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    Well, let’s continue our exploration of Gunsmoke! I come out of The Long Branch and walk down the streets of Dodge City and my next stop is… season 14 and as Matt Dillon used to say to his opponents: “Hold it right there”. Meanwhile The Wild Wild West sees his fourth and final season.

    GUNSMOKE • SEASON 14 (1968-1969) (26 episodes • 50 mins • color)
    The opening title sequence is brand new, meaning now Matt Dillon rides fast his horse in the prairie—actually, a recycled footage from the season 2 episode “Nitro! Part 2”—instead of the previous showdown at Dodge City.

    Find some interesting directors like the brothers McEveety (Bernard and Vincent) and three The Wild Wild West artisans: newcomer Marvin Chomsky, Swedish-born actor Gunnar Hellström and Irving J. Moore. Director Robert Totten now works only as an actor this season: “The Mark of Cain” and “The Long Night”. For the anecdote, you find both Charles Aidman and William Schallert in the same episode (“The Money Store”) and both actors serve as replacements to Ross Martin on The Wild Wild West.

    The same year on The Wild Wild West, you can see recycled sets from Gunsmoke: Matt Dillon’s exterior and interior office (turned into the land office at Grey Ridge in “The Night of the Juggernaut”, they recycle a season 12 footage with a blured Thad and also Epitath’s sheriff office in “The Night of the Fugitives”, Fiddler’s Bend sheriff office in “The Night of Miguelito’s Revenge”, New Petersburg’s sheriff office in “The Night of the Cossacks”, turned into the stage depot in “The Night of the Plague”), the exterior of the Long Branch saloon (“The Night of the Camera”), the interior of the Long Branch saloon (“The Night of the Juggernaut”, “The Night of the Kraken”, “The Night of the Fugitives”, “The Night of the Fire and Brimstone” directed by Bernard McEveety, “The Night of Miguelito’s Revenge”, “The Night of the Janus”, turned into Le Club de la Musique in “The Night of the Diva”, turned into The Balalaika in “The Night of the Cossacks”, turned into O’Donovan’s Saloon in “The Night of the Plague”), the Dodge House (turned into the Sedgewick Hotel and Spa in “The Night of the Sedgewick Curse” directed by Marvin Chomsky, “The Night of the Fugitives”, turned into the office of Dr. Sloane in “The Night of the Fire and Brimstone”, “The Night of the Cossacks”), the staircase of Doc Adams’ office in “The Night of the Fugitives”, “The Night of the Camera” and in “The Night of Miguelito’s Revenge”. For the anecdote, clumsy agent Bosley Cranston mentions Delmonico’s during the tag scene in “The Night of the Camera”.

    Composers are reduced to three names: Leon Klatzkin, Johnny Parker and newcomer Jaime Mendoza-Nava. The same year, Johnny Parker writes the score for “The Night of the Spanish Curse” from The Wild Wild West.

    PRODUCTION TEAM
    producer: John Mantley
    associate producer: Joseph Dackow
    assistant to the producer: Ron Honthaner
    story consultant: Paul Savage
    assistant story consultant: Jim Byrnes
    director of photography: Monroe Askins


    The team remains the same as season 13. From “Railroad!” (episode #9), the team switches position, meaning that Joseph Dackow is promoted to the position of producer, John Mantley regresses to the executive producer seat as in season 11 when he was just an associate producer and Paul Savage is now an executive story consultant and two new members appear: assistant to the producer Ron Honthaner—who used to write a season 13 script entitled “Nowhere to Run”—and assistant story consultant Jim Byrnes will start from episode #4 (“Uncle Finney”) and writes two scripts: “Lobo” and “The Intruder”. Cinematographer Fred Mandl replaces Monroe Askins for one episode: “The Intruder”.

    CAST OF CHARACTERS
    Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Ken Curtis (Festus), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty), Buck Taylor (Newly).

    supporting cast: Glenn Strange (Bartender/Fiddle player “Sam” Noonan), Ted Jordan (Freight agent “Nathan” Burke), Woodrow Chambliss (Woody Lathrop), James Nusser (wino “Louie” Pheeters).

    As usual, the strength of season 14 is the colorful guest actors that add weight to the story: see Charles Aidman (2), Lou Antonio (3), Joe Don Baker, Joseph Campanella, Jeff Corey, Jim Davis (2), Bruce Dern, Steve Forrest, Victor French (3), Will Geer, Steve Ihnat, Joanne Linville, Leslie Nielsen, Nehemiah Persoff, Robert Pine (2), William Schallert, Jacqueline Scott, Harry Dean Stanton, Dub Taylor, Jon Voight, James Wainwright, Morgan Woodward (2).

    THE DVD SETS
    The prints are restored and look wonderful. In each episode and at the end of the first set of end credits, a voice-over announcer introduces the next week trailer. It features separated from the episodes and unrestored next week trailers and, also, English subtitles.
     
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    The New Opening from season 14
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    The mid-season changes: end credits for producer Joseph Dackow.
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    The mid-season changes: end credits for executive producer John Mantley.
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    The mid-season changes: end credits for executive story consultant Paul Savage. d5_savage.
    The mid-season changes: end credits for cinematographer Fred Mandl for one episode.
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    The mid-season changes: end credits for assistant story consultant Jim Byrnes.
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    The mid-season changes: end credits for assistant to the producer Ron Honthaner.
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    Good news! TVSHOWSONDVD on Facebook via VIDEO E.T.A. has reported that Gunsmoke Season 15 will be released in the usual 2 volumes on October first!

