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    CBS' remastering here certainly makes it feel like yesteryear was yesterday, doesn't it?
     
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    So folks following this thread, the schedule is season 10 individual reviews for almost three months.
    From September to October and thru the first two weeks of November.
    First disc reviews start on Monday 2.
    Stay tuned for learning more about that transitory season …
     
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    GUNSMOKE SEASON 10

    Episode #1
    “Blue Heaven”
    written by Les Crutchfield
    directed by Michael O’Herlihy
    produced by Norman MacDonnell
    cinematography by Harry Stradling, Jr.
    music composed and conducted by Fred Steiner
    guests: Tim O’Connor, Kurt Russell, Diane Ladd, Karl Swenson, John McLiam, Eddie Hice, Ernie Anderson, Jan Merlin


    Running away from three Texan cattlemen, wanted murderer Kip Gilman (actor Tim O’Connor) posing as Slim Kerlin hides in an abandoned farm and meets a poor wandering boy named Packy Kerlin (actor Kurt Russell). Later on, they arrive at Dodge City and pretend to be relatives and Gilman looks for the mother of the boy and stops by the Long Branch to get some news. They eventually cross the slum of Dodge City and meet a sick and drunk woman with a scar named Elena Kerlin (actress Diane Ladd). Two of the cattlemen, leader Tabe Morley (actor Karl Swenson) and his cunning second Ed Sykes (actor Jan Merlin), complain at the marshal’s office and Dillon lectures Festus about the so-called friend of his kin Catfish Haggen. Later on, Gilman helps Elena to come out of the gutter while Sykes and his brutal henchman Duster (actor Eddie Hice) asks and bribes the stableman (actor John McLiam) for some informations about Gilman and fake the abduction of the boy so that Gilman turns himself in when Dillon learn Morley the criminal status of Sykes …

    It’s a modest social mysery entry that makes reference to John Ford’s The Grapes of Wrath and a good samaritan fable about a falsely-accused cattleman. The same year, Rawhide offers a social mysery drama entitled “The Enormous Fist”. The cinematography is over-lit, in my opinion.

    Actor John McLiam returns from the season 8 “Phoebe Strunk” and Karl Swenson from the season 7 “Chester’s Indian”. For the anecdote, kid actor Kurt Russell will blossom into a movie star from the Eighties.


    End credits for composer Fred Steiner.
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    GUNSMOKE SEASON 10

    Episode #2
    “Crooked Mile”
    written by Les Crutchfield
    directed by Andrew V. McLaglen
    produced by Norman MacDonnell
    cinematography by Frank Phillips
    music composed by Rudy Schrager
    guests: George Kennedy, Royal Dano, Katharine Ross


    Blacksmith Quint Asper (actor Burt Reynolds) has an affair with a young woman named Susan Degler (actor Katharine Ross) whose father named Cyrus (actor George Kennedy) disapproves the behavior of his daughter and complains to Matt Dillon. Cyrus has the bad habit of whipping people who doesn’t agree with his sets of rules—including Quint and Susan—and asks his tough cousin named Praylie (actor Royal Dano) acting as a hired killer to get rid of Quint!

    It’s a sad and tragic family drama related to the semi regular blacksmith Quint Asper paired with an interesting criminal case of a hired killer. The basic story of a wifeless father whose daughter is in love with a stranger will be reworked in the next season episode “Harvest” and George Kennedy will play again the same type of jealous father. For the anecdote, Doc presents a three years old ham to his good friends (Matt, Festus, Kitty and Quint) and Festus faces a rival through Praylie Degler. One of the five episodes from this season shot by Frank Phillips who is known for his one hundred and six episodes of Have Gun - Will Travel from season 4 to 6 and forty six episodes of Gunsmoke during the end of season 8 and the entire season 9 and, above all, the pilot of The Wild Wild West entitled “The Night of the Inferno”.

    Actors George Kennedy (“The Warden”) and Royal Dano (“Now That April’s Here”) both return from season 9.


