Gunsmoke – Season 14 – Coming February 5, 2019

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Just finished up Season 13 recently. Was poking around on Amazon and was delightfully surprised to see that Season 14 is coming in February! Maybe they will complete this series in my lifetime.

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  1. Mr. Handley

    Just finished up Season 13 recently. Was poking around on Amazon and was delightfully surprised to see that Season 14 is coming in February! Maybe they will complete this series in my lifetime.

    That will make it 70% done, w/30 to go!

  2. I always wanted to watch Gunsmoke, but I've never really seen an episode. Nowadays, I understand this series along with many other classic shows are being edited for time more and more, like how there seems to be time-stretching going on when I watch Match Game on Game Show Network, so I decided to go with the DVDs. Normally, I don't buy DVDs, but since I had a large amount of gift certificates, and since the show probably needs all the sales it can get, I've ordered the first thirteen seasons in anticipation of picking the fourteenth season up on release date in February. The screencaps I've seen of recent seasons look like beautiful HD masters, and I wish we could get the series on Blu-ray.

  3. McCrutchy

    The screencaps I've seen of recent seasons look like beautiful HD masters, and I wish we could get the series on Blu-ray.

    I know. Even though the show is being remastered in HD, I don't mind the degradation to SD DVD. It still looks great.

    It isn't like the Little House on the Prairie troubles of starting out as BD and looking great in HD, then being only released on DVD. Thankfully Lionsgate heard the outcry from fans, and released the remainder of the series on BD as well. That was nice of them.

  4. McCrutchy

    I always wanted to watch Gunsmoke, but I've never really seen an episode. Nowadays, I understand this series along with many other classic shows are being edited for time more and more, like how there seems to be time-stretching going on when I watch Match Game on Game Show Network, so I decided to go with the DVDs. Normally, I don't buy DVDs, but since I had a large amount of gift certificates, and since the show probably needs all the sales it can get, I've ordered the first thirteen seasons in anticipation of picking the fourteeth season up on release date in February. The screencaps I've seen of recent seasons look like beautiful HD masters, and I wish we could get the series on Blu-ray.

    That's quite an investment, but you won't be disappointed. Gunsmoke is one of the best dramas ever. The first six half-hour seasons are especially excellent because James Arness as Matt Dillon is front and center in so many of them. When it expanded to an hour long in season 7 it became a little more anthology-like a la Wagon Train. But it was still a great series. Enjoy watching!

  5. Yes, I hope I enjoy it, but I anticipate that I will. Hopefully, there should be enough time between now and February 5th for me to get caught up.

    Another part of the reason I bought them all now is that I did want the separate season volume sets, as opposed to the Wal-Mart (and more recently, Amazon) compilation releases which I know from experience must come with stacked discs inside the cases. I have to imagine that at least some of the individual sets are on their last print runs, and sooner or later the only versions available will be these multi-season compilations. When there aren't too many discs, these CBS/Paramount mega-packs are not terrible, but if there are more than ten or twelve discs, I try to avoid them.

    For the curious, both volumes of the fourteenth season are currently available on Amazon at their lowest prices yet, so anyone who wants to pre-order now should be able to lock in the lowest price:

    Volume 1:
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KH1BWPK

    Volume 2:
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KH1YTTJ

    I do admit to being puzzled as to why CBS persist in splitting the seasons into two volumes each, even though both volumes have been released on the same date since the eighth season in 2013. Continuity of style is noble, yes, but surely it would be slightly cheaper and more practical to release one season set as opposed to two volume sets.

  6. McCrutchy

    Another part of the reason I bought them all now is that I did want the separate season volume sets, as opposed to the Wal-Mart (and more recently, Amazon) compilation releases which I know from experience must come with stacked discs inside the cases.

    Are you talking about something like this, which was the way my copy of CBS' condensed Streets of San Francisco all-in-one was when I got it at the Wal-Mart in Simpsonville a time back?

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    If that's indeed what you're referring to, I can see why you would prefer having the individual seasonal volumes on Gunsmoke, as the stacked discs can be awkward to deal with, especially in that you have to go through a whole lot of discs to find the disc you want with the episode you want.

