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Episode #15

“Arizona Midnight”
written by Dudley Bromley
directed by Irving J. Moore
music by John Parker
guests: Billy Curtis, Mills Watson, Ken Mayer, Stanley Clements, Sandie Powell

At night, a rider dressed in black heads to Dodge City while, at the Long Branch, Festus drinks a beer along with Doc. Three hill people who used to damage the saloon ask the permission to get a drink and leave to Miss Kitty. At the exit, they see a midget rider named Arizona (actor Billy Curtis), dressed in black and on top of a giant horse named Homer, who stops at and steps into the Long Branch to get a beer and offers $50 to get some help because he is about to become a were-elephant at midnight. Later on, Arizona hires the three hill men who face the elephant carrying a black hat. Burke walks down the street and rushes to the livery stable to witness the event. The entire town wait for the return of Arizona when Dillon catches him in the act of running away.

It’s a light, forgettable and far-fetched episode about a legal con artist who gets rid of his eccentric father’s animal collection in thirty one towns. The director toys with the Eastern Europe horror tapestry that includes the full moon and the screaming wolf. For the anecdote, Festus jokes about about Arizona in those terms: “Looks like he might’ve got caught out in the rain and shrank up”. Midget actor Billy Curtis appears in the season 2 episode “The Night of the Gypsy Peril” from The Wild Wild West and in the Clint Eastwood’s western film High Plains Drifter (1973). The cast of the hill people is colorful: Fred (Mills Watson), Ed (Ken Mayer), Red (Stanley Clements).

Returning guest actors: Mills Watson (the season 17 “The Predators”), Ken Mayer (the season 17 “Tara”), Stanley Clements (the season 16 “The Gun”).
 

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Episode #16

“Homecoming”
written by Calvin Clements, Sr.
directed by Gunnar Hellström
music by John Parker
guests: Richard Kelton, Robert Pratt, Lynn Marta, Lurene Tuttle, Stuart Margolin, Claudia Bryar, Ivy Jones, Margaret Bacon

Three riders stop before a farm and then head for it. An old sick woman named Anna Wilson (actess Lurene Tuttle) is taken care of by neighbour Mrs. Bronson (actress Claudia Bryar) at the same farm when the three outlaws stop their horses and the two Wilson brothers rush to see her mother and learn the death of their father. The third outlaw named Johnny Mophet (actor Stuart Margolin) is very careful and fears to be spotted by third parties. Doc Adams comes to the farm and meets the outlaws who threaten him to accompany them to the border as an insurance as well as Mrs. Bronson. Later that night, leader Rick Wilson (actor Richard Kelton) pays a visit to his old flame Prudence (actress Lynn Marta) at her dressmaking shop. Customer Mrs. Ames (actress Margaret Bacon) stops before the shop and goes alerting Festus who picks him up. Burke informs Festus that he must release Wilson to avoid Doc and Mrs. Bronson being executed. Festus and Newly go underground and observe the activities of the farm when pregnant Martha Beal (actress Ivy Jones) steps into and begs Doc to help her. Later on, Newly, posing as Aaron and pretending to have a broken arm to hide a Dirringer, pays a visit to Doc …

It’s an adequate and optimistic outlaws on the run/hostage episode paired with heavy family ties and nostalgia. One shocking scene to notice: Anna Wilson tries to kill her elder son with a gun but dies because of the high emotion. As in the season 17 “P.S. Murry Christmas”, one scene shows Dodge City completely covered with snow during a broad day. The cast of the outlaw characters consists of Richard Kelton as leader Rick Wilson, Robert Pratt as his younger brother Raymond Wilson, Stuart Margolin as Johnny Mophet. For the record, this is the last part of actor Richard Kelton.

Returning guest actors: Richard Kelton (the season 18 “The Judgement”), Lurene Tuttle (the season 6 “Brother Love”), Stuart Margolin (the season 11 “The Storm”), Claudia Bryar (the season 17 “Lynott”), Margaret Bacon (the season 18 “Bohannan”).
 