    End credits for composer Rudy Schrager.
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    GUNSMOKE SEASON 10

    Episode #3
    “Old Man”
    written by John Meston
    directed by Harry Harris
    produced by Norman MacDonnell
    cinematography by Harry Stradling, Jr.
    music composed by Rudy Schrager
    guests: Ned Glass, Robert Hogan, Ed Peck, Rayford Barnes, Howard Wendell, Al Schottelkotte, Gilman Rankin, Bryan O’Byrne, Harry Bartell, Arthur Peterson, Bob Gravage


    Rider Joe Silva (actor Ed Peck) stops by a small lake to drink some water when another rider named Harv Litton (actor Rayford Barnes) pops-up to water his horse but Silva antagonizes him and gets robbed of his horse. Arriving on the other side of the bank, Litton falls down because of a rattle snake so Silva rushes to shoot the snake and beat-up Litton as a lesson of good manners. Tough-as-nail Silva bumps into a good samaritan named Danny Adams (actor Robert Hogan) who later saves an old man (actor Ned Glass) from fever and brings him to Doc Adams at Dodge City. At Delmonico’s, the old man antagonizes Silva by making noise and swallowing his soup. Adams and the old man take a room at the Dodge House and bumps into Litton that the old man antagonizes. At the Long Branch, Litton meets again Silva and threats arise when Adams and the old man step into. The old man swallows like a hog to provoke and spits his whiskey on Silva’s face who slaps him in return and tension heats up. At the Lady Gay Saloon, Adams and the old man drink again and Litton passes by and stares at them. Silva resumes to his hotel room at the Dodge House when Litton stabs him in the back and places the sleeping old man in the scene of the crime. The morning after, Matt Dillon discovers the body of Silva and the drunk old man which leads to a trial in which he is sentenced to be hanged! Anyway, Harv Litton goofs and …

    It’s a good but gloomy, mean-spirited, hopeless, pessimistic Film Noir entry about bitter vengeance. So depressing that Festus is absent during the whole episode.

    Actor Ned Glass (“Dry Well”) and Rayford Barnes (“No Hands”) both return from season 9 and Ed Peck from the season 8 “Quint Asper Comes Home”.
     
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    GUNSMOKE SEASON 10

    Episode #4
    “The Violators”
    written by John Dunkel
    directed by Harry Harris
    produced by Norman MacDonnell
    cinematography by Harry Stradling, Jr.
    guests: Denver Pyle, Arthur Batanides, James Anderson, Michael Pate, Amzie Strickland, Garry Walberg, Lee Phillip, Douglas Kennedy, Martin Blaine


    At night and at the Long Branch, three drunk men named Willie Scroggs (actor Garry Walberg), Harv Foster (actor Arthur Batanides) and George Hewitt (actor James Anderson), finishing their last glasses, come out and head to their homes when they bump into Quint and provoke him with silly jokes. Quint passes by and notices mountain man Caleb Nash (actor Denver Pyle), an old acquaintance. Later on that night, Willie is killed by a stranger in the dark! The morning after, Dillon spots the dead body in a back alley and the two men accuses Quint of the deed. Dillon investigates and starts with his old friend Caleb Nash. Back in town, Talbot (actor Douglas Kennedy) stirs up the townspeople to launch a posse against the Indians but Festus reacts and fights him to avoid the lynching of an innocent passing by Indian. Dillon meets a blue coat Colonel (actor Martin Blaine) at his office who informs him about a murder committed against an Indian. At the Long Branch, scared Hewitt and Foster talk about killing Quint. Hewitt gets killed in the backyard of his house by the killer. Dillon and Nash go after Buffalo Calf (actor Michael Pate) to have a talk about the murder of an Indian.

    It’s a good Film Noir whodunit about a killer connected to the Comanches that is served by the lighting of Harry Stradling, Jr. Actor James Arness manages this one as an unofficial associate producer. This episode has no original music credits but stock music edited by Gene Feldman, including some from The Twilight Zone: see Nathan Scott’s “A Stop at Willoughby”.

    Actor James Anderson returns from the season 7 “Coventry”, Michael Pate from the season 4 “Blue Horse”, Denver Pyle from the season 9 “No Hands”, Garry Walberg from the season 8 “Two of a Kind”.
     