    For me, the way this Streets release was made was a touch irritating at first, especially as I had to make sure the discs were always in their proper order as I went through the series. I decided, however, that I could live with it, because I was enjoying that series so much, and because the series spoke for itself in how good it was; in essence, this setup became somewhat of a non-issue for me over time.

    That isn't to say, however, that you don't have a valid point; as I said, I can see why you would prefer the volumes the way they were, based on ease of disc removal, among other things (at least from how I read what you're saying).

  7. My Dad used to watch Gunsmoke during its original network run, but I never paid attention at the time. I didn't really get into the series until the DVDs started being released. It's now become one of my favorite shows of all-time.

  8. bmasters9

    Are you talking about something like this, which was the way my copy of CBS' condensed Streets of San Francisco all-in-one was when I got it at the Wal-Mart in Simpsonville a time back?

    Spoiler

    If that's indeed what you're referring to, I can see why you would prefer having the individual seasonal volumes on Gunsmoke, as the stacked discs can be awkward to deal with, especially in that you have to go through a whole lot of discs to find the disc you want with the episode you want.

    For me, the way this Streets release was made was a touch irritating at first, especially as I had to make sure the discs were always in their proper order as I went through the series. I decided, however, that I could live with it, because I was enjoying that series so much, and because the series spoke for itself in how good it was; in essence, this setup became somewhat of a non-issue for me over time.

    That isn't to say, however, that you don't have a valid point; as I said, I can see why you would prefer the volumes the way they were, based on ease of disc removal, among other things (at least from how I read what you're saying).

    Yes. The CBS/Paramount Blu-ray set of NCIS Seasons 1-5 I own is very much like those pictures. In that set, it is twenty-nine Blu-rays, and the discs are stacked five or six to a spindle, with the bottom couple of discs being especially difficult to pry out–you almost have to bend the discs in half to get them out. To be fair, though, I recall that the DVD box set of the Perry Mason Complete Movie Collection I got in 2016 seems a bit better, but then, that has only fifteen discs,

    Of course, if the compilations used swing trays with individual discs on individual hubs, they would be great, but then they would also be quite a bit thicker, I believe.

  9. bmasters9

    If that's indeed what you're referring to, I can see why you would prefer having the individual seasonal volumes on Gunsmoke, as the stacked discs can be awkward to deal with, especially in that you have to go through a whole lot of discs to find the disc you want with the episode you want.

    For me, the way this Streets release was made was a touch irritating at first, especially as I had to make sure the discs were always in their proper order as I went through the series. I decided, however, that I could live with it, because I was enjoying that series so much, and because the series spoke for itself in how good it was; in essence, this setup became somewhat of a non-issue for me over time.

    That isn't to say, however, that you don't have a valid point; as I said, I can see why you would prefer the volumes the way they were, based on ease of disc removal, among other things (at least from how I read what you're saying).

    The way I get around this annoying problem is when I'm watching a particular set, I take all 24 discs out of the giant case and put them all into twelve 2-disc bluray cases temporarily for the duration of my viewing (or ripping).

    Once I'm finished watching these 24 discs, I put them all back into their original giant 24-disc case.

  10. McCrutchy

    Yes. The CBS/Paramount Blu-ray set of NCIS Seasons 1-5 I own is very much like those pictures. In that set, it is twenty-nine Blu-rays, and the discs are stacked five or six to a spindle, with the bottom couple of discs being especially difficult to pry out–you almost have to bend the discs in half to get them out.

    Appreciate the response on that! Was just wanting to know if something I had was similar to what you were talking about.

    That said, may I see a picture of what you're talking about with that NCIS 5-season Blu?

  11. bmasters9

    Appreciate the response on that! Was just wanting to know if something I had was similar to what you were talking about.

    That said, may I see a picture of what you're talking about with that NCIS 5-season Blu?

    Of course. Unfortunately, I'm horrible at taking pictures, but happily, a fellow Blu-ray.com forum member did the job for me in this post. 🙂

    Mr. Handley

    All of my discs are stored in binders. Makes it easy to grab whatever I want to watch at any time. An added bonus is so much more storage space.

