- Oct 31, 2010
- Real Name
- John Hopper
GUNSMOKE SEASON 19
written by Paul F. Edwards
directed by Bernard McEveety
music by Jerrold Immel
guests: Steve Forrest, David Huddleston, Randolph Roberts, Barra Grant, Jerry Gatlin, James Chandler, Don Carter, Rand Bridges, J.R. Clark
At Dodge City, a young woman named Teresa (actress Barra Grant) rushes to ask Burke about the next stagecoach. Three gunslingers come to town and stand still in a back alley when the stagecoach finally arrives and delivers its passengers including Scott Coltrane (actor Steve Forrest) aka the widowmaker. The three gunslingers provoke Coltrane into a duel when Festus intervenes. Coltrane shoots them dead real fast. In a saloon from another town, an old man named Dad Goodpastor (actor David Huddleston) reads the newspaper to illiterate young gunfighter Kid Chama (actor Randolph Roberts) and suggests him to go to Dodge City to test Coltrane. Dillon resumes to his office and pays a visit to Coltrane at his farm to warn him about future trouble. Dad Goodpastor and Kid Chama come to town and go get a drink at the Long Branch and Dillon spots them. The next day, Dad pays a visit to Coltrane and gives him an appointment with death at sun up at Red Oak Springs. Kid Chama dies during the showdown. At his office, Dillon orders Coltrane to leave town but he refuses and a savage brawl occurs. Coltrane threatens Dillon. The big day arrives …
It’s a good fast draw entry dealing with the theme of the second chance—former gunman turned farmer and family man: don’t miss the twist ending with a charade! Assistant story consultant Paul F. Edwards writes this as a tribute to a Golden Age western film entitled The Gunfighter (1950), starring Gregory Peck. For the anecdote, a recurring teenager character played by Don Carter keeps on appearing as an announcer. The cast of the gunslinger characters consist of Deak Towler (actor Rand Bridges), Buck Lennard (actor Jerry Gatlin), Sundog Wheeler (actor J.R. Clark). This is the last part of actor Steve Forrest after three fabulous episodes: “Mannon”, “Morgan”, “The Brothers”.
Returning guest actors: Steve Forrest (the season 18 “The Brothers”), David Huddleston (the season 16 “Lavery”), Jerry Gatlin (the season 18 “The River”), James Chandler (the season 18 “Hostage!”).
Pictures of Scott Coltrane (actor Steve Forrest) aka the widowmaker.