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Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by JohnHopper, Feb 1, 2019.

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    GUNSMOKE SEASON 12

    Episode #22
    “The Returning”
    written by James Landis
    directed by Marc Daniels
    music supervision by Morton Stevens
    guests: Lois Nettleton, Michael Ansara, Jonathan Lippe, Kenneth Mars, Roy Barcroft, Ted Jordan, Roy Roberts, Billy Halop, Troy Melton, Steve Sanders, Johnny Whitaker, Richard Webb


    A poor farmer named Luke Stone (actor Michael Ansara) joins back a band of robbers to pay his debts (bank, general store) and meets a troublesome new member named Billy Judd (actor Jonathan Lippe). At night, they raid the freight company at Dodge City during a storm. The majority of the outlaws get killed but Luke Stone returns home on the sly and hides the loot in his wife’s bedroom closet and leaves to avoid Matt Dillon and Thad. Amy Tod (actress Lois Nettleton) and her two children must face the daily routine, alone and broke. Amy pretends to get a loan from a mysterious aunt living in Saint Louis to pay the bills. Matt Dillon reveals that the freight company offers amnesty against the money.

    It’s a good poor family drama that loosely reminds John Ford’s The Grapes of Wrath because of actress Lois Nettleton’s input. It’s the companion piece to this season “The Wrong Man” and “Whispering Tree”. Two scenes are noteworthy: the night holdup at the freight company and the intrusion of robber member Billy Judd (actor Jonathan Lippe) into the farm willing to get the loot by using violence. The cast of robber characters is good (Richard Webb as Will Hays, Kenneth Mars as Clyde Hayes, Troy Melton as Harry Barton, Michael Ansara as Luke Stone, Jonathan Lippe as Billy Judd).

    Actor Michael Ansara (“Honor Before Justice”), Jonathan Lippe (“Killer at Large”, “Prime of Life”) and Richard Webb (“Treasure of John Walking Fox”) all return from season 11, Troy Melton from this season “Champion of the World” and Lois Nettleton from the season 7 “Nina’s Revenge”.
     
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    Episode #23
    “The Lure”
    written by Clyde Ware
    directed by Marc Daniels
    cinematography by Charles F. Wheeler
    music by Philip Springer
    guests: Stephen McNally, Kim Darby, John Pickard, Paul Picerni, Warren Vanders, Martin E. Brooks, Val Avery, Len Wayland, Fred Coby, Troy Melton, Michael Jeffers, Woody Chambliss, Ted Jordan


    Riding on a stagecoach from Saint Louis to Dodge City, two Wellington lawmen named John Vanner (actor John Pickard) and McGee (actor Paul Picerni) use the young daughter named Carrie (actress Kim Darby) of a wanted criminal named Dal Neely (actor Stephen McNally) and abducts Miss Kitty to trap him and hide in the Swiger trading post. Miss Kitty leaves her cameo on the seat of the stagecoach as a means of identification for Matt Dillon. Dal Neely poses as a skin trader and infiltrates the hideout to neutralize the lawmen. Meanwhile Matt Dillon and Festus go after Miss Kitty. Later on, Neely’s gang rob a bank. Dillon follows the trail of Neely …

    It’s just a compromised family drama disguised as a bandit adventure. The gang of Neely consists of Boles (actor Warren Vanders), Trent (actor Val Avery) and Young (actor Martin E. Brooks). The character of Miss Kitty is constantly abused during the episode: by the Wellington lawmen and the robbers gang that calls her Red and keeps on slapping her because of her brutal honesty: also see Young who has a crush on her and Trent who orders her. After “The Jailer”, it’s the second abducted Miss Kitty entry. This is composer Philip Springer’s first television credits and the next one is for an episode (“Who Will Dig the Graves?”) of Mannix during season 2—it’s a partial score that is so subdued. Anyway it contains mostly stock music by Leon Klatzkin. Notice the second replacement DP after Neal Beckner this season: Charles F. Wheeler.