    I did that when I collected DVDs, but to be honest, especially with physical media waning a bit at the moment, I've found I want to keep the discs and packaging out, and I've gotten a bit more obsessive about slipcovers and the like (only because a slipcover is offered on release for the same price), though I only rarely spend more for non-standard packaging if it can be helped. This might be because all my DVD packaging was in boxes and got tossed out when we moved. I did sell most of my DVDs (in the binders) several years ago on an eBay that got up to something like $300-$400, but I think from now on, I'm going to try to maintain my entire collection as much as possible for posterity. I certainly envy Laserdisc collectors who have been able to curate a similar collection for decades, something that often keeps certain artwork, extras or feature presentations "alive" if they were only ever released on LD or LD and VHS.

  12. bmasters9

    Are you talking about something like this, which was the way my copy of CBS' condensed Streets of San Francisco all-in-one was when I got it at the Wal-Mart in Simpsonville a time back?

    View attachment 52776 View attachment 52777
    If that's indeed what you're referring to, I can see why you would prefer having the individual seasonal volumes on Gunsmoke, as the stacked discs can be awkward to deal with, especially in that you have to go through a whole lot of discs to find the disc you want with the episode you want.

    For me, the way this Streets release was made was a touch irritating at first, especially as I had to make sure the discs were always in their proper order as I went through the series. I decided, however, that I could live with it, because I was enjoying that series so much, and because the series spoke for itself in how good it was; in essence, this setup became somewhat of a non-issue for me over time.

    That isn't to say, however, that you don't have a valid point; as I said, I can see why you would prefer the volumes the way they were, based on ease of disc removal, among other things (at least from how I read what you're saying).

    I always rip to plex

  13. LouA

    I'll be ordering season 14. How many more seasons to go? It's starting to look like we may see the release of the entire series .

    Seasons 15-20. It took CBS/Paramount just over five years to release Seasons 8-13, but that includes releasing nothing in between the eleventh season in December 2014 and the twelfth season in September 2016, and then again until the release of the thirteenth season in May 2018–in other words, only two seasons in about three and a half years. So hopefully, the fact that we are getting the fourteenth season "only" nine months after the previous one, along with the fact that we're now into color episodes and coming up on the 1970s, means the last five seasons will come out a bit more quickly. I would certainly think that CBS is either done or almost done with the remastering by this point, but who knows?

    By the way, I watched the first disc of the first season tonight, and I thought the episodes were excellent! It was also surreal to see the original sponsor spots as well, particularly the one that has Arness in contemporary clothes behind a contemporary office desk. Having said that, I was surprised to note that there wasn't much (any?) smoking in the actual episodes themselves on the first disc.

  14. Personally I don't use plex.

    I already have my own set of programs which does this, where I use the computer to play multiple tv episodes (or dumb movies) one after another in the background when I'm at home.

  15. My two volumes of season 14 arrived this afternoon. All 25 episodes are remastered and look great. Keep 'em coming, CBS! For all the wishin' and hopin' we do for so many series on this forum, Gunsmoke is the one I'd really, really like to see completed.

  16. I received shipping confirmation from Amazon…I should have both season 14 volumes in hand soon…looking forward to seeing them again, and finally remastered…the season opener, The Hide Cutters, was filmed at scenic Vasquez Rocks State Park and features the great Joseph Campanella, Combat!'s Conlan Carter and Rawhide's Steve Raines. This brings us up to 489 episodes released on DVD from the S1 to S14 sets…and a few more than that in the previously released 50th anniversary and Directors sets!

  17. I almost had a tear watching the first episode. Such a beautiful transfer compared to the old drab TV Land reruns. I'd be over the moon if these HD remasters were on Blu-Ray, but I'm not complaining.

    Season 14 is one of my favorites, and I really hope that CBS finishes the run on DVD(Please give us 15 before the end of the year). I know someone that loves old Western movies, but refuses to watch any Western TV series. I cannot understand this logic. I think if he were to watch a remastered episode of Gunsmoke he would be hooked. For my money a single good episode of Gunsmoke is on the level, or much better than any of the classic Western films of the time.

  18. I watched the first two episodes of the season 14 set, then skipped ahead to watch one of my favorite actors, Harry Dean Stanton, in "Johnny Cross." All three episodes ran about 50 minutes, 38 seconds, and looked great.

