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Episode #9

“The Tarnished Badge”
written by Robert Vincent Wright
directed by Michael O’Herlihy
music by Martin L. Klein & Bruce Broughton
guests: Victor French, Pamela McMyler, Nick Nolte, Garry Walberg, Jimmy Lydon, Eddie Firestone, Ross Elliott, Ruth McDevitt, Sam Edwards, William Katt, Hank Worden, Eddie Quillan, Steve Raines, Jon Locke, Robert Swan, Jimmy McNichol

Ludlow, Kansas: Dillon brings a young prisoner named Lonnie Weeks (actor William Katt) back to the sheriff’s office when he encounters a man forcing him into a showdown. It’s a prank done by his old friend sheriff Bo Harker (actor Victor French) who locks the prisoner up when his deputy Barney Austin (Nick Nolte) steps into with his girlfriend Jenny Blair (actress Pamela McMyler). Later on, Dillon notices the storekeepers are scared stiff about the sheriff and an old woman suggests that the sheriff is evil. The town council begs Dillon to get rid of his friend who tortures old people and children. Sheriff Bo Harker is fired, threatens Dillon and leaves. The next day, Dillon promotes Austin to the rank of sheriff. Life suddenly resumes to town. Out of the blue at night and as an avenging angel, Harker enters the saloon and destroys the place with his handgun and eventually kills his former deputy Austin. Lonnie Weeks warns Dillon to stop his old friend Harker …

It’s a very good traditional solo Dillon adventure and an inspired dark town tamer/fast draw lawman turned tyran entry that is well-served by the great performance of actor Victor French and the sole film-making of Michael O’Herlihy returning from season 10. Don’t miss the two iconic showdowns between Dillon and his former partner sheriff Bo Harker and the tense relation at the saloon between Barney Austin and his former boss sheriff Bo Harker when he asserts: “I don’t believe it, the puppy dog’s snapping back”. Pay attention to the symbolic of the Winchester trophy. The sheriff’s office is a re-decorated Dillon’s office and the saloon is a re-decorated Dodge House. Actor Nick Nolte will become a popular star: see his recurring part in the 1976 mini series Rich Man, Poor Man and feature films (The Deep, 48 Hours, Under Fire, Extreme Prejudice, Q&A, Cape Fear). Find the last part of Rawhide actor Steve Raines.

Returning guest actors: Victor French (the season 19 “Matt’s Love Story”), Pamela McMyler (the season 17 “No Tomorrow”), Garry Walberg (the season 19 “A Game of Death... An Act of Love: Part II”), Jimmy Lydon (the season 13 “The First People”), Eddie Firestone (the season 17 “The Bullet”), Ross Elliott (the season 5 “The Lady Killer”), Sam Edwards (the season 18 “Eleven Dollars”), Eddie Quillan (the season 17 “Lynott”), Steve Raines (the season 16 “Jenny”), Jon Locke (the season 18 “The Judgement”), Robert Swan (the season 19 “Cowtown Hustler”).


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Episode #10

“In Performance of Duty”
written by William Keys
directed by Gunnar Hellström
music by Martin L. Klein & Bruce Broughton
guests: Eduard Franz, Paul Koslo, Bonnie Bartlett, Rance Howard, Martin Kove, Michael MacRae, David Huddleston, Robert Brubaker, Bill Erwin, Theodore Lehmann

At Dodge city, Dillon and Festus go see the last stagecoach and welcome the new judge named John Kendall (actor Eduard Franz). At the Long Branch, they meet a rancher Frank Benton (actor Rance Howard) who just sold his cattle and boasts. Emmett Cassinger (actor David Huddleston) and his three sons spot the sucker and then sit at a table when Dillon questions them and an argument starts. They leave. At night and his home, Frank Benton gives her wife Agnes (actress Bonnie Bartlett) a present when Emmett Cassinger bursts in along with his sons who orders to get the money of the selling. Once they obtain the bills, Emmett Cassinger shoots the couple and orders to burn the house when Newly shows up and rescues the dying widow. Dillon, Festus and Newly go pick up the Cassinger’s at their home. At the medical office, judge Kendall suffers a heart condition and Doc asks him the reason when Dillon brings back the Cassinger’s to be identified by the widow who passed out. Burke informs Dillon that Cory Cassinger (actor Paul Koslo) steals a horse which triggers a trial. The wife of Benton dies. Emmett Cassinger threatens the judge who suffers again from his sick heart. The next day, the judge passes sentence and Cory will be hanged at Hays City. The judge fashions the escape of Cory Cassinger to trap the hood family …

It’s an above average replacement circuit judge with a heart condition episode featuring a family of ruthless criminals and the cast of the Cassingers characters is good: Emmett Cassinger (actor David Huddleston) and his sons Cory (actor Paul Koslo), Guthrie (actor Martin Kove), Alf (actor Michael MacRae). After the previous “The Tarnished Badge”, find another swan song tale.