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Episode #17

“Shadler”
written by Jim Byrnes
directed by Arnold Laven
music by John Parker
guests: Earl Holliman , Diana Hyland, Denver Pyle, Linda Watkins, Pat Conway, Ken Lynch, John Davis Chandler, Donald Barry, James Jeter, John Carter, William L. Erwin, Meg Wyllie, Alex Sharp, Tom Pittman, Barry Cahill, Wallace Earl

In a State penitentiary, convict Boone Shadler (actor Earl Holliman) is threatened by guard Creech (actor James Jeter) who promises him a bottle against the hideout of his $7,000 loot when Father Walsh (actor John Carter) steps into the corridor to see the sentenced to death prisoner. Shadler refuses the comfort of the padre and by accident and anger hits him with his whiskey bottle and wears his outfit to escape from the pen. Later on, Newly is forced to stop his horse by sheriff Dobson (actor Donald Barry) and his deputies because the town of Selkirk is plagued. Newly refuses to cooperate and rides out when the lawmen track him down. Meanwhile, Shadler arrives in a farm to get some food and clothes when Newly comes close and helps him to hide and lies to the lawmen. Newly informs him they are not real lawmen and he is. Shadler accompanies Newly to town and they con and neutralize the deputy named McKee (actor Ken Lynch). Once in town, Newly hears an old woman crying and encounters Dallas Fair (actress Diana Hyland) who points out a gun at him when he summons Shadler who pretends in front of the dying old lady. Outside the house, the townspeople beg Shadler to help them so he keeps the sham. Newly plays the doctor and help a dying old gruff man named Cyrus Himes (actor Denver Pyle) and discovers the origin of the contamination: the town’s well. After a first visit to his mother’s house, Shadler eventually finds the hidden loot in the chimney when Newly steps into and is knocked unconscious from the rear followed by Dallas … Unfortunately, Shadler has been spotted by a scout named Rogers (actor John Davis Chandler) sent by the bandits dressed as lawmen …

It’s a good plague and charade adventure featuring an escaped convict-imposter and lawmen-imposters paired with a Newly on an errand entry but, in the end, it’s a good redemption and existential tale in which the leading guest character Shadler sees himself through the character of dying old man Himes. Actor Earl Holliman gives his last good performance for the series. It shares the same theme of the contamined well as the season 12 “The Well”. As in the season 17 “Trafton”, find a criminal killing a padre and as in the season 16 “The Noonday Devil”, find a criminal disguised as a padre. Director Arnold Laven is a former producer on both western series The Rifleman and The Big Valley.

Returning guest actors: Earl Holliman (the season 15 “Hackett”), Denver Pyle (the season 13 “Baker’s Dozen”), Linda Watkins (the season 10 “Take Her, She’s Cheap”), Pat Conway (the season 4 “How to Kill a Friend”), Ken Lynch (the season 17 “Lynott”), Donald Barry (the season 8 “The Renegades”), John Carter (the season 12 “Ladies from St. Louis”), William L. Erwin (the season 18 “Bohannan”), Alex Sharp (the season 13 “Dead Man's Law”), Barry Cahill (the season 8 “Collie’s Free”).
 

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Episode #18

“Patricia”
written by Calvin Clements, Sr.
directed by Alf Kjellin
music by Jerrold Immel
guests: Jess Walton, Ike Eisenmann, John Baer, Gail Bonney, Donald Elson, Richard Lundin

On a stagecoach, Newly starts a conversation with Boston governess Patricia Colby (actress Jess Walton) and her pupil Johnny Henderson (actor Ike Eisenmann). They stop at the next station for the horses’ rest. They take a walk when a twister occurs so they take refuge in a shack but Johnny Breaks his leg because of a falling tree. At Dodge City, Miss Kitty offers some food to the farmers while Newly and Patricia assist Doc at Delmonico’s. Later that evening, Newly announces to his friends at the Long Branch he is about to marry Patricia. The morning after, Newly gives Patricia a guided tour to the region and they eventually locate an abandonned farm where Newly makes her a wedding proposition. Patricia goes see Doc to get some tonic pills and he spots a nasty bruise on her arm and takes a blood sample and later discovers Patricia’s lethal disease: leukemia. Doc faces a moral dilemma about telling the frightening truth to Patricia and asks some friendly advices to Kitty and Dillon. The next day, he confesses to Newly who refuses the evidence. The stagecoach arrives and the father of Johnny (actor John Baer) takes his son back to Boston. The big day occurs and the newly weds come out of the church and ride to the farm. Patricia starts to undergo some brief strokes. Burke rides to their home and delivers a letter for Newly about the medical confirmation of Patricia’s disease but she receives it first …

