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I had an audio problem with Season 19 episodes, "The Deadly Innocent" and "A Child Between".
The audio got some static and then the audio faded away completely.
I pause the video and hit 'Play" a minute later and the audio was fine.
No more problems.
Happen about 1/2 way through "The Deadly Innocent".
And about 10 minutes in for "A Child Between".
Haven't tried watching these episodes on another player nor have I watched the other two episodes on that disc.
Anyone else who watched those episodes had any audio issues?
 

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I had an audio problem with Season 19 episodes, "The Deadly Innocent" and "A Child Between".
The audio got some static and then the audio faded away completely.
I pause the video and hit 'Play" a minute later and the audio was fine.
No more problems.
Happen about 1/2 way through "The Deadly Innocent".
And about 10 minutes in for "A Child Between".
Haven't tried watching these episodes on another player nor have I watched the other two episodes on that disc.
Anyone else who watched those episodes had any audio issues?
Thank you for your report. I will watch it later.
 
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Happen about 1/2 way through "The Deadly Innocent".
And about 10 minutes in for "A Child Between".
I just checked my copy of both episodes in the places you mentioned. Sound was fine.
 
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I rewatched both episodes on the same Blu-Ray player and had no sound problems this time and the other two episodes were fine also.
Must have been a speck of dust that cause my initial problem.

All is good. :dance:
 

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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 17 and as Matt Dillon used to say to his opponents: “Hold it right there”.

GUNSMOKE • SEASON 17 (1971-1972) (24 episodes • 50 mins • color)
The riding fast in the prairie opening title sequence remains as in season 14 but for the last time: lasting four seasons. As usual, the orchestration of the theme music is renewed. The film editor adds a new high angle shot of Dodge City displaying a sky filled with clouds made out of a composite shot and starting from episode #2 “Phœnix”.

Find the usual directors like former Gunsmoke producer Philip Leacock, the McEveety brothers (Bernard and Vincent), actor-director Robert Totten and three Wild Wild West artisans: Swedish-born actor Gunnar Hellström, Irving J. Moore, Paul Stanley. A newcomer pops up: Herb Wallerstein. Director Robert Totten also works as an actor: see “Alias Festus Haggin”.

Replacing Doc Adams, a new semi regular character shows up six times named Dr. John Chapman from New Orleans in “New Doctor in Town”, “The Legend”, “Lynott”, “Lijah”, “My Brother’s Keeper”, “Drago”. That change of physician character is similar to the absence of Artemus Gordon during the fourth season of The Wild Wild West.

Three previous guest characters return: Sally Fergus in “One for the Road”, Abelia Johnson in “The Predators” and Judge Clayborne in “Alias Festus Haggin”. Speaking of Judge, Judge Brooker comes back five times: “Lijah”, “P.S. Murry Christmas”, “No Tomorrow”, “One for the Road”, “Alias Festus Haggin”. An old semi regular character named Ma Smalley returns four times: “New Doctor in Town”, “My Brother’s Keeper”, “P.S. Murry Christmas”, “Tara”. As in the previous season, find again two multi-part episodes (“Waste”), including a three-parter: “The Bullet”.

Composers are expanded to seven names: Harry Geller, Leon Klatzkin, Johnny Parker, Richard Shores, newcomers Leon Shuken and Jack Hayes, Morton Stevens who returns from season 13 and provides his last score: “New Doctor in Town”.

PRODUCTION TEAM
producer: Leonard Katzman
executive producer: John Mantley
associate producer: Ron Honthaner
executive story consultant: Jack Miller
assistant story consultant: Paul F. Edwards
director of photography: Monroe Askins

The team is renewed: Ron Honthaner is promoted to the rank of associate producer and executive story consultant Calvin Clements is replaced by writer Jack Miller that started from season 16. Executive producer John Mantley brings his relatives back in one episode: his daughter Marie and his son Jon Jason in “The Lost”.

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).

Find the unexpected return of wino Louie Pheeters (James Nusser) in just one episode: “No Tomorrow”.