Returning guest actors: Eduard Franz (the season 1 “Indian Scout”), Bonnie Bartlett (the season 19 “The Foundling”), Rance Howard (the season 16 “Rance Howard”), David Huddleston (the season 19 “The Disciple”), Bill Erwin (the season 18 “Shadler”).
 

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Episode #11

“Island in the Desert, Part I”
written by Jim Byrnes
directed by Gunnar Hellström
music by Jerrold Immel
guests: Strother Martin, William Watson, Regis Cordic, Hank Brandt

Cottonwood: Dillon and Festus bring hardened prisoner Gard Dixon (actor William Watson) back to the office of sheriff Grimes (actor Regis Cordic) to be hanged. Dillon heads back to Dodge City and lets Festus take over. Sheriff Grimes tells Festus to go the saloon Union Bell to get a beer. Dixon borrows a paper knife from the desk, hits the sheriff with it, steals his gun belt and Winchester, shoots the sheriff down and runs away on horse. Festus follows his trail in the desert mountains. At night and at the Long Branch, Burke passes a message to Dillon and orders Newly to accompagny him in order to track Dixon down. Later on, Festus is shot in the frontal lobe by Dixon and looses consciousness. Dillon and Newly meet the new sheriff of Cottonwood named Lipon (actor Hank Brandt). Festus is rescued by a former gold prospector turned eccentric hermit named Ben Snow (actor Strother Martin) wearing furry clothes and talking to a pet snake named Homer. Meanwhile, Dillon and Newly cross the desert. One day, two Indians rob the belongings of Snow. Later on, Festus is threatened and forced by Snow to carry a water load as a pack mule back to the town of Ten Strike to get his revenge against his former partner.
To be concluded next week.

It’s a very good solo Festus entry and a rough survival adventure served by the guest actors (Strother Martin, William Watson), Gunnar Hellström’s direction a la Robert Totten’s “The Lost” (season 17), the cinematography (see the long lens shots of the raw scenery and the distorted shots made with a wide angle lens mounted on a hand-held camera of actor William Watson and Ken Curtis during the desert ambush scene) and the music score. The desert moutains scenery at Glen Canyon is fantastic and eerie as in the forbidden zone part of Planet of the Apes. It makes a good companion piece to another Festus’ solo rough adventure: the season 16 “Mirage”. As in the season opener “Matt Dillon Must Die”, it has a prehistoric feel. The office of sheriff Grimes is the same set used for Dillon’s office. Actor Strother Martin plays like in Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch.

The Wild Bunch - He’s Mine (with Strother Martin)


Returning guest actors: Strother Martin (the season 9 “No Hands”), William Watson (the season 15 “The Pack Rat”), Regis Cordic (the season 18 “Jesse”), Hank Brandt (the season 15 “The Cage”).
 

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Episode #11

“Island in the Desert, Part I”
written by Jim Byrnes
directed by Gunnar Hellström
music by Jerrold Immel
guests: Strother Martin, William Watson, Regis Cordic, Hank Brandt

Cottonwood: Dillon and Festus bring hardened prisoner Gard Dixon (actor William Watson) back to the office of sheriff Grimes (actor Regis Cordic) to be hanged. Dillon heads back to Dodge City and lets Festus take over. Sheriff Grimes tells Festus to go the saloon Union Bell to get a beer. Dixon borrows a paper knife from the desk, hits the sheriff with it, steals his gun belt and Winchester, shoots the sheriff down and runs away on horse. Festus follows his trail in the desert mountains. At night and at the Long Branch, Burke passes a message to Dillon and orders Newly to accompagny him in order to track Dixon down. Later on, Festus is shot in the frontal lobe by Dixon and looses consciousness. Dillon and Newly meet the new sheriff of Cottonwood named Lipon (actor Hank Brandt). Festus is rescued by a former gold prospector turned eccentric hermit named Ben Snow (actor Strother Martin) wearing furry clothes and talking to a pet snake named Homer. Meanwhile, Dillon and Newly cross the desert. One day, two Indians rob the belongings of Snow. Later on, Festus is threatened and forced by Snow to carry a water load as a pack mule back to the town of Ten Strike to get his revenge against his former partner.
To be concluded next week.