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    I'm pleasantly surprised that season 15 is following on so quickly, a little over 6 months after CBS released season 14!
     
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    Good news! TVSHOWSONDVD on Facebook via VIDEO E.T.A. has reported that Gunsmoke Season 15 will be released in the usual 2 volumes on October first!

    The cover artwork as shown on videoeta...
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    I'm pleasantly surprised that season 15 is following on so quickly, a little over 6 months after CBS released season 14!
     
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    Excellent! I look forward to getting that season 15! Thanks for the heads-up, Randall!
     
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    Continuing with the final episodes of Season 7.

    The Summons (7.29) John Crawford, Bethel Leslie, Myron Healey, Robert Stevenson, Cyril Delevanti, Percy Helton, Shug Fisher. A gang leader; Loy, shoots one of his men in the back for the reward money. Loy rides into Dodge looking to collect. As Matt is unable to find a wanted poster, Loy is placed in jail for murder, the criminal was shot in the back. Chester finds the poster and Matt receives word that the reward has been withdrawn. Loy feels that Matt and Chester created his problem and looks to exact revenge on Matt.

    Loy returns "home" - land that he has taken from his woman and turned to his hideout. He hatches a plan to steal a city and lay a trap for Matt. Rose Ellen is tired of being used by Loy and attempts to warn Matt of the potential danger. Matt is captured and is handcuffed to a bed awaiting his justice (being hanged) for slighting Loy.

    Rose Ellen makes a deal to help Matt escape if he will take her away. She has fallen for him. Matt settles the account and is preparing to return to Dodge whn Rose Ellen finds out that Matt has no designs on her. She is crushed.

    The Dreamers (7.30) Liam Redmond, J. Pat O'Malley, Gage Clark, Shug Fisher, Valerie Allen, Cece Whitney. Two miners are making their way to Memphis to open a gambling establishment on the Mississippi. Henry Cairn spots Kitty and immediately believes she will bend to his charms and wealth (he saved $10,000 from his mining days). He sets out to woo her so she will go with him and Jake Fogle to set up the new casino. Kitty refuses his charms.

    Henry declares war and opens the Lady Gay Saloon, undercuts her prices and puts her out of business. Sadness in the last half as Kitty has placed the Long Branch on the market. Henry still believes that Kitty will finally take his offer of marriage seriously and end their feud. Jake sees the issue more realistically in that Kitty will never accept the proposal. Jake has a different solution that kills their dream since Henry has squandered nearly 2/3 of his fortune.

    Cale (7.31) Carl Reindel, Peter Ashley, Joseph Hamilton, Hank Patterson, Robert Karnes. Cale, a young man travelling on his own walks into an explosive situation. He stops at a farm looking for water and shelter for the night. Upon awakening the following morning he hears an argument and then gunfire. Cale is a victim of circumstance and is shot because he is in the wrong place at the wrong time. He trails the shooter of the old farm owner and is shot a second time and left for dead.

    Matt happens along and fights to brin Cale in to see Doc. Before Doc can operate, Cale alienates his rescuers. Doc is in a hurry to help birth a families 9th child and recruits Matt who then recruits Chester and finally Kitty into sitting with Cale. Cale recovers rapidly and informs Matt that he will handle his problems in his own way with help from noone. Cale is very resourcefull and takes s job at Moss's stable working for Hank.

    The attacker shows up in Dodge and Cale follows and then captures him. They travel out to Nick Archer's ranch to explain the situation to the older man. Matt shows up in time to finally piece the situation together. Cale has cleared his name and is off to the next adventure. (He will return in Season 8.)

    Chester's Indian (7.32) Jena Engstrom, Karl Swenson, Eddie Little Sky, Lew Brown, Shug Fisher. Chester is looking forward to a visit with his cousin to do some fishing or nothing or whatever they feel like doing. Matt, Doc and Kitty all gather around Chester to wish him a safe trip. Chester is uncomfortable with this and leaves hastily. The three of them head to Delmonico's for breakfast and the understory becomes apparent - Doc misses Chester.

    An Indian is captured and pleads with is eyes to the storekeeper's daughter. He escapes and finds his way to the Dell ranch and Callie. She promises to help him tomorrow after her father and brother head to work. Chester arrives at the Dell home as Callie is attempting to help the Indian escape. Chester mistakenly shoots him in the shoulder. Callie guilts Chester into helping. Chester removes the bullt and tries to doctor him as much as he can.

    The family comes looking for Callie and Chester helps hide them. He is then coerced to enter town to get supplies and discovers that Callie's father owns the general store. Chester keeps saying he wishes he had travelled a different path to his cousins, I wish he would have also.

    Just two more to go and I will enter the Quint Asper stories.
     