    Morgan Woodward and Robert Pine are outstanding in the first episode, "Lyle's Kid."

    Michael "Blue Boy" Burns appears in episode 14-2, "The Hidecutters," and does a fine job in a fairly large role. Playing the "gutter trash," to borrow Robert Ryan's line from The Wild Bunch, are Cliff Osmond, Eddie Firestone, Conlan Carter, and Ken Swofford. Good gutter trash makes for a good western movie or TV episode, IMHO.

    Stanton fans will enjoy his role in "Johnny Cross." It's one of HDS's more substantial guest spots before he transitioned to theatrical movies primarily.

  19. Bryan^H

    I almost had a tear watching the first episode. Such a beautiful transfer compared to the old drab TV Land reruns. I'd be over the moon if these HD remasters were on Blu-Ray, but I'm not complaining.

    Season 14 is one of my favorites, and I really hope that CBS finishes the run on DVD(Please give us 15 before the end of the year). I know someone that loves old Western movies, but refuses to watch any Western TV series. I cannot understand this logic. I think if he were to watch a remastered episode of Gunsmoke he would be hooked. For my money a single good episode of Gunsmoke is on the level, or much better than any of the classic Western films of the time.

    Bryan, can't agree more with you. I've said once before, Gunsmoke is so good, it's like watching a mini western movie every episode.

  20. Bob_S.

    Bryan, can't agree more with you. I've said once before, Gunsmoke is so good, it's like watching a mini western movie every episode.

    Yes it is. In fact I'd much rather watch an episode of Gunsmoke (the remastered DVD sets of course) over most Western films of the time. To me Gunsmoke is like classic episodes of Star Trek. I can re-watch episodes over, and over again.

  21. I finished all of season 14 last night with the finale, "Exodus 21:22." One of my favorite actors, L.Q. Jones, appeared in the final disc's episode "The Good Samaritans" and played his typical bad-guy role with relish.

    Newly made the cover art for both halves of season 14 and appears in most episodes during the season. Newly portrayer Buck Taylor moves up to top-of-the-episode billing with Matt, Doc, Kitty, and Festus starting with season 15.

    Poor Ted Jordan as freight agent Nathan Burke seems to get yelled at by Festus or Doc in about every appearance he makes in season 14.

    In this season, James Arness is absent for protracted periods in many of the episodes, sometimes not appearing until the final two minutes.

    All of the episodes looked great to me. Some run around 50:38 and others close to 51:04 or so.

    This season was the first not to feature the showdown-in-the-street opening sequence that began every episode for 13 seasons. Instead, Matt is shown riding at full gallop on a horse as the announcer says, "Gunsmoke, starring James Arness as Matt Dillon."

  22. Dan McW

    This season was the first not to feature the showdown-in-the-street opening sequence that began every episode for 13 seasons. Instead, Matt is shown riding at full gallop on a horse as the announcer says, "Gunsmoke, starring James Arness as Matt Dillon."

    And I would imagine that this newer-style opening would carry through the rest of the series all the way up to 1975.

  23. Dan McW

    I finished all of season 14 last night with the finale, "Exodus 21:22." One of my favorite actors, L.Q. Jones, appeared in the final disc's episode "The Good Samaritans" and played his typical bad-guy role with relish.

    Newly made the cover art for both halves of season 14 and appears in most episodes during the season. Newly portrayer Buck Taylor moves up to top-of-the-episode billing with Matt, Doc, Kitty, and Festus starting with season 15.

    Poor Ted Jordan as freight agent Nathan Burke seems to get yelled at by Festus or Doc in about every appearance he makes in season 14.

    In this season, James Arness is absent for protracted periods in many of the episodes, sometimes not appearing until the final two minutes.

    All of the episodes looked great to me. Some run around 50:38 and others close to 51:04 or so.

    This season was the first not to feature the showdown-in-the-street opening sequence that began every episode for 13 seasons. Instead, Matt is shown riding at full gallop on a horse as the announcer says, "Gunsmoke, starring James Arness as Matt Dillon."

    I think the run times for the post-1971 episodes, after that year's initiation of the Prime Time Access rule, were shorter.