It’s both a Newly episode and a very good intense, downbeat and romantic marital drama about a medical case that is served by the music score of Jerrold Immel. Find the second episode after “Shadler” in which Newly works as a medic. One romantic scene in the wilderness depicting the young couple admiring wild horses almost foreshows the atmosphere from Terence Malick’s Days of Heaven. The episode title is displayed in blue. It makes a good thematic companion to the season 17 “Tara”: in both Newly deals with a love affair. Actor Buck Taylor used to play in another tragic wedding plot: “Don’t Open Till Doosday” from The Outer Limits. In a way, this episode foreshadows the leaning of the season 2 two-parter episode of The Six Million Dollar Man entitled “The Bionic Woman”. For the anecdote, Dillon wears his light grey tweed jacket during the wedding.

Returning guest actors: Ike Eisenmann (the season 18 “Eleven Dollars”), Gail Bonney (the season 18 “Bohannan”).
 

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Episode #18

“Patricia”
written by Calvin Clements, Sr.
directed by Alf Kjellin
music by Jerrold Immel
guests: Jess Walton, Ike Eisenmann, John Baer, Gail Bonney, Donald Elson, Richard Lundin

On a stagecoach, Newly starts a conversation with Boston governess Patricia Colby (actress Jess Walton) and her pupil Johnny Henderson (actor Ike Eisenmann). They stop at the next station for the horses’ rest. They take a walk when a twister occurs so they take refuge in a shack but Johnny Breaks his leg because of a falling tree. At Dodge City, Miss Kitty offers some food to the farmers while Newly and Patricia assist Doc at Delmonico’s. Later that evening, Newly announces to his friends at the Long Branch he is about to marry Patricia. The morning after, Newly gives Patricia a guided tour to the region and they eventually locate an abandonned farm where Newly makes her a wedding proposition. Patricia goes see Doc to get some tonic pills and he spots a nasty bruise on her arm and takes a blood sample and later discovers Patricia’s lethal disease: leukemia. Doc faces a moral dilemma about telling the frightening truth to Patricia and asks some friendly advices to Kitty and Dillon. The next day, he confesses to Newly who refuses the evidence. The stagecoach arrives and the father of Johnny (actor John Baer) takes his son back to Boston. The big day occurs and the newly weds come out of the church and ride to the farm. Patricia starts to undergo some brief strokes. Burke rides to their home and delivers a letter for Newly about the medical confirmation of Patricia’s disease but she receives it first …

It’s both a Newly episode and a very good intense, downbeat and romantic marital drama about a medical case that is served by the music score of Jerrold Immel. Find the second episode after “Shadler” in which Newly works as a medic. One romantic scene in the wilderness depicting the young couple admiring wild horses almost foreshows the atmosphere from Terence Malick’s Days of Heaven. The episode title is displayed in blue. It makes a good thematic companion to the season 17 “Tara”: in both Newly deals with a love affair. Actor Buck Taylor used to play in another tragic wedding plot: “Don’t Open Till Doosday” from The Outer Limits. In a way, this episode foreshadows the leaning of the season 2 two-parter episode of The Six Million Dollar Man entitled “The Bionic Woman”. For the anecdote, Dillon wears his light grey tweed jacket during the wedding.

Returning guest actors: Ike Eisenmann (the season 18 “Eleven Dollars”), Gail Bonney (the season 18 “Bohannan”).

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Episode #19

“Quiet Day in Dodge”
written by Jack Miller
directed by Alf Kjellin
music by Bruce Broughton
guests: Margaret Hamilton, Leo Gordon, Shug Fisher, Douglas Fowley, John Fiedler, Helen Page Camp, J. Pat O’Malley, Walker Edmiston, Herb Vigran, Willie Ames, Charles Wagenheim, Henry Wise, Michelle Breeze, Bruce Broughton