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    GUNSMOKE SEASON 10

    Episode #5
    “Doctor’s Wife”
    written by George Eckstein
    directed by Harry Harris
    produced by Norman MacDonnell
    cinematography by John M. Nickolaus Jr.
    music composed by Rudy Schrager
    guests: Phyllis Love, James Broderick, Harold Gould, Anne Barton, Helen Kleeb, James Nusser, Robert Biheller, Dorothy Neumann, Jewel Jaffe, Buck Young


    Doctor Wesley May (actor James Broderick) and his wife Jennifer (actress Phyllis Love) stay three days at the Dodge House in order to take the Denver stagecoach. They later witness a street fight and Doctor May helps the wounded man when Doc Adams shows up and invites them for supper. Jennifer suggests her husband to become Dodge City’s second MD but, unfortunately, clients are very rare except an old woman bringing her wounded puppy dog. Jennifer tends to spread gossips against Doc Adams and Festus eavesdrops and reports it back. Some clients come to the office of May. One day, Doc Adams steps into the office of May and has a serious talk with Jennifer about the modest status of a country doctor and shows her his extremely poor patients, including farmer Hadley Boake (actor Harold Gould) whose leg turns grangrenous. Jennifer continues to sell her husband against Doc which leads to the death of Hadley Boake when his son avenges and shoots down Doctor Wesley May.

    It’s a Doc episode and a rather good one but a sinister social drama and a character study on an ambitious city-dweller woman who doesn’t understand the country customs and plays it solo at all odds. One interesting and economical detail about Doc Adams is highlit: the payment of his fees by his patients (“bunch of carrots, or a dozen eggs maybe, or if I’m lucky, a couple of chickens. But most of the time, it’s a … a warm, friendly handshake, and a ‘sorry, Doc, but we’ll pay you as soon as we can’”). It’s the first episode shot by John M. Nickolaus Jr. who previously worked on Rawhide as a prolific artisan with eighty eight entries and the first season of The Outer Limits but credited as Jack Nickolaus.

    Actors James Broderick returns the season 9 “My Sister’s Keeper” and Phyllis Love from the season 6 “Bless Me Till I Die”.
     
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    GUNSMOKE SEASON 10

    Episode #6
    “Take Her, She’s Cheap”
    written by Kathleen Hite
    directed by Harry Harris
    produced by Norman MacDonnell
    cinematography by Harry Stradling Jr.
    music composed by Rudy Schrager
    guests: Lauri Peters, Malcolm Atterbury, Linda Watkins, Willard Sage, Harry Dean Stanton, Mort Mills, Ray Lane


    Marshal Matt Dillon returns from a hanging at Hays City and stops his horse to drink some water from the lake when he faces five kids that he follows and meets the poor Carp’s unable to fix the wheel of their wagon by themselves. After helping them, they offer him a diner and the lazy father named Duggan (actor Malcolm Atterbury) tries to give him his young daughter Allie (actress Lauri Peters) for wife but he rides out. Back at Dodge City, cowboy Mel Billings (actor Willard Sage) fires his handgun and breaks the windows of the marshal’s office to show his hate for Dillon. Arriving at Dodge City, Dillon notices the damages at his office as well as at the Long Branch and beats up Mel Billings to get some cash for Kitty. At night, the Bellings brothers meet Allie Carp and Mel strongly abuses her when she mentions her coming to Dodge to see Dillon. Allie runs away and Doc takes care of her. The morning after, Dillon and Allie go after the Bellings brothers and her family.

    It’s a decent Dillon episode and another social mysery entry but paired with an impossible love due to the generation gap. In this episode, Dillon is very expeditious with men (see Rainey Carp and Mel Billings) and tries to save the Carps women from social determinism (see the moralist outcome).

    Actors Lauri Peters (“Mayblossom”) and Harry Dean Stanton (“Comanches Is Soft”) both return from season 9, Malcolm Atterbury from the season 7 “The Boys”, Willard Sage from the season 3 “Claustrophobia”, Mort Mills from the season 4 “Murder Warrant”, Linda Watkins from the season 8 “The Hunger”.
     
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    GUNSMOKE SEASON 10

    Episode #7
    “Help Me, Kitty”
    written by Kathleen Hite
    directed by Harry Harris
    produced by Norman MacDonnell
    cinematography by Harry Stradling Jr.
    music composed by Rudy Schrager
    guests: Jack Elam, Betty Conner, James Frawley, Larry J. Blake, Joe Conley, Burt Douglas, Peggy Stewart


    At the Dodge House, pregnant Hope Farmer (actress Betty Conner) leaves her room and bumps into her boyfriend Ed (actor Burt Douglas) and heads to the Long Branch and meets Miss Kitty to reveal her delicate marital situation with Ed. The next day, Miss Kitty and Hope Farmer take the Garden City stagecoach to go to the house of Nettie Farmer (actress Peggy Stewart), the mother of Hope. Two outlaws named Specter (actor Jack Elam) and Furnas (actor James Frawley) attack the stagecoach in the desert country and kill the driver which leads to a terrible accident. They gun down the male passenger and rob the contents of the cashbox and Miss Kitty’s purse. Both women awake later and stop by a destroyed house and take refuge in the cellar. The morning after, they reach the relay station that is run by outlaw Specter when his accomplice Furnas returns from the town. Specter plans to kill the women to avoid being recognized by the law. The two men act like male predators.

