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Wow, the complete series set must have been a very limited edition or something....
Another possibility is the first run has sold out already, and ViacomCBS is still waiting for a new production run.

This might not be what folks on this thread/site want to hear, but I can't imagine this show being a huge priority for ViacomCBS when it comes to dvd releases.

With the pandemic significantly slowing down the turnaround times and with not much new stuff on the slate in recent months, hopefully inventory will be replenished soon.
 

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Another possibility is the first run has sold out already, and ViacomCBS is still waiting for a new production run.
I think that is a very likely one-- after all, if you're a Gunsmoke fan, and you can have it all on DVD (and not have to bother w/the classic television cable/satellite networks and commercials thereto), why wouldn't you jump at the chance?
 

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I think that is a very likely one-- after all, if you're a Gunsmoke fan, and you can have it all on DVD (and not have to bother w/the classic television cable/satellite networks and commercials thereto), why wouldn't you jump at the chance?
With the onset of the pandemic, ViacomCBS might have just manufactured less in its first run. They had no way of knowing whether sales of a giant 100+ discs set would sell at all via online retailers.

(So far I have not seen the Gunsmoke complete series set at any nearby wallyworlds, bestbuys, etc ...).
 

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GUNSMOKE SEASON 19

Episode #17

“The Town Tamers”
written by Paul Savage
directed by Gunnar Hellström
music by John Parker
guests: Jim Davis, Jean Allison, Ike Eisenmann, Rex Holman, Leo Gordon, Sean McClory, James Jeter, Kay E. Kuter, James Chandler, Julie Bennett, Don Megowan, Clay Tanner, Ed Call, Mary Betten, Larry Randles

In the crazy town of Hilt where drifters and outlaws have unbridled fun and run amok, a farmer and his wife stop their wagon at the general store and later the farmer is stabbed in the back by Badger (actor Leo Gordon) reacting to an argument with Irishman Sham (actor Sean McClory). At the Long Branch, Dillon informs his friends he is on his way to “this” town where he meets an old colleague named Luke Rumbaugh (actor Jim Davis) who shows him the place. They put on their badges and plan to clean up the Augean Stables. Later on and after putting back some order, Luke meets his wife Martha (actress Jean Allison) and his son Caleb (actor Ike Eisenmann) coming out of the stagecoach and waiting for the next trip to San Francisco. At Elbow Creek station, Luke joins back his wife and kid and tells them to go back to Hilt. The gang of Badger returns to town along with drifter Aikens who plan to get rid of Luke and re-starts the fall …

It starts out as a solo Dillon on an errand and a good US Marshals episode and the second one after “A Family of Killers” and it turns out to be a traditional family drama. The wood set of Hilt is particularly cheap. Actor James Arness and Jim Davis form a good team of lawmen. McCurdy’s saloon includes a weird banking set-up with a clerk inside a white circle protected by two armed men and it is a re-decorated Dodge House. This is the last part of actor Jim Davis after ten episodes, starting from season 11. As usual, the cast of the guest characters is good: gang leader backshooter Badger (actor Leo Gordon), drifter Aikens (actor Rex Holman), Irishman Sham (actor Sean McClory), saloon owner McCurdy (actor Kay E. Kuter).

Returning guest actors: Jim Davis (the season 18 “Jesse”), Jean Allison (the season 15 “Kiowa”), Ike Eisenmann (the season 18 “Patricia”), Rex Holman (the season 18 “Sarah”), Leo Gordon (the season 18 “Quiet Day in Dodge”), Sean McClory (the season 15 “The Judas Gun”), James Jeter (the season 18 “Shadler”), Kay E. Kuter (the season 18 “Sarah”), James Chandler (the season 19 “The Widowmaker”), Don Megowan (the season 18 “The River”), Clay Tanner (the season 19 “A Game of Death... An Act of Love”), Larry Randles (the season 17 “Drago”).
 