    Actors Troy Melton (“Champion of the World” and “The Returning”), John Pickard (“The Newcomers”), Warren Vanders (“Quaker Girl”) all return from this season 12. Val Avery (“Twenty Miles from Dodge”) and Len Wayland (“He Who Steals”) all return from season 10.


    End credits for CBS composer Philip Springer.
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    End credits for CBS cinematographer Charles F. Wheeler.
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    Episode #24
    “Noose of Gold”
    written by Clyde Ware
    directed by Irving J. Moore
    music by Jack Pleis
    guests: Steve Ihnat, Jan Shepard, Harry Basch, Robert B. Williams, Michael Preece, Sam Gilman, Vincent Gardenia, Barton MacLane, Ted Jordan, Charles Wagenheim, Jack Bailey


    After a deer hunt, five outlaws led by John Farron (actor Steve Ihnat) stop at a farm to get a lunch but the old owner Ben Leary (actor Jack Bailey) betrays them and let them shoot down by lawmen. Farron gets hit in the belly and they all run and split into two sides. Edna Farron (actress Jan Shepard) goes asking Matt Dillon a concession concerning the murder charges of her husband so after a smart political meeting with the general attorney Willard Kerner (actor Barton MacLane), Matt Dillon obtains it for his once good friend and, later on, meets John Farron who eventually refuses to surrender and avoid prison. Charles Shepherd (actor Vincent Gardenia), an ambitious assistant of Kerner, takes the case and pretends to drop the murder charges to pick up Farron at Cimarron. Learning the con, Matt Dillon tries to undo it.

    It’s a decent and touching story about frienship and betrayal against political ambition that is served by the performances of two actors: Steve Ihnat and Vincent Gardenia. The cast of outlaw characters consist of actors Steve Ihnat as John Farron and Sam Gilman as his friend Jim Gunther and also Michael Preece as Harry Barnes, Harry Basch as Milt Agnew, Jerry Brown. After Richard Shores, Morton Stevens, Fred Steiner and Harry Geller, find the fifth composer working on The Wild Wild West but from season 2 to season 4. His score sounds like “The Night of the Tartar” and starts mid episode from the camp fire scene. Anyway, the vast majority of music is stock from Leon Klatzkin’s “The Goldtakers”.

    Actor Sam Gilman (“Snap Decision”) and Steve Ihnat (“The Mission”) all return from this season 12. Jan Shepard returns from the season 9 “Friend”.


    End credits for CBS composer Jack Pleis.
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    Episode #25
    “The Favor”
    written by Don Ingalls
    directed by Marc Daniels
    music supervision by Morton Stevens
    guests: James Daly, Fred J. Scollay, William Bramley, Lew Gallo, Diane Ladd, Troy Melton, Shirley Wilson


    Traveling on a stagecoach, Miss Kitty gets along well with a passenger named John Crowley (actor James Daly) when the wheel leaves the axle. The couple rides to the nearest station when they are attacked by two Indians but succeeds in neutralizing them. Later on at Dodge City, outlaws Morgan Haley (actor Fred J. Scollay) and Kelly Bates (actor Lew Gallo) meet Matt Dillon who warns them about the release of their accomplice Adam Haley. At night, John Crowley follows Kelly Bates, kills him in a back alley and gets wounded, leaves a wanted poster on his body, takes refuge at the Long Branch and Miss Kitty hides him in her bedroom. The next day, hardened criminal Adam Haley (actor William Bramley) arrives at Dodge City and joins his wife Bonnie Mae (actress Diane Ladd) and pretends to have changed. Miss Kitty makes a confession to Matt Dillon and Thad about Crowley. Meanwhile Adam Haley heads to the marshal’s office to kill Dillon but Crowley intercepts him and forces him to go to the livery stable … One gunshot is heard!