As usual, the strength of season 17 is the colorful guest actors that add weight to the story: see Sharon Acker, Claude Akins, Eric Braeden, Michele Carey, Glenn Corbett, Buddy Ebsen, Jack Elam, Sam Elliott, Gene Evans, Jodie Foster (2), Victor French (2), Mariette Hartley, Pat Hingle (6), Kim Hunter, Ben Johnson, Henry Jones, Richard Kiley, Ellen McRae, Jeanette Nolan (2), Ruth Roman, Jacqueline Scott, Pippa Scott, David Sheiner, Jeremy Slate, Paul Stevens, Harry Townes, Jan-Michael Vincent, Marie Windsor, Morgan Woodward.

THE DVD SET
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. As in the previous season set, you find a bonus: a 17 minutes discussion called Ben and Beckey Talk Gunsmoke: Season 17 in which the two hosts highlight a selection of season 17 episodes with specific guest actors.
 

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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 17 and as Matt Dillon used to say to his opponents: “Hold it right there”.

GUNSMOKE • SEASON 17 (1971-1972) (24 episodes • 50 mins • color)
The riding fast in the prairie opening title sequence remains as in season 14 but for the last time: lasting four seasons. As usual, the orchestration of the theme music is renewed. The film editor adds a new high angle shot of Dodge City displaying a sky filled with clouds made out of a composite shot and starting from episode #2 “Phœnix”.

Find the usual directors like former Gunsmoke producer Philip Leacock, the McEveety brothers (Bernard and Vincent), actor-director Robert Totten and three Wild Wild West artisans: Swedish-born actor Gunnar Hellström, Irving J. Moore, Paul Stanley. A newcomer pops up: Herb Wallerstein. Director Robert Totten also works as an actor: see “Alias Festus Haggin”.

Replacing Doc Adams, a new semi regular character shows up six times named Dr. John Chapman from New Orleans in “New Doctor in Town”, “The Legend”, “Lynott”, “Lijah”, “My Brother’s Keeper”, “Drago”. That change of physician character is similar to the absence of Artemus Gordon during the fourth season of The Wild Wild West.

Three previous guest characters return: Sally Fergus in “One for the Road”, Abelia Johnson in “The Predators” and Judge Clayborne in “Alias Festus Haggin”. Speaking of Judge, Judge Brooker comes back five times: “Lijah”, “P.S. Murry Christmas”, “No Tomorrow”, “One for the Road”, “Alias Festus Haggin”. An old semi regular character named Ma Smalley returns four times: “New Doctor in Town”, “My Brother’s Keeper”, “P.S. Murry Christmas”, “Tara”. As in the previous season, find again two multi-part episodes (“Waste”), including a three-parter: “The Bullet”.

Composers are expanded to seven names: Harry Geller, Leon Klatzkin, Johnny Parker, Richard Shores, newcomers Leon Shuken and Jack Hayes, Morton Stevens who returns from season 13 and provides his last score: “New Doctor in Town”.

PRODUCTION TEAM
producer: Leonard Katzman
executive producer: John Mantley
associate producer: Ron Honthaner
executive story consultant: Jack Miller
assistant story consultant: Paul F. Edwards
director of photography: Monroe Askins

The team is renewed: Ron Honthaner is promoted to the rank of associate producer and executive story consultant Calvin Clements is replaced by writer Jack Miller that started from season 16. Executive producer John Mantley brings his relatives back in one episode: his daughter Marie and his son Jon Jason in “The Lost”.

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).

Find the unexpected return of wino Louie Pheeters (James Nusser) in just one episode: “No Tomorrow”.

As usual, the strength of season 17 is the colorful guest actors that add weight to the story: see Sharon Acker, Claude Akins, Eric Braeden, Michele Carey, Glenn Corbett, Buddy Ebsen, Jack Elam, Sam Elliott, Gene Evans, Jodie Foster (2), Victor French (2), Mariette Hartley, Pat Hingle (6), Kim Hunter, Ben Johnson, Henry Jones, Richard Kiley, Ellen McRae, Jeanette Nolan (2), Ruth Roman, Jacqueline Scott, Pippa Scott, David Sheiner, Jeremy Slate, Paul Stevens, Harry Townes, Jan-Michael Vincent, Marie Windsor, Morgan Woodward.

THE DVD SET
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. As in the previous season set, you find a bonus: a 17 minutes discussion called Ben and Beckey Talk Gunsmoke: Season 17 in which the two hosts highlight a selection of season 17 episodes with specific guest actors.

The new high angle shot of Dodge City displaying a sky filled with clouds
made out of a composite shot and starting from episode #2 “Phœnix”.