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GUNSMOKE SEASON 19

Episode #18

“The Foundling”
written by Jim Byrnes
directed by Bernard McEveety
music by Martin L. Klein
guests: Kay Lenz, Bonnie Bartlett, Donald Moffat, Dran Hamilton, Don Collier, Jerry Hardin, Robert Brubaker

Farmer Eli Baines (actor Don Collier) stops his wagon at the general store along with his wife and then meets an old friend who offers him a drink at the Long Branch. Eli becomes drunk and fights the customers when Dillon stops him and guns him down in self defense. Later on, Dillon has a talk with Maylee (actress Bonnie Bartlett), the wife of the deceased one, who understands his predicament. Feeling guilty, Dillon leaves town when the rain falls and takes refuge in a cave. Dillon meets a young raped woman named Lettie Graham (actor Kay Lenz) and her baby who are alone and rejected by their family and escape from a specialized school. Dillon takes care of her and goes to the farm of his family who keeps on rejecting her especially God-fearing Joseph Graham (actor Donald Moffat) but eventually accepts her. Dillon ends up with the baby and gives it to Miss Kitty. Doc suggests to give the baby to widower Maylee Baines but Miss Kitty is now fond of her. After a sentimental meeting with Maylee, Miss Kitty decides to let her have the baby.

It’s an average solo Dillon entry about the theme of the lost child and, above all, a linear woman’s drama centered around three actresses (Kay Lenz, Amanda Blake, Bonnie Bartlett): too bad that actors Donald Moffat and Kay Lenz aren’t used that well, meaning there are marginal to the story. For the anecdote, Miss Kitty mentions bartender Sam and the film editor recycles a rainy cave footage from the season 17 “My Brother’s Keeper”. After “The Town Tamers”, here’s another farmer shot at the start of the episode. Find the second appearance of actor Robert Brubaker as the replacement barkeep. Actor Donald Moffat is known for the 1977 sci-fi series Logan’s Run.

Returning guest actors: Don Collier (the season 9 “The Promoter”), Robert Brubaker (the season 19 “Like Old Times”).
 

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GUNSMOKE SEASON 19

Episode #19

“The Iron Blood of Courage”
written by Ron Bishop
directed by Gunnar Hellström
music by Jerrold Immel
guests: Lloyd Bochner, Eric Braeden, Patti Cohoon, Miriam Colon, Gene Evans, Mariette Hartley, John Milford, Bing Russell, Robert Karnes, John Baer, Lloyd Nelson, Jerry Gatlin, Elizabeth Harrower, Nick Ramus

Up on a hill, two clans on horse face each other at a remote distance when one representative of both sides meet to deal with the question of water rights: gunfighter William Talley (actor Eric Braeden) and Hutch (actor John Milford) escorted by a henchman. Talley guns both men down in a duel. Mr. Morris (actor Lloyd Nelson) pays the contract of Talley who heads to the school of his daughter Ronilou (actress Patti Cohoon) and meets his teacher Mr. Nichols (actor John Baer) who shows him a poem written by his daughter. In a public room, three representatives (Arnold Rolfing: actor Bing Russell, George Chandler: actor Robert Karnes, lawyer Cauley Burdette: actor Lloyd Bochner) talk to a crowd of ranchers about the legal water rights and the hiring of Talley. At Dodge City, the carriage of the Talley’s stop and William fails to be hit by the buggy of Mignon Anderson (actor Miriam Colon) escorted by her dog General who meets his wife Ellie (actor Mariette Hartley) and daughter. Talley has a business appointment about notorious rancher Shaw Anderson (actor Gene Evans) with the three big shots in a room at the Dodge House. Ellie gets acquainted with the wife of Shaw Anderson. Dillon lectures Talley about Anderson. Burdette meets Talley who tells him he is on his way to see Anderson but Burdette doesn’t like it and orders three henchmen to teach him a good lesson. Talley informs Anderson about the duel: the next day at sunup, at long mesa, at the fork of the Humbolt. Returning to his hotel room, Talley reads a poem of his daughter. Mignon Anderson warns Ellie about their husbands’ showdown. Dillon cares about Shaw and threatens Burdette to leave town and confesses the meeting place …

It’s a good ‘educated’ and legal gunfighter entry with a clans of ranchers backdrop that loosely reminds the season 18 “The Sodbusters” with a good cast of characters. Gunman William Talley is a former confederate officer and a war convict: see the meeting with Dillon at the Long Branch. One brief insert shot of a henchman firing at and ambushing Talley is actually a recycled shot of actor Glenn Corbett from “A Family of Killers”. The episode title is part of a poem written by the daughter of Talley. Composer Jerrold Immel’s score is powerful. Find an unknown bartender at the Long Branch. Actress Miriam Colon plays a Kiowa woman. This is the last part of actor Eric Braeden after two good episodes: the season 16 “Jaeckel” and the season 17 “The Bullet”.