Returning home to Dodge City after a long and strenuous journey, Dillon leads prisoner Job Snelling (actor Leo Gordon) to his office when he attacks him but Dillon masters him quickly and locks him up. Dillon lies down in the office’s bed but five minutes later Festus appears with his fishes and wakes him up. And then milkman Ludlow (actor Walker Edmiston) makes some street noise and old maid Edsel Pry (actor Margaret Hamilton) shows up to force him to book a stealing brat when Festus resumes with a meal and faces the kid. Dillon goes picking up Snelling who fails to escape after another brawl. Judge Brooker orders Dillon to send Snelling back to Fort Dodge so Dillon assigns Festus and Newly to do the task. Dillon pays a visit to Doc to get his arm fix while Miss Kitty faces two violent customers who turns her saloon upsidedown. Dillon still can’t sleep peacefully. And it goes on and on …

It’s a plotless, picturesque, silly, comical and repetitive Dillon episode in which we see a tired lawman who can’t get some sleep and that suffers from the coming-and-goings in the marshal’s office paired with a brat who keeps on playing nasty tricks. It’s one of actor James Arness’ favorite episodes: he seems to enjoy light materials. Find the return of Judge Brooker. Many people tells Dillon he looks terrible: Edsel Pry, Judge Brooker, Burke, Doc, Miss Kitty. The episode title is ironic. The film editor cuts this episode with clock inserts of Dillon’s office. Executive story consultant Jack Miller writes that story. Composer Bruce Broughton appears as a piano player at the Long Branch.

Returning guest actors: Leo Gordon (the season 17 “No Tomorrow”), Shug Fisher (the season 17 “Waste”), John Fiedler (the season 10 “Hammerhead”), J. Pat O’Malley (the season 8 “Old Comrade”), Walker Edmiston (the season 16 “Tycoon”), Herb Vigran (the season 17 “Alias Festus Haggin”), Willie Ames (the season 17 “P.S. Murry Christmas”).
 

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Episode #20

“Whelan’s Men”
written by Ron Bishop
directed by Paul F. Edwards
music by John Parker
guests: Robert Burr, William Bramley, Noble Willingham, Harrison Ford, Frank Ramírez, Gerald McRaney, Bobby Hall, Seamon Glass, Ed Craig, Richard Hale

In the main street of Dodge City, Doc meets Festus who offers him a drink and heads to the marshal’s office where three outlaws led by former lawman Dan Whelan (actor Robert Burr) hold wounded Newly prisoner and orders him to reveal the location of Dillon. They lock both deputies and outlaw Tuck (actor Noble Willingham) keeps an eye on them. Meanwhile four gang members rob the bank as well as the customers. They join two other members who just robbed items in the main street. They eventually rob the whole town. Loomis (actor William Bramley), the second of Whelan, goes threatening a group of outraged townspeople and shoots one worker. The gang takes refuge at the Long Branch to get some free drinks and Loomis commences a game of poker but he cheats and Hobey (actor Harrison Ford) guns him down. Tuck initiates a new game of poker and invites Miss Kitty and gives her the money of the late Loomis. Whelan replaces Musgrove at the table. Whelan eventually plays against Miss Kitty all alone. Whelan marks the queen of heart …

It’s an absurb pillargers and revenge episode that reminds the season 11 “Seven Hours to Dawn” because a band of outlaws takes over Dodge City as an irregular army but the main difference lies in the long poker game that loosely reminds the season 14 “The Prisoner” but in a different context. The poker game makes no sense at all because the outlaws rob and control the town. As usual, Miss Kitty is called Red by an outlaw. Find the second episode after “Hostage!” that highlights the control of a town by strangers. Actor Harrison Ford as Hobey steals the valuables of the bank’s customers and, furthermore, guns down cheater Loomis and that one scene foreshadows the alien bar scene from Star Wars. This is the only episode directed by assistant story consultant Paul F. Edwards. Find the second and final appearance of future movie star Harrison Ford. The cast of pillager characters is picturesque: gang leader Dan Whelan (Robert Burr), second Loomis (William Bramley), Tuck (Noble Willingham), Hobey (Harrison Ford), an Indian named Breed (Frank Ramírez), Gentry (Gerald McRaney), Partridge (Ed Craig), Musgrove (Bobby Hall). Actor Gerald McRaney is known for the Eighties private eye series Simon & Simon.