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A new semi regular character shows up six times named Dr. John Chapman from New Orleans.
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Post production executive Ron Honthaner is promoted to the rank of associate producer.
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Writer Jack Miller is promoted to the rank of executive story consultant.
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Find the various composers for season 17.
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Episode #1
“The Lost”
written by Jack Miller
story by Warren Vanders
directed by Robert Totten
music by Harry Geller
guests: Mercedes McCambridge, Royal Dano, Laurie Prange, Link Wyler, Charles Kuenstle, Dee Carroll, Jerry Brown, Peggy Rea, Marie Mantley, Jon Jason Mantley, Terri Lynn Wood

In the wilderness, a stagecoach with Miss Kitty on has a terrible accident. The driver is hurt bad by the separation of the stagecoach and Miss Kitty slowly comes out of the carriage located at the bottom of a gulley. Despite her wounds, she crosses the deserted land and eventually finds a small lake but feels watched by a mysterious presence. Meanwhile Dillon, Festus and Newly interrogate the wife of the driver about the wreck of the stagecoach and the search continues. Miss Kitty encounters a wild mute young woman (actress Laurie Prange) living like a cave woman and makes her discover fire and cooking. Later on, Miss Kitty comes closer to an abandoned shack and meets a hill family named Mathers but the wild woman runs away with fear. The Mathers needs money and traps the wild woman to use her as a commercial and entertaining item and ties up Miss Kitty.

It’s an experimental episode, the last entry by Robert Totten for the series and a good solo Miss Kitty survival adventure that reminds the season 13 “The Wreckers” (also directed by Robert Totten) because of the stagecoach accident from the prologue. The story shares the myth of the good savage from Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe but leans towards a more conventional sense of education and the wild teenager doesn’t understand affection for others and fears the social life: see the carousel scene at Bess Roniger’s orphanage. Film-maker Totten has a sure sense of the scenery and depicts it as prehistoric because of the primitive mute woman and sometimes it feels like watching a blend of Planet of the Apes and Quest for Fire. It is written by executive story consultant Jack Miller but adapted from a story by recurring actor Warren Vanders. The cast of the Mathers family is good: Mercedes McCambridge as Rubilee, Royal Dano as Henry, Link Wyler as Lamond, Charles Kuenstle as Valjean. Jon Jason Mantley and Marie Mantley are the children of Gunsmoke executive producer John Mantley that we see at the orphanage.

Actors Dee Carroll (“Sam McTavish, M.D.”), Royal Dano (“Captain Sligo”), Marie Mantley (“The Gun”, “Pike”), Jon Jason Mantley (“The Gun”, “Pike”) and Link Wyler (“The Scavengers”) return from the season 16.
Actor Charles Kuenstle returns from the season 15 “MacGraw”.
Actors Jerry Brown (“Lyle’s Kid”) and Peggy Rea (“O’Quillian”) both return from season 14.
 

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Episode #2
“Phœnix”
written by Anthony Lawrence
directed by Paul Stanley
music by Harry Geller
guests: Glenn Corbett, Mariette Hartley, Gene Evans, Ramon Bieri, Frank Corsentino

Escaped convict John Sontag (actor Ramon Bieri) is chased by three guards riding a horse, caught and sent back to his cell after a beat-up and confesses to his cell-mate named Phœnix (actor Glenn Corbett) that he offers him a killing job against $2,000 but he refuses. Later on, freshly released, Phœnix steps into the gunsmith shop of Newly and buys a handgun while asking the address of Jesse Hume (actor Gene Evans): his contract. Phœnix stops by Hume’s farm and meets his wife Kate (actor Mariette Hartley) and asks for a labourer job. Meanwhile Newly shows Dillon an old wanted poster of Phœnix. Kate informs Phœnix that her husband is a former sheriff. Dillon drops by the farm, questions Phœnix about his social status and asks Kate if her husband is interesting in a lawman job. Phœnix keep on trying to kill Hume. One day, Hume has an accident nearby the lake and Phœnix is forced to save him and confesses his true intentions to Kate … Dying Sontag escapes from prison and appears at the farm …

It’s a decent reluctant hired killer study paired with a marital backdrop. As in the season 15 “Hackett”, find again a dubious man infiltrating a farm. The typeface of the episode title is new and displays a standard slab serif. Find the first use of the new high angle shot of Dodge City displaying a sky filled with clouds made out of a composite shot.