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    GUNSMOKE SEASON 14

    Episode #1
    “Lyle’s Kid”
    written by Calvin Clements, Sr.
    directed by Bernard McEveety
    music by Johnny Parker
    guests: Morgan Woodward, Robert Pine, Charlotte Considine, Sam Melville, Ken Mayer, Joe De Santis, Lew Palter, Mills Watson, I. Stanford Jolley, Kelton Garwood


    Two Lyle’s stop at a country house, turned into a roadside saloon, to water their horses when two loafers play with their handguns and excite the horse of crippled Grant Lyle (actor Morgan Woodward) when his son Jeffery (actor Robert Pine) notices and talks to waitress Iris (actress Considine) that he used to know from his childhood. Out of the blue, Jack Garvin (actor Sam Melville), one of the two loafers, takes Iris but Jeffery warns him to let her go which triggers a showdown that Jeff wins without firing. It’s carnival time at Dodge City and Newly brings two drunks to the marshal’s office while Matt Dillon meets his old friend sheriff Grant Lyle and invites him for a breakfast and hires Jeff as a replacement deputy. Later that night, Jeff meets again Iris, now job-less, that is harassed by a drunk and invites her for a diner at Delmonico’s when the two loafers stop at the Dodge House and spot Jeff. At the exit of the restaurant, Garvin provokes Jeff for a showdown and dies swiftly. Jeff feels bad about killing his first man when he meets Iris, now working at the Long Branch, who begs him for a picnic. Dillon knows that Grant will use his son for a vengeance plan against convict Hoxy (actor Joe De Santis) so Iris makes her best to distract Jeff and talks about marriage. Disappointed by his son, Grant goes to Newly and asks him to make a ‘fanning gun’ for the big day …

    It’s a good but pathetic and absurb revenge entry about an old sheriff eating from the inside paired with a farmboy love story that is well-served by the guest actors (Morgan Woodward, Robert Pine) and Johnny Parker’s music score. The outcome shows us two crippled old men. Actually, the solution of the story reminds the season 13 “The Prodigal”. As in some previous episodes written by Calvin Clements (the season 10 “Jonah Hutchinson” and the season 13 “The Prodigal”), an old character has a sudden flash of memory and, here, in the barn of the station. As in previous episodes, a hostile figure insults the righteous character and, here, calls him “farmboy”. Find the return of undertaker Percy Crump (actor Kelton Garwood).

    Actors Joe De Santis (“The Jackals”), Kelton Garwood (“Blood Money”), Sam Melville (“Death Train”), Mills Watson (“Blood Money”) and Morgan Woodward (“Vengeance” and “Death Train”) all return from season 13. The same year, actor Robert Pine appears as Lt. Murray in the season 4 episode of The Wild Wild West entitled “The Night of the Pistoleros” (also directed by Bernard McEveety).


    End Credits for composer Johnny Parker.
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    GUNSMOKE SEASON 14

    Episode #2
    “The Hide Cutters”
    written by Jack Turley
    directed by Bernard McEveety
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: Cliff Osmond, Michael Burns, Conlan Carter, Ken Swofford, Eddie Firestone, Joseph Campanella, Gregg Palmer, Steve Raines, Mike Howden


    Riding in the wilderness, Festus spots a puma down to a mountain, fires and misses it but it triggers the falling of rocks. Minutes later, a band of cattle rustlers hear the calling for help from Festus whose legs are emprisoned by the rocks. Young Arlie Joe (actor Michael Burns) rushes to rescue Festus despite the warning of leader Chunk (actor Cliff Osmond). On the verge of stealing a lost branded cow, the rustlers suddenly meet Matt Dillon looking for Festus. That night, Matt Dillon stops at the camp of trail boss Amos McKee (actor Joseph Campanella) and finds Festus cured by the drovers. Chunk manipulates and mistreats his adopted son Arlie Joe and forces him to do the dirty work while McKee swears he’s going to make the hide cutters pay by all means necessary as well as Matt Dillon …

    It’s an engaging solo Dillon journey and a cattlemen entry in the tradition of Rawhide but also paired with the dilemma of an adopted son. Rustlers leader Chunk fails to burn his feet by Amos McKee’s drovers through the crossing of red hot woods. As in the season 12 “Saturday Night”, Matt Dillon works as a cow hand but against a hostile trail boss. The picturesque rustlers consist of the following actors: Cliff Osmond as Chunk, Michael Burns as Arlie Joe, Conlan Carter as Bodiddly, Ken Swofford as Sugar John, Eddie Firestone as Weevil. Actor Steve Raines is a returning Rawhide figure as drover Jim Quince and, here, he drives the wagon that carries wounded Festus. Actor Joseph Campanella used to be Intertect CEO Lew Wickersham in Mannix during its first season.

    Actors Michael Burns (“Nowhere to Run”), Mike Howden (“Cattle Barons”), Cliff Osmond (“The Victim”), Gregg Palmer (“The Victim” and “Dead Man’s Law”), Steve Raines (“Dead Man’s Law”), Ken Swofford (“Wonder”) all return from season 13.

    Actors Conlan Carter return from the season 9 “No Hands” and his known for his part as Doc in the WWII series Combat! and Eddie Firestone from the season 12 “Nitro!”.


    End credits for composer Leon Klatzkin.
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    Finished up the second Gunsmoke omnibus collection collecting season 5 through 7.
    Gunsmoke - Season 7
    The Prisoner (7.33) Ed Nelson, Andrew Prine, Conrad Nagel, Nancy Gates, Dabbs Greer. Billy Joe (Prine) is an Army prisoner who escapes his work detail by killing a sadistic guard. He finds himself near a farmhouse and seeks shelter not realizing he has walked into a messed up family. He meets the lady of the house; Nancy (Gates) (wife of the oldest son) and flirts with her. Ham is overshadowed by the strong personality of his father, the Major (Nagel). The younger brother, Seth (Nelson) has designs on his sister-in-law.