Returning guest actors: Eric Braeden (the season 17 “The Bullet”), Patti Cohoon (the season 18 “Milligan”), Miriam Colon (the season 18 “The River”), Gene Evans (the season 18 “Tatum”), Mariette Hartley (the season 18 “The Judgment”), John Milford (the season 16 “Snow Train”), Bing Russell (the season 12 “Mail Drop”), Robert Karnes (the season 19 “A Game of Death... An Act of Love, Part II”), John Baer (the season 18 “Patricia”), Lloyd Nelson (the season 18 “Jesse”), Jerry Gatlin (the season 19 “The Widowmaker”).
 

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GUNSMOKE SEASON 19

Episode #19

“The Iron Blood of Courage”
written by Ron Bishop
directed by Gunnar Hellström
music by Jerrold Immel
guests: Lloyd Bochner, Eric Braeden, Patti Cohoon, Miriam Colon, Gene Evans, Mariette Hartley, John Milford, Bing Russell, Robert Karnes, John Baer, Lloyd Nelson, Jerry Gatlin, Elizabeth Harrower, Nick Ramus

Up on a hill, two clans on horse face each other at a remote distance when one representative of both sides meet to deal with the question of water rights: gunfighter William Talley (actor Eric Braeden) and Hutch (actor John Milford) escorted by a henchman. Talley guns both men down in a duel. Mr. Morris (actor Lloyd Nelson) pays the contract of Talley who heads to the school of his daughter Ronilou (actress Patti Cohoon) and meets his teacher Mr. Nichols (actor John Baer) who shows him a poem written by his daughter. In a public room, three representatives (Arnold Rolfing: actor Bing Russell, George Chandler: actor Robert Karnes, lawyer Cauley Burdette: actor Lloyd Bochner) talk to a crowd of ranchers about the legal water rights and the hiring of Talley. At Dodge City, the carriage of the Talley’s stop and William fails to be hit by the buggy of Mignon Anderson (actor Miriam Colon) escorted by her dog General who meets his wife Ellie (actor Mariette Hartley) and daughter. Talley has a business appointment about notorious rancher Shaw Anderson (actor Gene Evans) with the three big shots in a room at the Dodge House. Ellie gets acquainted with the wife of Shaw Anderson. Dillon lectures Talley about Anderson. Burdette meets Talley who tells him he is on his way to see Anderson but Burdette doesn’t like it and orders three henchmen to teach him a good lesson. Talley informs Anderson about the duel: the next day at sunup, at long mesa, at the fork of the Humbolt. Returning to his hotel room, Talley reads a poem of his daughter. Mignon Anderson warns Ellie about their husbands’ showdown. Dillon cares about Shaw and threatens Burdette to leave town and confesses the meeting place …

It’s a good ‘educated’ and legal gunfighter entry with a clans of ranchers backdrop that loosely reminds the season 18 “The Sodbusters” with a good cast of characters. Gunman William Talley is a former confederate officer and a war convict: see the meeting with Dillon at the Long Branch. One brief insert shot of a henchman firing at and ambushing Talley is actually a recycled shot of actor Glenn Corbett from “A Family of Killers”. The episode title is part of a poem written by the daughter of Talley. Composer Jerrold Immel’s score is powerful. Find an unknown bartender at the Long Branch. Actress Miriam Colon plays a Kiowa woman. This is the last part of actor Eric Braeden after two good episodes: the season 16 “Jaeckel” and the season 17 “The Bullet”.