Actors Glenn Corbett (“Chicken”) and Mariette Hartley (“Big Man, Big Target”) both return from season 10, Gene Evans from the season 16 (“Snow Train”), Ramon Bieri from the season 14 “The Prisoner”.
 

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The late actor James Drury (1934-2020) appears four times on Gunsmoke:
“Old Faces” (1961)
“Johnny Red” (1959)
“Change of Heart” (1959)
“Reed Survives” (1955)​
 
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Just watched the outstanding "Whelan's Men" from season 18. The game of poker is worked into many a western, but perhaps few better than this episode. Great Amanda Blake episode, as Miss Kitty engages the bad guys in a game of poker for the highest stakes possible.
 

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Episode #3
“Waste, Part I”
written by Jim Byrnes
directed by Vincent McEveety
music by Jack Hayes and Leo Shuken
guests: Jeremy Slate, Ellen McRae, Johnny Whitaker, David Sheiner, Rex Holman, Ken Swofford, Don Megowan, Shug Fisher, Ruth Roman, George Chandler, Don Keefer, Emory Parnell, Lloyd Nelson, Lieux Dressler, Merry Anders, Claire Brennen, Lee Pulford

In the wilderness, Matt Dillon crosses the land to catch an escaped criminal on the run and, nearby, a kid named Willie Hubbard (actor Johnny Whitaker) crawls to catch a lizard when rider Ben Rodman (actor Jeremy Slate) asks him about a water hole. Old owner Silas Hubbard (actor George Chandler) watches the arrival of Ben Rodman and gives him the fees of the water. On his way to leave, savage Rodman is forced to pay $2 at gunpoint and eventually shoots the old man and calls him “greedy”. The kid rushes to his dying grandfather. Later on, Dillon stops by the water hole and has a final talk with Silas Hubbard who asks him to go find the mother of Willie. Two postmen are stopped by a furious preacher (actor David Sheiner) who orders them to open up their bags and shows them a small gun coming from his big bible when his accomplices surface and make a search. Out of the blue, Ben Rodman appears and stops them because there are no gold in the bags. Dillon and the kid arrive at the deserted town of Table Rock and question a drunk (actor Don Keefer) about Sarah Hubbard and he informs them to go to Whiskey Butte to meet Maggie Blaisedell (actress Ruth Roman). Dillon learns from Amy Waters (actress Ellen McRae), one of the girls of Maggie, that Sarah Hubbard is dead. Dillon discovers a gold dust shipment hidden in the back of Maggie’s wagon and, Lisa, one of the girls, spots it, steals some and leave to warn Rodman’s gang. The morning after, Dillon finds out that Lisa empties the water supply and orders Maggie and her girls to leave to reach the next Fort. Meanwhile Dillon discovers a crate of winchesters in the wagon and five outlaws ride to catch them …
“To be continued next week”.

It’s a solo Dillon adventure, a journey and wagon saga with a superb scenery and a hide and seek story that combine a criminal case with a family drama. Find a veiled reference to The Night of the Hunter and “The Night of the Flying Pie Plate” (see Hellfire Simon) from The Wild Wild West throughout the character of the preacher. The cast of the saloon girl characters is picturesque: matron Maggie Blaisedell (actress Ruth Roman), Amy Waters (actress Ellen McRae), Victoria (actress Lieux Dressler), Shirley (actress Merry Anders), Lisa (actress Claire Brennen). But the real oddity is the woman calls the orphan girl at the outlaws’ camp. As usual, the cast of the outlaw characters is good: leader Ben Rodman (actor Jeremy Slate), preacher (actor David Sheiner), Oakley (Rex Holman), Speer (Ken Swofford), Lucas (actor Don Megowan). Actor Lloyd Nelson is the series’ script supervisor, starting from season 16.

Actors Shug Fisher (“Tycoon”), Rex Holman (“Luke”), Don Keefer (“Gentry’s Law”) and Ken Swofford (“Lavery”) from the season 16.

Actors Jeremy Slate return from the season 14 “Abelia”, Ellen Ellen McRae from the season 7 “Wagon Girls”, Johnny Whitaker from the season 12 “The Returning”, Don Megowan from the season 9 “Commanches is Soft”, Ruth Roman from the season 15 “Coreyville”.
 