Returning guest actors: William Bramley (the season 17 “Lynott”), Harrison Ford (the season 18 “The Sodbusters”), Bobby Hall (the season 15 “MacGraw”), Richard Hale (the season 17 “No Tomorrow”).
 

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Episode #20

“Whelan’s Men”
written by Ron Bishop
directed by Paul F. Edwards
music by John Parker
guests: Robert Burr, William Bramley, Noble Willingham, Harrison Ford, Frank Ramírez, Gerald McRaney, Bobby Hall, Seamon Glass, Ed Craig, Richard Hale

In the main street of Dodge City, Doc meets Festus who offers him a drink and heads to the marshal’s office where three outlaws led by former lawman Dan Whelan (actor Robert Burr) hold wounded Newly prisoner and orders him to reveal the location of Dillon. They lock both deputies and outlaw Tuck (actor Noble Willingham) keeps an eye on them. Meanwhile four gang members rob the bank as well as the customers. They join two other members who just robbed items in the main street. They eventually rob the whole town. Loomis (actor William Bramley), the second of Whelan, goes threatening a group of outraged townspeople and shoots one worker. The gang takes refuge at the Long Branch to get some free drinks and Loomis commences a game of poker but he cheats and Hobey (actor Harrison Ford) guns him down. Tuck initiates a new game of poker and invites Miss Kitty and gives her the money of the late Loomis. Whelan replaces Musgrove at the table. Whelan eventually plays against Miss Kitty all alone. Whelan marks the queen of heart …

It’s an absurb pillargers and revenge episode that reminds the season 11 “Seven Hours to Dawn” because a band of outlaws takes over Dodge City as an irregular army but the main difference lies in the long poker game that loosely reminds the season 14 “The Prisoner” but in a different context. The poker game makes no sense at all because the outlaws rob and control the town. As usual, Miss Kitty is called Red by an outlaw. Find the second episode after “Hostage!” that highlights the control of a town by strangers. Actor Harrison Ford as Hobey steals the valuables of the bank’s customers and, furthermore, guns down cheater Loomis and that one scene foreshadows the alien bar scene from Star Wars. This is the only episode directed by assistant story consultant Paul F. Edwards. Find the second and final appearance of future movie star Harrison Ford. The cast of pillager characters is picturesque: gang leader Dan Whelan (Robert Burr), second Loomis (William Bramley), Tuck (Noble Willingham), Hobey (Harrison Ford), an Indian named Breed (Frank Ramírez), Gentry (Gerald McRaney), Partridge (Ed Craig), Musgrove (Bobby Hall). Actor Gerald McRaney is known for the Eighties private eye series Simon & Simon.

Returning guest actors: William Bramley (the season 17 “Lynott”), Harrison Ford (the season 18 “The Sodbusters”), Bobby Hall (the season 15 “MacGraw”), Richard Hale (the season 17 “No Tomorrow”).

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Episode #21

“Kimbro”
written by Jim Byrnes
directed by Gunnar Hellström
music by Richard Shores
guests: John Anderson, Michael Strong, William De Vane, Tom Falk, Rick Weaver, Doreen Lang, Lisa Eilbacher, Wendell Baker

Burke comes out of the freight office and heads to the crates of merchandises where he encounters a sleeping old man named Adam Kimbro (actor John Anderson) hidden in the back. Burke advises him to work at the livery stable and offers him a coin to buy a beer but he refuses and leaves. Dillon resumes to town and goes storing his horse in the livery stable where he meets his old friend Kimbro that used to be a lawman. Dillon makes him many friendly offers that he declines with a quiet pride. At night, Dillon shares his diner with Kitty in her apartment and tells her about his old and decaying mentor and feels the moral obligation to help him. Dillon discovers Kimbro in a back alley, completely drunk, and invites him to spend the night in jail. The next day, Dillon challenges Kimbro and offers him a job of deputy on a mission to the town of Beulah to bring the gold dust into the Dodge Bank. Passing by Deerfield, Kimbro meets old flame Mary Bentley (actor Doreen Lang)—now married and with two teens—and it reminds him the good old days. Arriving at Beulah, Dillon and Kimbro pick up the load and head back to Dodge while a family of thugs watch them. That night, the four family members led by Peak Stratton (actor Michael Strong) attack the two lawmen …

It’s a solo Dillon episode about a conveyor assignment and a good bitter sweet existential take on the job of lawman and its aftermath while aging and Dillon sees through his mentor Kimbro his possible future. In a way, the relation between Dillon and Kimbro remind the two nostalgic veterans in Sam Peckinpah’s Ride the High Country. The episode title is displayed in green. This is the twelveth and last part of actor John Anderson.