    It’s an interesting revengist and vigilante episode paired with Miss Kitty’s moral dilemma and Crowley’s secret love affair thanks to the sincere performance of actor James Daly. The stagecoach wheel insert from the prologue will be recycled in the season 3 episode of The Wild Wild West entitled “The Night of the Firebrand”.

    Actors Troy Melton (“The Lure”) and William Bramley (“The Goldtakers”) all return from this season 12. Actors Fred J. Scollay (“The Reward”), Lew Gallo (“Wishbone”), Diane Ladd (“Sweet Billy, Singer of Songs”) return from season 11.
     
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    Episode #26
    “Mistaken Identity”
    written by ‘story consultant’ Paul Savage and Les Crutchfield
    directed by Robert Totten
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: Albert Salmi, Hal Lynch, Ken Mayer, Sam Melville, Ted Jordan


    In a clearing, Mel Gates (actor Hal Lynch) goes washing his face when a rattle snake bites his cheek. Another rider named Ed Carstairs (actor Albert Salmi) stops by, steals the unconscious man, kicks him in the face and switches identifications. The next day at Dodge City, crooked Carstairs posing as Gates gets along well with the key members of the town. Dillon and Thad bring back the body of the real Gates to Doc. At night, the phony Gates fails to kill the real one with a cushon. Two sleazy and doubtful deputy sheriffs from Crawville named Jeff Timmons (actor Ken Mayer) and Carl Dunster (actor Sam Melville) ask about wanted murderer Ed Carstairs to Miss Kitty and Matt Dillon. The phony Gates sells the real one to the two deputies. But the outcome provides some real surprises …

    It’s a good imposter plot and the companion piece to “Quaker Girl” thanks to the mean and crooked performance of actor Albert Salmi. Musician-wise, as a diversion, Ed Carstairs grabs the fiddle of Sam and walks on the counter so that Mel Gates escapes from the Long Branch.

    Actors Albert Salmi (“Death Watch”) and Hal Lynch (“The Bounty Hunter”) both return from season 11.
     
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    GUNSMOKE SEASON 12

    Episode #27
    “Ladies from St. Louis”
    written by Clyde Ware
    directed by Irving J. Moore
    music by Morton Stevens
    guests: Claude Akins, Henry Darrow, John Carter, Vic Tayback, Ralph Roberts, Lew Brown, Lois Roberts, Venita Wolf, Ted Jordan, Josephine Hutchinson, Aneta Corsaut, Kelly Jean Peters


    On their way to escape from criminal leader Ross Segurra (actor Henry Darrow) and his second Doyle (actor John Carter), bank robber Worth Sweeney (actor Claude Akins) shoots his injured horse while his two accomplices Ike Gaines (actor Vic Tayback) and Williams (actor Ralph Roberts) give him one and then run away with a loot of $30,000 but pass by a group of nuns to get some supplies. Ike and Gaines rush to beat up and steal the nuns and Sweeney stops them (off screen)! Later on, the nuns bury two robbers and, as a reward for saving them, bring Sweeney to the Long Branch so that Doc treats him. Festus becomes their servant and they settle in an abandoned house to take care of Sweeney. Meanwhile and looking for his loot, Ross Segurra questions and guns down the brother (actor Lew Brown) of Gaines. Sweeney gets better and better. One day, Segurra and Doyle stop at Dodge City!

    It’s an average and optimistic nuns adventure with a bandit backdrop and the theme of redemption. The episode should be re-titled “Nuns from St. Louis”. After the quaker community in “Quaker Girl”, find the second religious people entry. As in “Gunfighter RIP”, find women devoted to a deceiving tough guy.

    Actors Claude Akins (“Snap Decision”), Henry Darrow (“The Hanging”), Lew Brown (“Old Friend”) all return from this season 12.
     