    When Ham is shot and killed,the Major is looking for the culprit and believes the drifter, Billy Joe is responsible. Matt has happened upon Billy Joe in response to an Army wanted poster and finds him injured from a fall. As luck would have it, Billy Joe is accused by the Major, Seth and Nancy. Nancy is afraid of her father-in-law and collapses in town after she identifies Billy Joe (guilty conscience I suspect).

    The episode plays out as you know it will. Matt is duty bound to transport Billy to Leavenworth and the Major is bound that Billy Joe never leave Dodge City. Maybe a surprise ending in '62, not so much today. Interesting that Ed Nelson returned this season as he opened the 7th season in Perce.

    The Boys (7.34) Malcolm Atterbury, George Kennedy, Harry Dean Stanton, Michael Parks, Arthur Malet, Gage Clarke, Dabbs Greer, James Nusser. A snake oil salesman and his three sons swing into Dodge. After making his pitch and selling pitifully few bottles, the Professor (Atterbury) gathers his sons and gives them a new plan. They are to dress as Indians and rob the stage. The oldest, Hug (Kennedy), chafes at being treated as a "boy" and Nate (Stanton) overreacts violently. Park (Parks) just wants to be anywhere but with his family. The robbery produces little in the way of cash.

    The professor fans the flames of Indian hatred and his boys kill three Indians after stirring up the townspeople to place a bounty on the Indians. The bounty is better, but still insufficient for Dad. Hug is growing increasingly impatient with his meager haul and small share of the booty. He begins to see conspiracy. The next plan from the Professor is to rob the train of the large stash of gold. The robbery is successful and Matt is beginning to suspect the truth but can uncover no proof. He uses the old divide and conquer trick to drive a large wedge of discomfort between the Professor and the brothers. Hug is certain that he is being cut out and engages Nate in a gunfight. Park just up and leaves and the Professor heads back to Dodge to collect the gold. Matt is waiting.

    Not a bad way to end the inagural 1 hour season, great acting all the way around. Can't wait to begin my trek through the Quint and Chester seasons on our way to meeting Festus.
     
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    GUNSMOKE SEASON 14

    Episode #3
    “Zavala”
    written by Paul Savage
    directed by Vincent McEveety
    music by Johnny Parker
    guests: Miriam Colon, Jim Davis, José Chávez, Rico Alaniz, Jonathan Lippe, Rex Holman, Bobby Clark, Robert Sorrells, Warren Vanders, Manuel Padilla Jr., Larry D. Mann, David Renard, Nacho Galindo, Elizabeth Germaine


    Matt Dillon crosses the Mexican border to track the criminal gang of the Rawlins’ on foreign soil thanks to a pursuit warrant. Arriving at the village of Zavala, Dillon faces the gang at the cantina and guns two out of three down: Alex Rawlins (actor Jonathan Lippe) and Dale Colton (actor Bobby Clark). Dillon is wounded in the belly and the locals refuse to help him except a little farm boy named Paco Avila (actor Manuel Padilla, Jr.) and his widowed mother Amelita (actor Miriam Colon). The boy wishes Dillon to eliminate the murderer of his father: bandito Jurato (actor José Chávez). Meanwhile, Smitty informs his boss Ben Rawlins (actor Jim Davis) about the death of Alex and Dale but Smitty ends up dead because of his cowardice at the cantina. Matt Dillon lives happily with the Avila’s for a while. The big day occurs and Dillon faces the remaining gang members!

    It’s another good solo Matt Dillon adventure after “The Hide Cutters” and a rough bandits and Mexican entry with a lost boy looking for a surrogate father in the tradition of Shane and rurales looking for a savior in the tradition of The Magnificent Seven. The very first scene at the border is recycled from the season 13 “The Jackals”. The gang of the Rawlins’ consists of the following actors: Jim Davis as Ben Rawlins, Jonathan Lippe as Alex Rawlins, Robert Sorrells as Oakes, Warren Vanders as Paul Densen, Rex Holman as Smitty, Bobby Clark as Dale Colton and Larry D. Mann as Mexican collaborator Bakman. The semi folkloric score of composer Johnny Parker is almost cut in the same clothe as “The Night of the Spanish Curse” from The Wild Wild West. One small percussion cue by Parker will be recycled in “The Night of the Pistoleros”, an episode about a Mexican border plot directed by Bernard McEveety, the brother of Vincent. Find a script written by story consultant Paul Savage.

    Actress Miriam Colon returns from the season 8 “Shona” and actor Jonathan Lippe from the season 12 “The Returning”.

    Actors Rico Alaniz (“The Jackals”), Bobby Clark (“The Wreckers”), Jim Davis (“The Gunrunners”), Rex Holman (“The Wreckers”), David Renard (“The Jackals”), Robert Sorrells (“A Hat”), Warren Vanders (“The Wreckers” and “The Victim”) all return from season 13.

