GUNSMOKE MOVIE COLLECTION (DVD Review)
Review by Cuddles, the Couch Potato😽
Until The Simpsons came along, Gunsmoke was the longest-running scripted television show in history, 635 episodes over 20 seasons. Though I personally don’t recall ever seeing a single episode, the series had an indelible cultural impact. Before Matt Dillon was a teenage heartthrob, the name was synonymous with the lawman who kept Dodge City clean, as portrayed by James Arness, who remained in the Gunsmoke business for most of his career.
That business would extend beyond the original show. Beginning in 1987, Arness returned as Matt Dillon for a series of made-for-TV movies, three of which are featured in this collection. However, he's since-left his days as a marshal in the dust. In Return to Dodge, Dillon is a fur trapper who comes to the aid of a buddy who’s wanted for a murder he didn’t commit. The real killer is Will Mannon (Steve Forrest), a vicious outlaw Dillon put-away in an old episode and now wants some payback. Arness may be a lot craggier - and whoever did his hairpiece should be bushwhacked - but he slips comfortably back into the role, while Forrest makes a great steely-eyed foe. When you think about it, the film kinda has the same plot as Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
|Andrew Prine called. He wants his hair back.|
|Too intense for one movie.|