Returning guest actors: John Anderson (the season 16 “Mirage”), Michael Strong (the season 12 “Snap Decision”), Rick Weaver (the season 6 “Little Girl”), Doreen Lang (the season 16 “Snow Train”).
 

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Episode #22

“Jesse”
written by Jim Byrnes
directed by Bernard McEveety
music by Martin L. Klein
guests: Brock Peters, Don Stroud, Regis Cordic, Robert Pine, Leonard Stone, Jim Davis, Ted Gehring, Norman Bartold, Larry Finley, Lloyd Nelson, Pete Kellett, Karen Welch

At night and at the Tribune House Hotel, Dillon and his two deputies are annoyed by drunk drovers shooting bottles. Dillon decides to leave town to get a good rest and later go to Hays City when Festus is suddenly awakened by a broken mirror and complains to the drovers. The sheriff burst into the saloon and puts an end to the noise by closing the place when Festus enters to a have a beer and meets an old friend named Jesse Dillard (actor Brock Peters) working for a cattle drive as a cook. Festus begs Dillard to prepare him a special lunch for him and Newly. Out of the blue, US marshal Halstead (actor Regis Cordic) arrests Dillard who happens to be an escaped convict accused of murder. Four drovers stop the marshal to get their cook back and, by accident, Pete Murphy (actor Don Stroud) fires at the marshal and run away. Festus and Newly arrive and help the wounded marshal who orders them to go to Lovelock. Meanwhile the drovers report to trail boss Dave Carpenter (actor Jim Davis) from the Big T. The lawmen take a room at the Lovelock Hotel and warn the doctor and the scared sheriff (actor Ted Gehring) who is ordered to deputize some men to avoid trouble from the coming Big T. Carpenter and his men come to town and delivers an ultimatum to get their cook back … US marshal Halstead eventually die …

It’s a bitter sweet and sentimental Festus drama, an average cattle drive episode featuring an escaped convict that Festus used to know and that leads to a grave moral dilemma. Don’t miss the twist ending. The Lovelock Hotel is the Dodge House. The cast of the cattle drive characters is good: trail boss Dave Carpenter (Jim Davis) and his two ramrods Pete Murphy (Don Stroud) and Link (Robert Pine). Composer Martin L. Klein is known for his music supervisor job during the fourth season of The Wild Wild West.

Returning guest actors: Brock Peters (the season 14 “The Good Samaritans”), Regis Cordic (the season 18 “The Brothers”), Robert Pine (the season 16 “Gentry’s Law”), Leonard Stone (the season 10 “Chief Joseph”), Jim Davis (the season 16 “Murdoch”), Ted Gehring (the season 13 “Rope Fever”), Norman Bartold (the season 18 “The Sodbusters”), Larry Finley (the season 16 “Captain Sligo”), Lloyd Nelson (the season 18 “Tatum”), Pete Kellett (the season 18 “The River”).
 

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I have been checking my Walmarts every so often for this but have yet to find any. At least I know they are out there now.
I picked one up today after they had sold the other copy they had a few weeks ago. My store has another area for "TV Shows." Assuming they use the same plan, I should be directly across from the Long Playing records and the 2nd rack of shelves parallel to larger TV displays. Apparently the set is not online and is only available in stores. It was $39.9X.
 