It’s a very good solo Festus entry and a rough survival adventure served by the guest actors (Strother Martin, William Watson), Gunnar Hellström’s direction a la Robert Totten’s “The Lost” (season 17), the cinematography (see the long lens shots of the raw scenery and the distorted shots made with a wide angle lens mounted on a hand-held camera of actor William Watson and Ken Curtis during the desert ambush scene) and the music score. The desert moutains scenery at Glen Canyon is fantastic and eerie as in the forbidden zone part of Planet of the Apes. It makes a good companion piece to another Festus’ solo rough adventure: the season 16 “Mirage”. As in the season opener “Matt Dillon Must Die”, it has a prehistoric feel. The office of sheriff Grimes is the same set used for Dillon’s office. Actor Strother Martin plays like in Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch.

The Wild Bunch - He’s Mine (with Strother Martin)


Returning guest actors: Strother Martin (the season 9 “No Hands”), William Watson (the season 15 “The Pack Rat”), Regis Cordic (the season 18 “Jesse”), Hank Brandt (the season 15 “The Cage”).

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Episode #11

“Island in the Desert, Part I”
written by Jim Byrnes
directed by Gunnar Hellström
music by Jerrold Immel
guests: Strother Martin, William Watson, Regis Cordic, Hank Brandt

Cottonwood: Dillon and Festus bring hardened prisoner Gard Dixon (actor William Watson) back to the office of sheriff Grimes (actor Regis Cordic) to be hanged. Dillon heads back to Dodge City and lets Festus take over. Sheriff Grimes tells Festus to go the saloon Union Bell to get a beer. Dixon borrows a paper knife from the desk, hits the sheriff with it, steals his gun belt and Winchester, shoots the sheriff down and runs away on horse. Festus follows his trail in the desert mountains. At night and at the Long Branch, Burke passes a message to Dillon and orders Newly to accompagny him in order to track Dixon down. Later on, Festus is shot in the frontal lobe by Dixon and looses consciousness. Dillon and Newly meet the new sheriff of Cottonwood named Lipon (actor Hank Brandt). Festus is rescued by a former gold prospector turned eccentric hermit named Ben Snow (actor Strother Martin) wearing furry clothes and talking to a pet snake named Homer. Meanwhile, Dillon and Newly cross the desert. One day, two Indians rob the belongings of Snow. Later on, Festus is threatened and forced by Snow to carry a water load as a pack mule back to the town of Ten Strike to get his revenge against his former partner.
To be concluded next week.

It’s a very good solo Festus entry and a rough survival adventure served by the guest actors (Strother Martin, William Watson), Gunnar Hellström’s direction a la Robert Totten’s “The Lost” (season 17), the cinematography (see the long lens shots of the raw scenery and the distorted shots made with a wide angle lens mounted on a hand-held camera of actor William Watson and Ken Curtis during the desert ambush scene) and the music score. The desert moutains scenery at Glen Canyon is fantastic and eerie as in the forbidden zone part of Planet of the Apes. It makes a good companion piece to another Festus’ solo rough adventure: the season 16 “Mirage”. As in the season opener “Matt Dillon Must Die”, it has a prehistoric feel. The office of sheriff Grimes is the same set used for Dillon’s office. Actor Strother Martin plays like in Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch.

The Wild Bunch - He’s Mine (with Strother Martin)


Returning guest actors: Strother Martin (the season 9 “No Hands”), William Watson (the season 15 “The Pack Rat”), Regis Cordic (the season 18 “Jesse”), Hank Brandt (the season 15 “The Cage”).

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Episode #12

“Island in the Desert, Part II”
written by Jim Byrnes
directed by Gunnar Hellström
music by Jerrold Immel
guests: same cast as Part I

The episode starts with a trailer entitled The Story Thus Far from Part I that lasts 6 minutes 41 secondes. Festus and Snow find the dying horse of Dixon. Festus decides to follow the tracks of Dixon against Snow’s will. Dillon and Newly discover the camp of Snow. Festus eventually pinpoints the body of Dixon and gives him some water and uses him as a pack mule. Later on, roles change and Dixon take over the two men. Dixon discovers the gold load of Snow in one bag and checks the second one but faces a fatal surprise: snake Homer who bits him to death. Festus and Snow continue the travel. Dillon and Newly find the grave of Dixon. Roles change again and Festus now takes over. Both men keep on to Ten Strike. Snow is delirious, has hallucinations and sees Ten Strike as a living and prosperous town but it happens to be dead. Snow enters a ghost saloon that used to be owned by his former partner Sam Bristol. Snow eventually sees the tombstone of his partner. Dillon and Newly help Festus and …

It’s still a very good second part with many turns of events and a surprising outcome. As in “Matt Dillon Must Die”, one guest character has a flash of memory.
 