    It’s a good survival entry, a solo Miss Kitty episode and another woman drama written by Kathleen Hite: the sherry on top is the grand finalé when Miss Kitty re-joins Matt Dillon. As in “Take Her, She’s Cheap”, a woman character is abused and, here, Miss Kitty by the two outlaws. Features Jerry Goldsmith’s cue “Jail Break” during the hectic attack of the stagecoach. Most of Rudy Schrager music is cut in the same clothe as his output on the seventh season of Rawhide.

    Actors Larry J. Blake (“The Other Half”), Burt Douglas (“The Kite”), Jack Elam (“Homecoming”) and Peggy Stewart (“The Promoter”) all return from season 9.
     
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    GUNSMOKE SEASON 10

    Episode #8
    “Hung High”
    written by John Meston
    directed by Mark Rydell
    produced by Philip Leacock
    cinematography by Harry Stradling Jr.
    guests: Robert Culp, Elisha Cook Jr., Michael Conrad, George Lindsey, Edward Asner, Scott Marlowe, Harold J. Stone


    At the marshal’s cells, Matt Dillon releases drunk Sergeant Wilks (actor Edward Asner) and then throws him out of his office because of his bad behavior when he meets an old friend and ex-lawman named Jim Downey (actor Harold J. Stone). At the Long Branch, drunk loafer Tony Serpa (actor Scott Marlowe) spots Downey and, later on that night, guns him down in the back in the dark streets of Dodge City. The morning after, Serpa awakes in Hank’s stable and, on his way out, goofs about Downey’s death and starts a fight against a man he met at the Long Branch when Dillon stops him and brings him to Hays City. At night, Dillon and Serpa meet lonesome rider Joe Costa (actor Robert Culp) which happens to be a mastermind who re-joins his gang: Dick Corwin (actor Michael Conrad) and Bud Evans (actor George Lindsey). The next day, Dillon is trapped by Costa’s gang and is about to be hanged! But cynical Costa frames Dillon instead so that he will be accused of Serpa’s lynching as a vulgur vigilante. The calvary led by Sergeant Wilks pops-up and arrests Dillon who succeeds in escaping and then stop at the next town where he meets the local wino named George (actor Elisha Cook Jr.) and teams up with him to put an end to the gang …

    It’s a good and slick solo Dillon entry dealing with a cunning gang and blue coats: the sherry on top is the frame-up of Dillon. The character of George is the equivalent of Louie at Dodge City. The ensemble of actors playing outlaws is fabulous: Robert Culp, Scott Marlowe, Michael Conrad, George Lindsey. Oddly enough, you find three Outer Limits alumni: Ed Asner, Robert Culp and Scott Marlowe. The new production team takes over because this is the first episode produced by Philip Leacock and supported by story consultant John Mantley and the first ever director job by auteur Mark Rydell! Among other things, Leacock introduces the solo onscreen credits for actor James Arness during the end titles.

    Actor Robert Culp guests in another CBS western series: Rawhide in the season 3 episode entitled “Incident at the Top of the World”. But many people remember Culp as Texas Ranger Hoby Gilman from the western series Trackdown. In this “Hung High”, the outfit of Culp foreshadows his look in Hannie Caulder (1971).

    Actor George Lindsey (“Pa Hack’s Brood”), Scott Marlowe (“Legends Don’t Sleep”) and Harold J. Stone (“Homecoming”) all return from season 9. Actors Elisha Cook Jr. returns from season 5 (“Odd Man Out”).