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Episode #23

“Talbot”
written by Jim Byrnes
directed by Vincent McEveety
music by John Parker
guests: Anthony Zerbe, Salome Jens, Peter Jason, Bill Williams, Ken Swofford, Robert Donner, Robert Totten, Charles Macaulay, Chanin Hale, Link Wyler, Hank Wise, Ed McCready, Victor Izay, Jack Perkins, Gloria Dixon, Tom Sutton, Jennifer Yelland

Nearby a pond, outlaw Talbot (actor Anthony Zerbe) explains his bank robbery plan to his two accomplices when a woman named Katherine Snider (actress Salome Jens), on her way to take a bath, interrupts the conversation. She returns home when Talbot follows her and apologizes for the rudeness of his man. Her husband Eli (actor Robert Totten) appears and highlights his axe to make Talbot go. At Dodge City, Festus and Doc argue when Talbot posing as cattle buyer Frank Willis enters the bank and talks to manager Dofeny (actor Charles Macaulay) about his bank draft of $10,000. At the exit of the place, Talbot bumps into Katherine who drops her merchandises. At the Long Branch, a customer warns Eli that his wife is helped by a stranger so he rushes to punish him but Talbot masters him. Eli grabs his winchester but Talbot draws first and kills him. Festus brings Talbot to the marshal’s office and, minutes later, Katherine testifies it is a case of self-defense. Katherine learns from the bank that the farm ceases to belong to her husband and that makes her un-employed and she looks for a job: at Delmonico’s, at the sordid Bull’s Head saloon, at the Long Branch. Talbot resumes to the shack of his accomplices and announces them that he has been exposed and must work on another plan. Talbot falls in love with Katherine who suspects something irregular after noticing the two accomplices and eavesdropping at Talbot’s door …

It’s an engrossing quirky bank robber and imposter episode paired with a desperate Dutchwoman and a strange love affair from an odd and reluctant couple. Actress Salome Jens as a saloon girl is very ill-suited. Find the return of bank manager Dofeny after “Milligan”. As usual, Robert Totten plays a dumb brute and even carries a fake beard. This is the last part of director Robert Totten after eight episodes and actor Anthony Zerbe who used to be good from start to finish: see the season 13 “Blood Money” and the season 16 “The Noonday Devil”.

Returning guest actors: Anthony Zerbe (the season 16 “The Noonday Devil”), Salome Jens (the season 16 “Captain Sligo”), Peter Jason (the season 16 “Gentry’s Law”), Ken Swofford (the season 17 “Tara”), Robert Donner (the season 13 “A Noose for Dobie Price”), Robert Totten (the season 17 “Alias Festus Haggen”), Charles Macaulay (the season 18 “Milligan”), Chanin Hale (the season 18 “The River”), Link Wyler (the season 17 “The Lost”), Ed McCready (the season 17 “Alias Festus Haggen”), Jack Perkins (the season 18 “The River, Part I”), Gloria Dixon (the season 18 “A Quiet Day in Dodge ”), Tom Sutton (the season 17 “Yankton”).
 

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Episode #23

“Talbot”
written by Jim Byrnes
directed by Vincent McEveety
music by John Parker
guests: Anthony Zerbe, Salome Jens, Peter Jason, Bill Williams, Ken Swofford, Robert Donner, Robert Totten, Charles Macaulay, Chanin Hale, Link Wyler, Hank Wise, Ed McCready, Victor Izay, Jack Perkins, Gloria Dixon, Tom Sutton, Jennifer Yelland

Nearby a pond, outlaw Talbot (actor Anthony Zerbe) explains his bank robbery plan to his two accomplices when a woman named Katherine Snider (actress Salome Jens), on her way to take a bath, interrupts the conversation. She returns home when Talbot follows her and apologizes for the rudeness of his man. Her husband Eli (actor Robert Totten) appears and highlights his axe to make Talbot go. At Dodge City, Festus and Doc argue when Talbot posing as cattle buyer Frank Willis enters the bank and talks to manager Dofeny (actor Charles Macaulay) about his bank draft of $10,000. At the exit of the place, Talbot bumps into Katherine who drops her merchandises. At the Long Branch, a customer warns Eli that his wife is helped by a stranger so he rushes to punish him but Talbot masters him. Eli grabs his winchester but Talbot draws first and kills him. Festus brings Talbot to the marshal’s office and, minutes later, Katherine testifies it is a case of self-defense. Katherine learns from the bank that the farm ceases to belong to her husband and that makes her un-employed and she looks for a job: at Delmonico’s, at the sordid Bull’s Head saloon, at the Long Branch. Talbot resumes to the shack of his accomplices and announces them that he has been exposed and must work on another plan. Talbot falls in love with Katherine who suspects something irregular after noticing the two accomplices and eavesdropping at Talbot’s door …

It’s an engrossing quirky bank robber and imposter episode paired with a desperate Dutchwoman and a strange love affair from an odd and reluctant couple. Actress Salome Jens as a saloon girl is very ill-suited. Find the return of bank manager Dofeny after “Milligan”. As usual, Robert Totten plays a dumb brute and even carries a fake beard. This is the last part of director Robert Totten after eight episodes and actor Anthony Zerbe who used to be good from start to finish: see the season 13 “Blood Money” and the season 16 “The Noonday Devil”.

