Wanted: GUNSMOKE (CBS/1955-1975)

3 Stars

INTRODUCTION
Well, Rawhide is over now, farewell Gil, Rowdy, Wish, San Anton, Abilene, Sedalia …
so I’m about to switch horses and head to Dodge City (Kansas), to meet Marshal Matt Dillon,
in short, friends, I’m going to review season 11 of Gunsmoke!

GUNSMOKE • SEASON 11 (1965-1966) (32 episodes • 50 mins • b&w)
This… is the last season in black and white and the first season with the updated style (new opening titles, new end titles, new leaning) that is a departure from the format of the 1950’s originators (i.e., producer Norman MacDonnell and music director Herschel Burke Gilbert) paving the way for the decade to come and with less episodes (32 against the previous 36). The men behind that new Gunsmoke are a tandem of producers and the new head of the music department named Morton Stevens who supervises and conducts the majority of scores at CBS. Morton Stevens is known as the music theme creator of the cop series Hawaii Five-O and will contribute to ‘this’ season 11 (two scores: “Seven Hours to Dawn” and “Malachi”) as well as other CBS household names like Fred Steiner, Richard Shores and Harry Geller—the last two are very active on The Wild Wild West—and the legendary Golden Age artist Franz Waxman.

This season sees some interesting directors: Joseph Sargent, Mark Rydell, B-movies Tay Garnett and even actor Peter Graves aka the brother of James Arness or aka IMF agent Jim Phelps. Furthermore, the best director that dominates the season remains Vincent McEveety, the brother of director Bernard McEveety. Meanwhile, another western series ended: Rawhide, during its eighth season. The 1965-1966 interval was a ‘key’ crossroad for television dramas because three monochromatic western series were produced during that short period: GunsmokeRawhideThe Wild Wild West *.

* The pilot was produced early 1965 under the previous regime at CBS and the series failed to be canceled
and had a chaotic initial season with five unstable producers (Michael Garrison, Collier Young, Fred Freiberger,
John Mantley, Gene L. Coon).

PRODUCTION TEAM
producer: Philip Leacock
associate producer: John Mantley
story consultant: Paul Savage
director of photography: Harry Stradling Jr.

British-born producer Philip Leacock partly started on Gunsmoke from season 10 as a second or replacement producer—but in the line of pioneer Norman MacDonnell—and will manage back-to-back seven season 1 episodes of The Wild Wild West during the 1965-1966 time period and later twenty episodes of Cimarron Strip (1967-1968) but as executive producer.

Canadian-born associate producer John Mantley used to be a story consultant during season 10, replace Philip Leacock as producer at the end of that particular season 11 and from season 14 will become a simple executive producer. But while working on Gunsmoke, he achieves seven season 1 episodes of The Wild Wild West as a full-time producer helped by the same Philip Leacock. Find Mantley’s episodes list: “The Night of the Howling Light”, “The Night of the Steel Assassin”, “The Night the Dragon Screamed”, “The Night of the Grand Emir”, “The Night of the Flaming Ghost”, “The Night of the Whirring Death”, “The Night of the Puppeteer”.

Story consultant Paul Savage takes over from episode 21 of season 11 until season 14 but used to be a writer on Gunsmoke from season 8.

Son of the famous Golden Age cinematographer of the same name with a heavy 50 years output, Harry Stradling Jr. partly started during season 10 under the previous regime on Gunsmoke and will quit early season 13 and work later on another CBS western series entitled Cimarron Strip and participate at some big Seventies films like There Was a Crooked Man…Little Big ManThe Man Who Loved Cat DancingBite the Bullet, to name but a few.

CAST OF CHARACTERS
regular cast: James Arness (US Marshal Matthew “Matt” Dillon), Ken Curtis (Marshal assistant “Festus” Haggen), Milburn Stone (“Doc” Adams), Amanda Blake (Miss “Kitty” Russell), Roger Ewing (Deputy Thaddeus “Thad” Greenwood).

supporting cast: Glenn Strange (Bartender “Sam” Noonan), Charles Seel (Telegrapher “Barney” Danches), Hank Patterson (Livery stable owner “Hank”), Howard Culver (Dodge House hotel clerk “Howie”), Rudy Sooter (Bartender and guitar player “Rudy”), Olan Soule (Barber “Bert”), Roy Roberts (Banker Harry Botkin).

A new semi regular pops-up this season named Thad played by Roger Ewing from episode 3 “Clayton Thaddeus Greenwood”—Thad could easily be the nephew of Matt Dillon, by the way.

The strength of season 11 is the colorful guest actors that add weight to the story: see John Anderson, Joe Don Baker, John Drew Barrymore, Neville Brand, Beau Bridges, Jim Davis, Bruce Dern, Jack Elam, James Gregory, Steve Ihnat, Robert Lansing, Gary Lockwood, Darren McGavin, Leonard Nimoy, Simon Oakland, Warren Oates, Nehemiah Persoff, John Saxon, Tom Skerritt, Lee Van Cleef, James Whitmore.

WHY SEASON 11?
“So with the shift to the hour format, Gunsmoke became a quasi-anthology series, with many more episodes built around other characters living or passing through Dodge City.”
—Stuart Galbraith IV

“The switch to the hour format did make room for richer character development and a greater sense of a larger Dodge City community, a bustling populace of three-dimensional characters.”
—Stuart Galbraith IV

THE DVD SETS
The prints are restored and look wonderful and the picture quality highlights the cinematography of
Harry Stradling Jr. It features English subtitles.

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190 Comments

  1. Find the new line of Gunsmoke during season 11.

    1. The New Showdown Main Titles

    Matt Dillon’s handgun and Matt Dillon faces a gunslinger.
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    Matt Dillon’s face and the first use of the series logo.

    2. The New Opening Titles

    The second use of the series logo.
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    The first credits for James Arness.


    3. The New End Titles


    Matt Dillon’s handgun used a background for the producer credits.
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    Matt Dillon’s hanged hat used a background for the third use of the series logo.
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    Matt Dillon’s hanged hat used a background for the second credits of James Arness.
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    Matt Dillon’s office winchesters used a background for the associate producer credits.
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    Matt Dillon’s office winchesters used a background for the cinematographer credits.
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  2. ClassicTVMan1981X

    And why season 11? It's the final season of the series to be telecast in monochrome.

    ~Ben

    Why season 11?
    It makes a good transition from Rawhide to Gunsmoke: both produced during the 1965-1966 interval.

  3. JohnHopper

    Find the new line of Gunsmoke during season 11.

    1. The New Showdown Main Titles

    Matt Dillon’s handgun and Matt Dillon faces a gunslinger.
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    Matt Dillon’s face and the first use of the series logo.

    2. The New Opening Titles

    The second use of the series logo.
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    The first credits for James Arness.


    3. The New End Titles


    Matt Dillon’s handgun used a background for the producer credits.
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    Matt Dillon’s hanged hat used a background for the third use of the series logo.
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    Matt Dillon’s hanged hat used a background for the second credits of James Arness.
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    Matt Dillon’s office winchesters used a background for the associate producer credits.
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    Matt Dillon’s office winchesters used a background for the cinematographer credits.
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    Another marvelous example of CBS' remastering– looks splendid on DVD!

  4. I just remember how in the 1980s, finding episodes of the black and white hours was a big deal. There were 2 syndication packages, the 6 seasons of half hours and the color hours, and the black and white hours were not available. I believe that Encore Westerns was the first time they had aired since their original CBS run.

  5. Neil Brock

    I just remember how in the 1980s, finding episodes of the black and white hours was a big deal. There were 2 syndication packages, the 6 seasons of half hours and the color hours, and the black and white hours were not available. I believe that Encore Westerns was the first time they had aired since their original CBS run.

    Actually, when CBN had its Saturday afternoon western line-up, they did run the hour-long b&w "Gunsmoke" in 1986-87. But I don't think they got too far along into them, airing one episode per week. It might have just been the 1961-63 seasons that got shown. I'm not sure. I taped a few of them, back then. Prints were decent, but looked a bit 16mm-ish as I recall. Not as good as the Encore Westerns prints.

  6. Bert Greene

    Actually, when CBN had its Saturday afternoon western line-up, they did run the hour-long b&w "Gunsmoke" in 1986-87. But I don't think they got too far along into them, airing one episode per week. It might have just been the 1961-63 seasons that got shown. I'm not sure. I taped a few of them, back then. Prints were decent, but looked a bit 16mm-ish as I recall. Not as good as the Encore Westerns prints.

    The CBN run was selected episodes from each of the b/w one-hour seasons. The did use 16mm prints, but the shows were cut to about 46:30.

  7. bmasters9

    Those cards are more vintage television history right there, especially being remastered and looking as sharp as they are!

    The same cards appear in the first and monochrome season of The Wild Wild West.

  8. JohnHopper

    The same cards appear in the first and monochrome season of The Wild Wild West.

    The last one also appeared on episode 1 of Hogan's Heroes, as well as on…
    The Millionaire
    The Honeymooners
    The Twilight Zone
    (1959 TV series)
    Seasons 1-5 of The Andy Griffith Show
    The Dick Van Dyke Show

    Seasons 1-3 of The Beverly Hillbillies
    Seasons 1-2 of Petticoat Junction
    Season 1 of Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.

    ~Ben

  9. GUNSMOKE SEASON 11

    Episode #1
    “Seven Hours to Dawn”
    written by Clyde Ware
    directed by Vincent McEveety
    music by Morton Stevens
    guests: John Drew Barrymore, Michael Vandever, Al Lettieri, Allen Jaffe, Morgan Woodward, Jerry Douglas, Johnny Seven

    “Don’t touch those guns, Marshal. If you do, I’m gonna have to open up the other world for you”.
    —Mace Gore (actor John Drew Barrymore)

    During a whole night, Dodge City is taken over by an army of robbers dressed as cow punchers and acting as putschists led by Mace Gore (actor John Drew Barrymore) who isolates and blocks the town and confiscates all guns. They order the population to give them their valuables: silver, money, jewelry, wedding rings. The headquarters of the robbers is at the Long Branch—the saloon of Miss Kitty—where they count the loot and store the weapons. But the robbers let their impulses loose like mad dogs and abuse people and in the course of the actions, they even gun down Marshal Dillon! In order to keep the gang in Dodge for the army to pick them up, Festus creates a phony story of a gold shipment coming from the train.

    It’s a strong season opener and a tough military coup-like episode in which murdering outlaws rob the population of Dodge City: a must-watch that is served by the low-key cinematography. The dark music score by Morton Stevens reinforces the martial nature of the criminals’ MO. The cast of bandit characters (Michael Vandever as Raider, Al Lettieri as Smitty, Morgan Woodward as Deeks, Jerry Douglas as Clark, Johnny Sevens as Barens) is really good and especially, John Drew Barrymore as leader Mace Gore. Miss Kitty fails to be raped by bandit Barens and Matt Dillon fails to be beaten up by a bunch of dark alley rapers. After the shooting of Matt Dillon, the townspeople are frozen as statues in the middle of the street. Both writer Clyde Ware and director Vincent McEveety work on Rawhide during its season 7.

    Actor John Drew Barrymore returns from the season 10 “One Killer on Ice” and also work on Rawhide during season 1 (“Incident of the Haunted Hills”), season 7 (“Corporal Dasovik”) and season 8 (“Ride a Crooked Mile”) and on the first season (“The Night of the Double-Edged Knife”) of The Wild Wild West. Actor Morgan Woodward returns from the season 3 “Potato Road”, Johnny Seven from the season 7 “Nina’s Revenge”, Allen Jaffe from the season 10 “Winner Take All”. Actor Al Lettieri appears in one season 7 episode (“The Meeting”) of Rawhide dealing with gangsters.

    Absolutely recommended! For the friends of Sam Peckinpah’s films!

    Mace Gore and his two henchmen threaten Matt Dillon.
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    Mace Gore and his two henchmen inside the marshal’s office.
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    Mace Gore and his two henchmen fire to warn his men and to corner Matt Dillon.
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  10. GUNSMOKE SEASON 11

    Episode #2
    “The Storm”
    written by Paul Savage
    directed by Joseph Sargent
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: Forrest Tucker, Willard Sage, Tim McIntire, Richard Evans, Kelly Thordsen, Stuart Margolin

    Two youngsters named Ab (actor Richard Evans) and Claude (actor Tim McIntire) from a farmer family kill a drunk buff hides trader named Cantwell (actor Willard Sage) in a back alley and one innocent named Woodley (actor Kelly Thordsen) is sentenced to death instead. One of the two young men feel guilty and sinks his conscience into whiskey and provokes a saloon customer that guns him down cold and makes his final confession. Matt Dillon goes picks up the other brother at the home of his friend (actor Forrest Tucker) during a storm. But things take another turn …

    It’s a decent Film Noir and family drama about a murder at night that degenerates that is supported by the tense score of Leon Klatzkin. Matt Dillon is again wounded. Don’t miss Festus performing a song at the saloon The Long Branch, accompanied by the bartender Rudy (actor Rudy Sooter) at the guitar who is a real country music musician, by the way. Composer Leon Klatzkin previously worked on Rawhide (season 5 and 6) and will let one onscreen credits during one third season episode (“The Night of the Falcon”) of The Wild Wild West which will happen to be just stock music.

    Actor Forrest Tucker returns from the season 10 “Double Entry”, Willard Sage from the season 10 “Chief Joseph” and Kelly Thordsen from the season 3 “Mavis McCloud”.

    End credits for CBS composer Leon Klatzkin.
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  11. Jeff Flugel

    Thanks for introducing me to a new word, John – putschist. Had to look that one up…That first episode reviewed above sounds like a good one.

    “Seven Hours to Dawn” is the first of the two masterpieces of season 11. It's a must-watch.

  12. JohnHopper

    “Seven Hours to Dawn” is the first of the two masterpieces of season 11. It's a must-watch.

    To give you an idea about the (wild) leaning of season 11, the first sentence that the guest character say is:
    “Don’t touch those guns, Marshal. If you do, I’m gonna have to open up the other world for you”.
    —Mace Gore (actor John Drew Barrymore)

  13. GUNSMOKE SEASON 11

    Episode #3
    “Clayton Thaddeus Greenwood”
    written by Calvin Clements, Sr.
    directed by Joseph Sargent
    music by Richard Shores
    guests: Jack Elam, Sherwood Price, Robert Sorrells, Allen Jeffe, Paul Fix, Roger Ewing

    Four wild drovers led by Sam Band (actor Jack Elam) terrorize owner of a general store John Greenwood (actor Paul Fix) working as a sheriff and his son Thaddeus (actor Roger Ewing) working as a deputy for a very small town in Oklahoma that Sam Band humiliates and calls “plowboy”. Thad goes after the four drovers and meets Matt Dillon and Festus. His father has a stroke and dies. Thad heads to The Long Branch at Dodge City, Kansas. Unable to pick them up in that state, he keeps on watching them in a silent way as an ironic harbinger of death and wait for … The drovers are crooked and simulate a wolf threat issue thanks to three German shepherds.

    It’s a nice revengist drama and a good introduction to the character of Thad who is eventually hired by Matt Dillon but the sherry on top is the performance of actor Jack Elam as the nasty heavy. The four drovers are played by Jack Elam, Sherwood Price, Robert Sorrells, Allen Jeffe. Don’t miss the fight scene between Thad and the drovers at Delmonico’s accompanied by Richard Shores’ vivid music. Two bartenders play music at the Long Branch: Sam at the fiddle and Rudy at the guitar. After Morton Stevens, this is the second composer working on The Wild Wild West but also lets two scores on Rawhide. For the record, Shores will write music during the four seasons of The Wild Wild West.

    Actor Jack Elam is a recurring guest on Gunsmoke and returns from the season 10 “Help Me, Kitty” and appears on both Rawhide and The Wild Wild West (see the season 3 “The Night of Montezuma’s Hordes”). Actor Roger Ewing returns from the season 10 “Song for Dying” as a different character, Allen Jeffe from this season “Seven Hours to Dawn”, Paul Fix from the season 9 “The Other Half”, Robert Sorrells from the season 10 “Breckinridge”.

    End credits for CBS composer Richard Shores.
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  14. GUNSMOKE SEASON 11

    Episode #4
    “Ten Little Indians”
    written by George Eckstein
    directed by Mark Rydell
    music by Fred Steiner
    guests: Nehemiah Persoff, Rafael Campos, Zalman King, Bruce Dern, Warren Oates, John Marley, Nina Roman, Stanja Lowe, Don Ross

    Out of the blue, Matt Dillon faces individually five gunslingers (Miguel Samando, Billy Coe, Doyle Phleger, Al Tresh, Jack Pinto) who try to kill him for $25,000, including an old friend and a retired sheriff. But things are not what they appear to be … It’s a frame to eliminate five guilty men out of ten conceived by a ruined and revengist rancher named Ben Pringle (actor John Marley).

    It’s a good gunfighters episode thanks to director Mark Rydell and a singular twisted rework of Agatha Christie’s novel Ten Little Indians adapted to the series mold—two years later, the plot was redone in the episode “The Superlative Seven” from the British espionage series The Avengers. The ensemble of actors’ performances are very good: the picturesque professional hired guns (Bruce Dern as Doyle Phleger, Warren Oates as Al Tresh), the rancher acting as a sneaky observer (John Marley as Ben Pringle) and the two-faced former sheriff (Nehemiah Persoff as Jack Pinto). The sherry on top is to witness Festus and Al Tresh having fun at the Long Branch! The cue that highlights the final showdown is written like “King Nine Will Not Return” from The Twilight Zone. After Morton Stevens and Richard Shores, find the third composer working on The Wild Wild West (see the season 3 “The Night of the Undead”) but also participated at Rawhide.

    This is the first part of both actors Nehemiah Persoff and Bruce Dern on Gunsmoke and Persoff guests in both Rawhide and The Wild Wild West. Actor Warren Oates is a recurring guest on the show and returns from the season 10 “Circus Trick”.

    End credits for CBS composer Fred Steiner.
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  15. On the whole, Disc 1 highlights good episodes including the first masterpiece "Seven Hours to Dawn".
    Next week, I will explore Disc 2 of Gunsmoke season 11. So stay tuned for more!

    PS: Season 11 is a genuinely good season.

  16. JohnHopper

    GUNSMOKE SEASON 11

    Episode #2
    “The Storm”
    written by Paul Savage
    directed by Joseph Sargent
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: Forrest Tucker, Willard Sage, Tim McIntire, Richard Evans, Kelly Thordsen, Stuart Margolin

    Two youngsters named Ab (actor Richard Evans) and Claude (actor Tim McIntire) from a farmer family kill a drunk buff hides trader named Cantwell (actor Willard Sage) in a back alley and one innocent named Woodley (actor Kelly Thordsen) is sentenced to death instead. One of the two young men feel guilty and sinks his conscience into whiskey and provokes a saloon customer that guns him down cold and makes his final confession. Matt Dillon goes picks up the other brother at the home of his friend (actor Forrest Tucker) during a storm. But things take another turn …

    It’s a decent Film Noir and family drama about a murder at night that degenerates that is supported by the tense score of Leon Klatzkin. Matt Dillon is again wounded. Don’t miss Festus performing a song at the saloon The Long Branch, accompanied by the bartender Rudy (actor Rudy Sooter) at the guitar who is a real country music musician, by the way. Composer Leon Klatzkin previously worked on Rawhide (season 5 and 6) and will let one onscreen credits during one third season episode (“The Night of the Falcon”) of The Wild Wild West which will happen to be just stock music.

    Actor Forrest Tucker returns from the season 10 “Double Entry”, Willard Sage from the season 10 “Chief Joseph” and Kelly Thordsen from the season 3 “Mavis McCloud”.

    Festus performs a song at The Long Branch, accompanied by bartender Rudy at the guitar.
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  17. GUNSMOKE SEASON 11

    Episode #5
    “Taps for Old Jeb”
    written by Les Crutchfield
    directed by James Sheldon
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: Ed Begley, Wayne Rogers, Morgan Woodward, Arthur Batanides, Don Keefer

    At night and at his camp, an old excentric gold prospector named Jeb Crater (actor Ed Begley) supported by his partner Sholo (actor Morgan Woodward) hire a stranger named Stretch Morgan (actor Wayne Rogers) to be their bodyguard. Arriving at Dodge City, Jeb organizes a big party at the Long Branch to celebrate his richness. The next day, Sholo complains at the marshal’s office that Jeb might be dead but actually he was clubbed from behind. Morgan is suspected. But things are not what it appears to be …

    It’s an absurb con game episode with a twist and features Thad who meets his cousin: Stretch Morgan. The episode should be re-titled “Fool’s Gold”. The character of Doc performs a song during Jeb’s party accompanied by bartender Rudy playing guitar and Sam at the fiddle.

    Actor Morgan Woodward returns from “Seven Hours to Dawn” and Wayne Rogers from the season 7 “Cody’s Code”.

  18. GUNSMOKE SEASON 11

    Episode #6
    “Kioga”
    written by Robert Lewin
    directed by Harry Harris
    music by Lyn Murray
    guests: Neville Brand, Roy Roberts, John Hubbard, Hank Patterson, Ken Renard, Howard Culver, John War Eagle, Teno Pollick, Catherine Wyles

    Furs trader McCaw (actor Neville Brand) shoots down two Indians after having a lunch with them and heads to Dodge City but one of the victims named Kioga (actor Teno Pollick) is still alive and tracks him down to Dodge to avenge the death of his relative.

    It’s a decent little revenge drama. The story is served by a beautiful low key photography. Composer Lyn Murray’s score includes nice hapsichord passages for the character of Kioga—Murray used to work on Rawhide. Thad is absent.

  19. GUNSMOKE SEASON 11

    Episode #7
    “The Bounty Hunter”
    written by Paul Savage
    directed by Harry Harris
    guests: Robert Lansing, Burt Freed, Wright King, Lisabeth Hush, James Anderson

    Bounty Hunter Luke Frazer (actor Robert Lansing) posing as Turner accepts a $600 contract that includes 10,000 acres of land from rancher Thornton (actor Burt Freed) wishing to avenge his young son and picking up Otto Fry (actor Wright King) that changes his name to Lon Jensen. Frazer stops at Dodge City and tracks Fry down. Matt Dillon covers and warns Jensen. But later on, we learn that Thornton didn’t tell the whole truth about the events of his son’s death. Things take another turn…

    It’s a dual family affair (Thornton and Jensen’s), a marital dilemma, a good existential drama disguised as a bounty hunter intrigue. Actor Robert Lansing’s performance is impeccable and makes this entry exciting. Don’t miss the intense fight scene between diehard Frazer and his shady client Thornton at the ranch and its wild aftermaths. Festus knows Luke Frazer from way back. During the bath scene, we learn about the true motivations of Frazer. As in most series, the bounty hunter is considered as a harbinger of death and people refuse to cooperate with him. Thad is absent. Actor Wright King looks like Henry Fonda in this episode because he talks and behaves as him in his western feature films: see John Ford’s My Darling Clementine. The majority of the stock music comes from Leon Klatzkin’s “The Storm” and sustains the edgy and tense atmosphere of the drama.

    Actor Wright King returns from the season 9 “No Hands” and Bert Freed from the season 4 “The F.U.”.

    Recommended!

  20. GUNSMOKE SEASON 11

    Episode #8
    “The Reward”
    written by Gilbert Ralston, Scott Hunt, Beth Keele
    directed by Marc Daniels
    guests: James Whitmore, David Ladd, Fred J. Scollay, Peter Whitney, Gilman Rankin

    Returning home at Dodge City after a prison sentence for gold swindling, Jim Forbes (actor James Whitmore) joins his son Brian (actor David Ladd) back and wants to prove to the townspeople that there’s gold in his mine. The gang of Clint Fisher (actor Fred J. Scollay) and Jason Holt (actor Peter Whitney) keep on provoking Forbes. The gang lets their impulses loose at The Long Branch while torturing Forbes at his mine to make him pay his debt.

    It’s a rough family drama about the themes of ostracism and redemption. Actor James Whitmore is good as usual.
    Director Marc Daniels has a good sense of composition: see the high angle shot arrival scene of Forbes intercut
    with close wide angle shots. Thad is absent.

    Actor James Whitmore returns from the season 10 “Dry Road to Nowhere”.

  21. JohnHopper

    I hope you enjoy this trip to Dodge City.
    Next week, folks, it's disc 3 with these episodes: “Malachi”, “The Pretender”, “South Wind”, “The Hostage”.
    So stay tuned for more Matt Dillon's adventures!

    For Kolchak aficionados, don't miss the Friday entry entitled “The Hostage”. And it's recommended!
    Note that in your calendar.

  22. GUNSMOKE SEASON 11

    Episode #9
    “Malachi”
    written by William Putman
    directed by Gary Nelson
    music by Morton Stevens
    guests: Jack Elam, Harry Townes, Edward Andrews, Robert Sorrells, Rex Holman

    In Mexico, outlaw Del Ordman (actor Jack Elam) shoots down a member of his gang named Shobin (actor Rex Holman) who let kill his brother and, later on, at night, and in a clearing, an old horse merchant while bones trader and whiskey addict Malachi Harper (actor Harry Townes) receives a letter from his rich brother Ethan (actor Edward Andrews) announcing his coming. Malachi is obliged to pose as Dodge City’s marshal and asks the help of Festus, Doc and Miss Kitty to stage a simulacrum but Del Ordman pops-up and wants to kill the man who shot down his brother: the marshal. Later on, Matt Dillon returns home. Dodge City has two marshals now!

    It’s a fun light dual story episode that is served by a good guest cast: Jack Elam, Harry Townes, Edward Andrews. In a way, it plays like a spoof of John Ford’s The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. Matt Dillon leaves Dodge at the start of Act 1. Thad is absent. This is the second score of CBS music head Morton Stevens after “Seven Hours to Dawn”.

    Actor Harry Townes returns from the season 10 “Two Tall Men” and both actor Jack Elam and Robert Sorrells from this season “Clayton Thaddeus Greenwood”.

  23. GUNSMOKE SEASON 11

    Episode #10
    “The Pretender”
    written by Calvin Clements, Sr.
    directed by Vincent McEveety
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: Tom Simcox, Tom Skerritt, Julie Sommars, Nehemia Persoff, Harry Davis, Gregg Palmer

    Ex-convict Edmund Dano (actor Tom Skerritt) and his elder brother Frank (actor Tom Simcox) return home to the farm of their parents and attend the official party at Dodge City when sheriff Jackson (actor Gregg Palmer) from Garden City questions Frank for the charge of robbing the stage’s cashbox. Both sons try to get a second chance but they keep on fighting each other and therefore their mother has a stroke. At night and with the help of a female insider (actress Julie Sommars) that he seduced, Edmund rob the money of the Freight Express head Mr. Daniels (actor Harry Davis) who gets shot.

    It’s a conflictual and existential Italian American family drama about the two sons of the Dano’s mixed up in a past dirty business and tackles the theme of fate and redemption: it’s also a pathos-filled story. The basic plot of the sons’ dilemma will be redone in the season 1 episode “Bitter Wine” with a Greek American family (also guest staring Nehemia Persoff playing again an angry father) from QM’s series The Street of San Francisco. The cast of the male characters is good: Tom Simcox, Tom Skerritt, Nehemia Persoff. Doc acts as a master of ceremony and performs a song at the Dodge City party accompanied by three musicians and among them, Sam and Rudy. Thad is present.

    Actor Nehemia Persoff returns from this season “Ten Little Indians”.

  24. GUNSMOKE SEASON 11

    Episode #11
    “South Wind”
    written by Jack Bartlett
    directed by Allen Reisner
    music by Tommy Morgan
    guests: Bruce Dern, Pat Cardi, Robert Random, Michael Witney, Ryan Hayes, Michael Davis, Gregg Palmer

    Walking on a hill, a boy named Homer Bonney (actor Pat Cardi) witnesses the killing of his father from the rear by Judd Print (actor Bruce Dern), the father of a traveller’s family enroute to Colorado. Homer hides from danger and runs with a pistol when he meets Doc Adams that saves him from hunger. The Print’s stop at Dodge City to get their wagon’s wheel fixed by the blacksmith. Homer eventually faces Judd Print in the lively stable.

    It’s a brutal family drama centered around an avenging kid and that story is the companion piece to this season “Kioga”. As in “The Bounty Hunter”, Doc rides his buggy on a country road and discovers a wounded person. The vicious performance of Bruce Dern is inspired.

    Actor Bruce Dern returns from this season “Ten Little Indians” and actor Gregg Palmer from “The Pretender”.

    End credits for CBS composer Tommy Morgan.
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  25. JohnHopper

    GUNSMOKE SEASON 11

    Episode #11
    “South Wind”
    written by Jack Bartlett
    directed by Allen Reisner
    music by Tommy Morgan
    guests: Bruce Dern, Pat Cardi, Robert Random, Michael Witney, Ryan Hayes, Michael Davis, Gregg Palmer

    Walking on a hill, a boy named Homer Bonney (actor Pat Cardi) witnesses the killing of his father from the rear by Judd Print (actor Bruce Dern), the father of a traveller’s family enroute to Colorado. Homer hides from danger and runs with a pistol when he meets Doc Adams that saves him from hunger. The Print’s stop at Dodge City to get their wagon’s wheel fixed by the blacksmith. Homer eventually faces Judd Print in the lively stable.

    It’s a brutal family drama centered around an avenging kid and that story is the companion piece to this season “Kioga”. As in “The Bounty Hunter”, Doc rides his buggy on a country road and discovers a wounded person. The vicious performance of Bruce Dern is inspired.

    Actor Bruce Dern returns from this season “Ten Little Indians” and actor Gregg Palmer from “The Pretender”.

    End credits for CBS composer Tommy Morgan.
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    Tommy Morgan was a very prolific harmonica player, having lent his instrument to many popular songs and TV show theme tunes over the years.

    ~Ben

  26. JohnHopper

    For Kolchak aficionados, don't miss the Friday entry entitled “The Hostage”. And it's recommended!
    Note that in your calendar.

    Tomorrow's the big day, Carl Kolchak and Tony Vincenzo meet Matt Dillon!
    Be warned! Be there! The heavies will take over!

  27. GUNSMOKE SEASON 11

    Episode #12
    “The Hostage”
    written by Clyde Ware
    story by Joe Ann Johnson
    directed by Vincent McEveety
    music by Harry Geller
    guests: Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland, Tom Reese, Vito Scotti, Willis Bouchey, I. Stanford Jolley

    Four escaped convicts led by hardened criminal Lon Gorman (actor Darren McGavin) beat up and abduct Matt Dillon in order to use it as a shield to cross the Mexican border. Thad and Festus go after them to free Dillon. We learn later that Lon Gorman is actually innocent of the past murder charge and is on his way to kill the sadist who send him to prison and break his voice. Unfortunately, Thad and Festus end up in jail for breaking the law.

    After “Seven Hours to Dawn”, it’s another good episode in which Matt Dillon is hurt pretty bad by the outlaws done by the tandem of writer Clyde Ware and director Vincent McEveety. Above all, it’s a revengist plot. Thad is present. Actor McGavin talks with a broken voice. How odd that both McGavin and Oakland will end up in the same series (Kolchak: The Night Stalker) in the next decade and here the social position is reversed because McGavin orders Oakland playing a stubborn cut throat. For the record, director Vincent McEveety will manage one episode of Kolchak: The Night Stalker entitled “The Knightly Murders”. After Morton Stevens and Richard Shores and Fred Steiner, find the fourth composer working on The Wild Wild West but also participated at Rawhide.

    Actor Darren McGavin returns from the season 10 “Twenty Miles from Dodge” and Simon Oakland from the season 5 “Miguel’s Daughter” and appears on both Rawhide (see the season 6 “Incident of the Travellin’ Man” and the season 8 “Encounter at Boot Hill”) and The Wild Wild West (see the season 4 “The Night of the Fugitives”).

    Recommended!

    End credits for CBS composer Harry Geller.
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  28. JohnHopper

    GUNSMOKE SEASON 11

    Episode #12
    “The Hostage”
    written by Clyde Ware
    story by Joe Ann Johnson
    directed by Vincent McEveety
    music by Harry Geller
    guests: Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland, Tom Reese, Vito Scotti, Willis Bouchey, I. Stanford Jolley

    Four escaped convicts led by hardened criminal Lon Gorman (actor Darren McGavin) beat up and abduct Matt Dillon in order to use it as a shield to cross the Mexican border. Thad and Festus go after them to free Dillon. We learn later that Lon Gorman is actually innocent of the past murder charge and is on his way to kill the sadist who send him to prison and break his voice. Unfortunately, Thad and Festus end up in jail for breaking the law.

    After “Seven Hours to Dawn”, it’s another good episode in which Matt Dillon is hurt pretty bad by the outlaws done by the tandem of writer Clyde Ware and director Vincent McEveety. Above all, it’s a revengist plot. Thad is present. Actor McGavin talks with a broken voice. How odd that both McGavin and Oakland will end up in the same series (Kolchak: The Night Stalker) in the next decade and here the social position is reversed because McGavin orders Oakland playing a stubborn cut throat. For the record, director Vincent McEveety will manage one episode of Kolchak: The Night Stalker entitled “The Knightly Murders”. After Morton Stevens and Richard Shores and Fred Steiner, find the fourth composer working on The Wild Wild West but also participated at Rawhide.