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Episode #3
“Waste, Part I”
written by Jim Byrnes
directed by Vincent McEveety
music by Jack Hayes and Leo Shuken
guests: Jeremy Slate, Ellen McRae, Johnny Whitaker, David Sheiner, Rex Holman, Ken Swofford, Don Megowan, Shug Fisher, Ruth Roman, George Chandler, Don Keefer, Emory Parnell, Lloyd Nelson, Lieux Dressler, Merry Anders, Claire Brennen, Lee Pulford

In the wilderness, Matt Dillon crosses the land to catch an escaped criminal on the run and, nearby, a kid named Willie Hubbard (actor Johnny Whitaker) crawls to catch a lizard when rider Ben Rodman (actor Jeremy Slate) asks him about a water hole. Old owner Silas Hubbard (actor George Chandler) watches the arrival of Ben Rodman and gives him the fees of the water. On his way to leave, savage Rodman is forced to pay $2 at gunpoint and eventually shoots the old man and calls him “greedy”. The kid rushes to his dying grandfather. Later on, Dillon stops by the water hole and has a final talk with Silas Hubbard who asks him to go find the mother of Willie. Two postmen are stopped by a furious preacher (actor David Sheiner) who orders them to open up their bags and shows them a small gun coming from his big bible when his accomplices surface and make a search. Out of the blue, Ben Rodman appears and stops them because there are no gold in the bags. Dillon and the kid arrive at the deserted town of Table Rock and question a drunk (actor Don Keefer) about Sarah Hubbard and he informs them to go to Whiskey Butte to meet Maggie Blaisedell (actress Ruth Roman). Dillon learns from Amy Waters (actress Ellen McRae), one of the girls of Maggie, that Sarah Hubbard is dead. Dillon discovers a gold dust shipment hidden in the back of Maggie’s wagon and, Lisa, one of the girls, spots it, steals some and leave to warn Rodman’s gang. The morning after, Dillon finds out that Lisa empties the water supply and orders Maggie and her girls to leave to reach the next Fort. Meanwhile Dillon discovers a crate of winchesters in the wagon and five outlaws ride to catch them …
“To be continued next week”.

It’s a solo Dillon adventure, a journey and wagon saga with a superb scenery and a hide and seek story that combine a criminal case with a family drama. Find a veiled reference to The Night of the Hunter and “The Night of the Flying Pie Plate” (see Hellfire Simon) from The Wild Wild West throughout the character of the preacher. The cast of the saloon girl characters is picturesque: matron Maggie Blaisedell (actress Ruth Roman), Amy Waters (actress Ellen McRae), Victoria (actress Lieux Dressler), Shirley (actress Merry Anders), Lisa (actress Claire Brennen). But the real oddity is the woman calls the orphan girl at the outlaws’ camp. As usual, the cast of the outlaw characters is good: leader Ben Rodman (actor Jeremy Slate), preacher (actor David Sheiner), Oakley (Rex Holman), Speer (Ken Swofford), Lucas (actor Don Megowan). Actor Lloyd Nelson is the series’ script supervisor, starting from season 16.

Actors Shug Fisher (“Tycoon”), Rex Holman (“Luke”), Don Keefer (“Gentry’s Law”) and Ken Swofford (“Lavery”) from the season 16.

Actors Jeremy Slate return from the season 14 “Abelia”, Ellen Ellen McRae from the season 7 “Wagon Girls”, Johnny Whitaker from the season 12 “The Returning”, Don Megowan from the season 9 “Commanches is Soft”, Ruth Roman from the season 15 “Coreyville”.

Portrait of outlaw Ben Rodman (actor Jeremy Slate).
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Episode #4
“Waste, Part II”
written by Jim Byrnes
directed by Vincent McEveety
music by Jack Hayes and Leo Shuken
guests: same cast as Part I

The episode starts with a trailer entitled The Story Thus Far from Part I that lasts 5 minutes 30 secondes used a prologue. Maggie’s convoy stays in the deserted and water-less Fort. Dillon figures out that Amy Waters is the mother of Willie and trains the girls to fire a winchester. The five outlaws enter the Fort and are welcomed by guns. Leader Ben Rodman changes his strategy and let Maggie’s convoy die of thirst. The waiting is endless …

The second part is rather weak by contrast and it plays like a long wait before the final showdown combined with an unfit and shameful mother-son sirupy melodrama. The episode makes a veiled reference to John Wayne’s The Alamo. Actress Lieux Dressler sings a tune: “In the Sweet By and By”.
 