    The solo onscreen credits for actor James Arness.
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    Sergeant Wilks (actor Edward Asner).
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    Joe Costa (actor Robert Culp).
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    Tony Serpa (actor Scott Marlowe).
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    Tony Serpa (actor Scott Marlowe) and Joe Costa (actor Robert Culp).
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    GUNSMOKE SEASON 10

    Episode #9
    “Jonah Hutchinson”
    written by Calvin Clements, Sr.
    directed by Harry Harris
    produced by Norman MacDonnell
    cinematography by Frank Phillips
    music composed by Rudy Schrager
    guests: Robert F. Simon, Richard Anderson, June Dayton, Tommy Alexander, Claude Johnson, David Macklin, Roy Barcroft, William Fawcett, Charles Seel, Rocky Shahan, Jacque Shelton, Jason Johnson


    Returning home after a long prison sentence, old Jonah Hutchinson (actor Robert F. Simon) comes out of the stagecoach at Dodge City and wait for his family when he meets Matt Dillon who offers him a beer. His son Sam (actor Richard Anderson) and his three grandsons welcome him and bring him back to the farm but the old man feels bitter against his son who sells some land. Jonah decides to visit the old house that sends him to prison that is now a ruin when he undergoes a blast from the past. Jonah decides to run his son’s business the hard way by using guns and dynamites with the help of his grandsons to revive the grandeur of the past but that lead to consequences …

    It’s an interesting nostalgic piece featuring a painting used as a symbol and a window on the past and a harsh family drama: son versus father. The grandsons of Jonah Hutchinson are played by Tommy Alexander, Claude Johnson, David Macklin.

    Actors June Dayton (“Bently”), William Fawcett (“Carter Caper”), Charles Seel (“Quint’s Trail”), Robert F. Simon (“Father’s Love”) all return from season 9. Actor Rocky Shahan returns from the season 3 “Jesse” and is known as drover Joe Scarlet in Rawhide.
     
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    GUNSMOKE SEASON 10

    Episode #10
    “Big Man, Big Target”
    written by John Mantley
    directed by Michael O’Herlihy
    produced by Philip Leacock
    cinematography by Harry Stradling Jr.
    music composed by Rudy Schrager
    guests: J.D. Cannon, Harry Lauter, John McLiam, Frank Ferguson, Mike Road, Mariette Hartley


    Matt Dillon brings back to his office’s cell Joe Merchant (actor Mike Road) for the charge of stealing horses filed by rancher Enoch Miller (actor Frank Ferguson) while bandit Pike Beechum (actor J.D. Cannon) heads to the farm and see Ellie (actress Mariette Hartley), Joe’s wife and his mistress. Dillon talks to Enoch Miller about Joe’s case and, later on, to Ellie when he meets and picks up Pike Beechum who starts to hate him. Dillon realizes that Beechum is the lover of Ellie. Deputy marshal Leach (actor Harry Lauter) from Wichita gives Dillon a release order for Beechum. Days later, rancher Enoch Miller writes a release letter for Joe. Dillon escorts him back to his farm on a rainy night. Beechum guns down Joe by mistake. Dillon goes after the killer and encounters some surprises …

    It’s a good twisted adultary and woman drama combined with a criminal case written by the new story consultant John Mantley that gets better as the story progresses. Matt Dillon performs his duty with a bullet wound. Previous season 10 episodes focus on an individual woman case: see “Blue Heaven”, “Crooked Mile”, “Doctor’s Wife”, “Take Her, She’s Cheap”, “Help Me, Kitty”. For the anecdote and to highlight the theme of adultary in a light way, Festus pretends to be the lover of Miss Kitty at the Long Branch to get a whiskey.

    Actors Mariette Hartley returns from the season 8 “Cotter’s Girl”, Harry Lauter from the season 9 “Ex-Con”, John McLiam from the season 10 “Blue Heaven”, Mike Road from the season 6 “Friend’s Pay-Off”. For the anecdote and the same year, actor J.D. Cannon appears twice on Rawhide in “Piney” and “The Book”.
     
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    Episode #11
    “Chicken”
    written by John Meston
    directed by Andrew V. McLaglen
    produced by Norman MacDonnell
    cinematography by Frank Phillips
    music composed and conducted by Fred Steiner
    guests: Glenn Corbett, Gigi Perreau, John Lupton, L.Q. Jones, Lane Chandler, Dave Willock, Lane Bradford, Chubby Johnson, Roy Barcroft, Michael Keep, John Pickard, Bob Steele, Bill Hart, Robert Anderson, Rocky Shahan