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Episode #13

“The Colonel”
written by Arthur Dales
directed by Bernard McEveety
music by John Parker
guests: Lee J. Cobb, Julie Cobb, Richard Ely, Todd Lookinland, Randolph Roberts, Roy Jenson, Robert Brubaker, Pete Kellett, Daniel J. Travanti

Old retired and drunkard Colonel Josiah Johnson (actor Lee J. Cobb) plays with an army of kids when Dillon and Festus return to the office with prisoner Bill Higgins (actor Richard Ely). At the Long Branch, Johnson influences Festus at checkers when Carl (actor Daniel J. Travanti) appears to announce his wedding and needs someone to keep his store while he is in Wichita so Dillon offers Johnson who reluctantly accepts. The next day, Festus brings him a dish and Johnson puts on the stove and heats it up when a kid appears to ask him to play war. The back kitchen in on fire. Carl returns home with his bride Anne Ludley (actress Julie Cobb) and Dillon reports the bad news. That night and in a back alley, Anne meets her father: Colonel Johnson. Later, rejected by Carl (his son-in-law), Johnson gets drunk at the Long Branch and Dillon puts him in jail. One injured rider named Obie (actor Randolph Roberts) stops in the streets, pretends to have been robbed by a gang and Dillon leads him to Doc. Obie eventually goes warning prisoner Bill Higgins of his future escape but Higgins tells him to do it during the wedding. Obie reports back to his boss Jeff Higgins (actor Roy Jenson) while Dillon goes after a false lead. Johnson warns Festus about the escape of Higgins but he has a strategy to thwart the gang …

It’s a decent slice of life and a sentimental family drama with a surprising twist, not to miss. In a way and thematics-wise, it reminds a season 7 of Rawhide entitled “Josh” which is an existential drama about oldness and nostalgia. As in “Thirty a Month and Found” and “The Wiving”, Dillon wears an unusual blue shirt. The film editor recycles a footage of riding Dillon from the season 12 episode Nitro!” that is re-used later for the season 14 opening main titles. Actor Richard Ely whistles the song Buffalo Girl.

Returning guest actors: Julie Cobb (the season 19 “Lynch Town”), Todd Lookinland (the season 19 “The Schoolmarm”), Randolph Roberts (the season 19 “The Widowmaker”), Roy Jenson (the season 16 “The Scavengers”), Pete Kellett (the season 20 “Thirty a Month and Found”), Daniel J. Travanti (the season 19 “Like Old Times”).
 
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Episode #14

“The Squaw”
written by Jim Byrnes
directed by Gunnar Hellström
music by John Parker
guests: John Saxon, Arlene Martel, Tom Reese, Morgan Paull, William Campbell, Harry Middlebrooks, X Brands

Five outlaws on the run led by Charlie Dent (actor Tom Reese) ride fast when one man complains to have a lame horse. Charlie stops the ride and orders Gristy Calhoun (actor John Saxon) to give his horse to Dobie Gray (actor Harry Middlebrooks) but he refuses cold. Striker (actor William Campbell) suggests to Charlie to get rid of Calhoun. When Charlie pulls the trigger, nothing comes out, roles change, and Calhoun now threatens the band with his handgun and orders Dobie to pass him the money bags. Calhoun eventually escapes from the band. Dillon and Festus spot the lame horse of Dobie. Calhoun is out of water. Dillon and Festus find Dobie who confesses. The next day, Calhoun is stuck with a dying thirsty horse and shoots it. Dillon spots his horse. Calhoun is awaken by the Comanches who want to trade something. The chief (actor X Brands) offers two horses and some food and water if he takes a woman named Quanah (actress Arlene Martel) who is supposed to be bad luck. Calhoun agrees and later gets rid of her. That night and out of the blue, Quanah appears. The morning after, Dillon shows up and picks up Calhoun thanks to bad luck Quanah. Meanwhile the remaining outlaws find the dead horse of Calhoun. Quanah explains her slave background to Calhoun. The band spots Dillon and his prisoners who take refuge in a broken shack …

It’s a rough love story camouflaged as an adequate outlaw on the run episode with an Indian slave backdrop combined with a survival tapestry and a solo Dillon adventure on a criminal errand. One shocking scene to notice: Dillon is flattened out by his own horse near the shack. This is the first episode produced by John G. Stephens. The episode title was already used during season 7. The music editor tracks the hectic cues from the score “Matt Dillon Must Die”.

Returning guest actors: John Saxon (the season 13 “The Pillagers”), Tom Reese (the season 14 “Waco”), Morgan Paull (the season 19 “A Family of Killers”), William Campbell (the season 7 “Old Dan”), X Brands (the season 19 “A Game of Death... An Act of Love”).
 