    Actor Darren McGavin returns from the season 10 “Twenty Miles from Dodge” and Simon Oakland from the season 5 “Miguel’s Daughter” and appears on both Rawhide (see the season 6 “Incident of the Travellin’ Man” and the season 8 “Encounter at Boot Hill”) and The Wild Wild West (see the season 4 “The Night of the Fugitives”).

    Recommended!

    End credits for CBS composer Harry Geller.
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    Darren McGavin as Lon Gorman and Simon Oakland as Carl Mandee.
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  29. The late actor Morgan Woodward appeared in 19 episode from Gunsmoke and was typecasted as a heavy.

    "Matt Dillon Must Die" (1974) … Abraham Wakefield
    "A Game of Death… An Act of Love: Part 2" (1973) … Bear Sanderson
    "A Game of Death… An Act of Love: Part 1" (1973) … Bear Sanderson
    "The Sodbusters" (1972) … Lamoor Underwood
    "The Wedding" (1972) … Walt Clayton
    "Luke" (1970) … Luke Dangerfield
    "Hackett" (1970) … Quentin Sargent
    "Stryker" (1969) … Josh Stryker
    "Lobo" (1968) … Luke Brazo
    "Lyle's Kid" (1968) … Grant Lyle
    "Death Train" (1967) … Harl Townsend
    "Vengeance: Part 2" (1967) … Zack Johnson
    "Vengeance: Part 1" (1967) … Zack Johnson
    "The Hanging" (1966) … Beaumont
    "Whispering Tree" (1966) … Earl Miller
    "The Good People" (1966) … Ben Rucker
    "Taps for Old Jeb" (1965) … Sholo
    "Seven Hours to Dawn" (1965) … Deeks
    "Potato Road" (1957) … Calhoun​
  30. Hold It!
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    Morgan Woodward's GUNSMOKE count is 20, if we count the TV Movie, GUNSMOKE: To The Last Man-1992.
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    Remember him best as, Shotgun Gibbs on THE LIFE AND LEGEND OF WYATT EARP.
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    With Wyatt:
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    Watching Gunsmoke, playing on MeTV, it seemed like every other episode guest starred Morgan Woodward or Victor French. French guested 18 times.
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    I wonder what female guest star appeared the most?

  31. GUNSMOKE SEASON 11

    Episode #13
    “Outlaw’s Woman”
    written by Clyde Ware
    directed by Mark Rydell
    music by Harry Geller
    guests: Lonny Chapman, Lou Antonio, Lane Bradbury, Vincent Beck, Gene Tyburn, Ted Jordan, Peggy Rea

    Six wild robbers led by Dove Bailey (actor Lonny Chapman) ride fast to escape from two posses of lawmen. Matt Dillon fires his winchester and hits a young woman named Allie Sommers (actress Lane Bradbury) in the shoulder when her brother Eddie (actor Gene Tyburn) leaves her and joins back his gang but Hank Wheeler (actor Ted Jordan), one of the men, guns him down by accident. Bailey orders Harve Kane (actor Lou Antonio) to track Allie Sommers down to get the loot of $20,000. Allie Sommers ends up at Doc’s office in Dodge City. Later on, Harve Kane resumes to town and conditions Allies to make her believe that Matt Dillon kills her brother.

    It’s a good runaway outlaws episode written by gifted Clyde Ware and directed by feature film auteur Mark Rydell (see The Fox, The Reivers, The Cowboys, Cinderella Liberty). The tandem of Clyde Ware and Mark Rydell work together during season 10: see “Chief Joseph” and “Twenty Miles from Dodge”. The doctor’s office scenes with actress Lane Bradbury as the untamed Allie Sommers are well-shot. The cast of criminal characters is very good: Lonny Chapman, Vincent Beck, Lou Antonio. Thad is present. Bartender Rudy (actor Rudy Sooter) of The Long Branch sings a song and plays the guitar outside of the establishment.

    Actor Ted Jordan returns from the season 10 “The Pariah” and Lonny Chapman from the season 8 “Tell Chester”.

  32. GUNSMOKE SEASON 11

    Episode #14
    “The Avengers”
    written by Donn Mullally
    directed by Vincent McEveety
    guests: James Gregory, John Saxon, Les Brown, Jr.

    Dodge City is without marshal. At night, Thad and Festus keep up the shop when Miss Kitty gets abused by a stranger in her saloon’s bedroom. In self defense, Festus guns the man down. The next day, Matt Dillon is back and we learn the identity of the stranger from his tombstone: (drover) Richard Strom. The family of the deceased one comes to town to avenge his murderer and the father working as a judge (actor James Gregory) investigates and asserts false truth about the events of the deed. Matt is forced to send them away. In retaliation, Matt receives a bullet in the leg and both Festus and Kitty are abducted at night. The next day, a posse led by wounded Matt, Thad and Sam is launched. Festus and Kitty are sentenced to be hanged!

    It’s a good dark episode about bias justice served by the expressive and atmospheric film-making of Vincent McEveety, supported by the ominous stock music culled from Morton Stevens’ “Seven Hours to Dawn” and Franz Waxman’s “The Raid” and the guest actors playing the Strom’s: James Gregory, John Saxon, Les Brown, Jr. Thad is present. Matt Dillon and Miss Kitty get hurt as in “Seven Hours to Dawn”.

    Actor James Gregory returns from the season 10 “The New Society” and John Saxon from “Dry Road to Nowhere”.

  33. GUNSMOKE SEASON 11

    Episode #15
    “Gold Mine”
    written by Scott Hunt and Beth Keele
    directed by Abner Biberman
    guests: John Anderson, Paul Carr, Michael Vandever, Tom Nardini, Argentina Brunetti, Dort Clark, John Harmon, Russ Bender

    Miss Kitty travels to the hostile small town of Pickaxe “loaded with every low-down renegade west of the Mississippi”. Matt Dillon worries a lot and orders Thad to go protect Miss Kitty until she achieves the transfer of her gold mine title and keeps him inform by letter. Miss Kitty meets the unbridled Gibbijohns who refuses to give her the gold mine. Without any news from Thad, Matt Dillon rides to Pickaxe to straighten things out.

    It’s a light solo Miss Kitty adventure in which she teams up with Thad and a mute young man named Richard Danby (actor Tom Nardini) from Pickaxe. Miss Kitty faces male predators, a lousy hotel room and a family of wild gold miners played by actors John Anderson, Paul Carr, Michael Vandever. The mine location is the same as in “The Reward”. At the start of the prologue, it features a cue from Hugo Friedhoher’s “Six Weeks to Bent Fork” from Rawhide (season 8).

    Actor Michael Vandever returns from this season “Seven Hours to Dawn”, John Anderson from the season 8 “The Cousin” and Paul Carr from the season 7 “The Squaw”.

  34. GUNSMOKE SEASON 11

    Episode #16
    “Death Watch”
    written by Calvin Clements, Sr.
    directed by Mark Rydell
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: Albert Salmi, Willard Sage, Frank Silvera, Richard Evans, Alfred Ryder, Patricia Quinn, Charles Wagenheim, Robert Foulk, Karl Lukas, Steve Gravers

    It’s the hot season in Kansas. Two sleazy bounty hunters (actors Albert Salmi and Willard Sage) find the injured body of wanted Mexican bandit named John Drago (actor Frank Silvera), bring him back to Dodge City to treat him and plan to ride with him to the Mex border to get the big reward of $30,000 in gold. Meanwhile young farmer Austin Boyle (actor Richard Evans) is anxious that his wife gets her baby and becomes the replacement deputy. A reporter named George Flint (actor Alfred Ryder), from the Kansas City Beacon, manipulates the two bounty hunters so that they sell shares of their criminal as in the stock market and bribe the poor farmer to simulate the escape of the criminal.

    It’s a good cynical dual story linked by the destiny of a young and frail farmer and well-served by the ominous score by Leon Klatzkin and, above all, the film-making of Mark Rydell that gives a colorful painting of the guest characters: the two groups of bounty hunters, the crazy criminal, the young troubled man. Two scenes shine: the moral dilemma of Austin Boyle trying to gun down John Drago and the insane outcome. Thad is present and work as a night watchman at Doc’s office.

    Actor Richard Evans and Willard Sage return from this season “The Storm” and Alfred Ryder from the season 4 “Passive Resistance”. Actor Frank Silvera works on both Rawhide (see the season 7 “El Hombre Bravo”) and The Wild Wild West (see the season 3 “The Night of the Jack O’Diamonds”).

    Recommended for the aficionados of the gritty old west!

  35. Next week, folks, it's disc 5 with these episodes: “Sweet Billy, Singer of Songs”, “The Raid, Part I”, “The Raid, Part II”, “Killer at Large”.
    “The Raid" is the main reason why I purchased season 11: a reference episode.
    So stay tuned for more Matt Dillon's adventures!

  36. bmasters9

    Sort of like "V For Vashon" on O-R Jack Lord Five-O, or "A House Divided" on O-R CBS Dallas?

    Let's say it's the quality equivalent of “Eye of the Beholder” for TZ or “The Things of Forms Unknown” for TOL.

  37. GUNSMOKE SEASON 11

    Episode #17
    “Sweet Billy, Singer of Songs”
    written by Gustave Field
    directed by Alvin Ganzer
    music by Richard Shores
    guests: Robert Random, Brooke Bundy, Shug Fisher, Royal Dano, Slim Pickens, Diane Ladd, Judy Carne, Alice Backes

    Festus is obliged to find a bride for his young nephew Sweet Billy (actor Robert Random) who looks for a literate person and introduces him to two women and it fails. A young woman named Orabelle Beal (actress Brooke Bundy) has a soft spot on Billy but her father Pony (actor Slim Pickens) asks $500 to give his daughter. Festus now need to find some money and creates a company called The Haggen Hauling and Freighting Corporation but the father tries to con him.

    It’s a light Festus entry that plays like Gunsmoke meet The Beverly Hillbillies. The Haggen clan consists of three actors: Royal Dano, Shug Fisher, Robert Random. Thad is present. The comical score of Richard Shores underlines the nature of the Haggen clan and the chase scene between the Haggens and Pony Beal is typical.

    Actor Slim Pickens returns from the season 9 “Once a Haggen”, Brooke Bundy from the season 9 “The Magician”, Royal Dano from the season 10 “Deputy Festus”, Shug Fisher from this season “The Storm”, Robert Random from this season “South Wind”.

  38. GUNSMOKE SEASON 11

    Episode #18
    “The Raid, Part I”
    written by Clyde Ware
    directed by Vincent McEveety
    music by Franz Waxman
    guests: John Anderson, Gary Lockwood, Jeremy Slate, Jim Davis, Michael Conrad, Richard Jaeckel, John Kellogg, Ted Jordan, Preston Pierce, Dee Pollock, Edmund Hashim, Roy Engel, Percy Helton, Tony Haig

    “Violence has never been part of my nature”.
    —Mastermind Les McConnell (actor John Anderson).

    Sedalia, Missouri, Les McConnell (actor John Anderson) lights a cigar and enters the bank while cowboy Clell Williams (actor Jim Davis) comes out of a house and outside of town, an army of outlaws led by Jim Stark (actor Gary Lockwood) rides fast and then robs the bank in a silent way like well-trained soldiers. On their way out, Cash McLean (actor Michael Conrad), one of the criminals, gets shot in the leg and becomes a problem. At Mullenville, the town next to the robbers hideout owned by old rancher Mr. Early (actor Percy Helton), Jim Stark and his second-in-command Web Fraley (actor Jeremy Slate) bribe the important people (bartender, sheriff) and bring back drunk and compromising Clell Williams. The next target is Dodge City! Les McConnell posing as a gun salesman studies the town and warns the gang about the danger represented by Matt Dillon. Therefore Jim Stark orders murderer Johnny Barnes (actor Edmund Hashim) and his young brother-in-law Tom (actor Dee Pollock) to eliminate Matt Dillon. But for the first time, things don’t go according to plan …

    It’s the fancy and tense two-parter top-tier masterpiece all the way. Find another great episode supervised by the tandem of writer Clyde Ware and director Vincent McEveety that is the companion piece to “Seven Hours to Dawn” that deals again with a gang of outlaws willing to ruin Dodge City but it’s done as a clockwork con game/caper operation straight from Mission: Impossible because it tackles the theme of bank robbery through a mastermind-infiltrator (Les McConnell) and an army of belligerent riders which makes it like a coup. Writer Clyde Ware used to fashion a similar plot on the season 7 of Rawhide entitled “Piney” but without the army. Oddly enough, this highly effective team suffers from two black sheeps (Clell Williams and Cash McLean) which drink too much and the mastermind (Les McConnell) fails to be executed by the brutal leaders. The lush cast of robber characters (John Anderson as Les McConnell, The Stark brothers: Gary Lockwood as Jim and John Kellogg as Ted, Jim Davis as Clell Williams, Michael Conrad as Cash McLean, The Fraley brothers: Jeremy Slate as Web and Richard Jaeckel as Pence and Preston Pierce as Jeff, Ted Jordan as Shiloh) is fabulous as well as the epic score composed by Franz Waxman and conducted by Morton Stevens. Note this is the only entry featuring the episode title at the start of Act 1.

    Actor John Anderson returns from this season “Gold Mine”, John Kellogg from the season 9 “Ex-Con”, Michael Conrad from the season 10 “Hung High”, Jeremy Slate from the season 10 “The New Society”, Richard Jaeckel from the season 8 “Two of a Kind”.

    Highly recommended!

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    Music from CBS Westerns (label: Film Music Society)
    Franz Waxman’s “The Raid”, conducted by Morton Stevens in September 16-17, 1965. It’s a 15:57 score that has twelve cues.
    “The Holdup”
    “The Challenge”
    “Guns For Sale”
    “The Pursuit”
    “All Is Clear”
    “The Posse”
    “The Hideout”
    “Matt and Festus”
    “More Dead Outlaws”
    “The Last Two”
    “Between The Rocks”
    “Finale”

    http://www.filmmusicsociety.org/merchandise/cds/cbswesterns.html

    [​IMG]

  39. JohnHopper

    GUNSMOKE SEASON 11

    Episode #18
    “The Raid, Part I”
    written by Clyde Ware
    directed by Vincent McEveety
    music by Franz Waxman
    guests: John Anderson, Gary Lockwood, Jeremy Slate, Jim Davis, Michael Conrad, Richard Jaeckel, John Kellogg, Ted Jordan, Preston Pierce, Dee Pollock, Edmund Hashim, Roy Engel, Percy Helton, Tony Haig

    “Violence has never been part of my nature”.
    —Mastermind Les McConnell (actor John Anderson).

    Sedalia, Missouri, Les McConnell (actor John Anderson) lights a cigar and enters the bank while cowboy Clell Williams (actor Jim Davis) comes out of a house and outside of town, an army of outlaws led by Jim Stark (actor Gary Lockwood) rides fast and then robs the bank in a silent way like well-trained soldiers. On their way out, Cash McLean (actor Michael Conrad), one of the criminals, gets shot in the leg and becomes a problem. At Mullenville, the town next to the robbers hideout owned by old rancher Mr. Early (actor Percy Helton), Jim Stark and his second-in-command Web Fraley (actor Jeremy Slate) bribe the important people (bartender, sheriff) and bring back drunk and compromising Clell Williams. The next target is Dodge City! Les McConnell posing as a gun salesman studies the town and warns the gang about the danger represented by Matt Dillon. Therefore Jim Stark orders murderer Johnny Barnes (actor Edmund Hashim) and his young brother-in-law Tom (actor Dee Pollock) to eliminate Matt Dillon. But for the first time, things don’t go according to plan …

    It’s the fancy and tense two-parter top-tier masterpiece all the way. Find another great episode supervised by the tandem of writer Clyde Ware and director Vincent McEveety that is the companion piece to “Seven Hours to Dawn” that deals again with a gang of outlaws willing to ruin Dodge City but it’s done as a clockwork con game/caper operation straight from Mission: Impossible because it tackles the theme of bank robbery through a mastermind-infiltrator (Les McConnell) and an army of belligerent riders which makes it like a coup. Writer Clyde Ware used to fashion a similar plot on the season 7 of Rawhide entitled “Piney” but without the army. Oddly enough, this highly effective team suffers from two black sheeps (Clell Williams and Cash McLean) which drink too much and the mastermind (Les McConnell) fails to be executed by the brutal leaders. The lush cast of robber characters (John Anderson as Les McConnell, The Stark brothers: Gary Lockwood as Jim and John Kellogg as Ted, Jim Davis as Clell Williams, Michael Conrad as Cash McLean, The Fraley brothers: Jeremy Slate as Web and Richard Jaeckel as Pence and Preston Pierce as Jeff, Ted Jordan as Shiloh) is fabulous as well as the epic score composed by Franz Waxman and conducted by Morton Stevens. Note this is the only entry featuring the episode title at the start of Act 1.

    Actor John Anderson returns from this season “Gold Mine”, John Kellogg from the season 9 “Ex-Con”, Michael Conrad from the season 10 “Hung High”, Jeremy Slate from the season 10 “The New Society”, Richard Jaeckel from the season 8 “Two of a Kind”.

    Highly recommended!

    View attachment 55837

    Music from CBS Westerns (label: Film Music Society)
    Franz Waxman’s “The Raid”, conducted by Morton Stevens in September 16-17, 1965. It’s a 15:57 score that has twelve cues.
    “The Holdup”
    “The Challenge”
    “Guns For Sale”
    “The Pursuit”
    “All Is Clear”
    “The Posse”
    “The Hideout”
    “Matt and Festus”
    “More Dead Outlaws”
    “The Last Two”
    “Between The Rocks”
    “Finale”

    http://www.filmmusicsociety.org/merchandise/cds/cbswesterns.html

    [​IMG]

    At Sedalia, Clell Williams lights his cigar to warn his partner.
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    Les McConnell lights his cigar as an answer to Williams.
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    The clock of leader Jim Stark who waits for the right time.
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    Leader Jim Stark is ready to launch his army.
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    Jim Stark and Web Fraley at the saloon of Mullenville.
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    Cash McLean and Clell Williams wait for to attack the farm.
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  40. JohnHopper

    Jim Davis as Clell Williams, Michael Conrad as Cash McLean

    Both of who would later become integral parts of two of television's later great dramas: Jim Davis as Jock Ewing on O-R CBS Dallas from 1978-81, and Michael Conrad as Sgt. Phil Esterhaus on Hill Street Blues from 1981-84 on NBC.

  41. JohnHopper

    GUNSMOKE SEASON 11

    Episode #18
    “The Raid, Part I”
    written by Clyde Ware
    directed by Vincent McEveety
    music by Franz Waxman
    guests: John Anderson, Gary Lockwood, Jeremy Slate, Jim Davis, Michael Conrad, Richard Jaeckel, John Kellogg, Ted Jordan, Preston Pierce, Dee Pollock, Edmund Hashim, Roy Engel, Percy Helton, Tony Haig

    “Violence has never been part of my nature”.
    —Mastermind Les McConnell (actor John Anderson).

    Sedalia, Missouri, Les McConnell (actor John Anderson) lights a cigar and enters the bank while cowboy Clell Williams (actor Jim Davis) comes out of a house and outside of town, an army of outlaws led by Jim Stark (actor Gary Lockwood) rides fast and then robs the bank in a silent way like well-trained soldiers. On their way out, Cash McLean (actor Michael Conrad), one of the criminals, gets shot in the leg and becomes a problem. At Mullenville, the town next to the robbers hideout owned by old rancher Mr. Early (actor Percy Helton), Jim Stark and his second-in-command Web Fraley (actor Jeremy Slate) bribe the important people (bartender, sheriff) and bring back drunk and compromising Clell Williams. The next target is Dodge City! Les McConnell posing as a gun salesman studies the town and warns the gang about the danger represented by Matt Dillon. Therefore Jim Stark orders murderer Johnny Barnes (actor Edmund Hashim) and his young brother-in-law Tom (actor Dee Pollock) to eliminate Matt Dillon. But for the first time, things don’t go according to plan …

    It’s the fancy and tense two-parter top-tier masterpiece all the way. Find another great episode supervised by the tandem of writer Clyde Ware and director Vincent McEveety that is the companion piece to “Seven Hours to Dawn” that deals again with a gang of outlaws willing to ruin Dodge City but it’s done as a clockwork con game/caper operation straight from Mission: Impossible because it tackles the theme of bank robbery through a mastermind-infiltrator (Les McConnell) and an army of belligerent riders which makes it like a coup. Writer Clyde Ware used to fashion a similar plot on the season 7 of Rawhide entitled “Piney” but without the army. Oddly enough, this highly effective team suffers from two black sheeps (Clell Williams and Cash McLean) which drink too much and the mastermind (Les McConnell) fails to be executed by the brutal leaders. The lush cast of robber characters (John Anderson as Les McConnell, The Stark brothers: Gary Lockwood as Jim and John Kellogg as Ted, Jim Davis as Clell Williams, Michael Conrad as Cash McLean, The Fraley brothers: Jeremy Slate as Web and Richard Jaeckel as Pence and Preston Pierce as Jeff, Ted Jordan as Shiloh) is fabulous as well as the epic score composed by Franz Waxman and conducted by Morton Stevens. Note this is the only entry featuring the episode title at the start of Act 1.

    Actor John Anderson returns from this season “Gold Mine”, John Kellogg from the season 9 “Ex-Con”, Michael Conrad from the season 10 “Hung High”, Jeremy Slate from the season 10 “The New Society”, Richard Jaeckel from the season 8 “Two of a Kind”.

    Highly recommended!

    View attachment 55837

    Music from CBS Westerns (label: Film Music Society)
    Franz Waxman’s “The Raid”, conducted by Morton Stevens in September 16-17, 1965. It’s a 15:57 score that has twelve cues.
    “The Holdup”
    “The Challenge”
    “Guns For Sale”
    “The Pursuit”
    “All Is Clear”
    “The Posse”
    “The Hideout”
    “Matt and Festus”
    “More Dead Outlaws”
    “The Last Two”
    “Between The Rocks”
    “Finale”

    http://www.filmmusicsociety.org/merchandise/cds/cbswesterns.html

    [​IMG]

    Stay tuned for Part 2 on Thursday 7!!!

  42. GUNSMOKE SEASON 11

    Episode #19
    “The Raid, Part II”
    written by Clyde Ware
    directed by Vincent McEveety
    music by Franz Waxman
    guests: a shortened cast of robber characters from Part I

    “That’s something I never will understand. Why is it the McConnells and the Starks keep thinking that’s an easy way to make a living?”
    —Marshal Matt Dillon

    It starts out with a 4 minutes 20 seconds recap of the previous part I. The gang abducts Doc to cure wounded Jeff Fraley (actor Preston Pierce). The authority of Jim Stark (actor Gary Lockwood) is called into question by Web Fraley (actor Jeremy Slate) and Ted Stark (actor John Kellogg) tries to tame his hotheaded brother. Dodge City is on fire! Matt Dillon launches a huge posse composed of the townpeople! At the hideout, Jim Stark asks Doc to shorten the life of dead weight Jeff Fraley but fails to execute it at the last minute and, one hour later, they ride out dead South to the desert in order to reach Mexico. Both sides are tired, desperate, ruthless. Only Matt Dillon and Festus continue the iron crusade.

    It’s a good large scale second part and a fine escape entry with great cavalcades that look like a mini feature film. As the story progresses to the desert, gang members drop like flies, the posse gets shorter and leader Jim Stark gradually looses his mind: shoot the black sheeps of his gang, hit Doc, suffers from delusion of grandeur to the point of no return. As in Part I, one gang member is wounded and cripple the group. As in “The Avengers”, Doc is abducted.

    Highly recommended!

  43. JohnHopper

    GUNSMOKE SEASON 11

    Episode #19
    “The Raid, Part II”
    written by Clyde Ware
    directed by Vincent McEveety
    music by Franz Waxman
    guests: a shortened cast of robber characters from Part I

    “That’s something I never will understand. Why is it the McConnells and the Starks keep thinking that’s an easy way to make a living?”
    —Marshal Matt Dillon

    It starts out with a 4 minutes 20 seconds recap of the previous part I. The gang abducts Doc to cure wounded Jeff Fraley (actor Preston Pierce). The authority of Jim Stark (actor Gary Lockwood) is called into question by Web Fraley (actor Jeremy Slate) and Ted Stark (actor John Kellogg) tries to tame his hotheaded brother. Dodge City is on fire! Matt Dillon launches a huge posse composed of the townpeople! At the hideout, Jim Stark asks Doc to shorten the life of dead weight Jeff Fraley but fails to execute it at the last minute and, one hour later, they ride out dead South to the desert in order to reach Mexico. Both sides are tired, desperate, ruthless. Only Matt Dillon and Festus continue the iron crusade.

    It’s a good large scale second part and a fine escape entry with great cavalcades that look like a mini feature film. As the story progresses to the desert, gang members drop like flies, the posse gets shorter and leader Jim Stark gradually looses his mind: shoot the black sheeps of his gang, hit Doc, suffers from delusion of grandeur to the point of no return. As in Part I, one gang member is wounded and cripple the group. As in “The Avengers”, Doc is abducted.

    Highly recommended!

    The Fraley clan calls into question their leader.
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    The Stark clan counterattacks.
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    At the hideout, Jim Stark sees mad Clell Williams.
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    Clell Williams and Cash McLean justify themselves.
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    Jim Stark’s handgun is about to fire at black sheep Williams.
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    Mastermind Les McConnell is thinking of an escape plan while the others argue.
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  44. GUNSMOKE SEASON 11

    Episode #20
    “Killer at Large”
    written by Calvin Clements, Sr.
    directed by Marc Daniels
    guests: Geraldine Brooks, Cyril Delevanti, Stuart Erwin, Tim O’Kelly, Hardie Albright, Craig Hundley, John Pickard, Jim Beggs, Robert Ballew, Jonathan Lippe, Morgan Jones

    After the show of a street peddler selling a phony exilir, Festus accidently provokes a young gunslinger named Sandy (actor Tim O’Kelly) working for the charlatan. Later that night, drunk Sandy summons Festus for a street showdown. Sandy dies and wounded Festus runs to Nebraska and trades his mule Ruth to a second-rate horse. After passing by a general store and antagonizing one young man, Festus has a horse accident and spends the night in the barn of a station. A widow named Esther Harris (actress Geraldine Brooks) helps me out but the Gabins, the people from the general store, provoke him and are willing to get rid of the station. Meanwhile Matt Dillon and Thad look for Festus.

    It’s a solo Festus on the run entry. The first half of the story is really gloomy and the Gabins (actor John Pickard, Jim Beggs, Robert Ballew, Jonathan Lippe, Morgan Jones) are really plumb mean and tortures Festus. Thad is present. As in “Clayton Thaddeus Greenwood” with Thad, the foe insults a supporting character (Festus) and calls him “plowboy”. Contains stock music from Franz Waxman’s “The Raid”. A story consultant starts from that episode, writer Paul Savage who previously penned two season 11 episodes (“The Storm”, “The Bounty Hunter”).

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  45. Next week, folks, it's disc 6 with these episodes: “My Father’s Guitar”, “Wishbone”, “Sanctuary”, “Honor Before Justice”.
    Don't miss “My Father’s Guitar” with Beau Bridges and Steve Ihnat coming this Monday!

    So stay tuned for more Matt Dillon's adventures!

  46. GUNSMOKE SEASON 11

    Episode #21
    “My Father’s Guitar”
    written by Hal Sitowitz
    directed by Robert Totten
    music supervision by Morton Stevens
    guests: Beau Bridges, Robin Blake, Louis Massad, Steve Ihnat, Charles Dierkop, Dub Taylor, William Bramley

    A young Spanish guitar player named Jason (actor Beau Bridges) stops by a small farm to water his horse and ends up stabbing the owner named Jed Woodard (actor William Bramley) who provokes him about his instrument. A birthday party is organized in the honor of Doc at the Long Branch when Jason steps into and plays the guitar for the people. The next day, an old peddler named Sonny Starr (actor Dub Taylor) brings the body of the farmer and shows it to Matt Dillon and Festus. Two wild drovers (actor Steve Ihnat and Charles Dierkop) pretend to start a showdown for fun in the street and finish the evening at the Long Branch to get drunk and beat up Jason in a back Alley. Matt Dillon locks up the two drovers and find an evidence on them related to the dead farmer. Jason stages the escape of the two men and leaves with Sonny Starr. But the drovers find him …

    It’s a good Film Noir entry served by a fine low-key cinematography: Gunsmoke meets The Fugitive—actor Beau Bridges guests in twice on that series: see “Stroke of Genius” (season 3) and “The Other Side of the Coin” (season 4). The performances of actor Steve Ihnat as Jack and Charles Dierkop as Dan are noteworthy. Thad is present. Anytime, the character of obsessed Jason encounters a resistance related to his Spanish guitar, the aggressor (Jed Wooddard, Jack and Dan) always asserts it is for fun. This is the first credits as a music supervisor for composer and CBS musical director Morton Stevens and that credits is largely popular to those watching The Wild Wild West.

    Actor Steve Ihnat returns from the season 10 “The Pariah” and William Bramley from the season 8 “Collie’s Free”.

    Matt Dillon’s office winchesters used a background for the music supervisor credits.
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  47. GUNSMOKE SEASON 11

    Episode #22
    “Wishbone”
    written by ‘story consultant’ Paul Savage
    directed by Marc Daniels
    music supervision by Morton Stevens
    guests: Lew Gallo, Victor French, Lyle Waggoner, Billy Beck, Michael Fox, Natalie Masters, Joan Granville

    Three bandits rob the passengers of the stagecoach heading to Dodge City and one of the them named Spellman (actor Lew Gallo) abuses a woman when the driver shoots him in the leg. Doc is upset by the casualties of the stagecoach and decides to go fishing all alone when a snake bites him and the scared horse of his buggy runs away and leaves him without his medicine bag. Meanwhile Matt Dillon chases the bandits who are splitted into two parties. Festus finds out the secret place of Doc and decides to join him. After the discovery of injured Doc, Festus goes robbing a chicken at a farm and guns down the wounded stagecoach bandit and not knowing his true identity. At night, Matt Dillon ends up in a ghost farm and slowly eliminates the two remaining bandits. Festus is desperate by the state of Doc and feels guilty of committing a crime.

    It’s an adequate dual story with an atmospheric ghost farm scene. Both Matt and Doc are hurt. As in “Killer at Large”, Festus kills again a hotheaded gunman. Thad is present. As usual the cast of bandit characters is good: Lew Gallo as wounded Spellman, Victor French as Travers, Lyle Waggoner as Aikens. The episode title has no connection with the character of Wishbone from Rawhide but it refers to Festus’ wish to see Doc healed.

    Actor Lew Gallo returns from the season 5 “Brother Whelp”. For the record, this is the first part of actor Victor French who appears in 18 episodes.

  48. GUNSMOKE SEASON 11

    Episode #23
    “Sanctuary”
    written by Calvin Clements, Sr.
    directed by Harry Harris
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: Sean Garrison, Richard Bradford, Larry Ward, Jack Grinnage, Joan Blackman, Virginia Gregg, Martin Priest, Charles Wagenheim, Marcia Blakesley

    A band of savage outlaws led by Paul Wiley (actor Richard Bradford) runs away from Dodge City and hurts a woman and her young son. Paul Wiley is hit in the leg and takes refuge in the Church with three hostages: reverand John Porter (actor Sean Garrison) and his bride Phyllis Bowman (actress Joan Blackman) and sewing old maid Miss Howell (actress Virginia Gregg). The posse track the bandits down while Doc is forced to heal the leg of Wiley. But Mr. Ayers (actor Larry Ward), the husband of the two casualties, wants to take his revenge with the help of the townspeople.

    It’s a decent hostage entry in which a preacher faces his moral opposite: a bandit. Thad is present.

    Actor Larry Ward returns from the season 10 “He Who Steals” and Jack Grinnage from the season 6 “Brother Love”.

  49. GUNSMOKE SEASON 11

    Episode #24
    “Honor Before Justice”
    written by Frank Q. Dobbs
    story by Frank Q. Dobbs and Robert Stewart, Jr.
    directed by Harry Harris
    music by Lyn Murray
    guests: France Nuyen, Ralph Moody, George Keymas, Michael Ansara, Ken Renard, Richard Gilden, James Almanzar, Ted Jordan, Barton MacLane, Harry Bartell, Noah Beery

    After the majority of the Osage council—except Grey Horse (actor Michael Ansara)—votes and states that John Two-Bears (actor Noah Beery) is guilty of killing a man named Samuel Brightwing and will be executed in three days, his young daughter Sarah (actress France Nuyen) rides to Dodge City and asks the help of the law but only Thad is available. Meanwhile Matt Dillon and Festus question rancher Herk Crawford (actor Barton MacLane) about his stolen horses when a band of undercover Indians dressed as Americans raid the farm. Later on, Thad talks to Two-Bears, heads to see Grey Horse and fights two undercover Indians when he gets arrested by agent Franklin (actor Harry Bartell). Matt Dillon asks the release of Thad and runs to unfold the mystery of the stolen horses and the connection to Grey Horse which may alter the fate of Two-Bears.