    ~Ben

  24. bmasters9

    When this great CBS Western gets to its end (assuming it does, which I think it will), there will be an all-in-one of some sort, won't there?

    That would end being the biggest DVD set in history. 635 episodes. If they simply used the same discs for every previous release, and guessing 5 episodes per disc average, that would be something like 125 discs!

  25. rwd11954

    That would end being the biggest DVD set in history. 635 episodes. If they simply used the same discs for every previous release, and guessing 5 episodes per disc average, that would be something like 125 discs!

    I think the DARK SHADOWS coffin has that beat by a mile.

  26. rwd11954

    That would end being the biggest DVD set in history. 635 episodes. If they simply used the same discs for every previous release, and guessing 5 episodes per disc average, that would be something like 125 discs!

    It certainly would! It'd probably have to be hand-carried by USPS (because it wouldn't fit in a mailbox of anyone purchasing such a thing from Amazon or elsewhere.

  27. I've been watching the newly released volumes of season 14…there are certainly a remarkably high proportion of great episodes, with the season starting strongly with at least six great episodes straight, right off the bat. The two episodes featuring the recently passed Morgan Woodward are powerful and memorable, representing some of the best of his fine television legacy…

    S14E1, Lyle's Kid (Sept. 23, 1968) D: Bernard McEveety. W: Calvin Clements. Music composed and performed by Johnny Parker.
    Synopsis (no spoilers, natch.): Morgan Woodward portrays a retired lawman and old friend of Matt, determined to avenge the crippling of his hands by an old outlaw (Joe DeSantis) about to be released from prison. The lawman has raised his own reluctant son (Robert Pine) to be the fastest gun in the territory and is not above using his son as the instrument of his revenge, considering his own crippling infirmities which hobble his own gun hand. Revenge is a dish best served cold, as they say…but in waiting this long, perhaps a dark irony will also be served?

    Father and son arrive at a roadhouse en route to Dodge City…Morgan Woodward and Robert Pine…screen caps from the new DVD release…
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    A couple local lowlifes who might need killing are drinking outside and looking for trouble…Ken Mayer and Sam Melville play these yahoos…
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    Lyle would just as soon see these creeps dead, and if looks alone could kill…
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    Lyle's kid stuns these yahoos with his lightning fast gun hand…but the kid lacks his father's blood lust and holds his fire…Lyle tells him afterward, "When you draw on a man, you kill him!"…
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    After the creeps back down, Lyle's kid is surprised to find a young girl he knew in his childhood working at the roadhouse slinging liquor…she is played by Charlotte Stewart (billed as Charlotte Considine as she was married to actor Tim Considine at the time)…
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    Arriving at Dodge City, Matt is delighted and surprised to see his old friend Lyle…
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    Dodge City is celebrating the anniversary of it's founding…Matt hires Lyle's kid as a temporary night deputy to keep the peace…almost immediately, he is forced to gun down one of the roadhouse creeps in a showdown…Lyle's kid is deeply troubled and guilt ridden at having killed a man, though lawfully and in service of the peace…his childhood girl friend tries to console him…
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    Both Robert Pine and Charlotte Stewart have had long and successful acting careers, and continue to be active up to the present day…Charlotte Stewart had a long running role on Little House on the Prairie as a much loved school teacher…and as a casting favorite of director David Lynch, has appeared in his films Eraserhead and both the original and reboots of Twin Peaks…Robert Pine has a number of recent credits too, and is the father of actor Chris Pine, who plays Captain Kirk in the rebooted Star Trek feature films of recent years…and the just aired miniseries I Am the Night