    Johnny Parker - The Night of the Spanish Curse (1969)
     
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    GUNSMOKE SEASON 14

    Episode #4
    “Uncle Finney”
    written by Calvin Clements, Sr.
    directed by Bernard McEveety
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: Victor French, Anthony James, Burt Mustin, Lane Bradbury, Steve Raines, John Dolan, Monte Hale, Ted Jordan, Pete Kellett, Margaret Bacon


    Arriving at Dodge City with their extremely old uncle Finney (actor Burt Mustin), Roland Daniel (actor Victor French) and Elbert Moses (actor Anthony James) ask Festus, working as a deputy, to get a $50 reward against their 103 years old uncle accused of horse stealing. After negociating with banker Mr. Bodkin, both hillbillies are allowed to open up a cheap saloon that they will use as a front for a criminal purpose—robbing the freight office of Nathan Burke by digging a tunnel—while her half-sister Merry Florene (actor Lane Bradbury) stops her mule in town and is forced to work as a waitress for the two rascals. Festus is compelled to feed the old uncle with whiskey. At the exit of the marshal’s office, Merry Florene meets her old friend Newly. Festus pays a visit to the “new” sleazy saloon while Elbert Moses digs underground. Later on, a driver (actor Steve Raines) from the Brennan’s Brewery delivering barrels of beer has a street accident because of the hollow ground caused by the tunnel. At night, they fail to rob anything from the freight office and resumes to the saloon. Merry Florene write an anonymous warning letter about the robbery to Festus who can’t read it. The next night, the two hillbillies return to the freight office but find out that the Claven brothers double-cross them which has consequences …

    It’s a light and fun entry about two hillbillies crooks and the sequel to the season 13 “Hill Girl”, also written by Calvin Clements and with the same guest cast (Lane Bradbury, Victor French, Anthony James). Matt Dillon is on an errand and Festus manages the law. From that episode, a new production member pops-up: assistant story consultant Jim Byrnes.

    Actors Lane Bradbury (“Hill Girl”), Victor French (“Vengeance”, “Major Glory”, “Hill Girl”), Anthony James (“Hard Luck Henry”, “Hill Girl”) all return from season 13.

    Actor Steve Raines from this season 14 “The Hide Cutters”.


    End credits for assistant story consultant Jim Byrnes.
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    GUNSMOKE SEASON 14

    Episode #5
    “Slocum”
    written by Ron Bishop
    directed by Leo Penn
    music by Johnny Parker
    guests: Will Geer, Dub Taylor, Ross Hagen, James Wainwright, Lee Lambert, Mills Watson, Steve Sandor, Lew Brown, Charles Kuenstle, Bill Erwin


    At night, two drunk drovers come out of the Long Branch and notice Dooley, the wolf dog of skin trader Ben C. Slocum (actor Will Geer). The first drover (actor Lew Brown) tries to play with Dooley who reacts violently therefore Slocum threatens him with his handgun to leave on the spot. Entering the Long Branch, Slocum asks a bottle of whiskey and helps Louie and orders him to find Matt Dillon. A young card shark named John Riker (actor Steve Sandor) asks Slocum to play but he refuses and implies he is a cheater so Riker threatens him with his handgun and the old man triggers a contagious laugh among customers when Dillon shoots dead Riker to rescue his old friend Slocum. At the farm of the Rikers, the father named Noah (actor Dub Taylor) inspects his working sons: Mark (actor James Wainwright) cutting the meat with his single-minded brother Paul (actor Lee Lambert) and Luke (actor Ross Hagen) and Peter (actor Mills Watson) doing some illegal whiskey in the barn, when Dillon stops by to deliver the body of John locked in a coffin. Bible reader Noah Riker swears avenging John in front of his sons. Slocum faces the Rikers in a rough shoot-out. Two wounded Rikers (Noah and Paul) end up in Dodge City. Slocum hunts down the three Rikers sons down to the mountains when Dillon joins him …

    It’s a light entry about a country hellish family (see “The Hide Cutters” and “Uncle Finney”) that is salvaged by the performance of actor Will Geer as the unstable skin trader and, in a way, Slocum reminds Dave Blassingame and his dog Brown from The Westerner. The trial takes place in the marshal’s office. The contagious laugh scene at the Long Branch and the wild shout-out scene are noteworthy. The Riker family consists of the following actors: Dub Taylor as Noah, Ross Hagen as Luke, James Wainwright as Mark, Lee Lambert as Paul, Mills Watson as Peter, Steve Sandor as John.

    Actors Ross Hagen (“Muley”) and Dub Taylor (“Saturday Night”, “Mad Dog”, “Nitro!”) both return from season 12.

    Actors Lew Brown (“The Wreckers” and “Cattle Barons”), Bill Erwin (“The First People”), Charles Kuenstle (“The Wreckers” and “Hard Luck Henry”) all return from season 13.

    Actor Mills Watson returns from this season 14 “Lyle’s Kid”.
     
