- Oct 31, 2010
- Real Name
- John Hopper
GUNSMOKE SEASON 20
“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”).
Pay attention to the symbolic of the Winchester trophy.