GUNSMOKE SEASON 15 Episode #1 “The Devil’s Outpost” written by Jim Byrnes and Bob Barbash story by Bob Barbash directed by Philip Leacock music by Leon Klatzkin guests: Robert Lansing, Jonathan Lippe, Karl Swanson, Sheila Larken, Ken Swofford, Warren Vanders, Valentin de Vargas, Charles Kuenstle, I. Stanford Jolley, Sabrina Scharf, Troy Melton, Joe Higgins, Sam Edwards, William Tannen, Joe Haworth, Ed Long, Jeffrey Sayre Cody Tyce (actor Jonathan Lippe) shakes up his two men for a robbing operation while a stagecoach transports Matt Dillon and three passengers. Later on, the stagecoach stops nearby a pond to refill when the bandits attack and order to get the cashbox. Hidden in the carriage, Dillon reacts, kills Farley (actor Ed Long) and neutralizes Cody and lets go rider Kelly (actor Charles Kuenstle) who warns gang leader Yancy (actor Robert Lansing) about his little brother’s predicament back at the camp. The stagecoach stops at Mountridge and unloads the passengers. Unable to deputize any men, Dillon sends a telegram to get Festus at Buffalo Crossing but one man of Yancy named Bo Harper (actor Warren Vanders) threatens the telegram clerk to change the contents of the help message. At Dodge City, Newly informs Miss Kitty and Doc about the message and rides to the Buffalo Crossing relay station and meets his girlfriend Abby Tillman (actress Sheila Larken). The gang threatens the couple and the father (actor I. Stanford Jolley) to cooperate and lie to Dillon but Newly brutally escapes from them and pretends to be dead but warns Dillon about the hopeless situation… It’s a Dillon adventure and a good season opener in the line of the season 13 opener (“The Wreckers”) because of the bandits and stagecoach leaning. Too bad that the part of actress Sabrina Scharf is shallow. The outlaw characters consist of leader Yancy Tyce (actor Robert Lansing) and his brother Cody (actor Jonathan Lippe), Loomis (actor Ken Swofford), Bo Harper (actor Warren Vanders), Pacos (actor Valentin de Vargas), Kelly (actor Charles Kuenstle), Farley (actor Ed Long). During the first meeting between leader Yancy Dice and Matt Dillon traveling on a stagecoach, the picture restoration is poor because we can notice a scratch on the right side of the screen. Actor Robert Lansing returns from the season 11 “The Bounty Hunter” and is known for the iconic US Air Force Brigadier General Frank Savage from the QM series 12 O’Clock High (1964) but also as Detective Steve Carella from 87th Precinct (1961) and as spy Peter Murphy/billionaire Mark Wainwright from the short-lived European-based character-driven espionage series The Man Who Never Was (1966). Actors I. Stanford Jolley (“Lyle’s Kid”, “Reprisal”), Charles Kuenstle (“Slocum”, “The Twisted Heritage”), Jonathan Lippe (“Zavala”, “Time of the Jackals”), Ed Long (“9:12 to Dodge”), Troy Melton (“O’Quillian”, “9:12 to Dodge”, “Railroad”), Ken Swofford (“The Hide Cutters”, “Lobo”), Warren Vanders (“Zavala”, “The Night Riders”) all return from the season 14. Actors Karl Swanson (“The Newcomers”) and Valentin de Vargas (“Old Friend”) both return from the season 12. End Credits for composer Leon Klatzkin.