    At night and in a clearing, a hungry man (actor Robert Anderson) with a gun threatens young and naive drover Dan Collins (actor Glenn Corbett) to eat his pot of slumgullion and then leaves. His partner Jim Brady (actor L.Q. Jones) returns to the camp and informs him he is on his way to the ranch of a woman. The next day, Collins stops by the stage station and meet the old owner Harv Rogers (actor Chubby Johnson) and spend the night drinking. The morning after, four outlaws spot the station and two named Coe (actor Bob Steele) and Pete (actor Bill Hart) ride as scouts to raid the stagecoach to come while the other two decide to get rid of their partners. In the end, they all die including Harv Rogers. A few minutes later, Collins awakes and witnesses the dead bodies and listens to the last words of Harv Rogers when the stagecoach stops by and the driver (actor Rocky Shahan), his security man (actor John Pickard) and the passengers congratulate Collins for an act of heroism he didn’t commit. At the Long Branch, Collins rejoins his partner Brady who warns him about his phony reputation of brave man. At the general store, Collins meets and has a crush on farmer Lucy Benton (actress Gigi Perreau) who refuses him for a mysterious reason. Meanwhile big rancher Wes Morgan (actor Lane Chandler) hires a new henchman named Davis (actor Lane Bradford) to do the dirty work of harassing the Benton’s and to make them sell their land. For the last time, Dan and Lucy meet again but things are not what it appears to be …

    It’s an engrossing entry with a good twist that tackles two themes: small rancher versus big rancher and legend versus reality which used to be the main topic of John Ford’s 1962 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. We can see three saloons at Dodge City: the Long Branch, Lady Gay and Bull’s Head.

    Actors Lane Chandler returns from the season 8 “The Quest for Asa Janin” and John Lupton from the season 6 “Ben Tolliver’s Stud”.
    Actors John Pickard and Bob Steele both return from the season 8 “The Renegades”.
    Actors Chubby Johnson (“Easy Come”) and L.Q. Jones (“Tobe”) both return from season 9.
    Actor Rocky Shahan returns from this season 10 “Jonah Hutchinson” and is known as drover Joe Scarlet in
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    GUNSMOKE SEASON 10

    Episode #12
    “Innocence”
    written by John Meston
    directed by Harry Harris
    produced by Philip Leacock
    cinematography by Harry Stradling Jr.
    music composed by Rudy Schrager
    guests: Bethel Leslie, Jason Evers, Claude Akins, Michael Forest, Jacque Shelton, Lee Krieger, Ric Roman, Don Brice


    A stagecoach arrives at Dodge City and leaves Elsa Poe (actress Bethel Leslie) who is annoyed by an old man and then meets Doc who escorts her to the Long Branch. Two hotheaded trail bosses named Bob Sullins (actor Michael Forest) and Art McLane (actor Claude Akins) stop at the blacksmith’s shop and order Quint to fix their horses and start to feud so Matt Dillon intervenes and throws them out. Stage line owner Charlie Ross (actor Jason Evers) talks to his friend Miss Kitty when he meets Elsa Poe and Doc. That night and at the Long Branch, Sullins talks and pays a drink to saloon girl Elsa Poe. The next day and at Delmonico’s, Elsa wait for her date when McLane enters and talks to her but Charlie Ross finally arrives. Later on and in the streets, the two trail bosses fight each other because of Elsa Poe when Ross puts an end to it. Charlie takes Elsa on a picnic and eventually agrees to get married. Anyway, the two trail bosses keep on pushing Elsa. That night at the Long Branch, a big party is organized in the honor of the new couple. Elsa resumes to her bedroom when a mysterious man in the shadow abuses her and shoots Charlie dead. Dillon and Quint go searching the two trail bosses while the townspeople turn into a lynch mob to punish the guilty one …

    It’s an interesting tragic love story, a woman drama, a whodunit paired with a lynch mob leaning. Among other things, the friends of Charlie Ross fail to hang Art McLane. You can recognize the tune “Ten Tiny Toes” written by Bruce Geller played by the pianist at the Long Branch when Bob Sullins steps into and talks to Elsa Poe; the tune was sung by actress Barbara Eden on the Rawhide episode “Damon’s Road” (1964). At the Long Branch party, Sam plays the fiddle and Rudy the guitar.

    Actress Bethel Leslie returns from the season 7 “The Summons”. Actors Claude Akins (“The Way It Is”), Jason Evers (“Collie’s Free”) and Michael Forest (“The Cousin”) all return from season 8. Actor Jacque Shelton from this season 10 “Jonah Hutchinson” and Ric Roman from the season 5 “Hinka Do”.
     
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