Returning guest actors: Anthony Zerbe (the season 16 “The Noonday Devil”), Salome Jens (the season 16 “Captain Sligo”), Peter Jason (the season 16 “Gentry’s Law”), Ken Swofford (the season 17 “Tara”), Robert Donner (the season 13 “A Noose for Dobie Price”), Robert Totten (the season 17 “Alias Festus Haggen”), Charles Macaulay (the season 18 “Milligan”), Chanin Hale (the season 18 “The River”), Link Wyler (the season 17 “The Lost”), Ed McCready (the season 17 “Alias Festus Haggen”), Jack Perkins (the season 18 “The River, Part I”), Gloria Dixon (the season 18 “A Quiet Day in Dodge ”), Tom Sutton (the season 17 “Yankton”).

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GUNSMOKE SEASON 18

Episode #24


“This Golden Land”
written by Hal Sitowitz
directed by Gunnar Hellström
music by John Parker
guests: Paul Stevens, Victor French, Richard Dreyfuss, Kevin Coughlin, Joseph Hindy, Bettye Ackerman, Wayne McLaren, Scott Selles, Robert Nichols

At night, riding a horse, drunk Rouse Ruxton (actor Victor French) destroys a sordid saloon and leaves with his two brothers: Calvin (actor Kevin Coughlin) and Homer (actor Wayne McLaren). The morning after, the Ruxton’s ride to a camp of praying Russian jews and attack them. Furious and drunk Rouse Ruxton ropes and drags on the ground Semel (actor Scott Selles). Moshe Gorofsky (actor Paul Stevens) brings his son to Doc and reports the incident and also shows him the legal paper of his farm. Semel dies. Dillon stops at the farm of Ruxton and orders Rouse to pay $48: the saloon damage but he can’t. Dillon gives him one week and then pays a visit to the farm of Moshe Gorofsky so that he identifies the murderer but he refuses for a religious reason. Gearshon (actor Richard Dreyfuss) doesn’t agree with his father and wishes to buy a gun to avenge. The Gorofskys bumps into the Raxtons next to the general store. Gearshon jumps on the back of Rouse Ruxton and a fight occurs when Dillon stops the violence. Hot-headed Gearshon rejects his father’s way and leaves the farm on a crusade for justice as a vigilante. Things turn into a different way …

It’s an average sentimental family drama, a small community slice of life and the companion piece to the season 17 “Trafton”, meaning another sacrilegious episode centered around the killing of a wild brute played by actor Victor French but the only difference lies in the cultural gap between a family of religious Russian immigrants and the American way. Still as in the same “Trafton” as a Reverend, actor Paul Stevens plays a wise figure (a religious father) facing a bully. The episode title is displayed in yellow and it is a synonym for the land of opportunity initiated by the Pilgrim Fathers. Find the appearance of future movie star Richard Dreyfuss (see Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Stakeout). As usual, the cast of the hood characters is good: Rouse Ruxton (actor Victor French), Calvin Ruxton (actor Kevin Coughlin) and Homer Ruxton (actor Wayne McLaren).

Returning guest actors: Paul Stevens (the season 17 “Trafton”), Victor French (the season 18 “The Drummer”), Kevin Coughlin (the season 16 “The Gun”), Robert Nichols (the season 17 “No Tomorrow”).
 

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TOP GUNSMOKE SEASON 18 EPISODES
  1. “The River, Part I”
  2. “The Drummer”
  3. “The Brothers”
  4. “Hostage!”
  5. “Sarah”
  6. “Patricia”
  7. “The Fugitives”
  8. “Milligan”
  9. “The Sodbusters”
  10. “Shadler”
  11. “Kimbro”
  12. “Whelan’s Men”
  13. “Talbot”
 

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