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Episode #15

“The Hiders”
written by Paul Savage
directed by Victor French
music by Jerrold Immel
guests: Ned Beatty, Mitch Vogel, Lee de Broux, Robert Donner, Damon Douglas, Sierra Bandit, Ellen Blake

Returning to his hide cutters camp with a dead milk cow stolen from farmer Tom Belnap (actor Robert Donner), Billy (actor Damon Douglas) informs Karp (actor Ned Beatty) about it when Belnap shows up and threatens them with a shotgun and heads to the marshal’s office to complain. Dillon stops by the camp and warns them that the next trouble will lead to the leaving of the area. That night, four hide cutters led by Karp sneak into the farm of Belnap and dump some putrid meat into the well and sabotage the rope of the pit. The next day, hide cutters Quincannon (actor Lee de Broux) and young Dink (actor Mitch Vogel) go to the general store when they notice the buggy of Mrs. Belnap (actress Ellen Blake) bringing the injured body of her husband. Back at the camp, Dink calls into questions the brutal authority of Karp and ends up with a burnt hand. After loosing his horse in the wilderness, Dink tries to hit and steal sleeping Festus but stops at the last minute. Festus invites him for a meal and rides him back to his camp. Billy resumes home with some stolen food from the Belnap’s garden when Festus and angry Mrs. Belnap appears and armed with a shotgun. Festus avoids a gun accident and searches the camp and fails to spot the stolen goods so Mrs. Belnap leaves. That night, Festus notices some noise at the general store and inspects the place when he arrests Dink on the run. At the marshal’s office, Festus covers Dink and offers him to work at the general store to pay the damages. One day, Karp and Quincannon arrive at the general store and brutally orders Dink to resume home when Festus and Newly intervene. Karp feels humiliated, wants the head of Festus and blackmails Dink …

This is the third episode directed by Gunsmoke guest actor Victor French and it is a mere slice of life depicting rough people (the hiders) and a case of troublemaking from crooked outsiders using the law but, in the end, it is a good Samaritan script (see the season 17 “My Brother’s Keeper”, the season 18 “Eleven Dollars”, the season 19 “The Deadly Innocent”) highlit by Festus trying to save a lost soul wishing to get a second chance. Previous episodes deal with the same type of people: see the season 14 “The Hide Cutters” with another mistreated and abused young man reacting against his nasty accomplices. A secondary persecuted character is showned in a shallow way: cook Martha. Actor Ned Beatty is a typical Seventies supporting performer and known for John Boorman’s Deliverance and other movies (White Lightning, Nashville, Network, Silver Streak, Gray Lady Down, Superman: The Movie).

Returning guest actors: Mitch Vogel (the season 19 “Lynch Town”), Lee de Broux (the season 15 “The Innocent”), Robert Donner (the season 18 “Talbot”).
 
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Episode #16

“Larkin”
written by Jim Byrnes
directed by Gunnar Hellström
music by Jerrold Immel
guests: Richard Jaeckel, Anthony Caruso, Robert Gentry, Robert Sorrells, Maggie Malooly, Michael LeClair, Jack Rader, Kathleen Cody, Elliott Lindsey, Gilman Rankin

At night and in a casino, gambler and wanted man Clay Larkin (actor Richard Jaeckel) posing as Mr. Smith talks fancy with a saloon girl when a bounty hunter provokes him in a duel. Larkin guns him down cold and takes the wanted poster out of his jacket and pays the barkeep and the saloon girl. The next day and near the sheriff’s office at Windrock, Newly is on his way to return to Dodge City when Dillon informs him he has an unexpected job to do in Hillsdale. Newly arrives in a deserted town and enters a restaurant that includes Larkin. Three cheap and vulture-like bounty hunters spot Larkin’s horse and stop. Two named Angus (actor Jack Rader) and Hickory (actor Robert Sorrells) step into the restaurant and one named Lon (actor Anthony Caruso) heads to the backdoor. A standoff occurs: Larkin catches Lon in the act and point out his handgun at him while the two threaten him. Newly arrests Larkin and orders them to drop their guns. The bounty hunters are angry. Newly and Larkin leave town. The bounty hunters follow them. Newly and Larkin stop at a farm to water horses. Larkin tries to escape from by using cunning strategies. The bounty hunters beat the farmer and fill up their canteens. The next morning Newly is shot and wounded by the bounty hunters but succeeds in neutralizing them and go. Later on, both men end up in a second farm run by the children of the farmers. That night, farm girl Melissa (actress Kathleen Cody) cauterizes Newly’s wound with a hot iron. The bounty hunters arrive at the farm and the big shooting starts …

It’s a good and rough solo Newly adventure managing a prisoner by accident and an outlaw/bounty hunters episode. Unlike the season 19 “The Hanging of Newly O’Brien”, Newly now is wounded and healed by a third party. The music editor tracks the hectic cues from the score “Matt Dillon Must Die”.