    It’s a laborious and weak mystery paired with an Indian conspiracy entry and the corny companion piece to “Kioga” in terms of Indians-related episode because of the unexpected arrival of an Indian youngster to town to claim justice. The episode is limited because of the blatant artificial studio-bound scenes. Thad is present. As usual actor Michael Ansara is typecasted as an Indian character: see his input on Rawhide. Actually, Ansara acts like Qarlo from The Outer Limits episode “Soldier”: which is not a compliment. It’s not an original score but stock music from Murray’s “Kioga” because we recognize the harspichord music and from Richard Shores.

    Actor Noah Beery returns from the season 9 “Prairie Wolfer”.

  50. GUNSMOKE SEASON 11

    Episode #25
    “The Brothers”
    written by Tom Hanley
    directed by Tay Garnett
    music by Franz Waxman (stock music)
    guests: Scott Marlowe, Robert Crawford, Eddie Firestone, Kathryn Harrow, James Nusser, Sailor Vincent, Tom Reese, Warren Vanders, Edmund Hashim, Joseph Hoover, Mark Sturges

    A band of outlaws led by two brothers rob the bank of Dodge City. At the exit of the establishment, Billy (actor Robert Crawford), the young brother of Ed (actor Scott Marlowe), is shot in the shoulder and held prisoner at the marshal’s office. Ed plans to free his brother by terrorizing and torturing the townspeople: Doc, Thad’s friend named Will (actor Mark Sturges), newspaperman Dave Crandall (actor Joseph Hoover) and his wife Helen (actess Kathryn Harrow). Matt Dillon counterattacks with the kid brother used as a trap.

    It’s a rough educational entry that condemns violence and the second holdup in Dodge City episode after “The Raid” and features stock music from Waxman’s “The Raid” and Morton Stevens’ “Seven Hours to Dawn”. As a holdup drama, it’s average. As in “The Raid”, Doc is hit by an outlaw. The cast of bandit characters is decent but not edgy: Scott Marlowe, Tom Reese, Warren Vanders, Edmund Hashim—Scott Marlowe slightly displays his Outer Limits madness, by the way. Thad is present and introduces his friend Will to Matt Dillon. Veteran director Tay Garnett is known for the 1946 Film Noir feature film: The Postman Always Rings Twice.

    Actor Scott Marlowe returns from the season 10 “Thursday’s Child” and Tom Reese from this season “The Hostage”. Actor Edmund Hashim returns from this season “The Raid” in which he plays again a bank robber.

  51. GUNSMOKE SEASON 11

    Episode #26
    “Which Dr.”
    written by Les Crutchfield
    directed by Peter Graves (the brother of James Arness)
    music supervision by Morton Stevens
    guests: R.G. Armstrong, Gregg Palmer, Shelley Morrison, George Lindsey, Elisabeth Fraser, Claire Wilcox

    Two buffalo hunters miss their targets because singing outloud Thad stampedes the herd when a wagon stops and the two men threaten him to steal his boots to make him pay but he runs away. Latter the afternoon and at the marshal’s office, Thad shows Doc the fish he caught and tells him his secret place. One hour after, Doc and Festus go fishing but Argonaut Moonercan (actor R.G. Armstrong), the leader of the buffalo hunters, hold them prisoners in order to cure his little daughter Piney and, later on, forces Doc to stay and to marry Addie (actress Shelley Morrison) so that he become the resident camp’s doctor.

    It’s a corny and comical adventure, another hillbilly entry after “Sweet Billy, Singer of Songs” and another Doc fails to go fishing entry after “Wishbone” but ends up as a forced good samaritan story. The episode title refers to the two doctors of the episode: Doc Adams representing academics and Addie, the local healer. It reminds the milieu of a Rawhide episode entitled “Incident of the Rawhiders” (season 6) in which Rowdy Yates is obliged to marry one local woman. Thad is present. This is the first direction of actor Peter Graves that is just a flat studio-bound work and he will later manage one episode of Mission: Impossible entitled “Kidnap” (season 7) that is much better. The majority of the stock music is from Richard Shores’ “Sweet Billy, Singer of Songs”.

    Actor R.G. Armstrong returns from the season 10 “The Lady”.

  52. Don't have much to say on these episodes, John, as I haven't seen this season…just wanted to let you know that I'm following your reviews with interest. I'm especially interested in "Sanctuary" as it stars the Man in a Suitcase himself, Richard Bradford. He's a compelling actor to watch, and he didn't have the career he deserved, IMO.

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    Keep up the good work!

  53. JohnHopper

    GUNSMOKE SEASON 11

    Episode #23
    “Sanctuary”
    written by Calvin Clements, Sr.
    directed by Harry Harris
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: Sean Garrison, Richard Bradford, Larry Ward, Jack Grinnage, Joan Blackman, Virginia Gregg, Martin Priest, Charles Wagenheim, Marcia Blakesley

    A band of savage outlaws led by Paul Wiley (actor Richard Bradford) runs away from Dodge City and hurts a woman and her young son. Paul Wiley is hit in the leg and takes refuge in the Church with three hostages: reverand John Porter (actor Sean Garrison) and his bride Phyllis Bowman (actress Joan Blackman) and sewing old maid Miss Howell (actress Virginia Gregg). The posse track the bandits down while Doc is forced to heal the leg of Wiley. But Mr. Ayers (actor Larry Ward), the husband of the two casualties, wants to take his revenge with the help of the townspeople.

    It’s a decent hostage entry in which a preacher faces his moral opposite: a bandit. Thad is present.

    Actor Larry Ward returns from the season 10 “He Who Steals” and Jack Grinnage from the season 6 “Brother Love”.

    Portrait of outlaw Paul Wiley (actor Richard Bradford).
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  54. Jeff Flugel

    Don't have much to say on these episodes, John, as I haven't seen this season…just wanted to let you know that I'm following your reviews with interest.

    Jeff Flugel

    Keep up the good work!

    Thank you, partner!

  55. GUNSMOKE SEASON 11

    Episode #27
    “Harvest”
    written by Les Crutchfield
    directed by Harry Harris
    music by Harry Zimmerman and Willis H. Schaefer
    guests: James MacArthur, Karl Swenson, George Kennedy, Lesley Ann Warren, Alma Platt, Ted Jordan, Fred Coby

    The McGoverns, a poor family of Scottish people, settle on the land of iron proprietor Ben Payson (actor George Kennedy) with a legal claim and that triggers ownership issues and an impossible romance between two youngsters: David McGovern (actor James MacArthur) and Betsy Payson (actress Lesley Ann Warren). Rancher Ben Payson complains to his best friend: Marshal Matt Dillon. Feeling betrayed by his daughter, Payson does his best to make the life of the McGoverns miserable.

    It’s a simple and sad Scottish settler drama paired with a young people love story that slightly reminds the antagonistic families dilemma tackled by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Don’t miss the hand-to-hand fight scene at the camp between Ben Payson and Ian McGovern because of the hectic catchy music conducted by Morton Stevens. One episode of Rawhide had a Scottish story: “Incident of the Dowery Dundee” (season 6). Anyway, the cast of characters is good: the McGoverns (James MacArthur, Karl Swenson) and the Paysons (George Kennedy, Lesley Ann Warren) and the two families have one common denominator: the absence of mother. Writer Les Crutchfield seems to be focused on picturesque folkish characters: see his previous gold prospectors in “Taps for Old Jeb” and buffalo hunters in “Which Dr.” Thad is present and is Betsy’s best friend. It’s the first episode produced by John Mantley and Philip Leacock is only executive producer.

    Actors George Kennedy (“Crooked Mile”) and Karl Swenson (“Blue Heaven”) all return from season 10.

    A change of production: associate producer John Mantley is promoted to producer.
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  56. GUNSMOKE SEASON 11

    Episode #28
    “By Line”
    written by Les Crutchfield
    directed by Allen Reisner
    music supervision by Morton Stevens
    guests: Chips Rafferty, Stefan Arngrim, Dabbs Greer, Denver Pyle, Ted de Corsia, Gertrude Flynn, Dorothy Neumann, Adrienne Marden, John Francis, Fletcher Fist, Maudie Prickett

    Riding slow his mule on a country road, Festus fails to be knocked over by the fast wagon of newspaper man Angus McTabbot (actor Chips Rafferty) and his nine years old nephew named Jock (actor Stefan Arngrim) running away from Hays City. A few minutes later, angry Festus finds the wrecked wagon at the end of the road and some bullet holes in the tailgate. A few hours later, Festus becomes the new associate of McTabbot and opens up a printing house at Dodge City so that they release the first issue of The Dodge City Clarion, The Voice of Truth. Unable to write, Festus becomes an ad man for the newspaper and the official reporter whose articles are penned by the little Jock. But things turn wrong because Festus become a gossip reporter creating disorder amongst people and therefore complaining violently: starting with cattleman Merl Benlan (actor Ted de Corsia) against Festus then general store owner Clab Chummers (actor Denver Pyle) against his rival Jonas Finch (actor Dabbs Greer) …

    It’s a light but fun story dealing with the manipulative power of the press combined with advertisement that reminds the topic from Samuel Fuller’s 1952 Park Row and the second Scottish entry after the previous “Harvest” (also written by Les Crutchfield) and in both the Scots are obliged to leave town to avoid trouble. After “Death Watch” with the Kansas City Beacon, this is the second episode focusing on the theme of the press depicted as dubious. Thad is absent but mentioned by Festus. The music for the theme of Festus and the majority of the stock music is from Richard Shores’ “Sweet Billy, Singer of Songs”.

    Actor Dabbs Greer returns from the season 9 “Caleb”, Denver Pyle from the season 10 “Deputy Festus” and Ted de Corsia from the season 7 “He Learned About Women”.

    Park Row (1952) – Trailer

  57. Next week, folks, it's the last disc with these episodes:
    “Treasure of John Walking Fox”, “My Father, My Son”, “Parson Comes to Town”, “Prime of Life”.
    So stay tuned for more Matt Dillon's adventures!

  58. GUNSMOKE SEASON 11

    Episode #29
    “Treasure of John Walking Fox”
    written by Clyde Ware
    story by Leo Bagby
    directed by Marc Daniels
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: Leonard Nimoy, Jim Davis, Ted Gehring, Tom McCauley, Kelton Garwood, Richard Webb, Lloyd Gough

    At night, three saddle tramps led by loud mouth Gainer (actor Jim Davis) stop at the camp of two bull hide traders but one of them is a Comanche named John Walking Fox (actor Leonard Nimoy) so the three men are obliged to leave. The next day at Dodge City, the two sides feud again each other. Later on, Jacob Beamus (actor Lloyd Gough) tries to sell his hives for the usual 50 cents a piece to the merchant Mr. Tigue (actor Richard Webb) who cuts the price to 26 cents so Jacob implies he is a crook and threatens him with a handgun and ends up dead. John Walking Fox pays the funeral of his partner with a rare $50 gold coin that raises suspicion. Later on and back at the camp, a fight concerning the location of a hidden gold shipment through a map is started by the same three wanderers against John Walking Fox but stopped at the last minute by the greedy hive merchant who helps him. The morning after at the Dodge House hotel, two parties still look for the gold but John Walking Fox has already prepared a double-edged scheme …

    It’s a decent morality tale about greed and the third Indian entry after “Kioga” and “Honor Before Justice”. The three saddle tramps are played by Jim Davis, Ted Gehring, Tom McCauley who plays Banjo at the Long Branch. As in Rawhide (see the season 3 “Incident Before Black Pass”), actor Leonard Nimoy is typecasted as an Indian but, here, he acts like a wise man in the line of actor David Carradine in Kung Fu. Thad is present.

    Actor Jim Davis returns from this season “The Raid”, Kelton Garwood from this season “Seven Hours to Dawn” and Leonard Nimoy from the season 8 “I Call Him Wonder”.

  59. GUNSMOKE SEASON 11

    Episode #30
    “My Father, My Son”
    written by Hal Sitowitz
    directed by Robert Totten
    music supervision by Morton Stevens
    guests: Jack Elam, Lee Van Cleef, John McLiam, Billy Halop, Scott Hale, James Nusser, Teno Pollick, Charles Kuenstle, Del Monroe, James Gammon, Zalman King

    Hays City, Trail’s End saloon: hotheaded Joey Jeffords (actor Zalman King), one of the two farmer brothers, provokes professional gunman Jim Barrett (actor Jack Elam) playing pool who eventually shoots him straight but his brother Bernie (actor Charles Kuenstle) sends a curse on him. The next day at Dodge City, Jim Barrett is arrested by Matt Dillon and released after checking his criminal status. At night, another hotheaded young man (actor Teno Pollick) tries to eliminate Barrett but in his hotel room and fails and we learn later it is his own son. Farmer Ike Jeffords (actor Lee Van Cleef) rides to unite all his sons for his vengeance crusade.

    It’s an interesting and unusual intimistic Film Noir entry and a dual rough family drama shot at night with a wonderful dark palette. Notice the way DP Harry Stradling, Jr. uses twice the zoom shot when an intruder observes Barrett outside the saloon. As in “Ten Little Indians”, the character of actor Zalman King dies quickly by the hand of a hired gun. As in “Kioga”, the character of actor Teno Pollick tries to kill a man at the Dodge House hotel. Thad is present. The cast of the Jeffords family consists of the following actors: Lee Van Cleef, Charles Kuenstle, Del Monroe, James Gammon, Zalman King. The minor character of Doherty (actor John McLiam) is amusing and rents his handgun to David Barrett. Among other things, contains stock music from Bernard Herrmann’s “Encounter at Boot Hill” from Rawhide (season 8)—used for the Jeffords family—, Franz Waxman’s “The Raid”.

    Actor Jack Elam (“Clayton Thaddeus Greenwood” and “Malachi” in which he plays a gunning outlaw), Teno Pollick (“Kioga”), Zalman King (“Ten Little Indians”) all return from this season 11. Actors John McLiam (“Big Man, Big Target”) and Lee Van Cleef (“The Pariah”) all return from season 10.

  60. GUNSMOKE SEASON 11

    Episode #31
    “Parson Comes to Town”
    written by Verne Jay
    directed by Marc Daniels
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: Sam Wanamaker, Lonny Chapman, John McLiam, Hank Patterson, Kelton Garwood, Ted Jordan, Woody Chambliss, Charles Wagenheim, Elizabeth Rogers, Joan Granville, Kevin Burchett

    Clarendon, Texas: Reverend Aaron Longworth (actor Sam Wanamaker) is gunned down by two unknown drifters willing to get his cash in his new-built church and presumed dead because of the three bullets in his back. At Dodge City, the Reverend stops at the Dodge House hotel and acts like a prophet of doom and warns the population of a future funeral. The townspeople are shaken up! The Reverend spots the guilty one named Sipes (actor Lonny Chapman) and keeps on harassing him. At the Marshal’s office along with Matt, Festus, Doc, the man dressed as the Reverend reveals he is a Southern Illinois schoolteacher named Asa Longworth and the twin brother of Reverend Aaron Longworth on his crusade to track down the last of the two murderers of his kin. Returning home to Dodge, Willie Dougherty (actor John McLiam) warns Matt Dillon about the events of the first murderer’s death at Garden City. At the Dodge House, Matt Dillon warns Sipes he sent his description to Clarendon so Sipes looses his mind and shows his true nature.

    It’s a good and solid revengist drama in which the avenger toys with the nerves of his prey—picture if you will Columbo acting as a preacher. The score of Leon Klatzkin helps to underline the tense atmosphere. The character of undertaker Percy Crump (actor Kelton Garwood) returns from “Treasure of John Walking Fox”. Thad is present and shot in the leg. As in “The Avengers” with a mad judge, Matt Dillon does his duty with a wound.

    Actor Lonny Chapman (“Outlaw’s Woman”), John McLiam (“My Father, My Son”) and Kelton Garwood (“Treasure of John Walking Fox”) all return from this season 11. Actor Sam Wanamaker appears the same year in one episode (“The Night of the Howling Light”) of The Wild Wild West produced by John Mantley.

  61. GUNSMOKE SEASON 11

    Episode #32
    “Prime of Life”
    written by Daniel B. Ullman
    directed by Robert Totten
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: Douglas Kennedy, Jonathan Lippe, Joe Don Baker, Martin West, Victor French, Lyn Edgington, Cal Naylor, Barbara Wilkin, James Nusser, Ted French

    At night, three young men led by Kyle Stoner (actor Jonathan Lippe) step into the Long Branch to get a drink. Hotheaded and fast drawer Kyle moves to the table of a young couple to introduce saloon girl Wilma Prather (actress Lyn Edgington) to his friends Joe Smith (actor Victor French) and Jack Brown (actor Martin West) but the boyfriend named Brad (actor Cal Naylor) has an argument with Kyle and it ends up in a duel in which Brad dies. A few minutes later, Matt Dillon locks up Kyle for interfering with an officer in the performance of his duty. Matt Dillon suspects the three young men to be part of a holdup. Feeling humiliated, Kyle Stoner wants to kill Matt Dillon! Later on, the father of the Stoner’s discovers a terrible secret that may stain his good name … a fourth member of the holdup.

    It’s a ruthless and nihilistic Film Noir entry and the third story related to a holdup after “The Raid” and “The Brothers” but also a family drama and its added value is the performances of Jonathan Lippe, Joe Don Baker, Victor French. Notice the intrinsic violence of that episode: see the prologue’s showdown, the tense social relations between Matt Dillon and Kyle and Woody Stoner and, Festus, beaten up in a back alley at night—shot like “My Father’s Guitar”. After “Seven Hours to Dawn” with Matt Dillon, find another leading character (here, Festus) on the brink of dying! The Stoner family consists of ex-lawman John (actor Douglas Kennedy) and his two sons: Kyle (actor Jonathan Lippe) and Woody (actor Joe Don Baker). Actor Ted French is the father of actor Victor French. Thad is present. Contains a cue from Morton Stevens’ “Seven Hours to Dawn” at the start of Act 1.

    Actor Victor French (“Wisbone”) and Jonathan Lippe (“Killer at Large”) all return from this season 11 and Douglas Kennedy from the season 10 “The Violators”.

  62. TOP GUNSMOKE SEASON 11 EPISODES
    The Raid
    Seven Hours to Dawn
    The Hostage
    The Avengers
    Death Watch
    My Father’s Guitar
    Ten Little Indians
    The Bounty Hunter
    Outlaw’s Woman
    Parson Comes to Town
    My Father, My Son
    Malachi

  63. GUNSMOKE SEASON 11THE SCORES

    INDEX OF COMPOSERS ONSCREEN CREDITS

    Harry Geller (2)
    “The Hostage”
    “Outlaw’s Woman”

    Leon Klatzkin (8)
    “The Storm”
    “Taps for Old Jeb”
    “The Pretender”
    “Death Watch”
    “Sanctuary”
    “Treasure of John Walking Fox”
    “Parson Comes to Town”
    “Prime of Life”

    Tommy Morgan
    “South Wind”

    Lyn Murray (2)
    “Kioga”
    “Honor Before Justice” (stock music)

    Richard Shores (2)
    “Clayton Thaddeus Greenwood”
    “Sweet Billy, Singer of Songs”

    Fred Steiner
    “Ten Little Indians”

    Morton Stevens (2)
    “Seven Hours to Dawn”
    “Malachi”

    Franz Waxman (2)
    “The Raid”
    “The Brothers” (stock music)

    Harry Zimmerman and Willis H. Schaefer
    “Harvest”

    Notes
    Composer Morton Stevens conducts the scores of Franz Waxman (“The Raid”) and Harry Zimmerman and Willis H. Schaefer (“Harvest”) and we also see the generic credits of music supervision by Morton Stevens.

    music supervision Morton Stevens (5)
    “My Father’s Guitar”
    “Wishbone”
    “Which Dr.”
    “By Line”
    “My Father, My Son”

  64. Well, let’s continue our exploration of Gunsmoke! I come out of The Long Branch and walk down the streets of Dodge City and my next stop is… season 12. The series goes in color in the 1966-1967 period and was spoofed in a Wild Wild West episode entitled “The Night of the Surreal McCoy” (season 2) in which agent James West travels through a painting of a small town and faces a gunslinger in a street (actually, agent Artemus Gordon, disguised as a pistolero)—shot in the vein of the series showdown title sequence.

    GUNSMOKE • SEASON 12 (1966-1967) (29 episodes • 50 mins • color)
    The transition to color is quite a shock for those who experience the show in monochrome and keep in mind that the same process occurs for The Wild Wild West. At first, the colors look too bright, the light lacks of contrast and the sets are so unreal and stories soften and simplify but, as time passes, you get used to the change. One more thing about color, it allows to discover that two of the leads are redhead: Matt Dillon and Miss Kitty. The stories continue to be engaging enough with a blatant emphasis on psychological dramas during the first half of the season and then we resume to edgy tales. Unlike season 10 and 11 with a soundstage, the showdown title sequence is renewed and shot in a back lot as in the old days. The producers supervise less episodes than previously: 29 instead of 32.

    This season sees more or less the same big writers like Calvin Clements, Paul Savage, Hal Sitowitz, Clyde Ware and the same directors like Vincent McEveety and Mark Rydell but also some new ones like Richard Colla, Rawhide producer Bernard Kowalski, Irving J. Moore, Charles Rondeau. For the record, Irving J. Moore was a major asset on The Wild Wild West and directed twenty six episodes from that peculiar series.

    The opening and end theme music are renewed. Among other things, CBS musical director and composer Morton Stevens continues to contribute with four scores: “The Jailer”, “Moonstone”, “Muley”, “Ladies from St. Louis”. Apart from Morton Stevens, this season features four Wild Wild West composers: Harry Geller for “Mad Dog”, newcomer Jack Pleis for “Noose of Gold”, Richard Shores for “Snap Decision” and Fred Steiner for “The Mission”. As in season 11, the most prolific composer remains: Leon Klatzkin with a total of eight onscreen credits but not eight original scores, by the way. Leon Klatzkin’s music is dominant and is also tracked on The Wild Wild West. And, above all, one score is provided by Silver Age artists Ernest Gold (“Gunfighter R.I.P”) and Jerry Goldsmith (“Whispering Tree”).

    PRODUCTION TEAM
    producer: John Mantley
    executive producer: Philip Leacock
    story consultant: Paul Savage
    director of photography: Harry Stradling, Jr.

    The team remains the same except that Mantley and Leacock switch positions. Harry Stradling, Jr. still dominates the season but has got two occasional replacements. Working on the last season of Rawhide, cinematographer Neal Beckner shoots four episodes (“Gunfighter R.I.P”, “Moonstone”, “Champion of the World”, “Muley”) and maverick Charles F. Wheeler shoots one (“The Lure”).

    CAST OF CHARACTERS
    regular cast: James Arness (US Marshal Matthew “Matt” Dillon), Ken Curtis (Marshal assistant “Festus” Haggen), Milburn Stone (“Doc” Adams), Amanda Blake (Miss “Kitty” Russell), Roger Ewing (Deputy Thaddeus “Thad” Greenwood).

    The semi regular Thad gets his picture medaillon credits during the opening titles along with the four leads.

    supporting cast: Glenn Strange (Bartender/Fiddle player “Sam” Noonan), Ted Jordan (Freight agent “Nathan” Burke), Woodrow Chambliss (Woody Lathrop), James Nusser (wino “Louie” Pheeters).

    As usual, the strength of season 12 is the colorful guest actors that add weight to the story: see Claude Akins (2), John Anderson, Ed Asner, Timothy Carey, James Daly, Bette Davis, Jim Davis, Bruce Dern, Victor French, Steve Ihnat (2), John Ireland, Ben Johnson, Martin Landau, Darren McGavin, Stephen McNally, Diana Muldaur, Lois Nettleton, Warren Oates, Carroll O’Connor, Albert Salmi, John Saxon, William Shatner, Tom Skerritt (2), Michael Strong, Dub Taylor (3), Torin Thatcher, Jon Voight, Fritz Weaver, Morgan Woodward (2). For the record, three actors are part of director Sam Peckinpah’s team: Ben Johnson, Warren Oates, Dub Taylor.

    THE DVD SETS
    The prints are restored and look wonderful. Anyway, the logo and the title credits are blury during the opening titles. In each episode and at the end of the first set of end credits, a voice-over announcer introduces the next week trailer. It features a selection of separated from the episodes and unrestored next week trailers and, also, English subtitles.

  65. JohnHopper

    Well, let’s continue our exploration of Gunsmoke! I come out of The Long Branch and walk down the streets of Dodge City and my next stop is… season 12. The series goes in color in the 1966-1967 period and was spoofed in a Wild Wild West episode entitled “The Night of the Surreal McCoy” (season 2) in which agent James West travels through a painting of a small town and faces a gunslinger in a street (actually, agent Artemus Gordon, disguised as a pistolero)—shot in the vein of the series showdown title sequence.

    “It's the Wild Wild West, for a showdown, with adventure,” said the announcer in the CBS promo.

    James West spoofing Matt Dillon!
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  66. Find the new line of Gunsmoke during season 12.

    1. The New Showdown Main Titles

    Matt Dillon’s handgun and Matt Dillon faces a gunslinger.
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    Matt Dillon’s face and the first use of the series logo.

    2. The New Opening Titles

    The second use of the series logo.
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    The first credits for James Arness.

    3. The New End Titles

    Matt Dillon’s handgun used a background for the producer credits.

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  67. GUNSMOKE SEASON 12

    Episode #1
    “Snap Decision”
    written by Richard Carr
    directed by Mark Rydell
    music by Richard Shores
    guests: Claude Akins, Michael Strong, Michael Cole, Sam Gilman, Hank Patterson, Orville Sherman

    After the accidental killing of a former friend turned outlaw named Ray Gilcher (actor Sam Gilman), feeling tired and guilty Matt Dillon takes a room at the Dodge House and announces his resignation to Hays City Marshal Clint Tucker (actor Claude Akins) and Festus. At the funeral of Gilcher, Dillon meets Kipp (actor Michael Cole), the son of the deceased one. Later on, bounty hunter Shaver (actor Michael Strong) stops to town and gets acquainted with Kipp. We learn that the so-called son is a fraud and a poker player willing to get a gold watch he used to loose and teams up with Shaver to corner a wanted criminal at the Long Branch.

    It’s an adequate but un-inspired twisted bounty hunter entry about guilt and deceit. The high point is the performance of actor Michael Strong depicting a lousy and manipulative bounty hunter. The main drawback is the flat cinematography and the over-lit look that contrasts sharply with the previous monochrome season 11. The resignation gimmick was also done on Rawhide with trail boss Gil Favor. Composer Richard Shores also works on The Wild Wild West.

    Actor Claude Akins returns from the season 10 “Bad Lady from Brookline”.

    End credits for CBS composer Richard Shores.
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  68. GUNSMOKE SEASON 12

    Episode #2
    “The Goldtakers”
    written by Clyde Ware
    directed by Vincent McEveety
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: Martin Landau, Roy Jenson, Brad Weston, William Bramley, John Boyer, Woody Chambliss, Charles Wagenheim, Ted Jordan, Charles Francisco, Michael Greene, Denver Pyle

    “Full cooperation. Yeah, I’m not sure that includes commandeering a man’s place of business. I know it doesn’t include beating up on a town citizen.”
    —Marshall Matt Dillon

    After the elimination of a military division, a band of outlaws led by Britton (actor Martin Landau) steals an unusable gold shipment and decides to pose as blue coat soldiers to melt and separate the gold at Dodge City. Matt Dillon leaves town to go fishing with a friend named Caleb Nash (actor Denver Pyle). Pretending to follow a set of rules, Britton posing as Captain Freeman asks the authorization to Thad to use the blacksmith’s shop for making a new rapid-fire weapon but, at the Long Branch, owner Jake Stuck (actor William Bramley) refuses cold because of property reasons and ends up in a cell. Meanwhile Matt Dillon has a good and lazy time at the creek. Britton launches the melting process at the blacksmith but his men get impatient, especially his second Troy (actor Roy Jenson). Things don’t go smoothly and easy as planned …

    It’s a top-tier entry and a fine intruder/imposter episode in the line of the season 11 “Seven Hours to Dawn” (also written by Clyde Ware and directed by Vincent McEveety) in terms of grand scheme and thanks to the cunning and greedy leader character named Britton played by actor Martin Landau who manipulates two main characters: Festus and Matt Dillon. In a way, actor Martin Landau did a Rollin Hand job because, at that time, he was currently working on Mission: Impossible but, in 1965, he also played a devious military (General Grimm) in the subversive putschist episode of The Wild Wild West entitled “The Night of the Red-Eyed Madmen” (directed by Irving J. Moore). Oddly enough, part of the plot of melting gold foreshadows a season 3 episode of Mission: Impossible entitled “The Mercenaries”.

    Basically, the story is divided in four parts: Britton coming to Dodge City, Matt Dillon fishing in the countryside, locked up Jake Stuck yelling in his cell, Matt Dillon is held prisoner. One swift violent scene sums-up very well the duplicity of the outlaws and corrupted power: a farmer stops his buggy next to the blacksmith’s shop and then receives a severe beating-up by the two phony sentries! Don’t miss the grand finalé that sees two sides facing each other as in The Wild Bunch! They should have opened up the season with that smashing one. My only complaint is how a savage outlaw like Britton can turn into a disciplined man so quickly, including the use of government documents! After “Snap Decision”, Matt Dillon changes again his habit and deserts his duty. Find a good ominous score by Leon Klatzkin which is tracked in the season 3 episode of The Wild Wild West entitled “The Night of the Arrow”: an episode that is also about blue soldiers imposters—what a funny coincidence!

    Actor Martin Landau returns from the season 4 “The Patsy” and appears as a guest on many western series (see The Big Valley, Bonanza, Branded, Lawman, Maverick, The Rifleman, Rawhide, Tate, Wanted: Dead or Alive, The Wild Wild West, to name a selection) and was a good friend of Silver Age film star Steve McQueen (see his western output: Trackdown, Wanted: Dead or Alive, The Magnificent Seven, Nevada Smith, Junior Bonner, Tom Horn). Actor William Bramley (“My Father’s Guitar”) and Denver Pyle (“By Line”) all return from season 11.

    End credits for CBS composer Leon Klatzkin.
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  69. JohnHopper

    GUNSMOKE SEASON 12

    Episode #2
    “The Goldtakers”
    written by Clyde Ware
    directed by Vincent McEveety
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: Martin Landau, Roy Jenson, Brad Weston, William Bramley, John Boyer, Woody Chambliss, Charles Wagenheim, Ted Jordan, Charles Francisco, Michael Greene, Denver Pyle

    Britton (actor Martin Landau) posing as Captain Freeman.
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  70. JohnHopper

    GUNSMOKE SEASON 12

    Episode #2
    “The Goldtakers”
    written by Clyde Ware
    directed by Vincent McEveety
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: Martin Landau, Roy Jenson, Brad Weston, William Bramley, John Boyer, Woody Chambliss, Charles Wagenheim, Ted Jordan, Charles Francisco, Michael Greene, Denver Pyle

    Britton (actor Martin Landau) posing as Captain Freeman.
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  71. JohnHopper

    Well, let’s continue our exploration of Gunsmoke! I come out of The Long Branch and walk down the streets of Dodge City and my next stop is… season 12. The series goes in color in the 1966-1967 period and was spoofed in a Wild Wild West episode entitled “The Night of the Surreal McCoy” (season 2) in which agent James West travels through a painting of a small town and faces a gunslinger in a street (actually, agent Artemus Gordon, disguised as a pistolero)—shot in the vein of the series showdown title sequence.

    GUNSMOKE • SEASON 12 (1966-1967) (29 episodes • 50 mins • color)
    The transition to color is quite a shock for those who experience the show in monochrome and keep in mind that the same process occurs for The Wild Wild West. At first, the colors look too bright, the light lacks of contrast and the sets are so unreal and stories soften and simplify but, as time passes, you get used to the change. One more thing about color, it allows to discover that two of the leads are redhead: Matt Dillon and Miss Kitty. The stories continue to be engaging enough with a blatant emphasis on psychological dramas during the first half of the season and then we resume to edgy tales. Unlike season 10 and 11 with a soundstage, the showdown title sequence is renewed and shot in a back lot as in the old days. The producers supervise less episodes than previously: 29 instead of 32.

    This season sees more or less the same big writers like Calvin Clements, Paul Savage, Hal Sitowitz, Clyde Ware and the same directors like Vincent McEveety and Mark Rydell but also some new ones like Richard Colla, Rawhide producer Bernard Kowalski, Irving J. Moore, Charles Rondeau. For the record, Irving J. Moore was a major asset on The Wild Wild West and directed twenty six episodes from that peculiar series.

    The opening and end theme music are renewed. Among other things, CBS musical director and composer Morton Stevens continues to contribute with four scores: “The Jailer”, “Moonstone”, “Muley”, “Ladies from St. Louis”. Apart from Morton Stevens, this season features four Wild Wild West composers: Harry Geller for “Mad Dog”, newcomer Jack Pleis for “Noose of Gold”, Richard Shores for “Snap Decision” and Fred Steiner for “The Mission”. As in season 11, the most prolific composer remains: Leon Klatzkin with a total of eight onscreen credits but not eight original scores, by the way. Leon Klatzkin’s music is dominant and is also tracked on The Wild Wild West. And, above all, one score is provided by Silver Age artists Ernest Gold (“Gunfighter R.I.P”) and Jerry Goldsmith (“Whispering Tree”).