    In Lyle's Kid, Robert Pine and Charlotte Stewart are beautifully effective in establishing a convincing portrayal of impromptu and flirtatious young love…one of the real attributes of this great episode which accomplishes a wealth of story telling in 51 minutes or so…beautifully done…the young lovers picnic at what most of us classic TV fans will recognize as the lagoon from Gilligan's Island
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    Charlotte Stewart is certainly lovely in this episode…
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    As things proceed and the kid has so much to live for in his own young life, he tells Dad that he's on his own in his quest for vengeance against his old enemy…
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    Matt and Doc know fully what their old friend Lyle is up to…and plan to stop him for his own good…
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    While his son plans his wedding to his ladylove, Old man Lyle heads to the stage station where his enemy Hoxey is returning from prison…planning to have his final reckoning and kill him…at the very place where Hoxey tortured him years before…crippling his hands by pounding him with a hammer while his henchmen held his hands to the anvil…nothing has changed in the years since at the scene of this crime…
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    Lyle's kid cannot leave his crippled father to face his unknown fate alone…Joe DeSantis finally appears as Hoxey…
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    Father and son face the same dark irony in a revenge served cold, indeed…
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    As you can see from my screen shots, season 14 is beautifully remastered to the usual excellent CBS standards…I have all the Gunsmoke volumes thus far released of this long running classic series…season 14 ranks with among the best as uniformly excellent…Gunsmoke was of course a top ten show again in 1968-69 and appointment viewing for many families on Monday nights…

    I'll post about Morgan Woodward's other season 14 episode, Lobo, his personal favorite among his many great Gunsmoke outings soon…

  28. Flashgear

    I've been watching the newly released volumes of season 14…there are certainly a remarkably high proportion of great episodes, with the season starting strongly with at least six great episodes straight, right off the bat. The two episodes featuring the recently passed Morgan Woodward are powerful and memorable, representing some of the best of his fine television legacy…

    Great stuff, Randall! Love those screengrabs…the transfers on S14 do look very nice and colorful. Morgan Woodward had such a strong screen presence, and few TV heavies were as menacing as he. Have always loved his crazed performance in the original Star Trek episode "The Omega Glory."

  29. In interviews about his career, and long association with Gunsmoke in particular, (19 episodes over the series run, 20 if you count the second part of a two parter in which he "died' in the first half…and also the Gunsmoke reunion movie of 1992, To The Last Man), the great Morgan Woodward stated that season 14's Lobo was his favorite role…a typically dark and tragic story for which the series was known for…Gunsmoke was a strong ratings favorite with TV audiences (#6 in 1968-69), but did on occasion receive audience and media critic's push back over the darker and more disturbing episodes…but Gunsmoke was very much an adult western that often exemplified the finest Television drama of it's day…and of course, Gunsmoke also offered up much lighter and even comedic episodes as well…and who can forget the acerbic sparring between Festus and Doc that many loved…and some found tiring too…I was in the former camp.

    S14E12, Lobo (Dec. 16, 1968) D: Bernard McEveety. W: Jim Byrnes. Music composed and performed by Leon Klatzkin.
    Synopsis (no spoilers). Morgan Woodward portrays Luke Brazo, another old friend of Matt and a long time elderly trapper and mountain man (BTW, where are the mountains in Kansas territory? ha. ha). He's really feeling his years and is slowly losing his sight (probably to cataracts), he finds himself squinting in an effort to hunt and work his traplines…and his arthritis is killing him…he, along with droves of other trappers, have been drawn to Dodge city by a huge $500 bounty on a notorious predatory wolf (El Lobo) who has been ravaging the stock of a wealthy rancher, played by David Brian, who vows to kill the wolf at all costs…

    David Brian and Fred Coby…
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    One of his ranchands has been trampled to death by his cattle, stirred up into a stampede by Lobo…the rancher hauls the dead man into Dodge where he loudly announces his $500 bounty…Newly (Buck Taylor) and Festus (Ken Curtis) are concerned about what kind of riff-raff will be drawn to Dodge City by such a huge potential windfall…
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    That riff-raff, some murderous and desperate indeed, are played by Ken Swofford, Sandy Kenyon, Sheldon Allman and Eddie Firestone…all familiar faces to vintage TV fans…they are all appropriately greasy, flea bitten, filthy and smelly wild west trash…too fond of alcohol and inappropriate grasping of Miss Kitty's girls…and blundering easily into big trouble at the hands of Brazo and Matt, who recognizes his old friend in the melee at the Long Branch Saloon…
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    Matt and Miss Kitty are both glad to see old Luke Brazo, but are shocked at his obvious deterioration, seeing now the broken down old man who was once a local legend and heroic to many…
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    Brazo knows he is on his last legs…he hasn't come for the bounty on Lobo, but instead identifies and sympathizes with the desperate and lonely animal who only follows the inner drive of his ancestral instincts…Brazo will hunt Lobo down and kill him honorably, not collecting any bounty but instead giving him a decent burial in the high country he has known his whole life!