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Episode #5
“New Doctor in Town”
written by Jack Miller
directed by Philip Leacock
music by Morton Stevens
guests: Pat Hingle, Lane Bradford, Sarah Selby, Jon Lormer, Charles Wagenheim

At night, Festus steps into the gunsmith shop of Newly and reminds him that Doc is out of town since three weeks. Newly leaves his shop to go to a wedding. Festus notices the arrival of a buggy that resembles the one of Doc and rushes to the medical office and meets Dr. Chapman (actor Pat Hingle) from New Orleans instead who informs him that Doc is in Baltimore and gives him a letter from Doc that explains his predicament. Festus arrests Chapman and locks him up in the marshal’s cell when wino Cody Sims (actor Jon Lormer) enters. Dillon resumes to his office, reads the credentials of Chapman, apologizes and releases him. At the Long Branch, Miss Kitty reads Doc’s letter to her friends (Dillon, Newly, Festus, Sam) that explains his departure and his stay at the medical school after a failure to save a little girl. The morning after, Festus goes to Newly’s shop and an accident occurs leading to an explosion and two victims. Dodge City is shaken up! Newly is severely wounded, looses his mind and even attacks Miss Kitty. At night, Newly undergoes a second crisis, escapes from the office and is shot by farmer Dump Hart (actor Lane Bradford) because he acts as a trespasser. Raving mad Newly is on the run and the posse tracks him down …

It’s a good introduction to a new character (Dr. John Chapman from New Orleans) entry that tackles the theme of the stranger facing the distrust of a community—especially from Festus—which reminds the season 16 “Sam McTavish, M.D.” and it is also focused on Newly as a sick case: see the expressive second crisis shot with a wide angle lens and whose people’s voices are distorted by echo. It is written by executive story consultant Jack Miller. This is the first episode that highlights the character of Dr. John Chapman and see the return of semi regular Ma Smalley from season 13. This is the last score from Morton Stevens.

Actors Lane Bradford returns from the season 14 “Exodus 21:22”, Sarah Selby from the season 12 “Mail Drop”, Jon Lormer (“McCabe”) and Charles Wagenheim (“Tycoon”) from season 16.
 

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Episode #6
“The Legend”
written by Calvin Clements, Jr.
directed by Philip Leacock
music by Johnny Parker
guests: Kim Hunter, Jan-Michael Vincent, Greg Mullavey, Richard Kelton, Pat Hingle, Michael Greene, Lloyd Nelson, Read Morgan, Bryan O’Byrne, Ken Mayer, Victor Izay , Patrick Dennis-Leigh, Red Currie, Dick Cangey

At the Slater boneyard, boss Slater (actor Lloyd Nelson) provides two dollars to old laborer Billy when a young man named Travis Smith (actor Jan-Michael Vincent) asks for a job but when he reveals his real name (Colter) the attitude of Slater change. Travis informs him to get in touch with him over Ma Smalley’s rooming house. After offering a coin to buy a candy stick to a kid, his father insults Travis which leads to a street fight that is stopped by Dillon. Dr. Chapman (actor Pat Hingle) meets an old acquaintance: Beatrice Colter (actress Kim Hunter), the mother of Travis. Dillon and Newly go on an errand at Tillson’s Bend. After Travis has a friendly talk with Miss Kitty, Nathan Burke hires the young man. At Colter’s home, Travis celebrates his birthday when his two outlaw brothers pop-up: Virgil (actor Greg Mullavey) and Clayt (actor Richard Kelton). Mr. Palmer (actor Bryan O’Byrne), the accountant of the freight office suggests Burke to get rid of Travis for security reasons. At night and at Bull’s Head saloon, Beatrice plays the piano and sings to entertain the drunk customers when Travis witnesses that scene and runs to see his brothers. Later on, Travis gets drunk at the Bull’s Head and gets fired when he notices the horses of his brothers and explosive charges stuck to the safe of the freight office. An explosion occurs and Travis is severely wounded and falsely-accused of robbery.