    PRODUCTION TEAM
    producer: John Mantley
    executive producer: Philip Leacock
    story consultant: Paul Savage
    director of photography: Harry Stradling, Jr.

    The team remains the same except that Mantley and Leacock switch positions. Harry Stradling, Jr. still dominates the season but has got two occasional replacements. Working on the last season of Rawhide, cinematographer Neal Beckner shoots four episodes (“Gunfighter R.I.P”, “Moonstone”, “Champion of the World”, “Muley”) and maverick Charles F. Wheeler shoots one (“The Lure”).

    CAST OF CHARACTERS
    regular cast: James Arness (US Marshal Matthew “Matt” Dillon), Ken Curtis (Marshal assistant “Festus” Haggen), Milburn Stone (“Doc” Adams), Amanda Blake (Miss “Kitty” Russell), Roger Ewing (Deputy Thaddeus “Thad” Greenwood).

    The semi regular Thad gets his picture medaillon credits during the opening titles along with the four leads.

    supporting cast: Glenn Strange (Bartender/Fiddle player “Sam” Noonan), Ted Jordan (Freight agent “Nathan” Burke), Woodrow Chambliss (Woody Lathrop), James Nusser (wino “Louie” Pheeters).

    As usual, the strength of season 12 is the colorful guest actors that add weight to the story: see Claude Akins (2), John Anderson, Ed Asner, Timothy Carey, James Daly, Bette Davis, Jim Davis, Bruce Dern, Victor French, Steve Ihnat (2), John Ireland, Ben Johnson, Martin Landau, Darren McGavin, Stephen McNally, Diana Muldaur, Lois Nettleton, Warren Oates, Carroll O’Connor, Albert Salmi, John Saxon, William Shatner, Tom Skerritt (2), Michael Strong, Dub Taylor (3), Torin Thatcher, Jon Voight, Fritz Weaver, Morgan Woodward (2). For the record, three actors are part of director Sam Peckinpah’s team: Ben Johnson, Warren Oates, Dub Taylor.

    THE DVD SETS
    The prints are restored and look wonderful. Anyway, the logo and the title credits are blury during the opening titles. In each episode and at the end of the first set of end credits, a voice-over announcer introduces the next week trailer. It features a selection of separated from the episodes and unrestored next week trailers and, also, English subtitles.

    Nice overview, John! Looking forward to reading your thoughts on season 12. Judging by the screen captures above, the show looks purty darn good in color…

    Head 'em up, move 'em on! Oops…wrong show. 😉

  72. Jeff Flugel

    Nice overview, John! Looking forward to reading your thoughts on season 12. Judging by the screen captures above, the show looks purty darn good in color…

    Head 'em up, move 'em on! Oops…wrong show. 😉

    Thank you, Deputy! I'm glad you enjoy it. “The Goldtakers” is one of the two masterpieces from season 12.

  73. GUNSMOKE SEASON 12

    Episode #3
    “The Jailer”
    written by Hal Sitowitz
    directed by Vincent McEveety
    music by Morton Stevens
    guests: Bette Davis, Bruce Dern, Robert Sorrells, Zalman King, Tom Skerritt, Julie Sommars

    Just released from the penitentiary after a six years sentence, Lou, Jack and Mike—three Stone brothers—abduct Miss Kitty after closing time at the Long Branch. The mind behind this plot is old and bitter Etta Stone willing to avenge her late husband by forcing Matt Dillon going to see Miss Kitty at her house and then locking him up in the tack room and preparing him for the hanging. Festus, Thad and Doc worry about the absence of their friends. Two sons separatly try to negociate with the prisoners for their releases. Unfortunately, Jack Stone and Miss Kitty get caught by Etta and her two sons in the barn. Later on, Lou Stone discovers that his wife cheats him with his brother Ben. The big payback eventually arrives …

    It’s a real good and weird abduction/revenge drama paired with the subtheme of the cheating wife and supported by the refined score of Morton Stevens and the quality of the overall cast. The character of Etta Stone belongs to the horror anthology Thriller. It loosely reminds the season 11 “The Avengers” in which Miss Kitty and Festus are abducted and judged. The Stone family consists of: Golden Age star Bette Davis as Etta, Bruce Dern as Lou, Robert Sorrells as Mike, Zalman King as Jack, Tom Skerritt as Ben, Julie Sommars as Sara. By sheer coincidence, both Tom Skerritt and Julie Sommars appear as a couple in the season 11 “The Pretender” and Bruce Dern and Zalma King as hired guns in “Ten Little Indians”. After Richard Shores, this is the second composer working on The Wild Wild West.

    Actors Bruce Dern (“Ten Little Indians”, “South Wind”), Robert Sorrells (“Clayton Thaddeus Greenwood”, “Malachi”), Zalman King (“Ten Little Indians”, “My Father, My Son”), Tom Skerritt (“The Pretender”), Julie Sommars (“The Pretender”) all return from season 11.

    End credits for CBS composer Morton Stevens.
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  74. JohnHopper

    Just released from the penitentiary after a six years sentence, Lou, Jack and Mike—three Stone brothers—abduct Miss Kitty after closing time at the Long Branch.

    Interesting– a bad Mike Stone on that CBS Western, before the good Mike Stone (the late, great Karl Malden) on The Streets of San Francisco on ABC!

  75. GUNSMOKE SEASON 12

    Episode #4
    “The Mission”
    written by Richard Carr
    directed by Mark Rydell
    music by Fred Steiner
    guests: Robert Random, Steve Ihnat, Warren Oates, Robert F. Simon, Arch Johnson, Jim Davis, Rafael Campos, Robert Tafur, Ruben Moreno, Michael Abelar, Bert Madrid

    Riding with two extra horses, Matt Dillon heads to the prison of Monterrey, Mexico, to get an American convict wanted for murder named Jim Basset (actor Jim Davis) and bumps into two banditos and a young saddle bum carrying a rebel cap named Reb Jessup (actor Robert Random)—the son of an old Confederate Colonel—that make the two outlaws flee. At the cantina of Santa Rosa, two renegades named Ashe (actor Steve Ihnat) and Laffe (actor Warren Oates) wait for Jessup and, later on, beat up and rob Matt Dillon. Ashe poses as the marshal to free Jim Basset and uses him to commit felonies. Matt Dillon recovers consciousness at the house of two confederate partisans who hold him prisoner because of his legal status but he eventually manages to escape from and goes after the four outlaws.

    It’s an exciting solo Matt Dillon entry, a wild outlaws adventure paired with a critical look on the conferederate cause. The bandit performances of two actors shine: Steve Ihnat as Ashe and Warren Oates as Lafe—Steve Ihnat is as unbridled as in the season 11 “My Father’s Guitar”. At the cantina, actor Warren Oates performs a song at the guitar. After Richard Shores and Morton Stevens, this is the third composer working on The Wild Wild West.

    Actors Rafael Campos (“Ten Little Indians”), Jim Davis (“The Raid”, “Treasure of John Walking Fox”), Steve Ihnat (“My Father’s Guitar”), Warren Oates (“Ten Little Indians”), Robert Random (“South Wind”, “Sweet Billy, Singer of Songs”) all return from season 11. Actors Arch Johnson (“Hammerhead”) and Robert F. Simon (“Song for Dying”) all return from season 10.

    End credits for CBS composer Fred Steiner.
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  76. John, you are doing a great job highlighting these color episodes. I was 12 or 13 when I was introduced to Gunsmoke (1969-1970). I believe that it opened the CBS Monday network broadcast night. Always enjoyed the one-two punch of Gunsmoke and Here's Lucy. As you may have gathered elsewhere, I have slowly been making my way through the three massive Gunsmoke all in ones found in WalMart (3 compilations so far – Season 1-4, Seasons 5-7 and Seasons 8-9). These sets have been at a better price point for me and I have just about learned how to remove the discs from them :D.

    I have been able to covince my wife that Gunsmoke was a pretty good show (even if b/w). She just doesn't care for Chester and is waiting for Festus to arrive. I am looking forward to seeing the hour long episodes that begin with season 7. I have been amazed by the variety of forbidden topics that seem to be just under the surface for a mid 50's series. Seems that television may have been a bit more adult than I was lead to believe. I am really developing a fondness for these characters now that I didn't have during my teens.

    Having these episodes at my fingers is still something I find incredible. Such an enjoyable hobby for someone who spent many hours as a child in front of the tube. I am still amazed that three networks produced so many great series.

  77. Doug Wallen

    John, you are doing a great job highlighting these color episodes.

    Thank you, Doug!

    Oddly enough, I discovered the series in 2007 when the first season DVD was offered and it didn't ring any bell. I passed by.
    It is through its music scores that I get interested in seriously watching the show but from the Festus era only.
    I used to order 4 seasons of the series in the last five months: season 10, 11, 12, 13.

    I understand your wife concerning Festus who is the 'country' equivalent of Artemus Gordon from The Wild Wild West
    as a colorful figure and he appears mid-season 9 as a regular character (episode 16, “Prairie Wolfer”).
    He had a one-shot introduction during season 8 (episode 13, “Us Haggens”).

    Prior to his Festus character, actor Ken Curtis guests in as a new character in
    "Jayhawkers" and "Change of Heart" (season 4)
    "The Ex-Urbanites" and "Speak Me Fair" (season 5)
    "Lover Boy" (season 9)

  78. GUNSMOKE SEASON 12

    Episode #5
    “The Good People”
    written by James Landis
    directed by Robert Totten
    music supervision by Morton Stevens
    guests: Morgan Woodward, Tom Simcox, Allen Case, Steve Gravers, Charles Wagenheim, Kelton Garwood, Ted Jordan, Woody Chambliss, Clyde Howdy, Frederic Downs, James O’Hara, Shug Fisher

    Three cattlemen from the Rucker family hunt down rustlers moving a heard and hang one innocent drover named Jed Bailey (actor Steve Gravers). An old bounty hunter and now saddle tramp named Silas Shute (actor Shug Fisher) picks up the body of the hanged man believing he’s wanted criminal Jake Daniels and brings it back to Dodge City to get a reward and ends up in a cell for murder charge. The Rucker’s have already removed the rope from the tree and let accuse the bum. But Matt Dillon has a hunch …

    It’s a fair and bitter-sweet entry that combines Film Noir, court-room intrigue, existential family drama about the theme of guilt. The cast for the Rucker’s consists of: Morgan Woodward as Ben, Tom Simcox as the adopted Seth, Allen Case as Gabe. As in the season 11 “The Pretender”, actor Tom Simcox plays again a troubled character with a conscience. The undertaker character of Percy Crump returns from season 11. The courtroom takes place at the Dodge House. Features cues from Katzkin’s “The Goldtakers” during the prologue.

    Actors Morgan Woodward (“Seven Hours to Dawn”, “Taps for Old Jeb”), Tom Simcox (“The Pretender”), Steve Gravers (“Deathwatch”), Kelton Garwood (“Treasure of John Walking Fox” and “Parson Comes to Town”) all returns from season 11. Actor Allen Case returns from the season 9 “The Promoter”.

    End credits for Morton Stevens as a music supervisor.
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  79. GUNSMOKE SEASON 12

    Episode #6
    “Gunfighter R.I.P”
    written by Hal Sitowitz
    story by Michael Fisher
    directed by Mark Rydell
    cinematography by Neal M. Beckner
    music by Ernest Gold
    guests: Darren McGavin, Stefan Gierasch, Michael Conrad, France Nuyen, Don Hanmer, H.T. Tsiang, Allen Emerson

    Professional killer Joe Bascome (actor Darren McGavin) stops in a small town to get a bath and to meet later Paul (actor Michael Conrad) and Mark (actor Stefan Gierasch)—the Douglas brothers—offering $1000 to eliminate Matt Dillon. At the exit of the shaving parlor, he gets mixed up in a feud between three saddle bums and two Chinese people working in a laundry house. In the very end, Bascome is wounded in the leg and in the shoulder, the antogonists are dead as well as the old Chinese man and his daughter Ching Lee (actress France Nuyen) takes care of Bascome by looking for Doc at Dodge City. Time passes and the Douglas brothers remind Bascome his contract but he is also in love with Ching Lee. Things take another turn at Dodge City …

    It’s an intimistic drama and a character study focused on a proud hired killer that humanize himself at his own risk. That kind of story rather fits the Seventies series Kung Fu. As usual, actor Darren McGavin shines! Nuff said… Features some stock music. It’s one of the rare season 12 episodes shot by DP Neal M. Beckner who used to work on the last season of Rawhide.

    Actors Darren McGavin (“The Hostage”), France Nuyen (“Honor Before Justice”), Michael Conrad (“The Raid”) all return from season 11.

    End credits for CBS composer Ernest Gold.
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  80. JohnHopper

    GUNSMOKE SEASON 12

    Episode #6
    “Gunfighter R.I.P”
    written by Hal Sitowitz
    story by Michael Fisher
    directed by Mark Rydell
    cinematography by Neal M. Beckner
    music by Ernest Gold
    guests: Darren McGavin, Stefan Gierasch, Michael Conrad, France Nuyen, Don Hanmer, H.T. Tsiang, Allen Emerson

    Professional killer Joe Bascome (actor Darren McGavin) stops in a small town to get a bath and to meet later Paul (actor Michael Conrad) and Mark (actor Stefan Gierasch)—the Douglas brothers—offering $1000 to eliminate Matt Dillon. At the exit of the shaving parlor, he gets mixed up in a feud between three saddle bums and two Chinese people working in a laundry house. In the very end, Bascome is wounded in the leg and in the shoulder, the antogonists are dead as well as the old Chinese man and his daughter Ching Lee (actress France Nuyen) takes care of Bascome by looking for Doc at Dodge City. Time passes and the Douglas brothers remind Bascome his contract but he is also in love with Ching Lee. Things take another turn at Dodge City …

    It’s an intimistic drama and a character study focused on a proud hired killer that humanize himself at his own risk. That kind of story rather fits the Seventies series Kung Fu. As usual, actor Darren McGavin shines! Nuff said… Features some stock music. It’s one of the rare season 12 episodes shot by DP Neal M. Beckner who used to work on the last season of Rawhide.

    Actors Darren McGavin (“The Hostage”), France Nuyen (“Honor Before Justice”), Michael Conrad (“The Raid”) all return from season 11.

    Actor Darren McGavin as professional killer Joe Bascome.
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  81. Doug Wallen

    Having these episodes at my fingers is still something I find incredible. Such an enjoyable hobby for someone who spent many hours as a child in front of the tube. I am still amazed that three networks produced so many great series.

    Boy, ain't that the truth! So many great, iconic shows produced by only a few networks. The same is true for the U.K. during the same period (1950s through the 1970s)…essentially only 2 main channels, but so much good content. And now that a large portion of these great shows are out on DVD, for us to savor at our leisure…well, it doesn't get much better than that, for a classic TV fan!

    JohnHopper

    Actor Darren McGavin as professional killer Joe Bascome.
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    Love me some Darrin McGavin! You got me curious about the above episode, John! McGavin is looking lean and mean in those screencaps, too.

  82. Jeff Flugel

    Love me some Darrin McGavin! You got me curious about the above episode, John! McGavin is looking lean and mean in those screencaps, too.

    To be frank, he is not on his sarcastic Kolchak mode. He is straight as an arrow.

  83. GUNSMOKE SEASON 12

    Episode #7
    “The Wrong Man”
    written by Clyde Ware
    story by Robert Lewin
    directed by Robert Totten
    music by Irwin Kostal
    guests: Carroll O’Connor, James Almanzar, Mel Gaines, Gilman Rankin, Victor Izay, Terry Frost, Kevin O’Neal, Charles Kuenstle, Clifton James, James Anderson

    Extremely poor farmer Hootie Kyle (actor Carroll O’Connor) is denied any credits from the general store and decides to play poker to raise some money and pay his $100 debt back. After loosing the game and outside of Dodge City, Hootie Kyle rob $30 from the winner named Tenner (actor Clifton James) and has a fight. Later on, the other poker players led by Harmon (actor James Anderson) kill Tenner to get his cash. Hootie Kyle is falsely-accused of murder and ends up in a cell for his trial but his two young sons break him from the marshal’s office. The three Kyle’s head to Montana but Matt Dillon and his posse go after them while the real murderers bump into …

    It’s an average sinister social mysery episode not far away from John Ford’s The Grapes of Wrath. It’s another falsely-accused character after “The Good People”.

    Actor James Anderson returns from the season 11 “The Bounty Hunter”. The same year, actor Carroll O’Connor appears in one season 2 episode of The Wild Wild West entitled “The Night of the Ready-Made Corpse”.

    End credits for CBS composer Irwin Kostal.
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  84. GUNSMOKE SEASON 12

    Episode #8
    “Whispering Tree”
    written by Calvin Clements, Sr.
    directed by Vincent McEveety
    music by Jerry Goldsmith
    guests: John Saxon, Jacqueline Scott, Edward Asner, Morgan Woodward, Donald Losby, Christopher Pate, Rex Holman, Allen Jaffe, Roy Barcroft, Ted Jordan, Fred Coby, Kathleen O’Malley, Stephen McEveety, Lane Chandler

    Released from an eigth years sentence and delivered by two police men on horse to the stage station, farmer Virgil Stanley (actor John Saxon) meets his former partner Earl Miller (actor Morgan Woodward) to split his share of a $40,000 loot from a robbery. Arriving at Dodge City, Virgil Stanley joins his loving wife Ada (actress Jacqueline Scott) and his two young sons but one man still tracks him down: sheriff Jack Edmond (actor Edward Asner) who has an old grudge. Unfortunately his land has changed over the years and Virgil Stanley doesn’t recognize the hideout of the loot and his partner gets impatient and gives him an ultimatum.

    It’s a decent and sad family drama about greed paired with a mystery. The three partners of Virgil Stanley are: Earl Miller (actor Morgan Woodward), Garr (actor Rex Holman) and Ryan (actor Allen Jaffe). As in “The Jailer” (also directed by Vincent McEveety), the episode starts with the release of a convict. Notice the score by Jerry Goldsmith and one sad and pastoral cue heard when Virgil Stanley runs to join back his wife leaving on a wagon will be recycled on a season 2 episode of The Wild Wild West entitled “The Night of the Lord of Limbo”. Composer Jerry Goldsmith previously contributed to another CBS western series: Rawhide in “Incident in the Middle of Nowhere” (season 3).

    Actors Edward Asner (“Hung High”), Lane Chandler (“Chicken”), Donald Losby (“The Pariah”) all return from season 10.
    Western series-wise, actor Ed Asner will appear the next year on The Wild Wild West episode “The Night of the Amnesiac”.
    Actors Rex Holman (“Malachi”), Allen Jaffe (“Clayton Thaddeus Greenwood”), John Saxon (“The Avengers”) all return from season 11.
    Actors Jacqueline Scott from the season 9 “Kitty Cornered” and Morgan Woodward from this season “The Good People”.
    For the anecdote, actor Stephen McEveety is the nephew of director Vincent McEveety and plays the boy named Richard from the stagecoach.

    End credits for CBS composer Jerry Goldsmith.
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  85. GUNSMOKE SEASON 12

    Episode #9
    “The Well”
    written by Francis Cockrell
    directed by Marc Daniels
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: Joan Payne, Lawrence Casey, Elizabeth Rogers, Woody Chambliss, Charles Wagenheim, Ted Jordan, Ted Gehring, Karl Lukas, Pete Kellett, Robert Ballew, Madgel Dean, Guy Raymond

    All the water holes are contaminated in the vicinity of Dodge City and people start to die. One well remains in town and it is rationed by the authorities. The situation is hopeless. Out of the blue, travelling peddler Dr. Tobias (actor Guy Raymond) stop in town and fails to be lynched because he pretends to be a rain maker. Meanwhile Festus scouts the country to get some water supply. Matt Dillon uses Dr. Tobias to divert the people by performing an Indian ritual.

    It’s a little and engrossing survival episode that relies on the creation of ‘an end of the world’ atmosphere and another multi directional story: the basic plot is the lack of water paired with a peddler and the fate of deserter soldier Jim Libby (actor Lawrence Casey) returning home. Compromised water source used to be the trade mark story from Rawhide. The ominous score of Leon Klatzkin helps to sustain the dry atmosphere as in the season 11 “Death Watch”.

    Actor Ted Gehring returns from the season 11 “Treasure of John Walking Fox”.
    Actor Lawrence Casey is known for his part of Private Hitchcock in the WWII series The Rat Patrol.

  86. GUNSMOKE SEASON 12

    Episode #10
    “Stage Stop”
    written by Hal Sitowitz
    directed by Irving J. Moore
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: John Ireland, Jack Ging, Andy Albin, Anne Whitfield, Joseph Ruskin, Michael Vandever, Sid Haig, Steve Raines

    Travelling on a stagecoach, Doc and his blind patient/ex-lawman Simon Dobbs (actor Jack Ging) stop at a stage station where they meet the brutal and dubious owner named Jed Coombs (actor John Ireland) who treats his wife Lori (actress Anne Whitfield) badly and work with a band of outlaws led by Curt Hansen (actor Joseph Ruskin). Later on and on the road, the stagecoach is attacked by the same outlaws and they take refuge back to the stage station where they treat the wounded ones and the pregnant wife of Jed Coombs. The outlaws now head to the stage station to get the cashbox!

    It’s a good ruthless and gloomy solo Doc episode, a stage station melodrama and, ultimately, an unusual love affair and the first job of Wild Wild West director Irving J. Moore. The bandits consist of the Hansen’s brothers Curt (actor Joseph Ruskin) and Wade (actor Sid Haig) and maverick Lingo (actor Michael Vandever). For the anecdote, both actors John Ireland aka Jed Colby and Steve Raines aka Jim Quince used to be leading characters in Rawhide but, here, the first one is a crook and the second is a stage driver. For the record, actor Steve Raines previously appeared on Gunsmoke in some season 4 small parts with no credits: see “The F.U.” and “The Constable”.

    Actor Joseph Ruskin returns from the season 7 “The Gallows”, Michael Vandever from the season 11 “Seven Hours to Dawn” and “Gold Mine” and Anne Whitfield from the season 6 “Don Matteo”.

  87. GUNSMOKE SEASON 12

    Episode #11
    “The Newcomers”
    written by Calvin Clements, Sr.
    directed by Robert Totten
    music supervision by Morton Stevens
    guests: Karl Swenson, Jon Voight, Ben Wright, Robert Sorrells, Charles Dierkop, Daniel Ades, Larry Aten, John Pickard, James Murdock

    The Swedish Karlgren’s family—a father named Lars (actor Karl Swenson) and his naive son Petter (actor Jon Voight)—leave a small town while they witness the hanging of a shady hide trader led by a vigilante (actor John Pickard). Arriving at Dodge City, the Karlgren’s join one relative: barber Birger Engdahl (actor Ben Wright). Petter has an argument with a wild drover named Silvee (actor Charles Dierkop) and, later on, kills him by accident in the livery stable but one hidden eye witness named Bob Handley (actor Robert Sorrells) sees the deed and tries to blackmail the family.

    It’s a cynical Film Noir entry about guilt and lynching and a devious blackmailer. The performance of devilish Robert Sorrells is noteworthy. Writer Calvin Clements tackles again the theme of running away from responsibility as the season 11 “Killer at Large”. For the anecdote, actor James Murdock plays the regular character of Mushy on Rawhide and we see him as a wild and drunk drover during the first meeting with Silvee outside of the Long Branch.

    Actors Charles Dierkop (“My Father’s Guitar”), John Pickard (“Killer at Large”), Karl Swenson (“Harvest”) all return from season 11, Robert Sorrells from this season 12 “The Jailer” and Ben Wright from the season 9 “Father’s Love”.

    End credits for the music supervisor.
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  88. GUNSMOKE SEASON 12

    Episode #12
    “Quaker Girl”
    written by Preston Wood
    directed by Bernard L. Kowalski
    music by Leigh Harline
    guests: William Shatner, William Bryant, Ariane Quinn, Liam Sullivan, Warren Vanders, Ben Johnson, Timothy Carey, Tom Reese, Joseph Breen, Anna Karen, Nancy Marshall

    In the middle of the desert mountains, dying sheriff Wes Kester (actor William Bryant) asks Thad to look for and kill his prisoner robber Fred Bateman (actor William Shatner). Thad faces the vicious Bateman who first beats him up and tries to bribe him with money from a loot. After losing their horses, Bateman keeps on antagonizing naive Thad while crossing the desert. Bateman succeeds in reversing his social position but Thad reacts violently when a convoy of Quakers stop them. At Dodge City, Doc, Miss Kitty and Matt Dillon worry about Thad who carries $600. At the camp of the Quakers, the outlaw asserts that Thad is Fred Bateman to confuse the believers and he also poses as a righteous man and dresses as one of them. Thad gets along very well with a quaker girl named Cora Ellis (actress Ariane Quinn). Three saddle bums stop at the Quaker town and threatens them to get Fred Bateman and the loot!

    It’s a solo Thad episode, a good survival and imposter entry about the modern-day myth of the Devil through the figure of outlaw Fred Bateman who corrupts and twists the truth and keeps on laughing like a maniac and, as they say, the Devil even recites the Holy script! As in “The Goldtakers”, one outlaw poses as a disciplined man. As in “The Newcomers” with Petter Karlgren, the subtheme of innocence is tackled and the irony of the story is that naive Thad is considered as a devilish man by the Quakers. The cast of characters is really good and the cunning performance of William Shatner is noteworthy. This is the first job of Rawhide producer Bernard L. Kowalski and the film-making is inspired, especially the desert scenes. Rudy and Sam plays music for Miss Kitty at the Long Branch. The Quakers are played by Liam Sullivan, Ariane Quinn, Warren Vanders and the saddle bums are played by Ben Johnson, Timothy Carey as a Mexican bandito, Tom Reese. For the record, actor Ben Johnson is a recurring member of John Ford and Sam Peckinpah’s team.

    Actors Ariane Quinn (“Death Watch”), Tom Reese (“The Brothers”), Warren Vanders (“The Brothers”) all return from season 11. Actor William Bryant returns from the season 9 “Once a Haggen”, Timothy Carey from the season 3 “The Gentleman”, Ben Johnson from the season 8 “Quint-Cident”, Liam Sullivan from the season 2 “The Executioner”.

    End credits for CBS composer Leigh Harline.
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  89. GUNSMOKE SEASON 12

    Episode #13
    “Moonstone”
    written by Paul Savage
    directed by Richard A. Colla
    cinematography by Neal M. Beckner
    music by Morton Stevens
    guests: Mike Kellin, Ted Jordan, Fred Coby, Jeff Palmer, Tom Skerritt, Gail Kobe, Warren Kemmerling

    Pan shot up on a crow sitting at the top of a farm’s fence where Chad Timpson (actor Mike Kellin) ride to Dodge City with his simple-minded brother Orv (actor Tom Skerritt) meanwhile an outlaw calls for Chad and pins a wanted poster on the door of the barn. At the Long Branch, Chad talks to saloon girlfriend Madge Taber (actress Gail Kobe) when his brother gets mixed up in a feud with three drovers that is stopped by his intervention. Later on, Chad meets his old partner in crime Del Phillips (actor Warren J. Kemmerling) at the saloon and agrees for a showdown for the next day. Chad prepares his own funeral and manages a future for his brother but the final blow will come from his own kin …

    It’s a minor disappointed love affair episode about a man with a heavy conscience. It looks like a psychiatric family play done by Elia Kazan. It’s the second season 12 episode shot by DP Neal M. Beckner who used to work on the last season of Rawhide.

  90. GUNSMOKE SEASON 12

    Episode #14
    “Champion of the World”
    written by Les Crutchfield
    directed by Marc Daniels
    cinematography by Neal M. Beckner
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: Alan Hale, Don Keefer, Ted Jordan, Charles Wagenheim, Jane Dulo, Arthur Peterson, Ralph J. Rose, Pete Kellett, Troy Melton, Dan Tobin, John McLiam, Gale Robbins

    Retired boxer champion Bull Bonnick (actor Alan Hale) working in a cosy New York City bar decides to sell his business and heads to Dodge City to buy Miss Kitty’s Long Branch. Bonnick meets a cheap swindler nicknamed the professor (actor Dan Tobin) who bleeds his money to create doubtful and unfinished businesses. Matt Dillon orders Festus to watch the actions of the professor. One day, Bonnick meets the landlady (actress Jane Dulo) of his sordid hotel who tells him the truth about his partner so he eventually faces the man who fools him from the beginning and, worst, pretends to be his friend …

    It’s a modest comedic con man entry about the themes of the deceit and the fish out of the water that is filled up with fistfight scenes with Thad and Matt Dillon. To illustrate the cultural gap between Bonnick and the townspeople, barkeep Sam pours some Champagne to four regular Long Branch drunkards. Unlike “The Newcomers”, Dodge City has a new barber played by Don Keefer. It’s the third season 12 episode shot by DP Neal M. Beckner who used to work on the last season of Rawhide.

    Actor Alan Hale returns from the season 6 “Minnie” and Dan Tobin from the season 8 “Panacea Sykes”. For the record, Actor Alan Hale will guest in on the season 4 episode of The Wild Wild West entitled “The Night of the Sabatini Death”.

  91. I have finally finished all of the half hour episodes and have begun working on the hour long episodes. I normally detail thes in the classic tv thread, but since this is Gunsmoke, I wanted to at least place these two here. Hope that is OK. Initial impressions of Season 7.

    GunsmokeSeason 7
    Perce (7.1) Ed Nelson, Norma Crane, Ken Lynch. I generally like Ed Nelson and this episode continues that feeling. He was very convincing of a man who accepted the consequences of his choices and decided to change his ways. He aided Matt when necessary and seems ready to remain on the straight and narrow until he meets Ida (Norma Crane). She was also very convincing in her outspoken way that money/riches is the only thing that will turn her head. Perce was crushed when Ida wouldn't look at him as he was working at the stock yard. Her dismissal is the motivation for Perce's next actions. A very strong character driven episode to showcase the hour long format. Louie has always been a favorite bit player and he was given some very good moments in this episode. I did not enjoy Chester's solo scene with the alarm clock, to much of a sitcom trick and out of place.

    Old Yellow Boots (7.2) Warren Stevens, Joanne Linville, Bing Russell, Steve Brodie, Harry Dean Stanton, Dabbs Greer. A senseless killing to open the show and then we meet the players. A lonely prairie woman under her brother's thumb, a travelling murderer who is available as an escape and two travelling gunmen willing to do anything if the price is right. Interesting to see how a woman who is battered has time to make grand plans to inherit a farm. She is one massive manipulator. Every one who enters her orbit finds that she is toxic. Once again the extended time allows for stronger character moments and Louie is again the recipient of the extra time.

    I have enjoyed these first two episodes from season 7. I didn't start viewing Gunsmoke until the WWW was off the air (1969???). I was always more intrigued by Star Trek, Batman, Lost In Space, Dark Shadows, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Mission: Impossible, and The Prisoner rather than just plain old dramas. Sci-fi tech shows were more to my liking.

    I rmember that on Monday's, we were a CBS family so Gunsmoke it was. I thought Festus was funny, Doc was professional as well as ornery, Kitty had an unusual job for a primetime family viewing show and the hero routinely shot the bad guy (like the Rifleman, viewed in syndication). I guess Gunsmoke became appointment television since it seemed to be a family tradition. I have very fond memories of my entire family setting down and enjoying each new episode. Great memories; and these discs help recreate that feeling. I sure would like to be able to sit around the tv now and do that. So glad that these episodes have been remastered and look so good on a larger screen. Can't believe that I was so pleased when we moved up to a 25 inch color set from a 19 inch b/w set. I thought we had a movie screen in our home :D. My how technology has changed, but the memories are still there and can be relived.

  92. Doug Wallen

    I have finally finished all of the half hour episodes and have begun working on the hour long episodes. I normally detail thes in the classic tv thread, but since this is Gunsmoke, I wanted to at least place these two here. Hope that is OK. Initial impressions of Season 7.

    Thanks for your testimony.
    I never experienced the show back then. I discovered it through the DVD releases.
    I planned to dissect season 13 and I will return to season 10 and then continue from season 14.
    I mostly focus on the Leacock/Mantley years that start from season 10.

  93. GUNSMOKE SEASON 12

    Episode #15
    “The Hanging”
    written by Calvin Clements, Sr.
    story by Calvin Clements, Jr.
    directed by Bernard L. Kowalski
    music supervision by Morton Stevens
    guests: Tom Stern, Larry Ward, Robert Knapp, Morgan Woodward, Richard Bakalyan, Edmund Hashim, Byron Foulger, Kit Smythe, Henry ‘Delgado’ Darrow , Anna Navarro, Hank Patterson, Charles Wagenheim, Ted Jordan

    Escaped convict and hardened criminal Billy Boles (actor Tom Stern) enters a country house, guns down an old couple and gets some food when Matt Dillon, Festus and Thad eventually arrest him. This is carnival time in Dodge City, calliope music is all over and many dubious strangers pop-up. Dillon and his team bring back Boles to the office when Hays City citizen Preston (actor Larry Ward) fails to shoot down the prisoner to avenge his late wife. The Hays City judge sends a telegraph and orders to hang Billy Boles in Dodge City and Dillon needs a hangman when poor Mexican family father Oro (actor Henry Darrow) accepts the infamous job. Five accomplices of Boles plan to break him from his cell because they want their share of the loot. A female insider posing as his wife infiltrates the marshal’s office and learns the time of the execution: 4 A.M.