Returning guest actors: Richard Jaeckel (the season 11 “The Raid”), Anthony Caruso (the season 19 “A Family of Killers”), Robert Sorrells (the season 17 “The Bullet”), Kathleen Cody (the season 19 “To Ride a Yeller Horse”), Gilman Rankin (the season 12 “The Wrong Man”).
 
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Episode #16

“Larkin”
written by Jim Byrnes
directed by Gunnar Hellström
music by Jerrold Immel
guests: Richard Jaeckel, Anthony Caruso, Robert Gentry, Robert Sorrells, Maggie Malooly, Michael LeClair, Jack Rader, Kathleen Cody, Elliott Lindsey, Gilman Rankin

At night and in a casino, gambler and wanted man Clay Larkin (actor Richard Jaeckel) posing as Mr. Smith talks fancy with a saloon girl when a bounty hunter provokes him in a duel. Larkin guns him down cold and takes the wanted poster out of his jacket and pays the barkeep and the saloon girl. The next day and near the sheriff’s office at Windrock, Newly is on his way to return to Dodge City when Dillon informs him he has an unexpected job to do in Hillsdale. Newly arrives in a deserted town and enters a restaurant that includes Larkin. Three cheap and vulture-like bounty hunters spot Larkin’s horse and stop. Two named Angus (actor Jack Rader) and Hickory (actor Robert Sorrells) step into the restaurant and one named Lon (actor Anthony Caruso) heads to the backdoor. A standoff occurs: Larkin catches Lon in the act and point out his handgun at him while the two threaten him. Newly arrests Larkin and orders them to drop their guns. The bounty hunters are angry. Newly and Larkin leave town. The bounty hunters follow them. Newly and Larkin stop at a farm to water horses. Larkin tries to escape from by using cunning strategies. The bounty hunters beat the farmer and fill up their canteens. The next morning Newly is shot and wounded by the bounty hunters but succeeds in neutralizing them and go. Later on, both men end up in a second farm run by the children of the farmers. That night, farm girl Melissa (actress Kathleen Cody) cauterizes Newly’s wound with a hot iron. The bounty hunters arrive at the farm and the big shooting starts …

It’s a good and rough solo Newly adventure managing a prisoner by accident and an outlaw/bounty hunters episode. Unlike the season 19 “The Hanging of Newly O’Brien”, Newly now is wounded and healed by a third party. The music editor tracks the hectic cues from the score “Matt Dillon Must Die”.

Returning guest actors: Richard Jaeckel (the season 11 “The Raid”), Anthony Caruso (the season 19 “A Family of Killers”), Robert Sorrells (the season 17 “The Bullet”), Kathleen Cody (the season 19 “To Ride a Yeller Horse”), Gilman Rankin (the season 12 “The Wrong Man”).

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Episode #17

“The Fires of Ignorance”
written by Jim Byrnes
directed by Victor French
music by Jerrold Immel
guests: Allen Garfield, John Vernon, Lance Kerwin, Diane Shalet, George DiCenzo, Karen Obediear, Herb Vigran, John Pickard, Robert Brubaker, Janet Nichols

At night and in the farm of Oliver Harker (actor John Vernon), a fox kills some chickens. Harker goes punishing his reading son Tommy (actor Lance Kerwin) with a belt because he hasn’t prevented the killings at the coop. The next morning, Harker forbids his son to go to school so that he works hard at the farm and orders his daughter Sallie (actress Karen Obediear) to warn the school teacher about it. Later that day, school teacher Henry Decory (actor Allen Garfield) appears at the farm and tries to convince Harker to let his son learn but in vain. Decory talks to Dillon and Doc about Tommy’s case at Delmonico’s. Tommy begs Decory to give him a book. Harker finds out the book and orders his son to throw it in the fireplace but he refuses cold. Harker does it and Tommy run away and takes refuge at Decory’s. The next day, Tommy joins school, his father shows up, brings him back by force and hits Decory in front of the class. Decory complains to Dillon and an epic trial starts …

It’s an average slice of life, a grave educational controversy (labour versus learning) with an emphasis on Doc as a partisan that ends up as a courtroom ordeal and a family drama about child abuse that belongs to the cruel realm of Little House on the Prairie that is served by the performances of the two guest actors: Allen Garfield and John Vernon. Find the final appearance of Judge Brooker. This is the fourth episode directed by Gunsmoke guest actor Victor French who uses many rack focus tricks combined with quick zoom shots in the courtroom scenes. In this episode, actor James Arness looks old. Canadian-born actor John Vernon was prolific during the Silver Age and appeared in many neo-noir films (see Point Blank, Dirty Harry, Charley Varrick, The Black Windmill) and Desilu series (see Mission: Impossible, Mannix).