    Brazo appeals to his old friend Matt to ride with him one last time into the high country and help him to put an honorable and compassionate end to Lobo…Matt only agrees because of his fears for his old friend…
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    While Matt draws the attention of Lobo, Brazo craftily sneaks up from behind and confronts Lobo…who, as much as a hunted animal can convey to his executioner, appears to consign himself to the mercy of Brazo…they exchange a knowing glance of resignation as Brazo pulls the trigger…"I'm sorry, old friend."…
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    Matt now parts ways with old Brazo…he has Dodge City to safeguard, after all…Brazo tells him: "Matt,…riding together, I put high value on that."…"I just want to go to a mountain top… howlin' out…I know how it feels"…
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    Brazo makes camp at a place he sees befitting the honorable burial of Lobo…but before he can bury him, Brazo is bushwacked by two of the wretched wolvers…played by the aforementioned Sandy Kenyon and Sheldon Allman…they of course will leave Brazo to die and haul Lobo's carcass to Dodge to collect the $500 bounty…
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    But tough old Brazo, rolled into the grave he originally dug for Lobo, survives and vows bloody revenge on the wolvers, and even the rancher who put up the bounty…"I'm going to drive them all out! I'm going to pick up where that Lobo left off!''…Brazo succumbs to madness as he rides into Dodge….finding Lobo hanging from a tree with the wolvers drunkenly whooping it up…outraged, Brazo goes into a frenzy…killing the wolvers and the rancher's lead hand…and later burning the rancher out of his house…

    A nice process double exposure of Brazo superimposed over the burning ranch house…
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    The rancher demands that Matt now hunt his old friend down…with three dead men, Matt now has little choice in the matter…except to pray that his old friend finds the same merciful death that he once offered to Lobo…you just know that the grim inevitable showdown between two old friends will be heartbreaking…

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    Another powerful episode featuring the great Morgan Woodward…rest in peace good friend…
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    Morgan Woodward was a close friend of James Arness off camera too…they were both big and tall men who were WW2 veterans…James Arness being badly wounded by a German machine gun at Anzio Italy in early February 1944..an injury that would bother him for the rest of his life, his back problems causing him much pain on the Gunsmoke set for years afterward….Morgan Woodward didn't wait for the draft, volunteering to the Army Air Force as an 18 year old high school grad in the spring of 1944…he was a transport pilot and re-enlisted for the Korean War in the Air Transport Command in the Far East. He logged many hours and in later years continued to fly his own Tiger Moth Biplane as a civil pilot…using his G.I. Bill benefits, he enrolled at the University of Texas after the war…his room mate at University was none other than Fess Parker! Though Morgan got a degree in corporate finance, his friend Fess Parker, who was now in Hollywood and cast in Walt Disney's Davey Crockett, convinced his good friend to come to Hollywood and try his hand at acting…Fess Parker helped to get Morgan Woodward cast in Disney's The Great Locomotive Chase and Westward Ho, The Wagons!…and the rest was history, including Morgan's long run as a regular ('Shotgun Gibbs') on The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp…among other things, two memorable episodes of the original Star Trek, 'Dagger of the Mind' and 'The Omega Glory'…and being considered for a possible Oscar nomination in 1968 for his memorable role as the "Walking Boss" in the immortal Paul Newman film, Cool Hand Luke…Morgan also appeared in two episodes of his good friend Fess Parker's long running show, Daniel Boone

  30. Jeff Flugel

    Great stuff, Randall! Love those screengrabs…the transfers on S14 do look very nice and colorful. Morgan Woodward had such a strong screen presence, and few TV heavies were as menacing as he. Have always loved his crazed performance in the original Star Trek episode "The Omega Glory."

    Thanks Jeff! I agree completely, Morgan Woodward was one of the greats. It's been a good year for his vintage TV appearances on DVD…he's also in two of the season 14 Death Valley Days The Ronald Reagan Years DVD set that Shout gave us not long ago…those transfers are nearly as nice as the Gunsmoke transfers…with beautiful color location filming at Apache Junction Arizona and Gallup New Mexico to boot!

