I know that we have had a couple of threads about GUNS in movies and on television shows.
I have rabbit ears on our boob tube and have been watching old Gunsmoke shows on M.E. - a channel on Montana's KECI's website. They have M.E. and THIS stations plus their local news. I watch the b/w and color shows = Gunsmoke plus a bunch of other westerns.
Why did Chester not carry a s/a revolver? He always grabs a rifle and only once in a blue moon will he pick up a handgun and that depends on the story if he picks up a bad guy's gun or if Matt hands him one.
Why did Chester limp? Was he in an accident, in the war or did he have a wooden leg? You can tell this when he rides his horse too.
I did some searches and could not find the exact answer except Chester did say that he preferred a rifle in one old show because he could not shoot a handgun well (?). I think that I heard that right but I am not positive!
I used to watch this as a KID but I do not remember why Chester did not carry a sixgun or how he got his bad leg.
I watch it all the time Cate but I don't have any definate answers to your questions. I do seem to remember Chester saying something about shooting a rifle a lot better than a six gun. Not sure why he limped .
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Hello I'm 48 and I'm starting to watch these old shows for the first time. We stopped paying for Dish/Cable and now just the antenna TV. ME-TV is great. I only watched Rifleman reruns as a kid, I still think they're the best.
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According to Dennis Weaver, he came up with the idea of the limp so his character would be distinctively different than the big tall Marshall and also to account for the reason he didn't carry a gun. Something I bet most people didn't know is Weaver is 6'2" tall. He sure didn't look that tall standing next to 6'7" tall Arness.
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I remember Dennis Weaver on some talk show demonstrating how he could run and jump with his Chester limp. Don't remember why the limp. This was back when he was still on the show.
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Chester had a learning curve. I'm thinking he was learning to fast draw...Kinda a " I just F#@&! shot myself" but unlike Tex he learned not to play with guns
Well someone was going to say it.
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"According to Dennis Weaver, the late actor who played the role of Chester Goode, the producers of the show wanted him to develop a disability to explain why Chester never carried a gun and had a nonviolent attitude. Weaver showed up to the first day of shooting and demonstrated the now famous limp, without any explanation as to why or how Chester got it. The producers loved it and from the beginning of the series, Chester limped, though on occasion Weaver would forget and limp with the wrong leg."
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One of the reasons why he don't carry a gun is he killed a man with one, told about in this episode where he shoots that mans brother with a handgun.
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