Returning guest actors: Diane Shalet (the season 18 “Eleven Dollars”), George DiCenzo (the season 19 “Susan Was Evil”), John Pickard (the season 19 “A Game of Death... An Act of Love”), Janet Nichols (the season 19 “The Schoolmarm”).
 
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GUNSMOKE SEASON 20

Episode #18

“The Angry Land”
written by Jim Bynes
story by Herman Groves
directed by Bernard McEveety
music by Jerrold Immel
guests: Carol Vogel, Eileen McDonough, Bruce M. Fischer, Dayton Lummis, Phil Chambers

In the prairie, riding Dillon spots an abandoned wagon, searches it only to find the two bodies of a farmer family, bury them and leaves. Still riding, Dillon discovers a lonely poney and the lying body of a little girl named Bessie (actress Eileen McDonough) who has a wounded leg. Dillon informs her about her dead parents and she mentions the house of her aunt Rachel Durham (actress Carol Vogel) near Oak Hills. Dillon eventually stops at a farm and talks to a woman who claims not to be Rachel Durham and takes refuge into the barn. A gruff rider (actor Bruce M. Fischer) with a beard arrives and asks Dillon to go but he introduces himself as a lawman so the man let it be and joins scared Rachel. That night, Bessie is sick with fever so Dillon brings her back to the house and has to gun the man down. Rachel tells him he is not her husband and, later on, she asserts willing to sell the farm and go to town. Rachel prays nearby the tombstones of her husband and son. Dillon tries his best to link Bessie to reluctant and shocked Rachel: both suffering from loneliness after a tragic event.

It’s a decent solo Dillon adventure and a modest sinister family and women drama in which Dillon acts as a father figure and a go between. Actress Carol Vogel does a good performance of an abused widower. In the very end, the episode plays like Little House on the Prairie. The music editor tracks the hectic cues from the score “Matt Dillon Must Die” during the shooting scene of the intruder.

Returning guest actor: Phil Chambers (the season 19 “Kitty’s Love Affair”).
 
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Just watched the Season 17 episode Drago starring Buddy Ebsen and Ben Johnson and I must say it's one of my favorites of the entire series! I always love a good posse story and the dog was pretty good too!
 

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GUNSMOKE SEASON 20

Episode #19

“Brides and Grooms”
written by Earl W. Wallace
directed by Victor French
music by Bruce Broughton
guests: Harry Morgan, David Soul, Amanda McBroom, Linda Sublette, Herman Poppe, Michele Marsh, Dennis Redfield, Spencer Milligan, Ray Girardin, Fran Ryan, Jim Backus, Jerry Hoffman, Bobby Clark

Farmer and family man Jed Hockett (actor Harry Morgan) orders his three sons to get married on the spot. Long Branch owner Miss Hannah returns to the farm of the Hockett to prepare the girls who feel uneasy. Jed Hockett leads a wagon of couples to Reverend Sims (actor Jim Backus) working at the lake when three saddle bums leb by Jinx Tobin (actor Spencer Milligan) stir up trouble and spot an old acquaintance: Fran (actress Amanda McBroom) that is caught up in an old sordid story. Later on, a big fight opposes the Hockett sons against the saddle bums.

It’s the flat, contrived, grotesque, pointless sequel to the light season 20 “The Wiving” (also directed by Victor French, written by Earl W. Wallace and composed by Bruce Broughton) but there are terrible changes in the cast of the Hockett clan: Ike (initially played by actor John Reilly and replaced by David Soul that is ill-suited) and his girlfriend Fran (initially played by actress Karen Grassle and replaced by Amanda McBroom). This is the fifth and final episode directed by Gunsmoke guest actor Victor French. Actor David Soul is popular for the Dirty Harry sequel Magnum Force and the cop series Starsky & Hutch.

Returning guest actors: Harry Morgan (the season 20 “The Wiving”), Linda Sublette (the season 20 “The Wiving”), Herman Poppe (the season 20 “The Wiving”), Michele Marsh (the season 20 “The Wiving”), Dennis Redfield (the season 20 “The Wiving”), Fran Ryan (the season 20 “The Wiving”), Bobby Clark (the season 20 “The Iron Men”).
 