It’s an engrossing family drama centered around a proud young son about the theme of social rejection. This is the second episode that highlights the character of Dr. John Chapman who operates again a patient after an explosion. Notice the appearence of stuntman Richard Cangey from The Wild Wild West. Actress Kim Hunter sings a tune: “Aaron at the Gate”. As in “Phœnix”, we can notice some superb scenery of green mountains. Actor Jan-Michael Vincent was a trendy young star of the seventies (see The Mechanic, Bite the Bullet, Damnation Alley, Big Wednesday) and had his regular series in the 1980’s entitled Airwolf.

Actors Pat Hingle (“New Doctor in Town”) and Lloyd Nelson (“Waste”) both return from this season 17.

Actors Victor Izay (“The Scavengers”), Richard Kelton (“Snow Train”), Ken Mayer (“The Gun”), Read Morgan (“Sergeant Holly”) returns from the season 16.

Actor Michael Greene returns from the season 13 “A Noose for Dobie Price” and Bryan O’Byrne from the season 10 “Old Man”.
 

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Episode #6
“The Legend”
written by Calvin Clements, Jr.
directed by Philip Leacock
music by Johnny Parker
guests: Kim Hunter, Jan-Michael Vincent, Greg Mullavey, Richard Kelton, Pat Hingle, Michael Greene, Lloyd Nelson, Read Morgan, Bryan O’Byrne, Ken Mayer, Victor Izay , Patrick Dennis-Leigh, Red Currie, Dick Cangey

At the Slater boneyard, boss Slater (actor Lloyd Nelson) provides two dollars to old laborer Billy when a young man named Travis Smith (actor Jan-Michael Vincent) asks for a job but when he reveals his real name (Colter) the attitude of Slater change. Travis informs him to get in touch with him over Ma Smalley’s rooming house. After offering a coin to buy a candy stick to a kid, his father insults Travis which leads to a street fight that is stopped by Dillon. Dr. Chapman (actor Pat Hingle) meets an old acquaintance: Beatrice Colter (actress Kim Hunter), the mother of Travis. Dillon and Newly go on an errand at Tillson’s Bend. After Travis has a friendly talk with Miss Kitty, Nathan Burke hires the young man. At Colter’s home, Travis celebrates his birthday when his two outlaw brothers pop-up: Virgil (actor Greg Mullavey) and Clayt (actor Richard Kelton). Mr. Palmer (actor Bryan O’Byrne), the accountant of the freight office suggests Burke to get rid of Travis for security reasons. At night and at Bull’s Head saloon, Beatrice plays the piano and sings to entertain the drunk customers when Travis witnesses that scene and runs to see his brothers. Later on, Travis gets drunk at the Bull’s Head and gets fired when he notices the horses of his brothers and explosive charges stuck to the safe of the freight office. An explosion occurs and Travis is severely wounded and falsely-accused of robbery.

It’s an engrossing family drama centered around a proud young son about the theme of social rejection. This is the second episode that highlights the character of Dr. John Chapman who operates again a patient after an explosion. Notice the appearence of stuntman Richard Cangey from The Wild Wild West. Actress Kim Hunter sings a tune: “Aaron at the Gate”. As in “Phœnix”, we can notice some superb scenery of green mountains. Actor Jan-Michael Vincent was a trendy young star of the seventies (see The Mechanic, Bite the Bullet, Damnation Alley, Big Wednesday) and had his regular series in the 1980’s entitled Airwolf.

Actors Pat Hingle (“New Doctor in Town”) and Lloyd Nelson (“Waste”) both return from this season 17.

Actors Victor Izay (“The Scavengers”), Richard Kelton (“Snow Train”), Ken Mayer (“The Gun”), Read Morgan (“Sergeant Holly”) returns from the season 16.

Actor Michael Greene returns from the season 13 “A Noose for Dobie Price” and Bryan O’Byrne from the season 10 “Old Man”.

Pictures of Travis Colter (actor Jan-Michael Vincent).
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I recently watched "Talbot" from season 18, a great showcase for Anthony Zerbe in the title role and a strong episode for Salome Jens. In act one, Zerbe shoots Jens' blowhard/drunken/back-shooting/bad-gambler husband Robert Totten (an occasional actor and director on Gunsmoke). In act two, Zerbe backhands Ken Swofford for harassing Jens. The story takes some surprising turns from there and is one of the better ones of the season.
 

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