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    GUNSMOKE SEASON 14

    Episode #6
    “O’Quillian”
    written by Ron Bishop
    directed by John Rich
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: John McLiam, Victor French, Anthony James , Vaughn Taylor, Ken Drake, Steve Raines, Peggy Rea, Iron Eyes Cody, Lou Antonio


    A saloon in Spearville: six men play poker at a table when card shark Curt Tynan (actor Lou Antonio) is stopped by Irishman Leary O’Quillian (actor John McLiam) who calls him a cheater so a fight occurs that ends up with the sudden death of Tynan thanks to a borrowed handgun. Later on, O’Quillian arrives at Dodge City, moved by an Indian. Back at the saloon in Spearville, trail boss Clay Tynan (actor Victor French) and his men step in and drink while Judge Fletcher Anderson (actor Vaughn Taylor) welcome them and informs Tynan that his brother is dead. At the Long Branch, O’Quillian feuds with Nathan Burke that initiates a fight between the customers when Dillon and Festus stop it and book O’Quillian. Two drovers are sent by Clay Tynan to scout Dodge City when Dillon shoots one and releases O’Quillian from the extra horse of Chickenfoot (actor Anthony James). O’Quillian continues to do some foolish deeds and gets arrested when Clay Tynan and Chickenfoot announce themselves and threaten to hang the Irishman …

    It’s a light and colorful portrait on an Irish troublemaking, mythomaniac and rebellious crook that is served by the performances of John McLiam and Victor French and a rework of the season 13 revengist entry “A Hat”, also written by Ron Bishop. For the anecdote, O’Quillian’s best friend is Dodge City’s wino Louie who becomes his clumsy accomplice. The art director recycles the red saloon set used in The Wild Wild West and Cimarron Strip. Oddly enough and knowing their committment to the recurring hill men in “Uncle Finney”, actors Victor French and Anthony James play here different characters. Rawhide actor Steve Raines appears briefly to announce the arrival of trail boss Clay Tynan at the Spearville’s saloon.

    Actor Vaughn Taylor returns from the season 5 “Box O’ Rocks”.

    Actor Lou Antonio (“Prairie Wolfer”), Ken Drake (“Hard Luck Henry”), John McLiam (“The Gunrunners”), Peggy Rea (“Baker’s Dozen”) all return from season 13.

    Actors Victor French, Anthony James, Steve Raines all return from this season 14 “Uncle Finney”.
     
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    Episode #7
    “9:12 to Dodge”
    written by Preston Wood
    directed by Marvin J. Chomsky
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: Joanne Linville, Todd Armstrong, Robert Emhardt, Frank Marth, Johnny Haymer, Harry Lauter, Fred Coby, Lee de Broux, Tom Waters, Link Wyler, Harry Harvey, Bobby Clark, Troy Melton, William Murphy, Rush Williams, Dan Terranova, Ed Long, Pete Kellett


    Riding with extra horses, three bandits stop at a train station and one of them climb up a pole to read the messages from the telegraph line. Meanwhile and on an empty wagon, Dillon and Doc hold prisoner murderer Johnny August (actor Todd Armstrong) with a wounded leg aboard a train enroute to his trial at Dodge City. At Bensonville, passengers step into the wagon that is supposed to be off-limit for security reasons. On her way to join her husband, passenger Elizabeth Devon (actress Joanne Linville) sits next to Doc to avoid wild drovers while two head bandits stare at them. After a long philosophical talk about the poor condition of the prison, Dillon has had enough and asks Mrs. Devon to change her seat when the conductor (actor Robert Emhardt) passes Dillon an important telegram that informs him that bandits plan to free August tonight. Dillon suspects the passengers but the conductor finds him an armed assistant named Ned Stallcup (actor Johnny Haymer) while August manipulates the biased mind of Mrs. Devon. Dillon and his team move to the mail car and recruits two blue coats. On her way to collect signatures for a petition against Dillon’s brutality, Mrs. Devon witnesses bandit leader Leitner (actor Frank Marth) and his men taking the control of the wagon and robbing the passengers to corner Dillon …

    It’s a very good travel at night episode that include enemies from the inside and an engrossing solo Dillon/Doc entry with good supporting characters: wild drovers, reluctant blue coats, a female activist, bandits disguised as businessmen. The sherry on top is the female activist whose ideas are called into question while facing reality and suffers the physical consequences and Doc eventually finds her a new hobby: building hospitals. Matt Dillon wears his grey tweed jacket for legal reasons as in some season 13 entries like the prisoner-oriented “The Wreckers” and Dillon is shown as a violent lawman who beats up his prisoner. The cast of insider bandit characters consist of: Frank Marth as Leitner, Tom Waters as Fox and Bobby Clark as Barstow. Some of the train footages are recycled on The Wild Wild West. For the record, associate producer Joseph Dackow knows trains very well because he used to produce The Iron Horse as a production executive. Jim Byrnes is credited as assistant story consultant.

    Actors Robert Emhardt returns from the season 5 “Thick ’N’ Thin” and Joanne Linville from the season 7 “The Ditch”.

    Actors Todd Armstrong (“The First People”), Lee de Broux (“A Hat” and “Blood Money”), Harry Lauter (“Baker’s Dozen”), Link Wyler (“Major Glory”) all return from season 13. For the anecdote, Link Wyler plays again a blue coat.

    Actors Bobby Clark (“Zavala”) and Troy Melton (“O’Quillan”) return from season 14.
     