Returning guest actors: Eric Braeden (the season 17 “The Bullet”), Patti Cohoon (the season 18 “Milligan”), Miriam Colon (the season 18 “The River”), Gene Evans (the season 18 “Tatum”), Mariette Hartley (the season 18 “The Judgment”), John Milford (the season 16 “Snow Train”), Bing Russell (the season 12 “Mail Drop”), Robert Karnes (the season 19 “A Game of Death... An Act of Love, Part II”), John Baer (the season 18 “Patricia”), Lloyd Nelson (the season 18 “Jesse”), Jerry Gatlin (the season 19 “The Widowmaker”).

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Any shots of Lloyd Bochner ?

I remember Bochner from season 2 of the original Dynasty, where he played Cecil Colby who died during a quickie marriage to Alexis (Joan Collins).
 

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GUNSMOKE SEASON 19

Episode #20

“The Schoolmarm”
written by Dick Nelson
directed by Bernard McEveety
music by Jerrold Immel
guests: Charlotte Stewart, Lin McCarthy, Scott Walker, Todd Lookinland, Laura Nichols, Janet Nichols, Kevin McEveety

Dodge City school teacher Sarah Merkle (actress Charlotte Stewart) organizes a picnic at the lake for the class thanks to the support of farmer Carl Pruitt (actor Lin McCarthy), the father of pupil Lester (actor Todd Lookinland). Out of the blue, a drunk salesman named Jack Stokes (actor Scott Walker) talks to Sarah Merkle about a past deed and threatens to abuse her when Pruitt rushes to neutralize the aggressor. At the office of Doc, she learns that she’s pregnant and suddenly runs away with fear and fails to be hit by a wagon. Pruitt asks Doc about her and later confesses his love to her. She has a nervous breakdown and refuses to see anyone. At night, Pruitt is disappointed and starts to drink at the Long Branch. After Miss Kitty lectures him, Pruitt heads to the Dodge House and threatens Stokes to go see Merkle but an accident occurs in the staircase of the Dodge House: Stokes ends up with a spine injury. Later that night and at the Marshal’s office, Doc informs Dillon that Stokes dies. The morning after, Doc asks Merkle to help convicted Pruitt remaining silent but she refuses because of social etiquette.

It’s a decent Film Noir and romantic entry about social fear and shame. This is the second episode this season treating a case of rape done in the past after “The Foundling” and the second school teacher episode after the season 17 “P.S. Murry Christmas”. The early part of the episode foreshadows Little House in the Prairie. I wonder if actor Kevin McEveety is related to director Bernard McEveety. The building used as a school is also the church in the previous seasons and was used in a season 4 episode of The Wild Wild West entitled “The Night of the Fugitives”.

Returning guest actors: Charlotte Stewart (the season 15 “Morgan”), Scott Walker (the season 18 “Milligan”), Todd Lookinland (the season 17 “P.S. Murry Christmas”).
 

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With the onset of the pandemic, ViacomCBS might have just manufactured less in its first run. They had no way of knowing whether sales of a giant 100+ discs set would sell at all via online retailers.
Hopefully they improve cardboard case that holds the 6 box sets. Getting one that didn't have a crack down the seams that was damaged at some point in shipping was very challenging...
 
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I desperately want this complete series set of GUNSMOKE. It's out of stock on Amazon, and everywhere I've found it they're selling it for like $300 or more. I know you're getting a lot of content (20 seasons and 635 episodes of classic television), but I just cannot bring myself to pay that much for it. Maybe if I put enough away or being really good someone will be nice enough to buy it for my birthday or Christmas.

I doubt it though.

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¶ Next on Gunsmoke season 19, the reviews of the sixth disc and starting on Monday 7!​
¶ Load your guns and be ready!​
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GUNSMOKE SEASON 19

Episode #21

“Trail of Bloodshed”
written by Paul Savage
story by Earl W. Wallace
directed by Bernard McEveety
music by John Parker
guests: Kurt Russell, Tom Simcox, Harry Carey Jr., Janit Baldwin, Larry Pennell, Craig Stevens, Nina Roman, Read Morgan, Gloria Dixon