    It’s a rather good gallow episode that is served by Bernard L. Kowalski’s film-making. The script was written by the Clements family: Senior and Junior. The accomplices of Billy Boles consist of Robert Knapp as Warren, Kit Smythe as Ivy, Morgan Woodward as Beamont, Richard Bakalyan as Teems, Edmund Hashim as Saline. Find the third barber this season after “The Newcomers” and “Champion of the World”. Notice the same gypsy calliope player with a monkey straight from the season seven episode of Rawhide entitled “The Book”, also directed by Bernard L. Kowalski. For the anecdote, at the very end of the epilogue, CBS musical director Morton Stevens uses a quick comical cue that he also tracks on The Wild Wild West: see “The Night of the Big Blast”.

    Actor Edmund Hashim returns from the season 11 “The Brothers”, Robert Knapp from the season 9 “Kate Keller”, Larry Ward from the season 11 “Sanctuary”, Morgan Woodward from this season “The Good People” and “Whispering Tree”.

  94. GUNSMOKE SEASON 12

    Episode #16
    “Saturday Night”
    written by Clyde Ware
    directed by Robert Totten
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: Leif Erickson, William Watson, Victor French, Louis Massad, John Garwood, Al Dunlap, Link Harget, Clyde Howdy, Frederic Downs, Dub Taylor, James Almanzar, Lawrence Mann

    Thirsty Matt Dillon and his hardened prisoner Carl Craddock (actor William Watson) travel on foot and drink at a tiny poisoned water hole but without knowing it. Later on, they are rescued at the last minute by cattle men led by trail boss Virgil Powell (actor Leif Erickson) from Texas. One of the drovers with the new name of C.K. Ross (actor Victor French) knows the criminal from way back and makes a deal: getting half of a $6,000 loot against freedom. After a couple of days, Dillon and Craddock leave the drovers on horse. At night, the cattle drive stops at the Long Branch and has fun inside and outside. The drovers unwind completely and Dillon has to watch them. Ross uses a bunch of drunk drovers to break Craddock out of jail so that he kills Dillon but things go wrong …

    It is an entertaining and colorful rough sketch drama that starts out as a solo Matt Dillon adventure and turns into a wild cattle drive entry that is very Rawhide style. It’s also the flip side of the season 11 “Seven Hours to Dawn” (also written by Clyde Ware) because a band of intruders runs amok. DP Harry Stradling Jr. does a good job during the Expressionist prologue and the night scenes at Dodge City. Writer Clyde Ware unites all the elements that make an exciting episode but, in the end, none of the guest characters (the trail boss, the antagonizing criminal, the crooked drover) are fleshed out enough and the revengist subplot of Craddock is shallow and lasts a few minutes. I really like the prologue that has a survival edge to it because Dillon has to gun his horse down and rushes to an almost dry river bed. As in the previous “The Hanging”, find another hard convict episode waiting for his release. Matt Dillon works as a drover for trail boss Virgil Powell. Two drovers play the tune Camptown Races at the harmonica and the jaw harp at the camp. Actor Dub Taylor plays the drive’s cook and the harmonica player. At the Long Branch, Rudy and Sam and the cook play music and sing.

    Actor Victor French (“Wishbone” and “Prime of Life”) and Dub Taylor (“My Father’s Guitar”) all return from season 11.

  95. GUNSMOKE SEASON 12

    Episode #17
    “Mad Dog”
    written by Jay Simms
    directed by Charles R. Rondeau
    music by Harry Geller
    guests: George Murdock, Butch Patrick, Bert Madrid, George Lindsey, Sam Reese, Hoke Howell, Iggie Wolfington, Dub Taylor, Denver Pyle

    Heading to Bucklin to straighten a family matter out, Festus stops at an empty camp and discovers a dying man named Jim Travers (actor George Murdock), profession: gunfighter. Arriving at Bucklin, Festus is confused for the gunfighter and the mayor (actor Iggie Wolfington) replacing the sheriff hires Festus for $300 to protect him and kill the three Watson brothers. Later on and after refusing the deal, Festus is gunned down by one of the brothers and bitten by a “mad dog” with rabies. The local physician Dr. Henry Rand (actor Denver Pyle) tells Festus he has only ten days to live and Festus accepts the mayor’s contract. The mad dog pops-up at the American saloon so the fate of poor Festus takes another turn …

    It’s an amusing solo Festus adventure, a light entry about contagion and a case of mistaken identity owing to a fancy saddle. The Watson brothers are played by George Lindsey (Pinto), Sammy Reese (Buff), Hoke Howell (Roan). After Richard Shores and Morton Stevens and Fred Steiner, this is the fourth composer working on The Wild Wild West. During that season, both Stevens and Geller write together the score “The Night of the Returning Dead”.

    Actors Denver Pyle (“The Goldtakers”) and Dub Taylor (“Saturday Night”) both return from this season 12. For the anecdote, actor George Murdock appears the same year on a season 2 episode of The Wild Wild West entitled “The Night of the Feathered Fury” as Luther Coyle, one of Count Manzeppi’s accomplices.

    End credits for CBS composer Harry Geller.
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  96. GUNSMOKE SEASON 12

    Episode #18
    “Muley”
    written by Les Crutchfield
    directed by Allen Reisner
    cinematography by Neal M. Beckner
    music by Morton Stevens
    guests: Lane Bradbury, Zalman King, Anthony D. Call, Marc Cavell, Ross Hagen

    On his way to go up and see Doc, Matt Dillon gets shot from the rear by a stranger dressed as a Mexican with a beard. A posse led by Festus and Thad go after the murderer who removes his disguise near a lake and later bumps into the posse. The stranger named Muley Proddert (actor Zalman King) stops at the Long Branch to get a beer when saloon girl Lucky (actor Lane Bradbury) talks to him because she is attracted. The posse returns to Dodge City with nothing. The three gang members of Muley arrive in town and he must update and delay his bank robbery plan. Dillon has a hunch concerning Muley and stages a simulacrum.

    It’s an interesting and ambiguous outlaw love affair. The start of the episode is very good and reminds an espionage caper straight from The Wild Wild West, especially the season 3 “The Night of the Assassin” which will feature the same basic assassin prologue. The love affair takes over the initial plot. The Actor’s Studio acting of Zalman King reminds Paul Newman in Arthur Penn’s 1958 The Left Handed Gun. The best scene remains the discovery of Muley’s brother tombstone. The gang of Muley consists of Kay Cee (actor Ross Hagen), Pell (actor Anthony D. Call), Arky (actor Marc Cavell): Muley keeps on antagonizing Kay Cee. As in the season 11 “Seven Hours to Dawn”, Matt Dillon is shot down and presumed dead and Festus mentions a bogus gold shipment. It’s the fourth and final season 12 episode shot by DP Neal M. Beckner who used to work on the last season of Rawhide. Contains stock music.

    Actress Lane Bradbury returns from the season 11 “Outlaw’s Woman” and actor Zalman King from this season “The Jailer”.

  97. GUNSMOKE SEASON 12

    Episode #19
    “Mail Drop”
    written by Calvin Clements, Sr.
    directed by Robert Totten
    music supervision by Morton Stevens
    guests: Eddie Hodges, John Anderson, Woody Chambliss, Sarah Selby, James Nusser, Steve Raines, Ted French, Bing Russell

    A hidden stranger named Walsh (actor Bing Russell) stares at the stagecoach in which he sees a boy named Billy Johnson coming out who asks Festus and Dillon where to locate his trail boss father (actor John Anderson). A few minutes later, Dillon tells Festus that the father is a wanted criminal. At night, Dillon goes see trail boss Steve (actor Steve Raines) about Bill Roberts. At the marshal’s office, the boy discovers the wanted poster of his father and runs away and meets his father in his bedroom. Dillon picks up Johnson and goes look for the outfit along with Thad. Later on, the boy breaks out his father from the marshal’s office who receives a bullet in the back and joins his gang of rustlers. Festus uncracks the ring when the boy and his father ride out.

    It’s an average outlaw family drama that is the companion piece to the previous “Muley” in terms of intricate outlaw relationship.

    Actor John Anderson returns from the season 11 “Gold Mine” and “The Raid”, Ted French from the season 11 “Prime of Life”, Bing Russell from the season 10 “Chief Joseph” and Sarah Selby from the season 9 “The Kite”. After “Stage Stop”, this is the second season 12 appearance of Rawhide actor Steve Raines.

  98. JohnHopper

    Thanks for your testimony.
    I never experienced the show back then. I discovered it through the DVD releases.
    I planned to dissect season 13 and I will return to season 10 and then continue from season 14.
    I mostly focus on the Leacock/Mantley years that start from season 10.

    So to sum-up the Gunsmoke schedule:

    • Finishing season 12
    • Starting season 13
    • Going back to season 10
    • Fast forward to season 14
  99. GUNSMOKE SEASON 12

    Episode #20
    “Old Friend”
    written by Clyde Ware
    directed by Allen Reisner
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: Fritz Weaver, Delphi Lawrence, Valentin de Vargas, Carlos Rivas, David Renard, Lew Brown, James Chandler, Robert B. Williams, William Benedict, Joe Haworth, Kelton Garwood, Pete Dunn

    Returning home to Colton, Arizona, marshal Burl Masters (actor Fritz Weaver) discovers the destruction of the town and learns the death of his girlfriend Willa (actress Delphi Lawrence) by the Apache brothers and sees the angry population. Months later after tracking down the outlaws and at night, bitter and edgy Masters stops at the Long Branch and guns down Deak, an accomplice of the Apache brothers, and meets again his old friend: Matt Dillon. Henchman Fret Smith tells Apache brothers leader Cheeno about the death of Deak and sends Willa to trap Masters and Matt Dillon’s posse. Cheeno plans to raid the bank but Masters decides to do his own justice …

    It’s a real good diehard and eaten from the inside vigilante drama that is served by the uncompromising performance of Fritz Weaver playing a mad killing machine who shoots anybody that suprises and resists him. Features Leon Klatzkin’s atmospheric stock music that enhances the suspense. After “The Good People”, find the second appearance of undertaker Percy Crump. The Apache brothers consist of leader Cheeno (actor Valentin de Vargas), Boley (actor David Renard), Trail (actor Carlos Rivas) and henchman Fret Smith (actor Lew Brown). The interior set of the Apache brothers hideout is recycled from “Champion of the World”.

    Actor Lew Brown returns from the season 10 “The New Society”.

  100. GUNSMOKE SEASON 12

    Episode #21
    “Fandango”
    written by Don Ingalls
    directed by James Landis
    music supervision by Morton Stevens
    guests: Mario Alcalde, Diana Muldaur, Torin Thatcher, Joe Higgins, Walter Baldwin, Fletcher Bryant, Paul Fix, Shug Fisher

    Crossing the wilderness, Matt Dillon sees Mexican wanted criminal and ex-farmer Lorca (actor Mario Alcalde) that he shoots down and forces him to travel to Dodge City for his trial. Lorca is not only wanted by the law but by Australian sheep proprietor John Tyson (actor Torin Thatcher) on his way to avenge. After facing a sheepmen posse and killing Ben Tyson (actor Fletcher Bryant), they stop at the local doctor named Lacey (actor Paul Fix) from a little town owned by the Tyson’s in order to heal the injured arm of the prisoner. Laurel (actress Diana Muldaur), the daughter of John Tyson, provides them horses so that she can follow them and runs away from her tyranical father. Ruthless John Tyson punishes or kills on sight everybody who helps the fugitives and meets them at a train station for the grand finalé!

    It’s a raw and nihilistic solo Matt Dillon adventure and a survival entry paired with the dilemma of a daughter from an Australian family of sheep farmer. The writing is too rushed and the story is filled with un-necessary minor characters (the doctor, the sheep keeper) that don’t move the intrigue and, above all, the main guests are not engrossing enough. The beginning of Act 1 reminds the prologue from “Saturday Night”, meaning the search for a water hole.

    Actor Shug Fisher returns from this season “The Good People” and Paul Fix from the season 11 “Clayton Thaddeus Greenwood”.

  101. Just finished disc 2 of Season 7. I am really enjoying these 1 hour episodes. I have not seen much evidence of extensive padding.

    All That (7.5) John Larch, Buddy Ebsen, Guy Raymond, Harry Lauter, Frances Helm, Gage Clarke. Something I have never seen before, John Larch as a sympathetic character. He was under makeup and had grayer hair than normal to make him appear as someone in his 6o's whose life was going nowhere. He couldn't sell cattle, his lease was due and his wife left him. He goes to Colorado and spends at least a year searching for gold. He meets Buddy Ebsen and plots his revenge against his bad luck by deceit. A serio-comic tale where you root for Larch's character. I really enjoyed this one.

    Long, Long Trail (7.6) Barbara Lord, Mabel Albertson, Alan Baxter, Robert Dix. Sarah comes to Dodge looking for passage to Fort Wilson. She is informed that there is no safe way to the fort. She is determined to go there to be with her fiance. She sets out following Matt. They end up travelling together and this becomes a restrained love story. Matt remains honorable and they are faced with many obstacles; prairie fires, Indian attacks, Matt being wounded and a helpful farmer who then is looking for a little something extra. Strong story with the inevitable outcome.

    The Squaw (7.7) John Dehner, Paul Carr, Vitina Marcus, Bob Hastings, Bill Erwin. A widower enjoys women while his straitlaced son wishes his father would act respectably. Dad marries to please his son, only he marries an Arapaho. The son is soon faced with ridicule in town, resorts to wearing a gun and still wishes his father would get rid of the "squaw". Tension builds to an explosive and cutting climax. Nobody wins in this well told tale.

    Chesterland (7.8) Sondra Blake, Earle Hodgins, Sarah Selby. Chester is in love and leaves the Marshall's office to purchase some farmlandand become a farmer. The land is more difficult than Chester imagined and he resorts to building a dugout for Miss Daisy. He proposes on their first date and she states she only came west to find a husband. Chester ignores the warning sign and goes ahead making plans without keeping Daisy updated. Chester's dugout is flooded and he turns the water well into a money making venture. He sends Daisy to Dodge with the money. The well has an issue and Chester goes to the bank to withdraw money for a repair and gets bad news. Dennis Weaver is on a roll with his portrayal of Chester, from his giddy "ups" after his first date to the almost tearful tag. Excellent work.

    Looking forward to my next visit with the fine folks of Dodge.

  102. 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”.

  103. GUNSMOKE SEASON 12

    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.

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  104. GUNSMOKE SEASON 12

    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”.

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  105. GUNSMOKE SEASON 12

    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.

  106. GUNSMOKE SEASON 12

    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.

  107. 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.

  108. GUNSMOKE SEASON 12

    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 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).

    Star Trek – Finding Love In the Wild West

  109. GUNSMOKE SEASON 12

    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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    GUNSMOKE SEASON 12

    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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  111. TOP GUNSMOKE SEASON 12 EPISODES
    “The Goldtakers”
    “Nitro!”
    “The Jailer”
    “The Mission”
    “Whispering Tree”
    “Stage Stop”
    “Quaker Girl”
    “The Hanging”
    “Saturday Night”
    “Muley”
    “Old Friend”
    “Noose of Gold”
    “The Favor”

    “Mistaken Identity”

  112. GUNSMOKE SEASON 12THE SCORES

    INDEX OF COMPOSERS ONSCREEN CREDITS

    Harry Geller
    “Mad Dog”

    Ernest Gold
    “Gunfighter R.I.P”

    Jerry Goldsmith
    “Whispering Tree”

    Leigh Harline
    “Quaker Girl”

    Leon Klatzkin (8)
    “The Goldtakers”
    “The Well”
    “Stage Stop”
    “Champion of the World”
    “Saturday Night”
    “Old Friend”
    “Mistaken Identity”
    “Nitro, Part 1”

    Irwin Kostal
    “The Wrong Man”

    Jack Pleis
    “Noose of Gold”

    Richard Shores
    “Snap Decision”

    Philip Springer
    “The Lure”

    Fred Steiner
    “The Mission”

    Morton Stevens (4)
    “The Jailer”
    “Moonstone”
    “Muley”
    “Ladies from St. Louis”

    Notes
    As the previous season 11, we see the generic credits of music supervision by Morton Stevens.
    As in season 11 and despite his huge list of onscreen credits, Leon Klatzkin just writes a handful of original scores.

    music supervision Morton Stevens (7)
    “The Good People”
    “The Newcomers”
    “The Hanging”
    “Mail Drop”
    “Fandango”
    “The Returning”
    “The Favor”

  113. Well, let’s continue our exploration of Gunsmoke! I come out of The Long Branch and walk down the streets of Dodge City and my next stop is… season 13 and as Matt Dillon used to say to his opponents: “Hold it right there”. The series is rescued from cancellation owing to low ratings by the wife of CBS’ president who gives it a second chance. You’re watching now the reboot of Gunsmoke! The same year, a brand new western series with a marshal starts on CBS: Cimarron Strip, done by former Gunsmoke crew members and similar actors. Cimarron Strip was so big that you find some crumbs (sets and music) in The Wild Wild West.

    GUNSMOKE • SEASON 13 (1967-1968) (25 episodes • 50 mins • color)
    This season is the template for the remaining seasons. The show moves forward and the texture is grittier than previously and, now, the episode title—set in a white ornamental slab serif with median spurs—appears at the end of the provocative prologue which is a novelty. Moreover, a lot of stories focus on the outraged townspeople. The producers supervise less episodes than previously: 25 instead of 29. Fashion-wise, actor James Arness tends to wear a light grey tweed jacket for great events: see “The Wreckers”, “Vengeance”, “Baker’s Dozen”, “The Jackals”.

    Find some interesting directors like Vincent McEveety and his brother Bernard McEveety, Irving J. Moore, Richard Sarafian and, even, Swedish-born actor Gunnar Hellström, also working on The Wild Wild West. For the record and during the same time period, Bernard McEveety takes care of Cimarron Strip as a full-time producer.

    The same year on The Wild Wild West, you can see recycled sets from Gunsmoke: Matt Dillon’s exterior office and the exterior of the Long Branch saloon are recycled during the prologue of “The Night Dr. Loveless Died”, the exterior of the Long Branch saloon during the prologue and the Dodge House that is re-decorated and turned into the Academy of Kenjitsu in “The Night of the Samurai” (directed by Gunnar Hellström), the interior set of the Dodge House recycled in “The Night of the Death-Maker” for the Jubilee hotel. Basically, the third season of The Wild Wild West resembles the thirteenth season of Gunsmoke because of its realistic and violent stamp: see “The Night of the Hangman”, “The Night of the Cut-Throats”, “The Night of the Iron Fist” (with Mark Lenard and Bo Hopkins), “The Night of the Running Death” (directed by Gunnar Hellström), “The Night of the Headless Woman”, “The Night of the Vipers”, “The Night of the Amnesiac”. In short and at that stage, Gunsmoke is a good tool to understand the making of The Wild Wild West.

    Even tough the showdown title sequence is the same as season 12, the opening and end theme music are renewed. I especially like the grim, short, minimalistic cue with a dry guitar and kettledrums used for the beginning of the showdown. Composer Morton Stevens continues to contribute with three scores: “Cattle Barons”, “Major Glory”, “Wonder”. The score “Major Glory” is heavily tracked on a season 3 episode of The Wild Wild West entitled “The Night of the Vipers” as well as in “The Night of Montezuma’s Hordes”. Apart from Morton Stevens, this season features two Wild Wild West composers: Harry Geller and newcomer Johnny Parker who will remain until the end of the series in 1975. As usual, the most tracked scores are by Leon Klatzkin who receives a total of fifteen onscreen credits but it doesn’t mean that all these scores are original and he may have written a handful and the rest is stock music from his own scores. Furthermore, Leon Klatzkin provides the season 3 stock music for The Wild Wild West. During that same time, Geller, Klatzkin, Stevens participate at the short-lived Cimarron Strip.

    PRODUCTION TEAM
    producer: John Mantley
    associate producer: Joseph Dackow
    story consultant: Paul Savage
    director of photography: Monroe Askins

    The team is partly renewed and Leacock is replaced by Joseph Dackow and Harry Stradling, Jr. by Monroe Askins—nevertheless, Harry Stradling, Jr. just shot one episode (“The Prodigal”) because he was too busy working on Cimarron Strip along with Philip Leacock. For the record, Monroe Askins shot two episodes of Cimarron Strip back-to-back with Gunsmoke.

    Associate producer Joseph Dackow will work until season 14 and then will switch to the producer status until season 16 when he dies. He used to participate at two western series: Outlaws as a producer and The Iron Horse as a production executive.

    CAST OF CHARACTERS
    Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Ken Curtis (Festus), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty), Buck Taylor (Newly).

    supporting cast: Glenn Strange (Bartender/Fiddle player “Sam” Noonan), Ted Jordan (Freight agent “Nathan” Burke), Woodrow Chambliss (Woody Lathrop), James Nusser (wino “Louie” Pheeters).

    A new semi regular pops-up this season named Newly O’Brien played by Buck Taylor—son of actor Dub Taylor—and replaces Thad (actor Roger Ewing) and starts from episode 9 “The Pillagers” and will remain until the end of the series in 1975. The character of gunsmith Newly is a rework of blacksmith Quint Asper. Newly doesn’t get his picture medallion credits during the opening titles along with the four leads. Anyway, Thad appears in just one episode: “The Prodigal”.

    As usual, the strength of season 13 is the colorful guest actors that add weight to the story: see R.G. Armstrong, John Astin, Ralph Bellamy, Jim Davis, John Dehner, Jack Elam, Gene Evans (2), Victor French (3), James Gregory, Bo Hopkins, John Ireland, Mark Lenard, Warren Oates, Carroll O’Connor, Nehemiah Persoff, Paul Richards, Peter Mark Richman, Pernell Roberts, John Saxon, Jon Voight, Morgan Woodward (2), Dana Wynter, Anthony Zerbe. For the record, three actors are part of director Sam Peckinpah’s team: R.G. Armstrong, Bo Hopkins, Warren Oates.

    THE DVD SETS
    The prints are restored and look wonderful. In each episode and at the end of the first set of end credits, a voice-over announcer introduces the next week trailer. It features a selection of separated from the episodes and unrestored next week trailers and, also, English subtitles.

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    PRODUCTION TEAM
    producer: John Mantley
    associate producer: Joseph Dackow
    story consultant: Paul Savage
    director of photography: Monroe Askins

    The team is partly renewed and Leacock is replaced by Joseph Dackow and Harry Stradling, Jr. by Monroe Askins—nevertheless, Harry Stradling, Jr. just shot one episode (“The Prodigal”) because he was too busy working on Cimarron Strip along with Philip Leacock. For the record, Monroe Askins shot two episodes of Cimarron Strip back-to-back with Gunsmoke.

    Associate producer Joseph Dackow will work until season 14 and then will switch to the producer status until season 16 when he dies. He used to participate at two western series: Outlaws as a producer and The Iron Horse as a production executive.

    SEASON 13

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    GUNSMOKE • SEASON 13 (1967-1968) (25 episodes • 50 mins • color)
    This season is the template for the remaining seasons. The show moves forward and the texture is grittier than previously and, now, the episode title—set in a white ornamental slab serif with median spurs—appears at the end of the provocative prologue which is a novelty. Moreover, a lot of stories focus on the outraged townspeople. The producers supervise less episodes than previously: 25 instead of 29. Fashion-wise, actor James Arness tends to wear a light grey tweed jacket for great events: see “The Wreckers”, “Vengeance”, “Baker’s Dozen”, “The Jackals”.

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  116. GUNSMOKE SEASON 13

    Episode #1
    “The Wreckers”
    written by Hal Sitowitz
    directed by Robert Totten
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: Warren Oates, Warren Vanders, Trevor Bardette, Rex Holman, James Almanzar, Gene Rutherford, Charles Kuenstle, Edmund Hashim, Charles Seel, James Nusser, Lew Brown, Charles Wagenheim, Joe Haworth, Bobby Clark, Jerry Brown, Joe Yrigoyen, Bob Duggan

    A band of outlaws led by Tate Crocker (actor Warren Oates) rides along the hill when the station manager fixes the horses of a stagecoach and a friendly Indian (actor James Almanzar) switches the cotter pin of the vehicle because he is a member of the gang. Matt Dillon pushes sentenced to death prisoner Monk Wiley (actor Edmund Hashim) into the carriage enroute to Dodge City and Miss Kitty follows. Later on and as the journey progresses, the pin is removed by the vibrations and the stagecoach is separated into two parts. The conductors jump and the carriage falls down into the ditch. Awaking inside the upsidedown carriage, shocked, scared and wounded Miss Kitty switches the identity of Dillon and dying Wiley while the conductors are gunned down by outlaws Reb (actor Warren Vanders) and Frankie (actor Rex Holman). The gang takes the money from the cashbox and leaves with the three passangers and stops at a farm whose owner Eli (actor Charles Seel) is on their payroll. Leader Crocker plan to send Miss Kitty to Dodge City to obtain a $15,000 ransom against the lawman. Meanwhile one gang member named Jud (actor Gene Rutherford) is problematic, is interested in Miss Kitty and has an argument with Dillon posing as Wiley. But things take another turn when the real Wiley awakes …

    It’s a touching solo Matt Dillon/Miss Kitty adventure in the line of the season 12 abduction episode “The Jailer” (also written by Hal Sitowitz) and a slick and gritty change of identy entry that paves the way for the realistic leaning. Matt Dillon is beaten up by Crocker (off screen). As in season 10 with the emblematic “Help Me, Kitty” and season 12 with “The Lure”, the bandits mistreat Miss Kitty, call her Red and slap her. The departure of Thad is never mentioned, by the way. The good cast of outlaw characters consist of: the Crocker brothers (actors Warren Oates and Charles Kuenstle), Reb (actor Warren Vanders), Frankie (actor Rex Holman), Indio (actor James Almanzar), Jud (actor Gene Rutherford). The same year, actor Edmund Hashim appears in one season 3 episode of The Wild Wild West entitled “The Night of Montezuma’s Hordes” (directed by Irving J. Moore).

    Actor Warren Oates returns from the season 12 “The Mission” and this is his last and tenth part for the series and, the same year, he appears in two episodes of Cimarron Strip entitled “The Battleground” and “Nobody”. Actors James Almanzar (“Saturday Night”), Lew Brown (“Old Friend”, “Ladies from St. Louis”), Edmund Hashim (“The Hanging”), Rex Holman (“Whispering Tree”), Charles Kuenstle (“The Wrong Man”), Warren Vanders (“Quaker Girl” and “The Lure”) all return from season 12. For the anecdote and the same year, semi regular whino Louie played by James Nusser appears as a shady lawyer in a season 3 episode of The Wild Wild West entitled “The Night of the Legion of Death”.

  117. JohnHopper

    GUNSMOKE SEASON 13

    Episode #1
    “The Wreckers”
    written by Hal Sitowitz
    directed by Robert Totten
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: Warren Oates, Warren Vanders, Trevor Bardette, Rex Holman, James Almanzar, Gene Rutherford, Charles Kuenstle, Edmund Hashim, Charles Seel, James Nusser, Lew Brown, Charles Wagenheim, Joe Haworth, Bobby Clark, Jerry Brown, Joe Yrigoyen, Bob Duggan

    A band of outlaws led by Tate Crocker (actor Warren Oates) rides along the hill when the station manager fixes the horses of a stagecoach and a friendly Indian (actor James Almanzar) switches the cotter pin of the vehicle because he is a member of the gang. Matt Dillon pushes sentenced to death prisoner Monk Wiley (actor Edmund Hashim) into the carriage enroute to Dodge City and Miss Kitty follows. Later on and as the journey progresses, the pin is removed by the vibrations and the stagecoach is separated into two parts. The conductors jump and the carriage falls down into the ditch. Awaking inside the upsidedown carriage, shocked, scared and wounded Miss Kitty switches the identity of Dillon and dying Wiley while the conductors are gunned down by outlaws Reb (actor Warren Vanders) and Frankie (actor Rex Holman). The gang takes the money from the cashbox and leaves with the three passangers and stops at a farm whose owner Eli (actor Charles Seel) is on their payroll. Leader Crocker plan to send Miss Kitty to Dodge City to obtain a $15,000 ransom against the lawman. Meanwhile one gang member named Jud (actor Gene Rutherford) is problematic, is interested in Miss Kitty and has an argument with Dillon posing as Wiley. But things take another turn when the real Wiley awakes …

    It’s a touching solo Matt Dillon/Miss Kitty adventure in the line of the season 12 abduction episode “The Jailer” (also written by Hal Sitowitz) and a slick and gritty change of identy entry that paves the way for the realistic leaning. Matt Dillon is beaten up by Crocker (off screen). As in season 10 with the emblematic “Help Me, Kitty” and season 12 with “The Lure”, the bandits mistreat Miss Kitty, call her Red and slap her. The departure of Thad is never mentioned, by the way. The good cast of outlaw characters consist of: the Crocker brothers (actors Warren Oates and Charles Kuenstle), Reb (actor Warren Vanders), Frankie (actor Rex Holman), Indio (actor James Almanzar), Jud (actor Gene Rutherford). The same year, actor Edmund Hashim appears in one season 3 episode of The Wild Wild West entitled “The Night of Montezuma’s Hordes” (directed by Irving J. Moore).

    Actor Warren Oates returns from the season 12 “The Mission” and this is his last and tenth part for the series and, the same year, he appears in two episodes of Cimarron Strip entitled “The Battleground” and “Nobody”. Actors James Almanzar (“Saturday Night”), Lew Brown (“Old Friend”, “Ladies from St. Louis”), Edmund Hashim (“The Hanging”), Rex Holman (“Whispering Tree”), Charles Kuenstle (“The Wrong Man”), Warren Vanders (“Quaker Girl” and “The Lure”) all return from season 12. For the anecdote and the same year, semi regular whino Louie played by James Nusser appears as a shady lawyer in a season 3 episode of The Wild Wild West entitled “The Night of the Legion of Death”.

    Actor Warren Oates as gang leader Tate Crocker.
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  118. GUNSMOKE SEASON 13

    Episode #2
    “Cattle Barons”
    written by Clyde Ware
    directed by Gunnar Hellström
    music by Morton Stevens
    guests: Forrest Tucker, Robert J. Wilke, John Milford, Lew Brown, Robert Sampson, Brad Johnson, Fred Coby, James Nusser, Stephen Liss, Mike Howden, Clyde Howdy, Hank Wise

    Empty-handed Texas trail boss John Charron (actor Forrest Tucker) and his foreman Frank Holtz (actor Lew Brown) stop at the top of a hill to see a giant herd and decide to pay a visit to rival trail boss Luke Cumberledge (actor Robert J. Wilke) and his ramrod McKenny (actor Robert Sampson). Four gunfighters led by Blair Smith (actor John Milford) stop at Dodge City when John Charron and his drovers go drinking at the Long Branch and meet his old friend Matt Dillon. Festus leads a group of townspeople on their way to work as cow hands for Cumberledge and to deliver a message concerning the management of the herd to Dodge City. Dillon worries about Smith who offers his services to Charron and has to kill him to avoid the death of a farmer. Charron shows Dillon a legal document to claim the herd of Cumberledge. At night, both trail bosses face each other …

    It’s just a minor and light trail boss’ legal drama with a good cast of characters: Forrest Tucker, Robert J. Wilke, John Milford. The fistfight scene until the end credits have a strong color issue on the DVD, meaning the restoration wasn’t achieved. The dynamic score that includes a fox hunting passage during the prologue by Morton Stevens is the sherry on top but it also contains stock music from Stevens’ “Major Glory”.

    Actors Lew Brown returns from this season “The Wreckers”, John Milford from the season 10 “Winner Take All”—the same year, he appears in two episodes of Cimarron Strip entitled “The Battleground” and “The Sound of a Drum”—, Forrest Tucker from the season 11 “The Storm”, Robert J. Wilke from the season 9 “The Bassops” and the same year, Robert J. Wilke appears in one season 3 episode of The Wild Wild West entitled “The Night of the Arrow” and two Cimarron Strip entitled “The Battleground” and “The Last Wolf”.

  119. JohnHopper

    GUNSMOKE SEASON 13

    Episode #2
    “Cattle Barons”

    The fistfight scene until the end credits have a strong color issue on the DVD, meaning the restoration wasn’t achieved.

    Strange, strange!

  120. GUNSMOKE SEASON 13

    Episode #3
    “The Prodigal”
    written by Calvin Clements, Sr.
    directed by Bernard McEveety
    cinematography by Harry Stradling, Jr.
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: Lew Ayres, Charles Robinson, Richard Evans, Lee Krieger, Lamont Johnson, Kelly Thordsen, Ted Gehring, James Nusser

    “Amos, I keep getting a funny feeling like we’re walking through some kind of a graveyard.”
    —William Cole (actor Richard Evans).