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    Episode #8
    “Abelia”
    written by Calvin Clements, Sr.
    directed by Vincent McEveety
    music composed by Johnny Parker and Leon Klatzkin
    guests: Jacqueline Scott, Jeremy Slate, Tom Stern, Jack Lambert, Gregg Palmer, Mike Durkin, Susan Olsen, Jack Chaplain

    At night and escaping from the posse after a holdup at Garden City, a band of five outlaws stop at a farm where they meet a widow named Abelia Johnson (actress Jacqueline Scott) and his two kids and the leader Jud Ward (actor Jeremy Slate) orders her to go pick some painkiller drug at Dodge City along with Tom Cole (actor Tom Stern) so that his wounded brother Deeter (actor Jack Chaplain) gets cured. Coming out of the marshal’s office, Festus meets Newly with an injured arm, returning home from the posse, when he notices some noise at Doc’s office and gets clubbed by Cole from behind and Newly gets shot at. The morning after, Deeter is dead and the gang leaves but Jud threatens Abelia to shut her mouth to the authorities. Festus follows the tracks back to the farm and encounters aggressive and armed Abelia not willing to reveal the truth when a snake bites the leg of little Marieanne (actress Susan Olsen) and Festus saves her and starts a relation with Abelia but, at night, the gang suddenly surfaces …

    It’s interesting entry that combines the rough bandit issue with the intimistic family drama and an unusual love story and a solo Festus adventure. One funny scene is noteworthy: Festus undresses in his room when Abelia enters. Find the second widow-related entry after “Zavala”. This is the only episode with a double composer credits: Parker’s music starts when Festus arrives at the farm otherwise the gang’s music is by Klatzkin.

    Actors Jack Lambert returns from the season 8 “The Quest for Asa Janin”, Gregg Palmer from this season 14 “The Hide Cutters”, Jacqueline Scott from the season 13 “Stranger in Town”, Jeremy Slate from the season 11 masterpiece “The Raid”, Tom Stern from the season 12 “The Hanging”.


    End credits for composers Parker and Klatzkin.
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    Episode #9
    “Railroad!”
    written by Arthur Rowe
    directed by Marvin Chomsky
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: Jim Davis, Ramon Bieri, Roy Jenson, Buck Holland, Shug Fisher, Don Hanmer, James McCallion, Charles Wagenheim


    The men from the Kansas-North Platte Railroad company led by Forbes (actor Ramon Bieri) arrive at the property of rancher Jim Graham (actor Shug Fisher), remove the fences and make measures thanks to a topographer. Forbes threatens Graham to leave his place on the spot. At the Dodge City’s land office, clerk Amos Billings (actor James McCallion) confirms that Graham’s land is illegally taken. Dillon straightens things out back at the property of Graham and threatens Forbes to go to jail. Later, railroad big shots Wes Cameron (actor Jim Davis) steps into the marshal’s office to corrupt Dillon into forcing Graham to sell his land but it fails. That night, Cameron pays drinks for the railroad workers who run amok and create chaos and destruction in order to pressure Dillon. Forbes, leading his right-hand man Larnen (actor Roy Jenson) and a worker, abduct Graham to force him to sell his land and, later on, to sell it at a bigger price to Cameron but things don’t go according to the plan …

    It’s an engrossing tale about power and corruption related to the railroad whose outcome highlights a doggone fistfight between Dillon and Cameron from the streets of Dodge City down to the river and in the line of The Wild Wild West episode entitled “The Night of the Vipers”, also directed by Marvin Chomsky. The character of Jim Graham calls Festus a “fuzzy beard”. Find a digression scene that shows Festus trying to write but by drawing pictures. For the anecdote, wino Louie spends the night inside a train filled with barrels of booze that Dillon and Festus have to shoot down. For the record, producer Joseph Dackow knows trains very well because he used to produce The Iron Horse as a production executive. Features stock footages from season 12 and 13.

    From this episode, the production team switches position, meaning that Joseph Dackow is promoted to the position of producer, John Mantley is only an executive producer as in season 11 when he was just an associate producer and Paul Savage is now an executive story consultant. From this episode, Jim Byrnes is credited as assistant story consultant along with Ron Honthaner as assistant to the producer.

    Actor Jim Davis returns from this season 14 “Zavala”.
    Actors Roy Jenson (“The Victim”) and Shug Fisher (“A Noose for Dobie Price”) both return from season 13.
    Actors Don Hanmer returns from the season 12 “Gunfighter R.I.P” and James McCallion from the season 1 “Robin Hood”.


    End Credits for Jim Byrnes and Ron Honthaner.
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    Episode #10
    “The Miracle Man”
    written by Calvin Clements, Sr.
    directed by Bernard McEveety
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: Don Chastain, Sandra Smith, William Bramley, Joseph Walsh, Bruce Watson, Lisa Gerritsen, Margie DeMeyer, Kevin Cooper, John Crawford, Christopher Knight


    Irish peddler and con man Robert Sullivan (actor Don Chastain) sells some clothes in the streets of Dodge City and Festus fails to buy a fancy suit and leaves with Miss Kitty when three riders led by a father named Miller (actor William Bramley) arrive in town and spot the Irishman. Later on, traveling in the countryside on his wagon, Sullivan is stopped, forced to set on fire his goods, beaten up badly because the riders accuse him of a malevolent deed when widow Mrs. Lorna Wright (actress Sandra Smith) and her three kids witness the scene and intervene, armed with a shotgun. Rescued, cured and fed back at Mrs. Wright’s farm, Sullivan learns that she plans to sell a piece of land and decides to stay. Replacing Matt Dillon, Festus stops at the farm, questions Sullivan and delivers a letter to Mrs. Wright concerning the bad health status of her young daughter Nettie (actress Lisa Gerritsen). Sullivan negociates with Miller to obtain a good bargain ($4,000 instead of $2,000) for Wright’s land and forces her to buy some cattle for $2,000. Feeling guilty to have extorted $2,000 from Mrs. Wright, Sullivan drinks at the Angel’s Gap Saloon when a drunk (actor John Crawford) comes in and therefore things change …