    Morgan Woodward also appears in the upcoming Bonanza season 9 release…The Pride of a Man, co-starring with the luscious Anne Helm!

    Jeff, even though I watched all of the TV Westerns back in the day (Morgan did 12 Wagon Train, 8 Bonanza among many!), I think that those two Star Trek's he did are certainly where my childhood memories of him really took hold…crazed and a little bit scary for an 11 and 12 year old, which I was at the time!

    The Omega Glory…
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    Dagger of the Mind
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    Ironic that Morgan Woodward co-starred with a young Robert Pine in 1968's Lyle's Kid
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    Robert Pine is father to Chris Pine…Captain Kirk in the recent Star Trek theatrical films!
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    And who can ever forget the cold as ice on a burning hot day "Walking Boss" of Cool Hand Luke?
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  31. I'll always think of Morgan Woodward as "Punk Anderson" on Dallas.

    Just watched the episode "Railroad!" last night, which featured Jim Davis as the ruthless head of the railroad. A great knock-down, drag-out fight with Matt to climax a very entertaining Gunsmoke episode.

  32. Last year, I was watching the MeTV GUNSMOKE broadcasts, live, with lunch, and every episode seemed to guest star either Morgan Woodward or Victor French!! French had 18 GUNSMOKE guest spots. I think there was one episode they were both in. I started turning them off. I was over saturated with them! Woodward was a hoot as 'Shotgun Gibbs' with his mule 'Roscoe', in WYATT EARP.

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    Woodward was interested in musicals and dancing and was pals with dancer and show biz legend Ann Miller.
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  33. Flashgear

    Morgan Woodward was a close friend of James Arness off camera too…they were both big and tall men who were WW2 veterans…James Arness being badly wounded by a German machine gun at Anzio Italy in early February 1944..an injury that would bother him for the rest of his life, his back problems causing him much pain on the Gunsmoke set for years afterward….Morgan Woodward didn't wait for the draft, volunteering to the Army Air Force as an 18 year old high school grad in the spring of 1944…he was a transport pilot and re-enlisted for the Korean War in the Air Transport Command in the Far East. He logged many hours and in later years continued to fly his own Tiger Moth Biplane as a civil pilot…using his G.I. Bill benefits, he enrolled at the University of Texas after the war…his room mate at University was none other than Fess Parker! Though Morgan got a degree in corporate finance, his friend Fess Parker, who was now in Hollywood and cast in Walt Disney's Davey Crockett, convinced his good friend to come to Hollywood and try his hand at acting…Fess Parker helped to get Morgan Woodward cast in Disney's The Great Locomotive Chase and Westward Ho, The Wagons!…and the rest was history, including Morgan's long run as a regular ('Shotgun Gibbs') on The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp…among other things, two memorable episodes of the original Star Trek, 'Dagger of the Mind' and 'The Omega Glory'…and being considered for a possible Oscar nomination in 1968 for his memorable role as the "Walking Boss" in the immortal Paul Newman film, Cool Hand Luke…Morgan also appeared in two episodes of his good friend Fess Parker's long running show, Daniel Boone

    Wow, this sounds like a terrific and powerful episode of the show, Randall! Thanks for the review and the added fascinating details about Morgan Woodward's life. I was planning on only picking up the first 6, 30-minute black-and-white seasons of Gunsmoke, but you're slowly twisting my arm into getting some of these middle color seasons, too. It also helps that the transfers look so nice, instead of the washed-out, waxy look I remember from watching them in reruns back in the day.

  34. Jeff Flugel

    It also helps that the transfers look so nice, instead of the washed-out, waxy look I remember from watching them in reruns back in the day.

    Many of CBS' shows on DVD have been improved in just such a manner!

  35. I really loved the 30 minute B&W episodes of Gunsmoke, so I wasn't sure if I'd go for the hour-long color episodes, but so far I haven't been disappointed. Some terrific writing and direction, along with all those great guest stars (and of course, the usual cast of characters), have held my interest just fine.

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