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GUNSMOKE SEASON 20

Episode #20

“Hard Labor”
written by Earl W. Wallace
story by Hal Sitowitz
directed by Bernard McEveety
music by Martin L. Klein & Bruce Broughton
guests: John Colicos, Hal Williams, William Smith, Kevin Coughlin, Ben Piazza, Gregory Sierra, Gerald McRaney, Don Megowan, Jackie Russell, Lloyd Nelson, Fred Lerner

A rider on the run named Pete Murphy (actor Gerald McRaney) returns to his home town of Silverton and heads to the office of Judge Flood (actor John Colicos)—located in a saloon—and complains about being chased by Dillon for a murder deed he didn’t commit. Judge Flood refuses to help him and orders him to leave town when Dillon shows up. Murphy draws and Dillon gets him first. Judge Flood orders Dillon to be submitted to a trial for murder charge. Two gunmen led by Osuna (actor Gregory Sierra) threaten Dillon to stand still. After an expeditious procedure, Dillon is found guilty of murder, is sentenced to life imprisonment at hard labor, ends up in a silver mine called ‘the other side of damnation’ and meets blacksmith/cook Widge Spott (actor Hal Williams) and the trapped prisoner-labourers: man beast Latch (actor William Smith), Fifer (actor Ben Piazza) and his partner Elton (actor Kevin Coughlin). After a failed escape attempt, Dillon and Latch end up in the hole. Later on, Dillon figures out a risky way out thanks to a stick of dynamite …

It’s a good solo Dillon survival adventure that is well-served by the performance of guest actor John Colicos as the corrupted and iron judge with a bad foot running a kangaroo court to enlist illegal labourers to exploit his own silver mine. As in the season opener “Matt Dillon Must Die”, Dillon is held prisoner. As in the season 18 “Hostage!”, actor James Harness fights William Smith. The office of Judge Flood is a re-decorated Dodge House. Canadian-born actor John Colicos was prolific during the Silver Age and appeared in many Desilu series (see Star Trek, Mission: Impossible, Mannix) and, above all, the 1978 space opera series Battlestar Galactica.

Returning guest actors: William Smith (the season 18 “Hostage!”), Kevin Coughlin (the season 18 “This Golden Land”), Gregory Sierra (the season 19 “Women for Sale”), Gerald McRaney (the season 19 “Kitty’s Love Affair”), Don Megowan (the season 19 “The Town Tamers”), Jackie Russell (the season 13 “Wonder”), Lloyd Nelson (the season 20 “The Guns of Cibola Blanca”).
 
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GUNSMOKE SEASON 20

Episode #20

“Hard Labor”
written by Earl W. Wallace
story by Hal Sitowitz
directed by Bernard McEveety
music by Martin L. Klein & Bruce Broughton
guests: John Colicos, Hal Williams, William Smith, Kevin Coughlin, Ben Piazza, Gregory Sierra, Gerald McRaney, Don Megowan, Jackie Russell, Lloyd Nelson, Fred Lerner

A rider on the run named Pete Murphy (actor Gerald McRaney) returns to his home town of Silverton and heads to the office of Judge Flood (actor John Colicos)—located in a saloon—and complains about being chased by Dillon for a murder deed he didn’t commit. Judge Flood refuses to help him and orders him to leave town when Dillon shows up. Murphy draws and Dillon gets him first. Judge Flood orders Dillon to be submitted to a trial for murder charge. Two gunmen led by Osuna (actor Gregory Sierra) threaten Dillon to stand still. After an expeditious procedure, Dillon is found guilty of murder, is sentenced to life imprisonment at hard labor, ends up in a silver mine called ‘the other side of damnation’ and meets blacksmith/cook Widge Spott (actor Hal Williams) and the trapped prisoner-labourers: man beast Latch (actor William Smith), Fifer (actor Ben Piazza) and his partner Elton (actor Kevin Coughlin). After a failed escape attempt, Dillon and Latch end up in the hole. Later on, Dillon figures out a risky way out thanks to a stick of dynamite …

It’s a good solo Dillon survival adventure that is well-served by the performance of guest actor John Colicos as the corrupted and iron judge with a bad foot running a kangaroo court to enlist illegal labourers to exploit his own silver mine. As in the season opener “Matt Dillon Must Die”, Dillon is held prisoner. As in the season 18 “Hostage!”, actor James Harness fights William Smith. The office of Judge Flood is a re-decorated Dodge House. Canadian-born actor John Colicos was prolific during the Silver Age and appeared in many Desilu series (see Star Trek, Mission: Impossible, Mannix) and, above all, the 1978 space opera series Battlestar Galactica.

Returning guest actors: William Smith (the season 18 “Hostage!”), Kevin Coughlin (the season 18 “This Golden Land”), Gregory Sierra (the season 19 “Women for Sale”), Gerald McRaney (the season 19 “Kitty’s Love Affair”), Don Megowan (the season 19 “The Town Tamers”), Jackie Russell (the season 13 “Wonder”), Lloyd Nelson (the season 20 “The Guns of Cibola Blanca”).

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