Greer. The clerk was played by Roy Barcoft and his character is called 'Roy' and appeared many times in the Gunsmoke series. Even in the credits it has Roy listed for Barcoft's character..

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