General store owner Mr. Lathrop is severly wounded and lying in the bed at the office of Doc Adams when Festus shows up and asks him who hurts him that bad: Rance Woolfe (actor Tom Simcox). Farmer and widower John Woolfe (actor Larry Pennell) works hard on a wagon when he encounters his no good brother Rance and asks him to water his beat horse and to go after. Buck Henry (actor Kurt Russell), the son of John Woolfe, spends some time with his girlfriend Joanie Brody (actress Janit Baldwin). Rance guns his brother John down because he needs money and eventually finds some coins. Buck Henry resumes to the farm and gets a bullet from Rance. Festus stops at the farm of the Woolfe’s and meets wounded in the forehead Buck Henry and helps him to bury his father. Buck Henry knocks Festus unconscious from the rear with a frying pan and then goes on a crusade to avenge his father …

It is a serious Festus adventure and a good but weird violent outlaw-killer entry paired with a family drama but what makes this story unusual is that it is an inner familly revenge. The tense music helps to sustain the drama. Notice if you will, actor Craig Stevens—known for the private eye series Peter Gunn—as an elegant and troubled poker player in a cheap saloon that happens to be a re-decorated Dodge House: don’t miss one of his scenes in which he exclaims: “Satan closed up shop a long time ago”. Returning from season 10 as a teenager, actor Kurt Russell will blossom into a movie star from the Eighties but meanwhile he will be cast in the 1976 western series entitled The Quest. Find the final part of actor Tom Simcox after seven episodes.

Returning guest actors: Kurt Russell (the season 10 “Blue Heaven”), Tom Simcox (the season 15 “A Matter of Honor”), Harry Carey Jr. (the season 17 “The Bullet”), Larry Pennell (the season 13 “Mr. Sam’l”), Nina Roman (the season 18 “Hostage!”), Read Morgan (the season 19 “The Boy and the Sinner”), Gloria Dixon (the season 18 “Talbot”).
 

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GUNSMOKE SEASON 19

Episode #21

“Trail of Bloodshed”
written by Paul Savage
story by Earl W. Wallace
directed by Bernard McEveety
music by John Parker
guests: Kurt Russell, Tom Simcox, Harry Carey Jr., Janit Baldwin, Larry Pennell, Craig Stevens, Nina Roman, Read Morgan, Gloria Dixon

General store owner Mr. Lathrop is severly wounded and lying in the bed at the office of Doc Adams when Festus shows up and asks him who hurts him that bad: Rance Woolfe (actor Tom Simcox). Farmer and widower John Woolfe (actor Larry Pennell) works hard on a wagon when he encounters his no good brother Rance and asks him to water his beat horse and to go after. Buck Henry (actor Kurt Russell), the son of John Woolfe, spends some time with his girlfriend Joanie Brody (actress Janit Baldwin). Rance guns his brother John down because he needs money and eventually finds some coins. Buck Henry resumes to the farm and gets a bullet from Rance. Festus stops at the farm of the Woolfe’s and meets wounded in the forehead Buck Henry and helps him to bury his father. Buck Henry knocks Festus unconscious from the rear with a frying pan and then goes on a crusade to avenge his father …

It is a serious Festus adventure and a good but weird violent outlaw-killer entry paired with a family drama but what makes this story unusual is that it is an inner familly revenge. The tense music helps to sustain the drama. Notice if you will, actor Craig Stevens—known for the private eye series Peter Gunn—as an elegant and troubled poker player in a cheap saloon that happens to be a re-decorated Dodge House: don’t miss one of his scenes in which he exclaims: “Satan closed up shop a long time ago”. Returning from season 10 as a teenager, actor Kurt Russell will blossom into a movie star from the Eighties but meanwhile he will be cast in the 1976 western series entitled The Quest. Find the final part of actor Tom Simcox after seven episodes.

Returning guest actors: Kurt Russell (the season 10 “Blue Heaven”), Tom Simcox (the season 15 “A Matter of Honor”), Harry Carey Jr. (the season 17 “The Bullet”), Larry Pennell (the season 13 “Mr. Sam’l”), Nina Roman (the season 18 “Hostage!”), Read Morgan (the season 19 “The Boy and the Sinner”), Gloria Dixon (the season 18 “Talbot”).