    In a small town, loud mouth loafer Lemuel (actor Ted Gehring) bets to launch a knife towards the beam of a saloon’s porch when Amos (actor Charles Robinson) and William (actor Richard Evans), the young Cole brothers, pop-up to water their horses. A petty argument between Amos—carrying his father’s antique handgun (Paterson 40)—and Lemuel occurs followed by insults and provocations and ends up in a street showdown in which Amos scares Lemuel and his sidekick Regal (actor Kelly Thordsen).
    Festus and Doc argue about a buggy when the Cole brothers ride into Dodge City to look for the killer of their late father known as a wanted criminal and stop at Dillon’s office, at the Long Branch and at their grandfather’s farm Jonathan (actor Lew Ayres).
    Arrogant newspaperman Stoner (actor Lamont Johnson) arrives in town and meets the Cole brothers at the Dodge House to tip them off. Clerk Eli (actor Lee Krieger) from the Dodge House reveals to the Cole’s and Stoner that Matt Dillon used to kill their father. Things are not what it appears to be …

    It’s a good existential episode and a family drama that calls into question the reputation of Matt Dillon. The sherry on top is the performance of actor Lew Ayres as the troubled man with uncanny flashes of memory about his son Frank Cole enhanced by Leon Klatzkin’s weird cue. That episode looks like a leftover from the previous season. The episode title implies the prodigal son from the Bible. It’s one of the rare season 13 episodes shot by DP Harry Stradling, Jr and you can see a trick-shot using the scale of shots when Amos Cole talks to Matt Dillon: distorted head of Amos in the foreground owing to the wide angle lens. Thad is present during two brief scenes. As in season 11 with “Death Watch” and “By Line”, the newspaperman is considered as dubious! As in the previous episode “Cattle Barons”, a color issue from the Studio occurs but this time at the end of the prologue when the two saloon loafers run away.

    Actors Richard Evans (“The Storm”, “Death Watch”) and Kelly Thordsen (“The Storm”) both return from season 11.
    Actor Ted Gehring returns from the season 12 “The Well” and he seems typecasted as the ideal bum.
    Actor Lamont Johnson is mostly known as a television director and people remember him for his Twilight Zone input.

    End Credits for composer Leon Klatzkin.
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  121. JohnHopper

    GUNSMOKE SEASON 13

    Episode #3
    “The Prodigal”
    written by Calvin Clements, Sr.
    directed by Bernard McEveety
    cinematography by Harry Stradling, Jr.
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: Lew Ayres, Charles Robinson, Richard Evans, Lee Krieger, Lamont Johnson, Kelly Thordsen, Ted Gehring, James Nusser

    “Amos, I keep getting a funny feeling like we’re walking through some kind of a graveyard.”
    —William Cole (actor Richard Evans).

    In a small town, loud mouth loafer Lemuel (actor Ted Gehring) bets to launch a knife towards the beam of a saloon’s porch when Amos (actor Charles Robinson) and William (actor Richard Evans), the young Cole brothers, pop-up to water their horses. A petty argument between Amos—carrying his father’s antique handgun (Paterson 40)—and Lemuel occurs followed by insults and provocations and ends up in a street showdown in which Amos scares Lemuel and his sidekick Regal (actor Kelly Thordsen).
    Festus and Doc argue about a buggy when the Cole brothers ride into Dodge City to look for the killer of their late father known as a wanted criminal and stop at Dillon’s office, at the Long Branch and at their grandfather’s farm Jonathan (actor Lew Ayres).
    Arrogant newspaperman Stoner (actor Lamont Johnson) arrives in town and meets the Cole brothers at the Dodge House to tip them off. Clerk Eli (actor Lee Krieger) from the Dodge House reveals to the Cole’s and Stoner that Matt Dillon used to kill their father. Things are not what it appears to be …

    It’s a good existential episode and a family drama that calls into question the reputation of Matt Dillon. The sherry on top is the performance of actor Lew Ayres as the troubled man with uncanny flashes of memory about his son Frank Cole enhanced by Leon Klatzkin’s weird cue. That episode looks like a leftover from the previous season. The episode title implies the prodigal son from the Bible. It’s one of the rare season 13 episodes shot by DP Harry Stradling, Jr and you can see a trick-shot using the scale of shots when Amos Cole talks to Matt Dillon: distorted head of Amos in the foreground owing to the wide angle lens. Thad is present during two brief scenes. As in season 11 with “Death Watch” and “By Line”, the newspaperman is considered as dubious! As in the previous episode “Cattle Barons”, a color issue from the Studio occurs but this time at the end of the prologue when the two saloon loafers run away.

    Actors Richard Evans (“The Storm”, “Death Watch”) and Kelly Thordsen (“The Storm”) both return from season 11.
    Actor Ted Gehring returns from the season 12 “The Well” and he seems typecasted as the ideal bum.
    Actor Lamont Johnson is mostly known as a television director and people remember him for his Twilight Zone input.

    End Credits for composer Leon Klatzkin.
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    The antique handgun Paterson 40 carried by Amos Cole.
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    The showdown between Amos Cole and the two loafers.
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    Meet Jonathan Cole, the haunted grandfather with a heavy conscience.
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    Meet the arrogant newspaperman Stoner.
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    William Cole unwinds complete and fires his gun outside the Long Branch.
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    Marshal Matt Dillon faces disturbed Amos Cole.
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    Amos is on the verge of shooting down Dillon to avenge his father: notice the vivid scale of shots.
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    Jonathan Cole has a flash of memory when witnessing the showdown.
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  122. GUNSMOKE SEASON 13

    Episode #4
    “Vengeance, Part I”
    written by Calvin Clements, Sr.
    directed by Richard C. Sarafian
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: James Stacy, John Ireland, James Anderson, Kim Darby, Morgan Woodward, Buck Taylor, Paul Fix, Royal Dano, Victor French, Sandy McPeak, Bill Hart

    Hunting and gunning down a runaway calf, old man Zack Johnson (actor Morgan Woodward) and his two young relatives Bob (actor James Stacy) and Floyd (actor Sandy McPeak) are interrumpted by a posse led by proprietor Parker (actor John Ireland) and sheriff Sloan (actor Paul Fix). Parker questions the three guilty ones and orders his men to give them a lesson therefore they beat them, Floyd dies and Zack is badly hurt by a horse. Arriving at Dodge City, the Johnson’s asks for a doctor while Festus prepares the barn party. Bob bumps into hotel maid Angel (actress Kim Darby) and goes talking to Matt Dillon about the deadly incident and pays a visit to Parker along with Dillon and pretends not to recognize the men who torture him. Bob has a crush on Angel. At night and during the barn party, Pappy (the moniker of Zack) dies in his hotel room. In the street, Leonard Parker provokes Bob for a showdown and dies swiftly. The morning after, Bob, accompanied by Angel, go pay his respect to the tombstones of Zack and Floyd when sheriff Sloan pops-up to warn him to go meet Parker at his town and to announce he quits his lawman job.

    This is the big fancy two-parter drama: also see the season 11 “The Raid” and the season 12 “Nitro!”. The same year, director Richard C. Sarafian takes care of “The Battle of Bloody Stones” from Cimarron Strip. The cast of the antagonist characters consists of John Ireland as proprietor Parker, Buck Taylor as Parker’s son Leonard, Paul Fix as shady sheriff Sloan, James Anderson as the cunning second Hiller, Bill Hart. As in the season 11 “The Pretender”, Sam plays the fiddle and Rudy the guitar at the barn party. Among the party people, find whino Louie who dances with himself and a pair of family bum: Rory (actor Royal Dano) and Eben Luken (actor Victor French). One detail is annoying: actress Kim Darby looks too juvenile for the part of a woman.

    Actors James Anderson (“The Wrong Man”), Kim Darby (“The Lure”), Paul Fix (“Fandango”), Victor French (“Saturday Night”), John Ireland (“Stage Stop”), Morgan Woodward (“The Good People”, “Whispering Tree”, “The Hanging”) all return from the previous 12—the same year, Woodward appears three times on Cimarron Strip: see “The Roarer”, “The Last Wolf”, “Heller”. Actor Royal Dano returns from the season 11 “Sweet Billy, Singer of Songs” and James Stacy from the season 10 “Aunt Thede” in which he plays a man in love and, the same year, he appears in one episode of Cimarron Strip entitled “The Judgment”. This is actor Buck Taylor’s first appearance on the series as a foe but not as a regular righteous character.

  123. GUNSMOKE SEASON 13

    Episode #5
    “Vengeance, Part II”
    written by Calvin Clements, Sr.
    directed by Richard C. Sarafian
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: same as Part I

    “Doc? You’ve lived a long time. Do you get to a point where the world begins to make sense or does it just stay kind of crazy?”
    —Bob Johnson
    “I don’t know if I can answer that for you. But if you’re curious enough to keep asking questions like that, you’ll get some answers.”
    —Doc

    It starts out with a 5 minutes 40 seconds recap of the previous part I. Arriving at the town of Parker who threatens him to put him on trial for murder while watching a rope for the gallows, Bob Johnson guns down the men working for him and fails to escape from the place and continues to eliminate them. Right-hand man Hiller shoots down his boss in the back, steals his money and runs away. Bob sets the town on fire while Parker is slowly agonizing but succeeds in hitting Bob when Dillon and Festus pass by and rescue him. Later on, at Dodge City, Doc takes cares of wounded Bob when Dillon asks him questions about the strange death of Parker and resumes to his office where he meets Hiller who tells him his story. At night, Bob escapes from the office of Doc and goes to the washing parlor to get the truth out of Hiller who ends up dead! Festus launches a posse after Bob but Angel reveals a phony hideout so Dillon organizes another posse with a reward of $2,000. Angel hides Bob nearby a creek and then go buy two horses at the Luken’s who torture and whip her to get the truth but an accident occurs and they must call Doc. Bob plays the vigilante on the Lunken’s … Matt Dillon stops at the farm of the Luken’s to persuade Bob to surrender …

    The second part is still engrossing and all about a long escape and fate as in “The Raid, Part II”. The character of Bob Johnson acts like a laid-back avenging fugitive who only meets death like a bad omen. In a way, this highly tragic entry plays like Arthur Penn’s 1958 The Left Handed Gun mixed with the Film Noir series The Fugitive.

  124. GUNSMOKE SEASON 13

    Episode #6
    “A Hat”
    written by Ron Bishop
    directed by Robert Totten
    music by Harry Geller
    guests: Gene Evans, Tom Simcox, Chill Wills, Robert Sorrells, H.M. Wynant, Scott Hale, Gene O’Donnell, Bill Erwin, Ed McCready, Lee de Broux, Don Happy, Shirley Wilson, Bill Hart

    At the saloon of a small town, a group of drunk loafers has a wild party with easy women and booze and their old leader Red Conniston (actor Chill Wills) is sat at the top of a chair tower and bores holes with his pistol on the wood wall and damages the hat of mountain man and skin trader Clint Sorils (actor Gene Evans) who reacts and shoots him when his son Ben (actor Tom Simcox) guns him down but he kills him cold and is forced to leave town in a hurry to avoid retaliation. Arriving at Dodge City with a severe wound, Sorils meets Matt Dillon and is cured by Doc. Louisville (actor Robert Sorrells) informs his boss Red Conniston about the death of his son and orders him to warn his twin son Jed (actor Tom Simcox) who rides alone on a vengence crusade. Politician Brewer (actor H.M. Wynant) is on campaign and steps into the marshal’s office to tell Dillon to ban Sorils from the town. Jed Conniston stops at the Long Branch, meets Matt Dillon and goes upstairs to kill the wounded man but fails because of his Indian moral code. Louisville follows Jed and reminds him of his family commitment but Dillon throws him out of town. The people of Dodge City leave town to avoid the arrival of Red Conniston’s wild bunch when politician Brewer steps into the bedroom of Sorils to kill him. But things turn pretty bad for all sides …

    It’s a good but ambiguous revenge/family drama centered around the dilemma of a twin brother which is the thematic companion piece to the season 11 “Parson Comes to Town”. As in previous episodes (see the season 11 “The Pretender” and the season 12 “The Good People”), actor Tom Simcox plays again a man with a heavy conscience. One touching scene is noteworthy: Miss Kitty is listening to Sorils’ delirium about a woman named Amy. Find a brand new telegrapher played by actor Scott Hale. The series tends to present the official figures of the power as dubious: see the newspaperman there and the politician here. The art director recycles the red saloon set used in The Wild Wild West and Cimarron Strip.

    Actors Tom Simcox (“The Good People”) and Robert Sorrells (“The Jailer”, “The Newcomers”) all return from season 12. Actor Gene Evans returns from the season 9 “Extradition”—and the same year, he appears in one episode of Cimarron Strip entitled “The Battle of Bloody Stones”—, Chill Wills from the season 8 “Abe Blocker”, H.M. Wynant from the season 10 “Winner Take All” and, the same year, H.M. Wynant appears in one season 3 episode of The Wild Wild West entitled “The Night of the Simian Terror”.

  125. GUNSMOKE SEASON 13

    Episode #7
    “Hard Luck Henry”
    written by Warren Douglas
    directed by John Rich
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: John Astin, Charles Kuenstle, Bo Hopkins, Mayf Nutter, Royal Dano, Anthony James, Jon Shank, Ken Drake, Michael Fox, Mary Lou Taylor, Bobby Riha

    Henry Haggen aka Hard Luck Henry (actor John Astin) stops at the Long Branch and asks for his cousin Festus and meets the usual trio (Matt, Kitty and Doc) drinking at a table. Festus sees his cousin, runs like a rabbit and takes refuge at the marshal’s office. Later on, he is obliged to follow Henry back home to solve an issue with the rival family named the Dooley’s about a box of Confederate gold coins. But fate play tricks on the Haggen’s.

    It’s a minor folklo Festus entry and a doggone clan war episode that plays like Gunsmoke meets The Beverly Hillbillies or Gunsmoke meets Mark Twain. Find the family Haggen sequel to the season 11 “Sweet Billy, Singer of Songs”. The Haggen clan consists of four actors: John Astin as Henry, Charles Kuenstle as Homer, Bo Hopkins as Harper, Mayf Nutter as Heathcliff. Oddly enough, actor Royal Dano, now playing Jefferson Dooley, used to be part of the Haggen clan during season 11 as Lambert which defies logic. The Dooley clan consists of three actors: Royal Dano as Jefferson, Anthony James as Reb, Jon Shank as Truly. Composer Leon Klatzkin write a funny country western score filled with harmonica and banjo.

    Actor Royal Dano (“Vengeance”) and Charles Kuenstle (“The Wreckers”) both return from this season 13. The same year, actor Bo Hopkins appears as a wild hillbilly willing to kill a Slavic count in one season 3 episode of The Wild Wild West entitled “The Night of the Iron Fist”. The previous year, actor John Astin appears as a Slavic figure in the season 2 episode of The Wild Wild West entitled “The Night of the Tartar”.

  126. GUNSMOKE SEASON 13

    Episode #8
    “Major Glory”
    written by Richard Carr
    story by Richard Carr and Clyde Ware
    directed by Robert Totten
    music by Morton Stevens
    guests: Carroll O’Connor, Victor French, Robert F. Lyons, Link Wyler, Lawrence Mann, Don Ross, Cal Naylor, Chris Stephens, Russ Siler, William Sumper

    “Well, now, come on, ridge-runner, get up here. Come on, get on your feet. That’s just the beginning. Well, come on, you can’t hide back there behind them soldier boys. Let’s get at it, now, come on! Robert E. Lee. [Spits]. Come on, now!”
    —Sergeant Tim Spear to Festus

    Two young blue coat deserters named Maxwell (actor Robert F. Lyons) and Doak (actor Link Wyler) run away from the Sioux front because of glory-gut Major Glenn Martin Vanscoy (actor Carroll O’Connor) and are caught back by bully Sergeant Tim Spear (actor Victor French) near a pond. The calvary stops nearby Dodge City to unwind and installs their camp. Later that night, soldiers have fun at the Long Branch. Sergeant Tim Spear plays poker against two drovers and the two deserters and wins. Maxwell and Doak are broke and humiliated. A fight occurs when the bully Sgt. asks the two cow-boys to drink for the Major and refuse cold and prefer General Lee. Festus pops-up to put an end to this incident and receives a nasty punch from the Sgt. The two men fistfight like tigers! Matt Dillon stops the two men and arrests the Sgt. but the Major eventually succeeds in releasing him. The two deserters and the Sgt. spot Festus coming out of Doc’s office and a second fight occurs that Festus loose. The two deserters stab weakened Sgt. Spear, rob his poker money (“Cause this ain’t no robbery killing, it’s a revenge killing”, Maxwell) and flee. The Major stops at Doc’s office to double-check the severely wounded Sgt. along with the guilty deserters and accuses Festus of the felony. At the camp, the two deserters are scared stiff of the judgment and figure out an escape plan but things take another turn when the Sgt. awakes …

    It’s a very good blue coat military drama taking place at night and a Film Noir entry about moral blackmail and bitter revenge that is served by the performance of actor Victor French and Morton Stevens’ powerful score. The two deserters issue mirrors the Vietnam war conflict of the late Sixties. Festus is insulted by Sgt. Spear that calls him “ridge-runner” and “whiskers” and is falsely considered as a mugger-murderer by the army. Matt Dillon stages a simulacrum to corner the two deserters. This is the episode that make me watch season 13! This fat brass-oriented score by Morton Stevens is heavily tracked on two season 3 episodes of The Wild Wild West entitled “The Night of the Vipers” and “The Night of Montezuma’s Hordes”.

    Actor Victor French returns from this season 13 “Vengeance” and Carroll O’Connor returns from the season 12 “The Wrong Man”. The same year, actor Victor French appears in one episode of Cimarron Strip entitled “Till the End of the Night”.

    Morton Stevens – Major Glory (1967)
    https://tinyurl.com/y3vu4j8z

    Morton Stevens – The Night of the Vipers (1968)

    End credits for composer Morton Stevens.
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  127. JohnHopper

    GUNSMOKE SEASON 13

    Episode #8
    “Major Glory”
    written by Richard Carr
    story by Richard Carr and Clyde Ware
    directed by Robert Totten
    music by Morton Stevens
    guests: Carroll O’Connor, Victor French, Robert F. Lyons, Link Wyler, Lawrence Mann, Don Ross, Cal Naylor, Chris Stephens, Russ Siler, William Sumper

    “Well, now, come on, ridge-runner, get up here. Come on, get on your feet. That’s just the beginning. Well, come on, you can’t hide back there behind them soldier boys. Let’s get at it, now, come on! Robert E. Lee. [Spits]. Come on, now!”
    —Sergeant Tim Spear to Festus

    Two young blue coat deserters named Maxwell (actor Robert F. Lyons) and Doak (actor Link Wyler) run away from the Sioux front because of glory-gut Major Glenn Martin Vanscoy (actor Carroll O’Connor) and are caught back by bully Sergeant Tim Spear (actor Victor French) near a pond. The calvary stops nearby Dodge City to unwind and installs their camp. Later that night, soldiers have fun at the Long Branch. Sergeant Tim Spear plays poker against two drovers and the two deserters and wins. Maxwell and Doak are broke and humiliated. A fight occurs when the bully Sgt. asks the two cow-boys to drink for the Major and refuse cold and prefer General Lee. Festus pops-up to put an end to this incident and receives a nasty punch from the Sgt. The two men fistfight like tigers! Matt Dillon stops the two men and arrests the Sgt. but the Major eventually succeeds in releasing him. The two deserters and the Sgt. spot Festus coming out of Doc’s office and a second fight occurs that Festus loose. The two deserters stab weakened Sgt. Spear, rob his poker money (“Cause this ain’t no robbery killing, it’s a revenge killing”, Maxwell) and flee. The Major stops at Doc’s office to double-check the severely wounded Sgt. along with the guilty deserters and accuses Festus of the felony. At the camp, the two deserters are scared stiff of the judgment and figure out an escape plan but things take another turn when the Sgt. awakes …

    It’s a very good blue coat military drama taking place at night and a Film Noir entry about moral blackmail and bitter revenge that is served by the performance of actor Victor French and Morton Stevens’ powerful score. The two deserters issue mirrors the Vietnam war conflict of the late Sixties. Festus is insulted by Sgt. Spear that calls him “ridge-runner” and “whiskers” and is falsely considered as a mugger-murderer by the army. Matt Dillon stages a simulacrum to corner the two deserters. This is the episode that make me watch season 13! This fat brass-oriented score by Morton Stevens is heavily tracked on two season 3 episodes of The Wild Wild West entitled “The Night of the Vipers” and “The Night of Montezuma’s Hordes”.

    Actor Victor French returns from this season 13 “Vengeance” and Carroll O’Connor returns from the season 12 “The Wrong Man”. The same year, actor Victor French appears in one episode of Cimarron Strip entitled “Till the End of the Night”.

    Morton Stevens – Major Glory (1967)
    https://tinyurl.com/y3vu4j8z

    Morton Stevens – The Night of the Vipers (1968)

    Bully Sergeant Tim Spear (actor Victor French) facing the two deserters.
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  128. I advise you to watch The Wild Wild West back-to-back to have a better understanding of Gunsmoke,
    meaning watching season 3 of WEST with season 13 of GUN.
    You'll be amazed by the connections and, especially, at that stage of both shows.
    If you prefer The Wild Wild Gunsmoke.

  129. GunsmokeSeason 7 Volume 1 Disc 5

    Finished up the final disc of this volume with three very good episodes. I am really enjoying these full hour (52 min.) episodes. I find the storytelling to be more complete with better fleshed out characters. That causes the action of the episodes to carry more emotional impact for the viewer.

    The Do-Badder (7.15) Abraham Soafer, Strother Martin, Warren Oates, Adam Williams, H. M. Wynant, Mercedes Shirley. A miner has made his strike and ends up in Dodge after being nearly killed at the stage stop. Matt and Chester convince Mr. Easter that revenge is not advisable. Mr. Easter then tries very hard to change other souls he meets. Nothing works out like he plans. Cowboys fail at farming and resort to robbery, a waitress is relegated to doing laundry and the shotgun rider is without a job. The good citizens of Dodge join forces to "teach" the old man a lesson. Their prank goes to far and Mr. Easter dies. A sober tale, well told.

    Lacey (7.16) Sherry Jackson, Jeremy Slate, Dorothy Green, Sarah Selby. An overbearing father is overprotective of his daughter. Conflict occurs as the father does not like Lacey's boyfriend (finds him untrustworthy). After giving Lacey an ultimatum, her father winds up dead. Lacey confesses and her mother wants nothing to do with her daughter. Matt is unable to accurately assess the facts as Lacey will not open up. She is placed with Ma Smalley and eventually discovers the truth about her boyfriend. Matt's suspicions are confirmed in the final moments of this episode. Another sad tale played out among the guest cast with support from the regulars (interesting change of pace episode).

    Cody's Code (7.17) Anthony Caruso, Gloria Talbott, Wayne Rogers, Robert Knapp. Cody is saving money and building the best house in Dodge for Rose (his waitress fiance). Sam Dukes arrives and is enchanted by Rose and sets out to win her heart. Dukes is jealous of Rose and Cody and gets drunk in the Longbranch forcing his attention on Rose. A drifter named Brack is chivalrous and defends the lady. Dukes makes a scene and has his gun confiscated by Matt. Dukes waits for Brack, begins an attack, reaches for his nonexistent gun and is gunned down. Brack is on the run and hides out in Cody's home. The two men uncover the truth of who did what and bond. Rose begins to feel the pull of Brack and makes decisions based on "lust" not "love". A tragic end.

  130. GUNSMOKE SEASON 13

    Episode #9
    “The Pillagers”
    written by Calvin Clements, Sr.
    directed by Vincent McEveety
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: Buck Taylor, John Saxon, Vito Scotti, Paul Picerni, William Bramley, Allen Jaffe, Harry Harvey, Joe Schneider

    In the small town of Beaver Creek, Miss Kitty meets a young gunsmith with a MD bag from his uncle named Newly O’Brien (actor Buck Taylor) in the stagecoach enroute to Dodge City when two banditos named Ganns (actor Paul Picerni) and Savrin (actor Vito Scotti) take over the vehicle and lead it to the mining hideout of cut-thoats leader Pedro Manez (actor John Saxon) and his Comancheros in order to heal his dying young brother with a bullet wound. Unfortunately, Newly is no doctor and pretends to be to save time and asks to get some ether from Dodge City’s Doc Adams. Bandito Turner (actor William Bramley) escorts Newly to Dodge City but Doc is absent so Newly makes him drink at the Long Branch and creates disorder to be locked up. Festus listens to his confession when Dillon resumes to town and figures out an escape plan …

    It’s an amusing mean Mexican bandits entry and another abduction of Miss Kitty episode after the season opener “The Wreckers”. This is the first episode that introduces the new semi regular Newly O’Brien but he’s just a gunsmith who concocts a firing contraption from a water pipe. The cast of bandit characters consists of John Saxon, Vito Scotti, Paul Picerni, William Bramley, Allen Jaffe. The main drawback is the phony Mexican bandit parts of certain actors like William Bramley. The Mexican bandits remind the ones from “The Night of the Jack O’Diamonds” from The Wild Wild West. The mine back lot was also used in the season 12 episode of Gunsmoke entitled “The Goldtakers” and an episode of The Wild Wild West entitled “The Night of the Firebrand”. Among other things, the stock music comes from Walter Scharf’s “The Night of the Assassin” from The Wild Wild West and Gunsmoke’s season 13 cues like Stevens’ “Major Glory”.

    Actors William Bramley (“The Goldtakers”, “The Favor”), Allen Jaffe (“Whispering Tree”), Paul Picerni (“The Lure”), John Saxon (“Whispering Tree”) all return from season 12 and, the same year, Saxon appears in one episode of Cimarron Strip entitled “Journey to a Hanging”. Actor Vito Scotti returns from the season 11 “The Hostage”.

  131. GUNSMOKE SEASON 13

    Episode #10
    “Prairie Wolfer”
    written by Calvin Clements, Sr.
    directed by Robert Butler
    music by Harry Geller
    guests: Jon Voight, Lou Antonio, Kelly Jean Peters, Charles McGraw, I. Stanford Jolley, Matt Emery

    At Dodge City, two prairie wolvers named Cory (actor Jon Voight) and Rich (actor Lou Antonio) fail to sell their hides for $300 at the marshal’s office because the demand is expired and try at skin merchant Mr. Dolen (actor Charles McGraw) and eventually returns home empty-handed. The next day, the two wolvers rob a sack of $20,000 of the skin merchant at his office while posing as Texan drovers. Bartender Sam launches a posse to track the drovers down. Matt Dillon resumes to town. Cory realizes that they steal too much and feels guilty. Festus stops at the farm of the wolvers to apologize and pays $300 when he discovers the robbery money inside the skins but the wolvers threaten him and use him as a shield to pass the check point …

    It’s a decent social mysery drama about two poor wolvers paired with mistaken facts (the skin demand at the marshal’s office and the sack of money) issues thanks to the performances of actors Jon Voight and Lou Antonio. The holdup scene with the disguised wolvers is noteworthy. Newly is absent. The episode title was already used for a season 9 entry that introduced the character of Festus as a regular character.

    Actors Kelly Jean Peters (“Ladies from St. Louis”) and John Voight (“The Newcomers”) all return from season 12 and, the same year, Voight appears in one episode of Cimarron Strip entitled “Without Honor”. Actors Lou Antonio (“Outlaw’s Woman”) and I. Stanford Jolley (“The Hostage”) all return from the season 11. Actor Charles McGraw returns from the season 9 “Bently”.

  132. GUNSMOKE SEASON 13

    Episode #11
    “Stranger in Town”
    written by John Dunkel
    story by John Dunkel and Emily Mosher
    directed by Darrell Hallenbeck
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: Pernell Roberts, Henry Jones, Jacqueline Scott, R.G. Armstrong, Eric Shea, Billy Halop, Jon Kowal, Jerry Catron, Kerry MacLane

    In a big town and at a saloon, gambler Harvey Cagle (actor Henry Jones) negociates the reimbursement of his debt to professional player Shamrock Casey (actor Jon Kowal) when a fast drawer pops-up from the first floor and is gunned down by hired killer Dave Reeves (actor Pernell Roberts) cold. Back at Dodge City and desperate to pay at the end of the month, Cagle hires Reeves for $100 to eliminate his business associate Carl Anderson (actor R.G. Armstrong) in order to get his shares of the freight company when the former wife of the hired killer named Anne Madison (actress Jacqueline Scott) appears with her young son Billy. But Carl Anderson is interested in the wife of Reeves. Later on and at his stable, Anderson provokes Reeves in a fight when Dillon stops them. Reeves tries to take care of his son who later learn his true job which leads to aftermaths …

    It’s an ambiguous yet interesting hired gun with a sense of the common good entry paired with a marital drama. The punishment outcome sums up the character very well. It makes a good thematic companion piece to the season 12 “Gunfighter R.I.P.”. The art director recycles the red saloon set used in The Wild Wild West and Cimarron Strip. Newly is absent.

    Actor Pernell Roberts returns from the season 3 “How to Kill a Woman” and, the same year, Roberts appears in one season 3 episode of The Wild Wild West entitled “The Night of the Firebrand” but was first associated with the series Bonanza.

    Actress Jacqueline Scott from the season 12 “Whispering Tree”. Actor R.G. Armstrong (“Which Dr.”) and Jon Kowal (“The Bounty Hunter”) all return from season 11. The same year, R.G. Armstrong appears in one episode of Cimarron Strip entitled “The Battleground”.

  133. JohnHopper

    The episode title was already used for a season 9 entry that introduced the character of Festus as a regular character.

    Which makes me wonder– why are episode titles sometimes recycled for multiple stories?

  134. JohnHopper

    GUNSMOKE SEASON 13

    Episode #10
    “Prairie Wolfer”
    written by Calvin Clements, Sr.
    directed by Robert Butler
    music by Harry Geller
    guests: Jon Voight, Lou Antonio, Kelly Jean Peters, Charles McGraw, I. Stanford Jolley, Matt Emery

    At Dodge City, two prairie wolvers named Cory (actor Jon Voight) and Rich (actor Lou Antonio) fail to sell their hides for $300 at the marshal’s office because the demand is expired and try at skin merchant Mr. Dolen (actor Charles McGraw) and eventually returns home empty-handed. The next day, the two wolvers rob a sack of $20,000 of the skin merchant at his office while posing as Texan drovers. Bartender Sam launches a posse to track the drovers down. Matt Dillon resumes to town. Cory realizes that they steal too much and feels guilty. Festus stops at the farm of the wolvers to apologize and pays $300 when he discovers the robbery money inside the skins but the wolvers threaten him and use him as a shield to pass the check point …

    It’s a decent social mysery drama about two poor wolvers paired with mistaken facts (the skin demand at the marshal’s office and the sack of money) issues thanks to the performances of actors Jon Voight and Lou Antonio. The holdup scene with the disguised wolvers is noteworthy. Newly is absent. The episode title was already used for a season 9 entry that introduced the character of Festus as a regular character.

    Actors Kelly Jean Peters (“Ladies from St. Louis”) and John Voight (“The Newcomers”) all return from season 12 and, the same year, Voight appears in one episode of Cimarron Strip entitled “Without Honor”. Actors Lou Antonio (“Outlaw’s Woman”) and I. Stanford Jolley (“The Hostage”) all return from the season 11. Actor Charles McGraw returns from the season 9 “Bently”.

    "Prairie Wolfer" (1964, season 9, episode 16)
    Festus meets Chester.
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0594317/reference

  135. GUNSMOKE SEASON 13

    Episode #12
    “Death Train”
    written by Ken Trevey
    directed by Gunnar Hellström
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: Dana Wynter, Morgan Woodward, Norman Alden, Mort Mills, Ed Bakey, Zalman King, Sam Melville, Trevor Bardette

    “Woe unto him that sin, sayeth the Lord, for I shall send forth a pestilence.”
    —Street Preacher Reverend Bright.

    At night, a fancy train stops at Dodge City in which a young wealthy woman named Isabel Townsend (actress Dana Wynter) takes care of her sick butler named Jefferson and then asks to get a doctor to her husband and busy industrialist Harlan (actor Morgan Woodward), playing poker against buffalo hunter Purlie Loftus (actor Norman Alden) but he refuses beause the train remains still during ten minutes. Isabel goes for a walk when two loafers named Zack Hodges (actor Sam Melville) and Willy Groom (actor Zalman King) notice her. Festus comes to her help and goes getting Doc when the train whistles. Isabel brings back Doc at the railroad car and he discovers a case of an epidemic of spotted fever and must place the train in quarantine and warns Matt Dillon to keep it quiet but the two loafers hear the bad news. Dillon informs the passengers to remain in the train but they are reluctant, especially Harlan Townsend. The next day, a crippled man with a bad leg named Jack Maple (actor Mort Mills) heads to the office of Doc but only bumps into leaving Festus when the street preacher Reverend Bright (actor Ed Bakey) and loafer Willy Groom start the panic. Butler Jefferson dies suddenly and Newly fails to be lynched by the townspeople because he drives the hearse towards the train. Purlie Loftus tries to escape from the train but the two loafers shoot him in the shoulder. At night, the mob block the railroad tracks, Dillon is lynched by them and they set the train on fire! Dodge City is Hell City!