    It’s a decent cynical con man and nasty cattle men entry about redemption paired with a family drama and a solo Festus adventure that is served by the performance of actor Don Chastain playing a foxy crook exploiting the blind belief of a farmer family. Find the third widow-related entry after “Zavala” and “Abelia”. The naive farmer family aspect foreshadows The Little House on the Prairie.

    Actors William Bramley (“The Pillagers”) and Sandra Smith (“Sam’l”) both return from season 13, John Crawford from the season 10 “Honey Pot”.
     
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    GUNSMOKE SEASON 14

    Episode #11
    “Waco”
    written by Ron Bishop
    directed by Robert Totten
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: Victor French, Louise Latham, Harry Carey Jr., Tom Reese, Joy Fielding, Mills Watson, Lee de Broux, Pat Thompson, Liz Marshall, Lawrence Mann


    Matt Dillon stops his horse in the deserted town of Spivey, enters a cheap saloon and asks the lady barkeep Lillie (actress Liz Marshall) where to find Waco Thompson (actor Victor French). She nods to the upper floor. Dillon bursts in, arrests lowdown Waco and escorts him back to Dodge City. Later on, the four men of Waco’s gang arrive in town, find an empty cashbox in his room, grills Lillie about Waco and follow their tracks. Meanwhile Dillon and Waco meet a pregnant Indian woman lying by a lake and drags her to the farm of the Cade’s. Unfortunately, the family suffers from the past bad treatment of Comanches and the gang spots the place …

    It’s just an average solo Dillon adventure about a medical case (saving a pregnant Indian while taking refuge in a reluctant farm family with a shell-shocked mute daughter) and a banal wanted criminal errand paired with a silly gang members revenge but actor Victor French makes a fun performance as the cheap hood wanted from both sides: the law and the bandits. One word links two women (the Indian pregnant and the mute teenager): “pretty”. The town’s backlot and Lillie’s saloon set are recycled from the season 13 two-parter “Vengeance”.

    The cast of outlaw characters consists of: Victor French as Waco Thompson, Tom Reese as Slick Ragan, Mills Watson as Hood, Lee de Broux as Fuller, Lawrence Mann as Gamble.

    Actors Lee de Broux (“9:12 to Dodge”), Victor French (“Uncle Finney” and “O’Quillian”), Mills Watson (“Lyle’s Kid” and “Slocum”) all return from this season 14. Actors Harry Carey Jr. (“Baker’s Dozen”) and Lawrence Mann (“Saturday Night” and “Major Glory”) both return from season 13. Actor Tom Reese returns from the season 12 “Nitro!”.
     
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    Episode #12
    “Lobo”
    written by Jim Byrnes
    directed by Bernard McEveety
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: Morgan Woodward, Sheldon Allman, Sandy Kenyon, Ken Swofford, Eddie Firestone, David Brian, Fred Coby, William Murphy


    Trail boss Branch Nelson (actor David Brian) and his men are annoyed by a lone wolf killing cows and that triggers a stampede. Nelson arrives in Dodge City to show a dead drover and officially announce to hire a bounty hunter to get the wolf. That night at the Bull’s Head saloon, two wolfvers named Guffy (actor Ken Swofford) and Riney (actor Eddie Firestone) use wino Louie as their human target for a knife launching contest when Dillon and Festus stop them. Out of the blue, wolfer Luke Brazo (actor Morgan Woodward) enters the Long Branch and feuds with two rivals named Catlin (actor Sandy Kenyon) and Badger (actor Sheldon Allman) when Dillon neutralizes and locks him up. The next day, Brazo asks his old friend Dillon to hunt down the wolf together as in the good old days. Meanwhile, the same two wolvers from The Bull’s Head saloon ride and fire at the lone wolf but one falls and breaks his leg. Brazo eventually kills the troublesome animal and decides to bury it as in a ritual. That night, the two rivals from the Long Branch spot the camp of Brazo and fight him to get the corpse of the wolf but Brazo receives a bullet and passes out. The next morning, Brazo resumes to Dodge City to retaliate and avenge against mankind!

    It’s a simple wolfer entry and one-man war and what makes it interesting is not the story but the rough edge character of naturalist-animist-misanthrope Luke Brazo played by Morgan Woodward who fails to be lynched by the cattlemen. Find another picturesque character, friend to Dillon, after “Slocum”. This is the first script by assistant story consultant Jim Byrnes.

    Actors Fred Coby (“9:12 to Dodge”), Eddie Firestone (“The Hide Cutters”), William Murphy (“9:12 to Dodge”), Ken Swofford (“The Hide Cutters”) and Morgan Woodward (“Lyle’s Kid”) all return from this season 14.

    Actors Sheldon Allman returns from the season 13 “A Noose for Dobie Price” and Sandy Kenyon returns from the season 10 “The New Society”.


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