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GUNSMOKE SEASON 19

Episode #22

“Cowtown Hustler”
written by Jim Byrnes
directed by Gunnar Hellström
music by John Parker
guests: Jack Albertson, Jonathan Lippe, Nellie Bellflower, Dabbs Greer, Henry Beckman, John Davis Chandler, Richard O’Brien, Lew Brown, Robert Swan, Chuck Hicks

After an assignement in Warwick, Dillon and Newly finish their lunch at the relay station run by Joe Bean (actor Dabbs Greer) and are on their way to Dodge City. Later on, a stagecoach delivers passengers and a broke young man named Dave Rope (actor Jonathan Lippe) who joins back his girlfriend Sally (actress Nellie Bellflower) working as a waitress. A rider named Joshua Finch (actor Jack Albertson) stops his horse and pays $20 Bean to get a room and some food and introduces himself as a merchant for the Canalley Watch Company out of Annaville. Finch decides to play pool against cowboy Peter (actor Lew Brown) supported by two friends and bets a dollar. Dave Rope watches Finch and tells her girlfriend that he is a hustler. Finch increases the ante and bets $100 and wins but the cow hand reacts violently when Rope comes to his rescue. Refusing a partnership and leaving the place, Finch gets beaten up by the three cow hands but once again Rope saves his skin and discovers his real identity: professional pocket billiard player Moses Darby. They eventually agree to an association along with Sally working as a saloon girl at the Long Branch used to finger the suckers and one big one: Adam Kearney (actor Richard O’Brien).

It’s a very good hustler entry about greed that loosely makes reference to Robert Rossen’s 1961 The Hustler and it makes the ideal companion piece to the season 15 “Danny” because of the old con artist: don’t miss the rare ending. Oddly enough, the writer treats the pool players as gunfighters. The ensemble of guest actors is inspired: big shot Adam Kearney (actor Richard O’Brien), bet businessman Thaddius McKay (actor Henry Beckman), young and arrogant pool player Willie Tomsen (actor John Davis Chandler). In a way, the theme of the con team is identical to the 1973 feature film: Harry in Your Pocket. The character of Dillon appears from time to time to remind the audience they are still watching the lawman series. This is the last part of both actors Jack Albertson and Jonathan Lippe—after thirteen episodes starting from the Mantley’s regime (season 11) and typecast as a heavy. Find an anonymous bartender at the Long Branch. One goof occurs: the name Finch will turn into Pinch when the guest characters appear at Dodge City!

Returning guest actors: Jack Albertson (the season 17 “One for the road”), Jonathan Lippe (the season 19 “Matt’s Love Story”), Dabbs Greer (the season 13 “Hill Girl”), Henry Beckman (the season 8 “Uncle Sunday”), John Davis Chandler (the season 18 “Shadler”), Richard O’Brien (the season 18 “The Brothers”), Lew Brown (the season 18 “Milligan”), Robert Swan (the season 18 “Milligan”), Chuck Hicks (the season 19 “A Game of Death... An Act of Love: Part I”).
 

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GUNSMOKE SEASON 19

Episode #23

“To Ride a Yellow Horse”
written by Calvin Clements
directed by Vincent McEveety
music by John Parker
guests: Louise Latham, Kathleen Cody, Tom Leopold, John Reilly, Parker Stevenson, Simon Scott, Herb Vigran, Elizabeth Harrower

Newly walks down the street of Dodge City and spots the buggy of two women. Widower Mrs. Joan Shepherd (actress Louise Latham) goes shopping at the dressmaker when her daughter Anna May (actress Kathleen Cody) meets Newly who asks her to join him at the barn dance party but her mother refuses and rushes to meet her wealthy neighbors: Mr. Rogers (actor Simon Scott) and his son Steven (actor Parker Stevenson). Resuming to her ranch, Joan Shepherd despises farmer Orlo Baker (actor John Reilly) who is attracted by her daughter and judges the former girlfriend of her son Chester (actor Tom Leopold) and advises him to meet someone decent. That night, Newly drives Joan Shepherd at the barn party who pushes her daughter to dance with Steven Rogers and plans to attract the old Mr. Rogers. Anna May is the center of attraction and three men look for her: Newly, Steven Rogers, Orlo Baker but things don’t go as Joan Shepherd used to plan it …

It’s an average and absurd social etiquette study focused on the actions of an intrusive and socialite middle class widower, full of disdain and eaten alive by regrets, and still chasing a rainbow. Among other things, one scene is edited in slow motion depicting Steven Rogers on a horse seen through the idealistic eyes of Joan Shepherd. Find the third appearance of Judge Brooker and the return of the barn party run by Festus as the master of ceremony. As in the previous “Cowtown Hustler” dealing with greed leading to solitude, one obsessive manipulator ends up with a dark fate and here insanity.