    It’s a good violent plague and wild mob entry paired with a marital drama amongst rich people and the companion piece to the season 12 “The Well” because the community of Dodge City faces a grave danger. In a way, Doc acts like Columbo amongst rich people. The street preacher gets killed by buffalo hunter Purlie Loftus. The mob scene about burning the train reminds Fritz Lang’s 1936 Fury. The interior set of the train is recycled from The Wild Wild West and, for the record, associate producer Joseph Dackow knows trains very well because he used to produce The Iron Horse as a production executive. This is the first episode in which the new semi regular Newly O’Brien works as an assistant to the marshal but there’s no initiation. Features stock music from Stevens’ “Major Glory”.

    Actors Sam Melville (“Mistaken Identity”) and Zalman King (“Muley”) both return from season 12. Actors Mort Mills return from the season 10 “Take Her, She’s Cheap” and Morgan Woodward from this season 13 “Vengeance”.

  136. GUNSMOKE SEASON 13

    Episode #13
    “Rope Fever”
    written by Chris Rellas
    directed by David Alexander
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: Ralph Bellamy, Anna Lee, George Murdock, Sam Gilman, Ken Mayer, Hal Baylor, Dennis Cross, Ted Gehring, Gertrude Flynn

    At night, two bank robbers ride fast to escape from the posse of Pierceville. Outlaw Zeb Butler (actor Dennis Cross) falls from his horse because of a bullet wound, his partner Luke Summers (actor Hal Baylor) steals his saddle bag filled with bank notes and flees but Butler guns him down from the back and then crosses the woods. The posse stops near Butler’s horse and an argument starts between Sheriff Dan Bassett (actor Ralph Bellamy), Deputy Bates (actor Sam Gilman) and Deputy Bret Gruber (actor George Murdock) that leaves the Sheriff alone who tracks Butler down to the camp of Festus. The Sheriff shoots Butler down and knocks Festus unconscious and believes he is his accomplice. Festus ends up in the sheriff’s cell at Pierceville and explains his link to Marshal Matt Dillon but the cynical and insecure Sheriff burns the telegram that can disculpate Festus. Meanwhile Summers wanders in the countryside without horse and dies in the swamp. Vicious Deputy Bret Gruber releases Festus so that he shows him the hideout of the loot. Deputy Bates wrongly reports the escape of Festus so a posse is launched. Newly and Matt Dillon head to Pierceville and find the dead body of Summers and the loot. Festus kills Gruber in a state of self defense and the posse is about to hang him high …

    It’s a good solo Festus adventure and a Film Noir entry about mistaken identity and lynching paired with the theme of the aging lawman trying to proove his quality to the community and his two younger and ambitious deputies and the dilemma of justice versus law. Actor Ralph Bellamy previously appears in a season 8 episode of Rawhide entitled “The Pursuit” as a diehard Sheriff. As in the previous “Death Train”, the story refers to Fritz Lang’s 1936 lynching film Fury but, here, combined with William Wellman’s 1942 The Ox-Bow Incident. As in “Major Glory”, Festus is abused by authorities. Features stock music from Stevens’ “Major Glory”. The backlot of Pierceville is recycled in “The Night of the Bubbling Death” from The Wild Wild West.

    Actor Sam Gilman (“Snap Decision” and “Noose of Gold”), Ken Mayer (“Mistaken Identity”) and George Murdock (“Mad Dog”) all return from season 12 and, the same year, Murdock appears in one episode of Cimarron Strip entitled “Knife in the Darkness”. Actor Dennis Cross returns from the season 10 “The New Society” and Ted Gehring returns from this season 13 “The Prodigal”.

  137. GUNSMOKE SEASON 13

    Episode #14
    “Wonder”
    written by William Blinn
    story by Mary Worrell and William Blinn
    directed by Irving J. Moore
    music by Morton Stevens
    guests: Richard Mulligan, Norman Alden, Warren Berlinger, Jackie Russell, Fay Spain, Ken Swofford, Tony Davis

    Drifter Jud Pryor (actor Richard Mulligan) is in love with farmer Annie Franklin (actress Jackie Russell) and takes care of a lonely Indian boy named Wonder (actor Tony Davis) but his two step brothers Deke (actor Norman Alden) and Ed (actor Warren Berlinger) are jealous. One day at Dodge City, Deke pays $50 saddle bum Bo Warrick (actor Ken Swofford) to start a fight against Jud who ends up in the cell of marshal Dillon. The morning after, Jud leaves the town alone and is stopped on his way to reach the farm by Bo, Deke and Ed. Wonder witnesses the lynching of Jud and runs aways to warn Dillon. Bo asks $100 to Deke but his brother Ed confesses they haven’t hung Jud and a fight start and Bo dies. Wonder spots wounded Jud at the first floor of a crummy saloon. Dillon eventually meets Jud and tells him about the charge of murdering Bo while the Franklin brothers plan to kill them …

    It’s a minor and crude family drama paired with a naive and corny orphaned Indian boy story and a rework of a season 8 entitled “I Call Him Wonder”. In a way, it’s the companion piece to the season 11 “Kioga”, meaning an Indian boy looking for Matt Dillon to set things straight. The character of Ed Franklin suffers from a bad conscience. As in “The Pillagers”, they recycle the mine back lot from the season 12 episode of Gunsmoke entitled “The Goldtakers” and an episode of The Wild Wild West entitled “The Night of the Firebrand”. Newly is absent. For the anecdote, Festus goes fishing and shows Doc his good catch which leads to some funny interactions. Features stock music from Stevens’ “Major Glory”.

    Actor Norman Alden returns from this season 13 “Death Train” and actress Fay Spain from the season 7 “A Man a Day”.

  138. GUNSMOKE SEASON 13

    Episode #15
    “Baker’s Dozen”
    written by Charles Joseph Stone
    directed by Irving J. Moore
    music composed by Johnny Parker
    guests: Peggy Rea, Harry Carey Jr., Harry Lauter, Mitzi Hoag, Ed McCready, Sam Greene, Denver Pyle, Phyllis Coghlan, Tyler MacDuff, William Murphy, Dana Dillaway, Keith Schultz, Gary Grimes

    A robbed stagecoach arrives at Dodge City and a woman gradually delivers three babies. Festus goes to the farm of Mrs. Roniger (actress Peggy Rea)—the mother of ten children—and bring her back to Doc Adams’ office to save the weak woman while Matt Dillon is looking for the robber who is the father of the triplets. Later on, the woman dies and her outlaw husband was shot dead by the sheriff in Abilene. Doc worries about the future of the babies and asks couples if they wish to adopt them as well as Dillon. The next day at the courthouse located at the Dodge House, Judge Blent (actor Denver Pyle) fights Doc Adams about the adoption of the three babies …

    It’s an average corny nursery entry and a legal orphan case. Newly is present but not active. The music score written by Johnny Parker is conducted by Morton Stevens. Features stock music from Leon Klatzkin.

    Actress Peggy Rea returns from the season 11 “Outlaw’s Woman” and Denver Pyle from the season 12 “Mad Dog”. Harry Carey Jr. (“Bank Baby”) and Harry Lauter (“Honey Pot”) all return from season 10.

    End credits for composer Johnny Parker.
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  139. GUNSMOKE SEASON 13

    Episode #16
    “The Victim”
    written by Arthur Rowe
    story by Hal Sitowitz
    directed by Vincent McEveety
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: James Gregory, Beverly Garland, Cliff Osmond, John Kellogg, Kevin Hagen, Warren Vanders, Edmund Hashim, Roy Jenson, Willis Bouchey, Gregg Palmer, Tim O’Kelly

    In the saloon of a small town and amongst cow hands, dumb brute Bo Remick (actor Cliff Osmond) tortures Lefty (actor Warren Vanders) on the counter and asks owner Lee Stark (actress Beverly Garland) to drink with her but she refuses cold. A bunch of drovers enters and one of them named Billy Martin (actor Tim O’Kelly) is the boyfriend of Lee and they both head to a back alley to kiss each other when Bo gets mixed up in their affair and kill Billy (off-screen). At night, Sheriff Joe Wood (actor John Kellogg) watches Bo in the cell when his deputy resigns and Matt Dillon steps into the office. The father of Billy, Wes Martin (actor James Gregory) and his second Brock (actor Edmund Hashim) meets Dillon. Wood is ready to quit because he knows the family of the deceased one but Dillon convinces him to keep the job. The drovers of Martin head to the sheriff’s office to lynch Bo. Dillon deputizes leader drovers Lefty and Crow (actor Roy Jenson) by force and then questions Bo and Lee about the murder. Later on, Dillon and Bo escape from the town when Wes Martin and his men stop them to announce the official trial. The morning after at the saloon turned into a courtroom, the investigation is conducted by Judge Josh Pike (actor Kevin Hagen). The two deputies sadistically harass prisoner Bo who breaks out of his cell. But things are not what it appears to be …

    It’s just a whodunit entry that includes twisted family overtones, courtroom drama and lynch mob tension that is enhanced by the overall performances of the guest actors. For the anecdote, Matt Dillon is mugged by one of his deputy with a stone. Newly is absent. Features stock music from Stevens’ “Major Glory”.

    Actors Edmund Hashim and Warren Vanders both return from this season 13 “The Wreckers”. Actors James Gregory (“The Avengers”), John Kellogg (“The Raid”), Tim O’Kelly (“Killer at Large”), Gregg Palmer (“Which Dr.”) all return from season 11.

    Actor Beverly Garland returns from the season 8 “The Odyssey of Jubal Tanner”, Kevin Hagen from the season 9 “No Hands”, Roy Jenson from the season 12 “The Goldtakers”. The same year, actress Beverly Garland appears in one season 3 episode of The Wild Wild West entitled “The Night of the Cut-Throats” and actor Kevin Hagen in “The Night of the Amnesiac” and one Cimarron Strip entitled “The Blue Moon Train”.

  140. GUNSMOKE SEASON 13

    Episode #17
    “Dead Man’s Law”
    written by Calvin Clements, Jr.
    directed by John Rich
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: John Dehner, Gunnar Hellström, Eddie Little Sky, Craig Curtis, Ralph Manza, Gregg Palmer, Robert Brubaker, Steve Raines, Baynes Barron, Alex Sharp, Kelton Garwood

    Riding in a canyon, Matt Dillon discovers a wounded horse that he guns down when the owner hides in the mountain and, later on, shoots him down by surprise but Dillon retaliates, kills him and falls down unconscious. An Indian (actor Eddie Little Sky) standing at the top of the hill stares at the corpse of Dillon. At Dodge City, a posse of cattlemen and deputized men led by Festus returns home and, among them, two men feud: arrested young drover Sonny (actor Craig Curtis) is falsely accused of rustling by Cattlemen’s Cooperative henchman working as a deputy Eriksson (actor Gunnar Hellström). At the Long Branch, the usual trio (Doc, Kitty, Festus) has a talk when gunsmith Newly pops-up to inform them about Dillon’s horse brought back by a foreign couple driving a wagon and who buried his body. At the office of the Cattlemen’s Cooperative, Eriksson meets executive Sam Wall (actor John Dehner) who suggest him that he must form a committee to enforce the law while getting the control of the grazing permits. Festus and Newly go after Dillon in the canyon. Meanwhile an Indian takes care of Dillon. Henchman Eriksson carries the badge along with two deputies and arrest Lathrop because of a complaint. Festus and Newly return home empty-handed. Doc informs Festus that Eriksson takes over but Festus fights back and regains his lawman status and deputizes Newly. At night, three drovers led by Fry (actor Gregg Palmer) break out Sonny from his cell and gets killed swiftly by the nasty shotguns of Ericksson. Executive Sam Wall tries to organize a street election to select the new marshal but Doc refuses the illegal process and officially stands against him. At night and as a warning, Doc is beaten up by two thugs of Eriksson in a back alley. Festus eventually find Dillon. Eriksson blackmails a trail boss (actor Steve Raines) to join the association and obtain his grazing permit, meets the Indian and heads to his camp to eliminate Dillon and Festus!

    It’s an interesting and ruthless drama about power struggle through the men from the Cattlemen’s Cooperative: in short, a diehard vigilante manipulated by a cunning executive acting as a politician on campaign—oddly enough, Eriksson calls him Major. Two regular characters are wonded: Dillon and Doc. My favorite scenes remain: Festus busting out Eriksson from the marshal’s office and the final nightly outcome with the horses charade. Features stock music from Stevens’ “Major Glory”. The character of undertaker Percy Crump returns from season 12 (“The Good People”, “Old Friend”). Actor Gunnar Hellström also directs some episodes from season 13: see “Cattle Barons”, “Death Train”, “Mr. Sam’l”.

    Actor John Dehner returns from the season 10 “The Pariah”, actor Gregg Palmer returns from this season 13 “The Victim”, Rawhide actor Steve Raines returns from the season 12 “Stage Stop” and “Mail Drop”.

  141. GUNSMOKE SEASON 13

    Episode #18
    “Nowhere to Run”
    written by Ron Honthaner
    story by Robert Totten
    directed by Vincent McEveety
    music by Allyn Ferguson
    guests: Mark Lenard, Ilka Windish, Robert Random, Robert Porter, Dan Ferrone, Tom Brown, Michael Burns, Harry Harvey, William Tannen

    Spearville at night: three young men steal a cashbox from the general store and one of them named Todd Bishop (actor Robert Random) shoots the old storekeeper down and his partner Mark Stonecipher (actor Robert Porter) from the back. The morning after, wounded Mark returns home at the farm when he faces Ira Stonecipher (actor Mark Lenard), his angry and proud father who refuses any helps from his fellowmen. They argue about the bullet wound and the handgun he carries, feud and fight and Mark ends up at the bottom of an unfinished well. The mother of Mark (actress Ilka Windish) orders his young brother Dale (actor Michael Burns) to go fetch Doc Adams but he fails to find him and bumps into Dillon and Festus that accompany him. One of the robbers named Honker (actor Dan Ferrone), working at the general store, notices the kid brother of Mark and reports it back to Bishop at the Long Branch. Nearby the farm, a man named Ed O’Conner (actor Tom Brown) dynamites tree stumps over the hill which leads to the caving in of the well. Festus goes organizing a team of workers, including Newly and the two robbers, to dig a second well and to rescue agonizing Mark …

    It starts out as a criminal case of juvenile delinquency and blossoms into a harsh farm family drama about a pride and poor man afraid of asking combined with the catastrophy subgenre and that eventually highlight the sense of community. Writer Ron Honthaner will be promoted to assistant to the producer next season.

    Actor Robert Random returns from the season 12 “The Mission” and, the same year, he appears in one episode of Cimarron Strip entitled “Fool’s Gold”.

    The same year, actor Mark Lenard appears in one season 3 episode of The Wild Wild West entitled “The Night of the Iron Fist” and one episode of Cimarron Strip entitled “The Greeners”.

    End credits for composer Allyn Ferguson.
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  142. GUNSMOKE SEASON 13

    Episode #19
    “Blood Money”
    written by Hal Sitowitz
    directed by Robert Totten
    music by Johnny Parker
    guests: Nehemiah Persoff, Anthony Zerbe, Donna Baccala, James Anderson, Mills Watson, Hank Brandt, Kelton Garwood, Michelle Breeze, Troy Melton, Lee de Broux

    At night and at Dodge City, two cowboys light cigars when a stranger dressed in black passes by and stops at the livery stable. At the first floor of the place, wino Louie stares at the stranger named Nick Skouras (actor Anthony Zerbe) who gets a bottle of whiskey from his saddle bag when the two cowboys appear. Skouras draws and kills them both. Matt Dillon and Festus pop-up and Louie asserts that it is a case of self defense. Skouras goes straight at the Dodge House to drink and sleep when a mysterious man shoots his hand and throws him out some bank notes at his face as something disgusting. This man happens to be his father: Alex Skouras (actor Nehemiah Persoff). Doc takes care of Nick Skouras’ hand. Dillon doesn’t arrest his father. Three men led by Jesse Hill (actor James Anderson) ask undertaker Percy Crump (actor Kelton Garwood) who kills Jake Walker (actor Troy Melton), one of the two cowboys. The Skouras sister named Elenya (actress Donna Baccala) goes see her brother and brings him some food and later meets Newly at her father’s shop. Nick Skouras stops at the Long Branch and bumps into Jesse Hill and Dillon and, later on, orders a new gun for his left hand at Newly’s shop.

    It’s a decent gunfighter entry paired with a wandering Greek family drama that reminds the season 11 “The Pretender” and foreshadows the season 1 episode “Bitter Wine” from QM’s series The Streets of San Francisco because of the angry and stubborn father character played by Nehemiah Persoff and, furthermore, actress Donna Baccala will also play in that same “Bitter Wine”. As in the previous “Nowhere to Run”, it’s all about a father refusing the obvious concerning his family. The entire prologue is cinematic and fabulous! The gang of Jesse Hill consists of actors James Anderson, Mills Watson and Hank Brandt. The character of undertaker Percy Crump returns from “Dead Man’s Law”. For the anecdote and for the first time, we see the shop of gunsmith Newly O’Brien and, later on, Alex Skouras makes fun of Newly name. Composer Johnny Parker write a Greek-oriented score.

    Actors James Anderson returns from this season 13 “Vengeance”, Lee de Broux from this season 13 “A Hat” and Nehemiah Persoff from the season 11 “The Pretender” and, the same year, Nehemiah Persoff appears in one season 3 episode of The Wild Wild West entitled “The Night of the Underground Terror” and Anthony Zerbe in “The Night of the Legion of Death”. Actor Troy Melton returns from the season 12 “The Favor”.

    End credits for composer Johnny Parker.
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  143. GUNSMOKE SEASON 13

    Episode #20
    “Hill Girl”
    written by Calvin Clements, Sr.
    directed by Robert Totten
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: Lane Bradbury, Victor French, Anthony James, Dabbs Greer

    A young country woman named Merry Florene (actor Lane Bradbury) runs away from her violent half-brothers in the countryside and stops at the camp of Newly and fails to steal his horse. The two brothers named Roland Daniel (actor Victor French) and Elbert Moses (actor Anthony James) hold Newly prisoner at their cave. At night, Merry makes a deal with Newly and they escape from. The morning after, Newly shows her a boarding house at Dodge City and finds her a job at the general store run by Mr. Jonas (actor Dabbs Greer). Out of the blue, the evil brothers surface and force her to commit a felony by unlocking the back door of the store. Meanwhile, Merry Florene meets key people (Newly, Miss Kitty, Mr. Jonas) who try to educate her but her old breeding is still very strong and has consequences …

    It’s an interesting lost country woman and a Newly-oriented entry paired with the theme of the fish out of the water and Shaw’s Pygmalion. Features stock music from Stevens’ “Major Glory”. As in “Blood Money”, we see the shop of gunsmith Newly O’Brien. Actress Lane Bradbury plays again a woman in a desperate situation after “Outlaw’s Woman” and “Muley”. Oddly enough, actor Anthony James used to play Reb from the Dooley clan in “Hard Luck Henry”.

    Actors Lane Bradbury returns from the season 12 “Muley and Dabbs Greer from the season 11 “By Line”. Both Victor French (“Major Glory”) and Anthony James (“Hard Luck Henry”) return from this season 13. The same year, Anthony James appears in the episode “The Deputy” from Cimarron Strip.

  144. GUNSMOKE SEASON 13

    Episode #21
    “The Gunrunners”
    written by Hal Sitowitz
    directed by Irving J. Moore
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: Michael Constantine, Jim Davis, Dick Peabody, James Griffith, John McLiam, Dan Ferrone, Lane Bradford, Xavier Brands, Bill Hart

    At night, a blue coat sentry (actor Bill Hart) watches a weapon shipment at the train station when Sergeant Jubal Gray (actor Jim Davis) appears, stabs the sentry and replaces him with Patch (actor Dick Peabody), a tall one-eyed henchman. A wagon stops by and three soldiers load the guns and ammunitions. The morning after and at a camp, fur trader mountain man Noah Meek (actor Michael Constantine) informs his Indian partner Tahrohon (actor Dan Ferrone) that is on his way to Dodge City to get some supplies. The imposters, now dress as conventional cowboys, have a broken wheel issue when Tahrohon gives them advices to fix it but, while working on the wagon, a crate of rifles drops and breaks open and Tahrohon sees it so the gang gets rid of him and disguises it as a fall accident. At night, Noah Meek brings Tahrohon back to Doc’s office and the next day, follows the tracks of the wagon down to an abandoned farm where he grills Reese, one of the gang members, who eventually dies violently. Noah Meek knows that he must find four men in Dodge City and his wounded friend let him know that one of them has a scare on his eye …

    It’s a good gun dealer entry, a vengeance tale, the second blue coat-oriented drama after “Major Glory” and a rework of the season 12 “The Goldtakers” because of outlaws disguised as blue coat soldiers and the writer just replaces gold for weapon but, unlike the initial inspiration, the leader is a former soldier. The cast of outlaw characters consist of: Jim Davis as leader Jubal Gray, Dick Peabody as Patch, James Griffith as Wade Lester, John McLiam as Bender, Lane Bradford as Reese. For the anecdote, Doc fails to be stabbed from the rear by Patch at his office and Bender shoots down Festus. The footage of the burning farm will be recycled in a season 4 episode of The Wild Wild West. Features stock music from Stevens’ “Major Glory”.

    Actors Michael Constantine (“Old York”) and Dick Peabody (“Phoebe Strunk”) both return from season 8. Actors Jim Davis (“The Mission”) and John McLiam (“Champion of the World”) both return from season 12. Actors James Griffith returns from the season 9 “The Bassops”, Dan Ferrone from the season 13 “Nowhere to Run”, Lane Bradford from the season 10 “He Who Steals”.

    The same year, actor Jim Davis appears in one episode of Cimarron Strip entitled “The Search”.

  145. GUNSMOKE SEASON 13

    Episode #22
    “The Jackals”
    written by Calvin Clements, Jr.
    directed by Alvin Ganzer
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: Paul Richards, Tige Andrews, Felice Orlandi, Ward Wood, Michael Vandever, Alex Montoya, David Renard, Martin Garralaga, Rico Alaniz, Jorge Moreno, Ruben Moreno, Ellen Davalos, Olga Velez, Carmen Austin, Joe De Santis, Bill Hart

    “This man will follow you forever.”
    —Mexican bandito Jose Santillo about Matt Dillon

    On a foggy night, in a Texan saloon, Matt Dillon delivers a warm speech to his retired colleague sheriff Mark Handlin (actor Joe De Santis) in front of a group of friends and gives him a solid gold star as a reward for his hard work while five outlaws, freshly released from prison and led by Mel Deevers (actor Paul Richards), step into and gun down the old lawman like thunder. Matt Dillon retaliates and shoots one dead and injures another and, the next day, crosses Mexico to get the remaining members while the gang heads to Los Entende. Later on, Deevers gets rid of wounded Poorly and frames Dillon by spreading fake news about being a wanted murder with a big reward known for killing sheriff Handlin and a Mexican family. The townspeople lynch Dillon when the Padre stops it. Anyway and despite ambushes, Dillon is still on the tracks of Deevers while encountering the infamous Mexican bandito José Santillo (actor Tige Andrews) …

    It’s a very good solo Matt Dillon adventure and journey and bandits entry that reminds the desert and Mexican atmosphere from a season 3 episode of The Wild Wild West entitled “The Night of the Jack O’Diamonds”. In a way, actor James Arness plays it as actor Clint Eastwood in his traveling angel of justice mode. The cast of outlaw characters consist of: Paul Richards as leader Mel Deevers, Michael Vandever as wounded Poorly, Felice Orlandi as Emilio, Ward Wood as Bates, Bill Hart. The shocking prologue is wisely intercut by the film editor as in a feature film done by Sergio Leone. The ominous score by Leon Klatzkin is the added value to this adventure and will be tracked on The Wild Wild West episode “The Night of the Death-Maker”, among other things. The art director recycles the red saloon set used in The Wild Wild West and Cimarron Strip.

    Actor Paul Richards returns from the season 3 “Joe Phy” and used to appear in the 1955 pilot “Matt Gets It” as a gunfighter which closes a cycle.
    Actors Tige Andrews, Joe De Santis and Ward Wood all return from the season 2 “Gone Straight”.
    Actors Michael Vandever (“Stage Stop”), Ruben Moreno (“The Mission”) and David Renard (“Old Friend”) all return from season 12.
    Both actors Alex Montoya and Rico Alaniz return from the season 9 “Extradition”.

    For the anecdote, actor Ward Wood plays the regular character of police Lieutenant Art Malcolm on Mannix. The same year, Felice Orlandi appears in one season 3 episode of The Wild Wild West entitled “The Night of the Simian Terror”.

  146. John, do you have any of the five Gunsmoke reunion movies that were aired from 1987 to 1994? I'm almost finished viewing both volumes of the recent Gunsmoke season 14…no surprise that S14 is just as strong as S13. I've purchased each and every Gunsmoke volume that CBS has released thus far, filling up nearly a full shelf in a bookcase, and the Gunsmoke DVD page on Amazon became my default home page there, ha, ha…but I'm hesitant to buy the reunion movies. Probably because I've never been very fond of any that I've seen over the years, including Return to Mayberry for The Andy Griffith Show. And generally speaking, any reboot of an old show has proved to be inferior to outright awful, as with the recent dreadful incarnation of The Twilight Zone. My antipathy verified in the old adage that "you can't go home again".

    I never watched the Gunsmoke reunion movies when they first aired. Since CBS released the first 4 and Kino-Lorber released the previously missing final movie from 1994, I've been thinking maybe I should give them a try. Especially as the first TV movie was filmed in and around my hometown of Calgary, Alberta Canada, and it's the only one of the five for which Amanda Blake was able to participate in. And of course, the 1987 movie, Return to Dodge, features Earl Holliman and Steve Forrest returning as the same killer he played in S14's Mannon…and the movie utilizes clips from that 1969 episode as a flashback. As I don't really expect that CBS will release the original series in total (I'm still hoping they'll give us S15), I'm wondering what other Gunsmoke fans think of the reunion movies?

  147. Flashgear

    John, do you have any of the five Gunsmoke reunion movies that were aired from 1987 to 1994?

    No, I don't.

    Flashgear

    Probably because I've never been very fond of any that I've seen over the years, including Return to Mayberry for The Andy Griffith Show. And generally speaking, any reboot of an old show has proved to be inferior to outright awful, as with the recent dreadful incarnation of The Twilight Zone. My antipathy verified in the old adage that "you can't go home again".

    Agreed all the way. I remember the terrible Wild Wild West reunion telefilms: totally forgettable.
    Same thing with the reboot of Mission: Impossible as a television series.
    These vintage series are products of their time. We don't live in the sixties anymore.
    These series perfectly fitted their time and were well-made, at least, the CBS ones.
    Besides, western dramas no longer talk to the majority of people.
    Furthermore, some sides of the old west couldn't be treated today for many reasons I won't develop here.
    Picture an episode of The Wild Wild West like "The Night of the Fire and Brimstone" done today: see the tag scene.

    Flashgear

    I never watched the Gunsmoke reunion movies when they first aired.

    Ditto.

  148. I enjoyed the first one, once I got past the aging faces of the actors. I felt the story was truly in the same vein as the series. The flashbacks filled in the missing info for folks unfamiliar with "Mannon".

    The second story featured the return of Michael Learned and the story built upon Matt's amnesia love for Mike. Seemed to have a bit of a Lonesome Dove vibe to me due to the story being told. Again, of it's time and not a bad story. Matt and Mike are the only characters from the Gunsmoke episode, "Matt's Love Story" (1973).

    Walmart has a DVD with the first three movies here in the states for $9.99. I picked it up for the first two movies. The other three could be about pretty much any aging cowboy. The iconic theme is missing from all movies, don't much care for that.

    I give them a qualified recommendation. Depends on your tolerance. I believe Newly may be in the first one. Hannah is also present. These first two are the only ones I really enjoy, mostly since they reference the series.

  149. JohnHopper

    These vintage series are products of their time. We don't live in the sixties anymore.
    These series perfectly fitted their time and were well-made, at least, the CBS ones.
    Besides, western dramas no longer talk to the majority of people.

    Thanks, John! Yes, they certainly represent a time capsule in our shared pop culture, baby boomer experience. The fact that we continue to seek them out years later verifies their lasting "truth", if not just their reliable entertainment value. Nostalgia has real worth in our lives, and proves to be a comforting refuge in the face of so much prevailing trash today. And I do try to give some new shows a chance, but often find myself deleting them from my DVR after about 10 minutes, or if I actually see them through to the end, I'm filled with regret and feel like I desperately need a shower or a session with a psychoanalyst after rolling around in the grunge of some alley for an hour.

    I enjoy your Gunsmoke episode reviews, John! Those latter seasons were all very strong. Unlike some fans, I don't prefer the earlier half hour seasons over the hour seasons. I think the series retained it's integrity and remained strong throughout it's lengthy run. My favorites in season 13 being Dead Man's Law, The Gunrunners, The Jackals and A Noose for Dobie Price. I know you weren't fond of the Christmas episode Baker's Dozen, but at least that episode finally earned Milburn Stone his Emmy in 1968. Season 14 has at least the same proportion of truly great episodes, with a number filmed at scenic Vasquez Rocks State Park and Lone PIne California. Always good when they ventured further afield. And in season 16 and 17 they went farther afield yet to Silverton Colorado, Santa Fe and Tucumcari New Mexico, Kanab Utah and Custer South Dakota. Let's hope CBS can give us season 15, and hopefully more. Who knows what the sales were like for S14? People have to put their money where their mouth is, so says the guy with a shelf full of Gunsmoke DVD releases. I'm glad they also later released the superpack sets, which I see strongly represented at my local Walmart. I hope they go beyond season 9 with those releases. I prefer my half season volumes for the ease of access, although I wouldn't want to add up how much I've spent on Gunsmoke over the years, buying them all at much higher prices and frequently on pre-order.

    Doug Wallen

    I enjoyed the first one, once I got past the aging faces of the actors. I felt the story was truly in the same vein as the series. The flashbacks filled in the missing info for folks unfamiliar with "Mannon".

    The second story featured the return of Michael Learned and the story built upon Matt's amnesia love for Mike. Seemed to have a bit of a Lonesome Dove vibe to me due to the story being told. Again, of it's time and not a bad story. Matt and Mike are the only characters from the Gunsmoke episode, "Matt's Love Story" (1973).

    Walmart has a DVD with the first three movies here in the states for $9.99. I picked it up for the first two movies. The other three could be about pretty much any aging cowboy. The iconic theme is missing from all movies, don't much care for that.

    I give them a qualified recommendation. Depends on your tolerance. I believe Newly may be in the first one. Hannah is also present. These first two are the only ones I really enjoy, mostly since they reference the series.

    Thanks Doug, very good info there! I suspect my experience would mirror your own. Michael Learned was such a beauty and fine actress, I'd love to see that one too. I of course like the guest casting in the TV movies and the fact that the first one was filmed partly in beautiful Kananaskis Provincial park near where I live. The second film was filmed at scenic locations in Texas and the third in beautiful New Mexico. And I would like to see how they continued the Mannon story. Too bad that they couldn't work out the differences with Ken Curtis so he could have participated too. Or better yet, find a way to bring back Dennis Weaver. Good thing that Buck Taylor was in the first reunion movie. I think I will go ahead and seek them out, especially if I can find the first 3 telefilm set at a good price. I wasn't aware that Walmart offered that set at such a great price, and I'll check Walmart Canada for availability. Amazon Canada has always had that set listed at a much higher price, about $36 Canadian which is currently about $27 U.S…

    I agree that I would need to ease into seeing a much older James Arness. One thing I've read about the reunion movies was that James Arness was in a lot of arthritic pain and suffering from his WW2 leg wounds till the end. People who saw him valiantly struggle through filming the second movie were thinking it would be his last, and were later amazed and awed by his fortitude in doing three more!

  150. Flashgear

    Thanks, John! Yes, they certainly represent a time capsule in our shared pop culture, baby boomer experience. The fact that we continue to seek them out years later verifies their lasting "truth", if not just their reliable entertainment value.

    I believe these western series are as timeless as the old John Ford/John Wayne’s epic films of the Golden Age.
    These western series are classical per se in the mythological sense.
    They are part of the cinema history and the history of mass media.

    Flashgear

    Nostalgia has real worth in our lives, and proves to be a comforting refuge in the face of so much prevailing trash today.

    One of the original aspects of these western series are the legions of colorful guest actors: some work between the two eras (Golden and Silver age). Without these actors, these series can’t work. These men and women are unique.

    Flashgear

    I enjoy your Gunsmoke episode reviews, John!