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    Episode #28
    “Nitro! Part I”
    written by Preston Wood
    directed by Robert Totten
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: David Canary, Tom Reese, Eddie Firestone, Robert Rothwell, James Nusser, Dub Taylor, Gene O’Donnell, Pete Kellett, Carl Pitti, John Breen, Bonnie Beecher


    At a remote distance, demolition expert Red Bailey (actor Eddie Firestone) playing with a coin and whistling, businessman-negociator Ben Stearman (actor Tom Reese), cowboy Joe Keller (actor Robert Rothwell) stare at a country shack and wait for when an explosion occurs. Dodge City is shaken up! Poor young man George McClaney (actor David Canary) is attracted by saloon girl Anne Gilchrist (actress Bonnie Beecher) who rejects him so he gets drunk with Dodge wino Louie Pheeters (actor James Nusser), runs amok at The Long Branch and gets arrested by Matt Dillon. The day after, Ben Stearman questions, tests, hires George to do some nitro from sticks of dynamite in a country shack. At a remote distance, the three men stare at the place as previously twice. George gets paid $100 per bottle of nitro but, for the second bottle, he asks Ben $500 to get a life. After spending the night with Anne at Delmonico’s and quiting his nitro job, George meets and makes a deal with Byron Feiffer Farnum (actor Dub Taylor), head of the Kansas Petroleum Development Company at Bellefont. The three men are actually bank robbers and force George to produce nitro and threatens to kill his girlfriend!

    It’s a very good and unusual sophisticated bank robbers intrigue paired with the fate of a poor man on the way to become a wealthy man. The closed scenes in the shack where George is performing his risky trade reminds the outlaws melting gold at the blacksmith’s shop in “The Goldtakers”. Composer Leon Klatzkin’s score sustains the suspense. The episode ends with a dramatical freeze frame in the line of Mission: Impossible! Part of that story (making nitro out of sticks of dynamite) will be done in a season 4 episode of Mission: Impossible entitled “Terror”. Note this is the only season 12 entry featuring the episode title at the start of the prologue but keep in mind the season 11 “The Raid” also got that special mention.

    Actors Dub Taylor (“Saturday Night” and “Mad Dog”) and Tom Reese (“Quaker Girl”) both return from this season 12. Actor Eddie Firestone returns from the season 11 “The Brothers”. For the record, actress Bonnie Beecher will also guest as a saloon girl in the western entry from Star Trek entitled “Spectre of the Gun” that features many Gunsmoke guest actors (Sam Gilman, Rex Holman, Charles Seel, Charles Maxwell, Bill Zuckert).

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    Episode #29
    “Nitro! Part II”
    written by Preston Wood
    directed by Robert Totten
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: same cast as Part I


    It starts out with a 5 minutes 17 seconds recap of the previous part I and an extended scene showing the making of nitro by George and the final accident of Part I. At night, the robbers raid the bank of Bellefont and Joe Keller guns down an innocent bystander. The next day, Byron Feiffer Farnum reveals to George that the money of his oil company was stolen by nitro experts. George tells the robbers that he knows their business. At the country shack, George asks $5,000 to Ben Stearman and tries to help wino Louie Pheeters and learns him how to prepare nitro and then orders him to go out and forget the whole thing. Later on, Louie denounces the three robbers to Matt Dillon who rides fast to arrest George back at the shack.

    It’s still very good, is eventually a sad disappointed love affair and a romantic tragedy about the theme of second chance in the line of “Muley” with another maverick in love with a saloon girl. The lethal outcome is fabulous thanks to the fillm editor that intercuts quick shots of Matt Dillon riding fast, George pouring the nitro, close-up of worrying Anne, insert of George’s eyes, inserts of Matt’s horse legs and horse face, close-up of drinking Louie, subjective pow of Matt watching the neck of the horse. For the record, the quick shot of Matt Dillon riding fast will become the season 14’s opening sequence. The character of George is an optimist who only enjoys the company of poor people (Anne and Louie) and tries to save them from social determinism. Above all, what is fascinating is the behavior of the three bank robbers acting like stone cold spies and applying the rule of secrecy.
     
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