Returning guest actors: Louise Latham (the season 16 “Gentry’s Law”), Kathleen Cody (the season 19 “Women for Sale”), Herb Vigran (the season 19 “The Deadly Innocent”), Elizabeth Harrower (the season 19 “The Iron Blood of Courage”).
 

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GUNSMOKE SEASON 19

Episode #24

“The Disciple”
written by Shimon Wincelberg
directed by Gunnar Hellström
music by Jerrold Immel
guests: Dennis Redfield, Frank Marth, Marco St. John, Paul Picerni, Robert Phillips, R.L. Armstrong, David Huddleston, Claire Brennen, Robert Brubaker, Bobby Clark, Tom McDonough, Charles Seel

The new bank clerk (actor Tom McDonough) heads to his building office when two robbers push him inside and three others watch the street. Coming out of the back alley of the Long Branch, Dillon warns the trio, shoots one dead, receives a bullet in the arm and falls down. The bank robbers run away. Doc takes care of Dillon who looses a lot of blood and warns Miss Kitty that his arm won’t function as it used. At the hideout of the robbers, leader Bert Loveday (actor Frank Marth) orders Sissy (actress Claire Brennen), the girlfriend of Darcy (actor Marco St. John), to go check the health state of Dillon at Dodge City. Dillon pays a visit to telegrapher Barney Danches (actor Charles Seel) and asks him to send a resignation message. Sissy resumes to the hideout and informs the gang who rushes to Dodge City because leader Loveday wants to kill Dillon! Sad Miss Kitty witnesses the departure of Dillon looking for a retreat. The gang stops by and threatens Newly to know the location of Dillon but in vain and leaves on a crusade to avenge the brother of Loveday. Out of the blue, the replacement marshal (actor Paul Picerni) shows up at Dodge City. Meanwhile in the countryside, bounty hunter Asa (actor David Huddleston) humiliates his prisoner Lem Rawlins (actor Dennis Redfield)—former pacifist soldier—when Dillon intervenes and a showdown starts: Lem fires at Asa who runs away. The gang eventually faces Dillon …

It’s a sympathetic solo Dillon entry that calls into question his heroic status in which he teams up with a young pacifist fast draw deserter which loosely refers to Howard Hawks’ El Dorado, a flat and undefined revengist tale and a pretty tame third guest US marshal after “A Family of Killers” and “The Town Tamers”. As in “The Foundling”, Dillon escapes from Dodge City after a traumatic event. This is the last episode with Miss Kitty! Dillon changes his usual shirt to a blue one when he is on location with Lem. As usual, the cast of the bank robbers is good: leader Bert Loveday (actor Frank Marth), Darcy (actor Marco St. John), Bill Jim (actor Robert Phillips). Find the third appearance of actor Robert Brubaker as the replacement barkeep that has a name: Floyd.

Returning guest actors: Frank Marth (the season 15 “Celia”), Marco St. John (the season 18 “Hostage!”), Paul Picerni (the season 19 “Kitty’s Love Affair”), Robert Phillips (the season 16 “The Gun”), David Huddleston (the season 19 “The Widowmaker”), Claire Brennen (the season 17 “Waste”), Bobby Clark (the season 17 “Lynott”).
 

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TOP GUNSMOKE SEASON 19 EPISODES
  1. “Women for Sale”
  2. “Matt’s Love Story”
  3. “The Widowmaker”
  4. “The Iron Blood of Courage”
  5. “Kitty’s Love Affair”
  6. “Cowtown Hustler”
  7. “Like Old Times”
  8. “Trail of Bloodshed”
  9. “The Schoolmarm”
  10. “The Hanging of Newly O’Brien”
  11. “A Family of Killers”
  12. “The Town Tamers”
  13. “The Disciple”
 

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