    Thank you, Randall! More to come …

    Flashgear

    Those latter seasons were all very strong. Unlike some fans, I don't prefer the earlier half hour seasons over the hour seasons. I think the series retained it's integrity and remained strong throughout it's lengthy run. My favorites in season 13 being Dead Man's Law, The Gunrunners, The Jackals and A Noose for Dobie Price. I know you weren't fond of the Christmas episode Baker's Dozen, but at least that episode finally earned Milburn Stone his Emmy in 1968. Season 14 has at least the same proportion of truly great episodes, with a number filmed at scenic Vasquez Rocks State Park and Lone PIne California. Always good when they ventured further afield. And in season 16 and 17 they went farther afield yet to Silverton Colorado, Santa Fe and Tucumcari New Mexico, Kanab Utah and Custer South Dakota.

    I agree with you concerning the travel to the land episodes which make the series realistic, naturalistic and feature film-like—I adore when Dillon crosses the desert all alone. I tend to prefer the long hour format under the new production team of Mantley and Leacock starting from season 10.

  151. JohnHopper

    I believe these western series are as timeless as the old John Ford/John Wayne’s epic films of the Golden Age.
    These western series are classical per se in the mythological sense.
    They are part of the cinema history and the history of mass media.

    Golden Age western films-wise, actor James Arness was the protégé of western legend John Wayne
    and actor Ken Curtis was married to Barbara Ford, the daughter of director John Ford,
    but Curtis appeared in many films by Ford (see The Quiet Man, The Searchers, The Horse Soldiers)
    with Wayne too. Curtis also guested in John Wayne’s fancy saga The Alamo.

  152. GUNSMOKE SEASON 13

    Episode #23
    “The First People”
    written by Calvin Clements, Sr.
    directed by Robert Totten
    music by Johnny Parker
    guests: Gene Evans, Todd Armstrong, James Almanzar, James Lydon, Jack Elam, Richard Hale, Eddie Little Sky, Bill Erwin

    At night and around a fire, an old Indian named White Buffalo (actor Richard Hale) performs a ritual when a rider named Thomas Evans (actor Gene Evans) stops by and orders him to resume to the reservation. White Buffalo cuts the arm of agent Evans with his knife and throws him away. The next day and at the reservation, Matt Dillon talks to Evans about his friend White Buffalo and his poor administration. At night, Dillon rides to the camp of White Buffalo and meets John Eagle Wing (actor Todd Armstrong), the grandson of White Buffalo, and tries to make him understand his political role. Back at the reservation and the next day, a violent fight starts: Dillon and Johnny against the Indian policemen led by Sergeant Mako (actor James Almanzar). Evans arrives to put an end to it and orders to lock up both men into the stockade. Later on, both men escape from and steals horses but the Indian policemen shoot them down and kill Sam Baines (actor James Lydon), an official of the State at the reservation. Doc cures Dillon at the reservation and Evans asserts that Dillon will stand his trial for murdering Baines. At Dodge City, the army stops by and delivers US Attorney General’s office representative William Prange (actor Jack Elam) who stays at the Dodge House. Dillon eventually resumes to his office where he meets Johnny and the Washington lawyer. At night, Dillon and Johnny go meet dying White Buffalo when the Indian policemen try to eliminate them by simulating an accident. Dillon guns them down dead but wounded Mako flees and goes straight to the reservation to get some food and a horse when Evans shows up …

    It’s a laborious and talky reservation entry in the line of the season 11 “Honor Before Justice” combined with a light trial issue and some blue coats and none of actors Gene Evans and Jack Elam are used well. The episode title implies the Indians. The film editor recycles inserts footages from the season 12 “Nitro! Part 2” when Dillon rides fast to see White Buffalo for the last time, punctuated by Stevens’ “Major Glory”. Newly is absent. Contains stock music by Leon Klatzkin and Stevens’ “Major Glory”.

    Actor James Almanzar (“The Wreckers”), Bill Erwin (“A Hat”), Gene Evans (“A Hat”) and Eddie Little Sky (“Dead Man’s Law”) all return from this season 13. Actor Jack Elam returns from the season 11 “My Father, My Son”.

    The same year, actor Jack Elam appears in one season 3 episode of The Wild Wild West entitled “The Night of Montezuma’s Hordes” (directed by Irving J. Moore) and one episode of Cimarron Strip entitled “Big Jessie”.

  153. GUNSMOKE SEASON 13

    Episode #24
    “Mr. Sam’l”
    written by Harry Kronman
    directed by Gunnar Hellström
    music by Johnny Parker
    guests: Ed Begley, Larry Pennell, Peter Mark Richman, Sandra Smith, Duke Hobbie, Tom Brown

    During a hot night at Dodge City, Doc comes out of his office and goes to the marshal’s office when a fight starts between two men about a buying deal: land businessman Norman Trainer (actor Mark Richman) and rancher Ben Akins (actor Larry Pennell). Dillon puts an end to it. Festus meets poor mule rider Samuel Basset aka Mr. Sam’l (actor Ed Begley) in the street who heads to the Long Branch where he asks Sam to talk to saloon girl Marcie (actress Sandra Smith) which happens to be his daughter. Meanwhile three ranchers led by Ben Akins stop at the Long Branch after being refused a loan from the bank when religious man Mr. Sam’l offers his services to locate a water hole but for $200 combined with $5 for every wet hole. In a room from a back alley, Norman Trainer joins back insider David Akins (actor Duke Hobbie) willing to get his brother’s ranch. The two plotters beat up old timer Sam’l in a back alley and orders him to leave while Louie watches the scene. At the boarding house, Sam’l meets again his daughter who asks him to leave too. Louie reports back to Dillon the criminal event. Hidden David Akins fails to shoot down Sam’l at his room and Norman Trainer decides to take over. At the livery stable, Dillon shoots down Norman Trainer on his way to eliminate Ben Akins. The next day and against all odds, Sam’l performs his gift …

    It’s a modest, sad and dual family drama (the Basset’s with a compromising father looking for redemption and the Akins’ with a dubious brother looking for revenge). Newly is present but inactive. Contains stock music by Leon Klatzkin.

    Actors Ed Begley returns from the season 11 “Taps for Old Jeb”. The same year, actor Larry Pennell appears in the episode “The Deputy” from Cimarron Strip.

  154. GUNSMOKE SEASON 13

    Episode #25
    “A Noose for Dobie Price”
    written by Antony Ellis

    directed by Richard C. Sarafian
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: Chill Wills, Shug Fisher, Sheldon Allman, Robert Donner, E.J. André, Rose Hobart, Owen Bush, Michael Greene, Raymond Mayo, John Hudkins, Bob Herron

    At Dodge City, two men build the gallows for the hanging of Dobie Price (actor Shug Fisher) who waits for in his cell along with an Indian named Jabez (actor Bob Herron). Meanwhile a band of five outlaw is formed while riding fast in the mountains. Matt Dillon looks for a hangman. At the Long Branch, newcomer and ex-convict Elihu Gorman (actor Chill Wills) asks to talk to Miss Kitty to get the job of hangman while Dillon steps into and refuses to hire him because of his family tie to Price. The outlaws break out the two prisoners and Dillon shoots one dead. At night and during a rainy storm, the posse resumes to town and Dillon meets again Gorman at his office and deputizes him to track the gang down to the Big Basin. The two men take refuge in a line shack but Gorman cheats at poker and they get fired. Jabez watches them. The next day, they are attacked by four Indians ordered by Jabez. Later on, the two men stop to help an old couple with their wagon’s broken wheel but Gorman steals their money and Dillon notices it. Both men fight and roll down the hill. They return to the camp of the old couple and find them dead and their wagon carbonized. At night and around a fire, the two men are again attacked by Indians led by Jabez. The next day, Gorman infiltrates the hideout of the gang located in a mine. Dillon is caught by the henchmen of Dobie Price. Gorman hesitates and wonders which side is on …

    It’s a filler episode, a hardly adequate journey through the mountains and a revenge tale in which Dillon teams up with a silly cheap crook that adds a light touch. As in “Mr. Sam’l”, the old character is a looser looking for redemption. The main drawback is the generic guest characters that look like cardboard figures. Director Richard C. Sarafian makes it look better than it is. Newly is absent. Contains stock music from Stevens’ “Major Glory”.

    Actor Chill Wills returns from this season 13 “A Hat”. Actors Shug Fisher (“Fandango”) and Michael Greene (“The Goldtakers”) both return from season 12. Actor Sheldon Allman returns from the season 10 “He Who Steals” and Owen Bush from the season 9 “Trip West”.

  155. TOP GUNSMOKE SEASON 13 EPISODES
    “Major Glory”
    “Vengeance”
    “The Prodigal”
    “The Jackals”
    “The Wreckers”
    “Death Train”
    “Rope Fever”
    “Dead Man’s Law”
    “Blood Money”
    “The Gunrunners”
    “Stranger in Town”
    “The Pillagers”

  156. GUNSMOKE SEASON 13THE SCORES

    INDEX OF COMPOSERS ONSCREEN CREDITS

    Allyn Ferguson
    “Nowhere To Run”

    Harry Geller (2)
    “A Hat”
    “Prairie Wolfer”

    Leon Klatzkin (15)
    “The Wreckers”
    “The Prodigal”
    “Vengeance, Part 1”
    “Vengeance, Part 2”
    “Hard Luck Henry”
    “The Pillagers”
    “Stranger in Town”
    “Death Train”
    “Rope Fever”
    “The Victim”
    “Deadman’s Law”
    “Hill Girl”
    “The Gunrunners”
    “The Jackals”
    “A Noose for Dobie Price”

    Johnny Parker (4)
    “Baker’s Dozen”
    “Blood Money”
    “The First People”
    “Mr. Sam’l”

    Morton Stevens (3)
    “Cattle Barons”
    “Major Glory”
    “Wonder”

    Notes
    This season sees the greatest score ever written for the show: “Major Glory” by Morton Stevens. Morton Stevens conducts the score “Baker’s Dozen” written by Johnny Parker. Unlike the previous season 11 and 12, we don’t see the generic credits of music supervision by Morton Stevens. Despite his monumental onscreen credits, Leon Klatzkin just writes a handful of original scores.

  157. Well, let’s continue our exploration of Gunsmoke! I come out of The Long Branch and walk down the streets of Dodge City and my next stop is… season 14 and as Matt Dillon used to say to his opponents: “Hold it right there”. Meanwhile The Wild Wild West sees his fourth and final season.

    GUNSMOKE • SEASON 14 (1968-1969) (26 episodes • 50 mins • color)
    The opening title sequence is brand new, meaning now Matt Dillon rides fast his horse in the prairie—actually, a recycled footage from the season 2 episode “Nitro! Part 2”—instead of the previous showdown at Dodge City.

    Find some interesting directors like the brothers McEveety (Bernard and Vincent) and three The Wild Wild West artisans: newcomer Marvin Chomsky, Swedish-born actor Gunnar Hellström and Irving J. Moore. Director Robert Totten now works only as an actor this season: “The Mark of Cain” and “The Long Night”. For the anecdote, you find both Charles Aidman and William Schallert in the same episode (“The Money Store”) and both actors serve as replacements to Ross Martin on The Wild Wild West.

    The same year on The Wild Wild West, you can see recycled sets from Gunsmoke: Matt Dillon’s exterior and interior office (turned into the land office at Grey Ridge in “The Night of the Juggernaut”, they recycle a season 12 footage with a blured Thad and also Epitath’s sheriff office in “The Night of the Fugitives”, Fiddler’s Bend sheriff office in “The Night of Miguelito’s Revenge”, New Petersburg’s sheriff office in “The Night of the Cossacks”, turned into the stage depot in “The Night of the Plague”), the exterior of the Long Branch saloon (“The Night of the Camera”), the interior of the Long Branch saloon (“The Night of the Juggernaut”, “The Night of the Kraken”, “The Night of the Fugitives”, “The Night of the Fire and Brimstone” directed by Bernard McEveety, “The Night of Miguelito’s Revenge”, “The Night of the Janus”, turned into Le Club de la Musique in “The Night of the Diva”, turned into The Balalaika in “The Night of the Cossacks”, turned into O’Donovan’s Saloon in “The Night of the Plague”), the Dodge House (turned into the Sedgewick Hotel and Spa in “The Night of the Sedgewick Curse” directed by Marvin Chomsky, “The Night of the Fugitives”, turned into the office of Dr. Sloane in “The Night of the Fire and Brimstone”, “The Night of the Cossacks”), the staircase of Doc Adams’ office in “The Night of the Fugitives”, “The Night of the Camera” and in “The Night of Miguelito’s Revenge”. For the anecdote, clumsy agent Bosley Cranston mentions Delmonico’s during the tag scene in “The Night of the Camera”.

    Composers are reduced to three names: Leon Klatzkin, Johnny Parker and newcomer Jaime Mendoza-Nava. The same year, Johnny Parker writes the score for “The Night of the Spanish Curse” from The Wild Wild West.

    PRODUCTION TEAM
    producer: John Mantley
    associate producer: Joseph Dackow
    assistant to the producer: Ron Honthaner
    story consultant: Paul Savage
    assistant story consultant: Jim Byrnes
    director of photography: Monroe Askins

    The team remains the same as season 13. From “Railroad!” (episode #9), the team switches position, meaning that Joseph Dackow is promoted to the position of producer, John Mantley regresses to the executive producer seat as in season 11 when he was just an associate producer and Paul Savage is now an executive story consultant and two new members appear: assistant to the producer Ron Honthaner—who used to write a season 13 script entitled “Nowhere to Run”—and assistant story consultant Jim Byrnes will start from episode #4 (“Uncle Finney”) and writes two scripts: “Lobo” and “The Intruder”. Cinematographer Fred Mandl replaces Monroe Askins for one episode: “The Intruder”.

    CAST OF CHARACTERS
    Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Ken Curtis (Festus), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty), Buck Taylor (Newly).

    supporting cast: Glenn Strange (Bartender/Fiddle player “Sam” Noonan), Ted Jordan (Freight agent “Nathan” Burke), Woodrow Chambliss (Woody Lathrop), James Nusser (wino “Louie” Pheeters).

    As usual, the strength of season 14 is the colorful guest actors that add weight to the story: see Charles Aidman (2), Lou Antonio (3), Joe Don Baker, Joseph Campanella, Jeff Corey, Jim Davis (2), Bruce Dern, Steve Forrest, Victor French (3), Will Geer, Steve Ihnat, Joanne Linville, Leslie Nielsen, Nehemiah Persoff, Robert Pine (2), William Schallert, Jacqueline Scott, Harry Dean Stanton, Dub Taylor, Jon Voight, James Wainwright, Morgan Woodward (2).

    THE DVD SETS
    The prints are restored and look wonderful. In each episode and at the end of the first set of end credits, a voice-over announcer introduces the next week trailer. It features separated from the episodes and unrestored next week trailers and, also, English subtitles.

  158. JohnHopper

    PRODUCTION TEAM
    producer: John Mantley
    associate producer: Joseph Dackow
    assistant to the producer: Ron Honthaner
    story consultant: Paul Savage
    assistant story consultant: Jim Byrnes
    director of photography: Monroe Askins

    The team remains the same as season 13. From “Railroad!” (episode #9), the team switches position, meaning that Joseph Dackow is promoted to the position of producer, John Mantley regresses to the executive producer seat as in season 11 when he was just an associate producer and Paul Savage is now an executive story consultant and two new members appear: assistant to the producer Ron Honthaner—who used to write a season 13 script entitled “Nowhere to Run”—and assistant story consultant Jim Byrnes will start from episode #4 (“Uncle Finney”) and writes two scripts: “Lobo” and “The Intruder”. Cinematographer Fred Mandl replaces Monroe Askins for one episode: “The Intruder”.

    The New Opening from season 14
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    The mid-season changes: end credits for producer Joseph Dackow.
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  159. Good news! TVSHOWSONDVD on Facebook via VIDEO E.T.A. has reported that Gunsmoke Season 15 will be released in the usual 2 volumes on October first!

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    I'm pleasantly surprised that season 15 is following on so quickly, a little over 6 months after CBS released season 14!

  160. Good news! TVSHOWSONDVD on Facebook via VIDEO E.T.A. has reported that Gunsmoke Season 15 will be released in the usual 2 volumes on October first!

    The cover artwork as shown on videoeta…
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    I'm pleasantly surprised that season 15 is following on so quickly, a little over 6 months after CBS released season 14!

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    Good news! TVSHOWSONDVD on Facebook via VIDEO E.T.A. has reported that Gunsmoke Season 15 will be released in the usual 2 volumes on October first!

    The cover artwork as shown on videoeta…
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    I'm pleasantly surprised that season 15 is following on so quickly, a little over 6 months after CBS released season 14!

    Excellent! I look forward to getting that season 15! Thanks for the heads-up, Randall!

  162. Continuing with the final episodes of Season 7.

    The Summons (7.29) John Crawford, Bethel Leslie, Myron Healey, Robert Stevenson, Cyril Delevanti, Percy Helton, Shug Fisher. A gang leader; Loy, shoots one of his men in the back for the reward money. Loy rides into Dodge looking to collect. As Matt is unable to find a wanted poster, Loy is placed in jail for murder, the criminal was shot in the back. Chester finds the poster and Matt receives word that the reward has been withdrawn. Loy feels that Matt and Chester created his problem and looks to exact revenge on Matt.

    Loy returns "home" – land that he has taken from his woman and turned to his hideout. He hatches a plan to steal a city and lay a trap for Matt. Rose Ellen is tired of being used by Loy and attempts to warn Matt of the potential danger. Matt is captured and is handcuffed to a bed awaiting his justice (being hanged) for slighting Loy.

    Rose Ellen makes a deal to help Matt escape if he will take her away. She has fallen for him. Matt settles the account and is preparing to return to Dodge whn Rose Ellen finds out that Matt has no designs on her. She is crushed.

    The Dreamers (7.30) Liam Redmond, J. Pat O'Malley, Gage Clark, Shug Fisher, Valerie Allen, Cece Whitney. Two miners are making their way to Memphis to open a gambling establishment on the Mississippi. Henry Cairn spots Kitty and immediately believes she will bend to his charms and wealth (he saved $10,000 from his mining days). He sets out to woo her so she will go with him and Jake Fogle to set up the new casino. Kitty refuses his charms.

    Henry declares war and opens the Lady Gay Saloon, undercuts her prices and puts her out of business. Sadness in the last half as Kitty has placed the Long Branch on the market. Henry still believes that Kitty will finally take his offer of marriage seriously and end their feud. Jake sees the issue more realistically in that Kitty will never accept the proposal. Jake has a different solution that kills their dream since Henry has squandered nearly 2/3 of his fortune.

    Cale (7.31) Carl Reindel, Peter Ashley, Joseph Hamilton, Hank Patterson, Robert Karnes. Cale, a young man travelling on his own walks into an explosive situation. He stops at a farm looking for water and shelter for the night. Upon awakening the following morning he hears an argument and then gunfire. Cale is a victim of circumstance and is shot because he is in the wrong place at the wrong time. He trails the shooter of the old farm owner and is shot a second time and left for dead.

    Matt happens along and fights to brin Cale in to see Doc. Before Doc can operate, Cale alienates his rescuers. Doc is in a hurry to help birth a families 9th child and recruits Matt who then recruits Chester and finally Kitty into sitting with Cale. Cale recovers rapidly and informs Matt that he will handle his problems in his own way with help from noone. Cale is very resourcefull and takes s job at Moss's stable working for Hank.

    The attacker shows up in Dodge and Cale follows and then captures him. They travel out to Nick Archer's ranch to explain the situation to the older man. Matt shows up in time to finally piece the situation together. Cale has cleared his name and is off to the next adventure. (He will return in Season 8.)

    Chester's Indian (7.32) Jena Engstrom, Karl Swenson, Eddie Little Sky, Lew Brown, Shug Fisher. Chester is looking forward to a visit with his cousin to do some fishing or nothing or whatever they feel like doing. Matt, Doc and Kitty all gather around Chester to wish him a safe trip. Chester is uncomfortable with this and leaves hastily. The three of them head to Delmonico's for breakfast and the understory becomes apparent – Doc misses Chester.

    An Indian is captured and pleads with is eyes to the storekeeper's daughter. He escapes and finds his way to the Dell ranch and Callie. She promises to help him tomorrow after her father and brother head to work. Chester arrives at the Dell home as Callie is attempting to help the Indian escape. Chester mistakenly shoots him in the shoulder. Callie guilts Chester into helping. Chester removes the bullt and tries to doctor him as much as he can.

    The family comes looking for Callie and Chester helps hide them. He is then coerced to enter town to get supplies and discovers that Callie's father owns the general store. Chester keeps saying he wishes he had travelled a different path to his cousins, I wish he would have also.

    Just two more to go and I will enter the Quint Asper stories.

  163. GUNSMOKE SEASON 14

    Episode #1
    “Lyle’s Kid”
    written by Calvin Clements, Sr.
    directed by Bernard McEveety
    music by Johnny Parker
    guests: Morgan Woodward, Robert Pine, Charlotte Considine, Sam Melville, Ken Mayer, Joe De Santis, Lew Palter, Mills Watson, I. Stanford Jolley, Kelton Garwood

    Two Lyle’s stop at a country house, turned into a roadside saloon, to water their horses when two loafers play with their handguns and excite the horse of crippled Grant Lyle (actor Morgan Woodward) when his son Jeffery (actor Robert Pine) notices and talks to waitress Iris (actress Considine) that he used to know from his childhood. Out of the blue, Jack Garvin (actor Sam Melville), one of the two loafers, takes Iris but Jeffery warns him to let her go which triggers a showdown that Jeff wins without firing. It’s carnival time at Dodge City and Newly brings two drunks to the marshal’s office while Matt Dillon meets his old friend sheriff Grant Lyle and invites him for a breakfast and hires Jeff as a replacement deputy. Later that night, Jeff meets again Iris, now job-less, that is harassed by a drunk and invites her for a diner at Delmonico’s when the two loafers stop at the Dodge House and spot Jeff. At the exit of the restaurant, Garvin provokes Jeff for a showdown and dies swiftly. Jeff feels bad about killing his first man when he meets Iris, now working at the Long Branch, who begs him for a picnic. Dillon knows that Grant will use his son for a vengeance plan against convict Hoxy (actor Joe De Santis) so Iris makes her best to distract Jeff and talks about marriage. Disappointed by his son, Grant goes to Newly and asks him to make a ‘fanning gun’ for the big day …

    It’s a good but pathetic and absurb revenge entry about an old sheriff eating from the inside paired with a farmboy love story that is well-served by the guest actors (Morgan Woodward, Robert Pine) and Johnny Parker’s music score. The outcome shows us two crippled old men. Actually, the solution of the story reminds the season 13 “The Prodigal”. As in some previous episodes written by Calvin Clements (the season 10 “Jonah Hutchinson” and the season 13 “The Prodigal”), an old character has a sudden flash of memory and, here, in the barn of the station. As in previous episodes, a hostile figure insults the righteous character and, here, calls him “farmboy”. Find the return of undertaker Percy Crump (actor Kelton Garwood).

    Actors Joe De Santis (“The Jackals”), Kelton Garwood (“Blood Money”), Sam Melville (“Death Train”), Mills Watson (“Blood Money”) and Morgan Woodward (“Vengeance” and “Death Train”) all return from season 13. The same year, actor Robert Pine appears as Lt. Murray in the season 4 episode of The Wild Wild West entitled “The Night of the Pistoleros” (also directed by Bernard McEveety).

    End Credits for composer Johnny Parker.
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  164. GUNSMOKE SEASON 14

    Episode #2
    “The Hide Cutters”
    written by Jack Turley
    directed by Bernard McEveety
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: Cliff Osmond, Michael Burns, Conlan Carter, Ken Swofford, Eddie Firestone, Joseph Campanella, Gregg Palmer, Steve Raines, Mike Howden

    Riding in the wilderness, Festus spots a puma down to a mountain, fires and misses it but it triggers the falling of rocks. Minutes later, a band of cattle rustlers hear the calling for help from Festus whose legs are emprisoned by the rocks. Young Arlie Joe (actor Michael Burns) rushes to rescue Festus despite the warning of leader Chunk (actor Cliff Osmond). On the verge of stealing a lost branded cow, the rustlers suddenly meet Matt Dillon looking for Festus. That night, Matt Dillon stops at the camp of trail boss Amos McKee (actor Joseph Campanella) and finds Festus cured by the drovers. Chunk manipulates and mistreats his adopted son Arlie Joe and forces him to do the dirty work while McKee swears he’s going to make the hide cutters pay by all means necessary as well as Matt Dillon …

    It’s an engaging solo Dillon journey and a cattlemen entry in the tradition of Rawhide but also paired with the dilemma of an adopted son. Rustlers leader Chunk fails to burn his feet by Amos McKee’s drovers through the crossing of red hot woods. As in the season 12 “Saturday Night”, Matt Dillon works as a cow hand but against a hostile trail boss. The picturesque rustlers consist of the following actors: Cliff Osmond as Chunk, Michael Burns as Arlie Joe, Conlan Carter as Bodiddly, Ken Swofford as Sugar John, Eddie Firestone as Weevil. Actor Steve Raines is a returning Rawhide figure as drover Jim Quince and, here, he drives the wagon that carries wounded Festus. Actor Joseph Campanella used to be Intertect CEO Lew Wickersham in Mannix during its first season.

    Actors Michael Burns (“Nowhere to Run”), Mike Howden (“Cattle Barons”), Cliff Osmond (“The Victim”), Gregg Palmer (“The Victim” and “Dead Man’s Law”), Steve Raines (“Dead Man’s Law”), Ken Swofford (“Wonder”) all return from season 13.

    Actors Conlan Carter return from the season 9 “No Hands” and his known for his part as Doc in the WWII series Combat! and Eddie Firestone from the season 12 “Nitro!”.

    End credits for composer Leon Klatzkin.
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  165. Finished up the second Gunsmoke omnibus collection collecting season 5 through 7.
    Gunsmoke – Season 7
    The Prisoner (7.33) Ed Nelson, Andrew Prine, Conrad Nagel, Nancy Gates, Dabbs Greer. Billy Joe (Prine) is an Army prisoner who escapes his work detail by killing a sadistic guard. He finds himself near a farmhouse and seeks shelter not realizing he has walked into a messed up family. He meets the lady of the house; Nancy (Gates) (wife of the oldest son) and flirts with her. Ham is overshadowed by the strong personality of his father, the Major (Nagel). The younger brother, Seth (Nelson) has designs on his sister-in-law.

    When Ham is shot and killed,the Major is looking for the culprit and believes the drifter, Billy Joe is responsible. Matt has happened upon Billy Joe in response to an Army wanted poster and finds him injured from a fall. As luck would have it, Billy Joe is accused by the Major, Seth and Nancy. Nancy is afraid of her father-in-law and collapses in town after she identifies Billy Joe (guilty conscience I suspect).

    The episode plays out as you know it will. Matt is duty bound to transport Billy to Leavenworth and the Major is bound that Billy Joe never leave Dodge City. Maybe a surprise ending in '62, not so much today. Interesting that Ed Nelson returned this season as he opened the 7th season in Perce.

    The Boys (7.34) Malcolm Atterbury, George Kennedy, Harry Dean Stanton, Michael Parks, Arthur Malet, Gage Clarke, Dabbs Greer, James Nusser. A snake oil salesman and his three sons swing into Dodge. After making his pitch and selling pitifully few bottles, the Professor (Atterbury) gathers his sons and gives them a new plan. They are to dress as Indians and rob the stage. The oldest, Hug (Kennedy), chafes at being treated as a "boy" and Nate (Stanton) overreacts violently. Park (Parks) just wants to be anywhere but with his family. The robbery produces little in the way of cash.

    The professor fans the flames of Indian hatred and his boys kill three Indians after stirring up the townspeople to place a bounty on the Indians. The bounty is better, but still insufficient for Dad. Hug is growing increasingly impatient with his meager haul and small share of the booty. He begins to see conspiracy. The next plan from the Professor is to rob the train of the large stash of gold. The robbery is successful and Matt is beginning to suspect the truth but can uncover no proof. He uses the old divide and conquer trick to drive a large wedge of discomfort between the Professor and the brothers. Hug is certain that he is being cut out and engages Nate in a gunfight. Park just up and leaves and the Professor heads back to Dodge to collect the gold. Matt is waiting.

    Not a bad way to end the inagural 1 hour season, great acting all the way around. Can't wait to begin my trek through the Quint and Chester seasons on our way to meeting Festus.

  166. GUNSMOKE SEASON 14

    Episode #3
    “Zavala”
    written by Paul Savage
    directed by Vincent McEveety
    music by Johnny Parker
    guests: Miriam Colon, Jim Davis, José Chávez, Rico Alaniz, Jonathan Lippe, Rex Holman, Bobby Clark, Robert Sorrells, Warren Vanders, Manuel Padilla Jr., Larry D. Mann, David Renard, Nacho Galindo, Elizabeth Germaine

    Matt Dillon crosses the Mexican border to track the criminal gang of the Rawlins’ on foreign soil thanks to a pursuit warrant. Arriving at the village of Zavala, Dillon faces the gang at the cantina and guns two out of three down: Alex Rawlins (actor Jonathan Lippe) and Dale Colton (actor Bobby Clark). Dillon is wounded in the belly and the locals refuse to help him except a little farm boy named Paco Avila (actor Manuel Padilla, Jr.) and his widowed mother Amelita (actor Miriam Colon). The boy wishes Dillon to eliminate the murderer of his father: bandito Jurato (actor José Chávez). Meanwhile, Smitty informs his boss Ben Rawlins (actor Jim Davis) about the death of Alex and Dale but Smitty ends up dead because of his cowardice at the cantina. Matt Dillon lives happily with the Avila’s for a while. The big day occurs and Dillon faces the remaining gang members!

    It’s another good solo Matt Dillon adventure after “The Hide Cutters” and a rough bandits and Mexican entry with a lost boy looking for a surrogate father in the tradition of Shane and rurales looking for a savior in the tradition of The Magnificent Seven. The very first scene at the border is recycled from the season 13 “The Jackals”. The gang of the Rawlins’ consists of the following actors: Jim Davis as Ben Rawlins, Jonathan Lippe as Alex Rawlins, Robert Sorrells as Oakes, Warren Vanders as Paul Densen, Rex Holman as Smitty, Bobby Clark as Dale Colton and Larry D. Mann as Mexican collaborator Bakman. The semi folkloric score of composer Johnny Parker is almost cut in the same clothe as “The Night of the Spanish Curse” from The Wild Wild West. One small percussion cue by Parker will be recycled in “The Night of the Pistoleros”, an episode about a Mexican border plot directed by Bernard McEveety, the brother of Vincent. Find a script written by story consultant Paul Savage.

    Actress Miriam Colon returns from the season 8 “Shona” and actor Jonathan Lippe from the season 12 “The Returning”.

    Actors Rico Alaniz (“The Jackals”), Bobby Clark (“The Wreckers”), Jim Davis (“The Gunrunners”), Rex Holman (“The Wreckers”), David Renard (“The Jackals”), Robert Sorrells (“A Hat”), Warren Vanders (“The Wreckers” and “The Victim”) all return from season 13.

    Johnny Parker – The Night of the Spanish Curse (1969)

  167. GUNSMOKE SEASON 14

    Episode #4
    “Uncle Finney”
    written by Calvin Clements, Sr.
    directed by Bernard McEveety
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: Victor French, Anthony James, Burt Mustin, Lane Bradbury, Steve Raines, John Dolan, Monte Hale, Ted Jordan, Pete Kellett, Margaret Bacon

    Arriving at Dodge City with their extremely old uncle Finney (actor Burt Mustin), Roland Daniel (actor Victor French) and Elbert Moses (actor Anthony James) ask Festus, working as a deputy, to get a $50 reward against their 103 years old uncle accused of horse stealing. After negociating with banker Mr. Bodkin, both hillbillies are allowed to open up a cheap saloon that they will use as a front for a criminal purpose—robbing the freight office of Nathan Burke by digging a tunnel—while her half-sister Merry Florene (actor Lane Bradbury) stops her mule in town and is forced to work as a waitress for the two rascals. Festus is compelled to feed the old uncle with whiskey. At the exit of the marshal’s office, Merry Florene meets her old friend Newly. Festus pays a visit to the “new” sleazy saloon while Elbert Moses digs underground. Later on, a driver (actor Steve Raines) from the Brennan’s Brewery delivering barrels of beer has a street accident because of the hollow ground caused by the tunnel. At night, they fail to rob anything from the freight office and resumes to the saloon. Merry Florene write an anonymous warning letter about the robbery to Festus who can’t read it. The next night, the two hillbillies return to the freight office but find out that the Claven brothers double-cross them which has consequences …

    It’s a light and fun entry about two hillbillies crooks and the sequel to the season 13 “Hill Girl”, also written by Calvin Clements and with the same guest cast (Lane Bradbury, Victor French, Anthony James). Matt Dillon is on an errand and Festus manages the law. From that episode, a new production member pops-up: assistant story consultant Jim Byrnes.

    Actors Lane Bradbury (“Hill Girl”), Victor French (“Vengeance”, “Major Glory”, “Hill Girl”), Anthony James (“Hard Luck Henry”, “Hill Girl”) all return from season 13.

    Actor Steve Raines from this season 14 “The Hide Cutters”.

    End credits for assistant story consultant Jim Byrnes.
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