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2. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: The Jailer (1966)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

9.0
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Etta Stone is a very bitter, older, woman who has Kitty and Matt captured, and thrown into a homemade jail, and now she plans on hanging Matt for the execution of her husband 6 years before.

Writer: Hal Sitowitz | Director: Vincent McEveety | Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis

3. How the West Was Won (1978– )
Episode: Episode #1.6 (1978)

Western

8.9
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Writers: Calvin Clements Jr., John Mantley, Earl W. Wallace | Directors: Bernard McEveety, Vincent McEveety | Stars: James Arness, James Almanzar, Bruce Boxleitner, Ralph Brannen

4. How the West Was Won (1978– )
Episode: Episode #1.8 (1978)

Western

8.8
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Writers: Calvin Clements Jr., John Mantley, Earl W. Wallace | Directors: Bernard McEveety, Vincent McEveety | Stars: James Arness, James Almanzar, Bruce Boxleitner, Eric Braeden

5. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Patricia (1973)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.8
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Newly falls in love with a young woman who is dying of leukemia. Later, Doc Adams offers to teach Newly how to become a doctor.

Writer: Calvin Clements Sr. | Director: Alf Kjellin | Stars: Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis, Buck Taylor

6. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: A Hat (1967)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.7
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Clint Sorils, a notorious gunman, is minding his own business when a stray bullet ruins his hat. In trying to obtain payment, Clint runs afoul of Red Conniston, a powerful rancher. The ... See full summary »

Writer: Ron Bishop | Director: Robert Totten | Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis

7. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Island in the Desert: Part 2 (1974)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.7
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Festus and the hermit come upon killer Gard Dixon dying in the desert, and when Festus helps him recover, the hermit forces both of them to tote water and gold dust.

Writer: Jim Byrnes | Director: Gunnar Hellström | Stars: Milburn Stone, Ken Curtis, Buck Taylor, James Arness

8. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: The Gallows (1962)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.7
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While returning suspected killer Pruit Dover to Dodge to stand trial, Matt is shot and badly wounded, and yet Dover stays with him and nurses him back to health.

Writer: John Meston | Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

9. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: The River: Part 1 (1972)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.7
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The episode has two plot threads. First, in the Oregon wilderness Matt Dillon escapes with a prisoner from a band of bank robbers led by Charley Utter. They kill the prisoner but continue ... See full summary »

Writer: Jack Miller | Director: Herb Wallerstein | Stars: Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis, Buck Taylor

10. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Thirty a Month and Found (1974)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.7
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Three cattle drivers find competition with railroads is forcing them out of business, and 2 of them mistakenly turn to crime for a temporary fix.

Writer: Jim Byrnes | Director: Bernard McEveety | Stars: Milburn Stone, Ken Curtis, Buck Taylor, James Arness

11. The Johnny Carson Show (1955–1956)

30 min | Comedy, Music

8.6
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Comedy routines, featuring Johnny Carson and guests, and singing were the theme of this program.

Stars: Johnny Carson, James Arness, Dimitri Tiomkin, Jack Albertson

12. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: A Quiet Day in Dodge (1973)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.6
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Matt Dillon rides wearily into Dodge City after thirty-six hours in the saddle. At the office he can't get to sleep because Festus is so exuberant about everything. In the course of the day... See full summary »

Writer: Jack Miller | Director: Alf Kjellin | Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis

13. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Blind Man's Bluff (1963)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.6
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Billy Poe is falsely accused of murder by a dying man, and flees to another town while Matt follows him, and encounters dangerous resistance from other men who hate lawmen.

Writer: John Meston | Director: Ted Post | Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Burt Reynolds

14. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Cotter's Girl (1963)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.6
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A father's dying request is that Matt go to retrieve his daughter. Expecting to find a little girl, Matt finds a near-grown woman, but one who's wild and desperately in need of civilizing.

Writer: Kathleen Hite | Director: Harry Harris | Stars: James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

15. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Drago (1971)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.6
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An aging mountain man reluctantly agrees to join the posse pursuing a murderous outlaw gang, but his real intent is exact a murderous vengeance on the men that murdered his female benefactor.

Writer: Jim Byrnes | Director: Paul Stanley | Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis

16. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Extradition: Part 2 (1963)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.6
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Matt finally catches up to killer Charlie Hacker in Mexico, and has make a deal with the greedy Mexican police to get Hacker back to the border, with revengeful Mexican bandits in pursuit.

Writer: Antony Ellis | Director: John English | Stars: James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

17. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Long, Long Trail (1961)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.6
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A headstrong young woman will undertake the long, dangerous journey to her fiancé's fort on her own if she must, so Matt nominates himself to escort her.

Writer: Kathleen Hite | Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Milburn Stone, Barbara Lord

18. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Mannon (1969)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.6
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Mannon (Steve Forrest), arguably the fastest gun in the West, terrorizes Dodge City while he waits for Matt Dillon (James Arness) to return. A cruel, violent encounter with Kitty Russell (Amanda Blake) sets up the inevitable showdown.

Writer: Ron Bishop | Director: Robert Butler | Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis

19. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Sam McTavish, M.D. (1970)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.6
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The arrival of the first woman doctor in Dodge City, Dr. Sam McTavish, riles Doc Adams. However, she soon wins his confidence and that of his patients, and the two physicians make a startling medical discovery.

Writers: Bethel Leslie, Gerry Day | Director: Bernard McEveety | Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis

20. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: The Cabin (1958)

TV-PG | 30 min | Western

8.6
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To escape a potentially lethal blizzard, Matt seeks shelter in a cabin in which two psychopathic bandits have enslaved and repeatedly molested a young woman after murdering her father.

Writer: John Meston | Director: John Rich | Stars: James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

21. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: The Glory and the Mud (1964)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.6
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A retired lawman and showman wants only to settle down with the Dodge seamstress he left behind twenty years ago, but a young whippersnapper hopes to make a name for himself by challenging the aging gun to a duel.

Writer: Gwen Bagni | Director: Jerry Hopper | Stars: James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

22. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: The Renegades (1963)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.6
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Quint says that white renegades, not Indians, are the cause of recent raids around Dodge. Working shotgun on the stage, he proves his point when he is attacked, then pursued by those ... See full summary »

Writer: John Meston | Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

23. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: The River: Part 2 (1972)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.6
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Continuation of Episode #18.1, "The River, Part 1". The outlaws catch up with Matt Dillon and the two orphans, Tuttle and Hannah, at the rough mining town. Matt and the children make their ... See full summary »

Writer: Jack Miller | Director: Herb Wallerstein | Stars: Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis, Buck Taylor

24. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Vengeance: Part 1 (1967)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.6
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Bob Johnson is a super fast gunman looking for revenge against the men who paralyzed his foster father and killed his foster brother, when they were attempting to steal a calf.

Writer: Calvin Clements Sr. | Director: Richard C. Sarafian | Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis

25. Hollywood and the Stars (1963– )

30 min

8.5
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Stars: Joseph Cotten, Rita Hayworth, Paul Newman, Humphrey Bogart

26. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Bohannan (1972)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.5
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A faith healer shows up in Dodge City and is challenged by the skeptics, including Doc.

Writer: William Kelley | Director: Alf Kjellin | Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis

27. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Charlie Noon (1969)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.5
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Matt Dillon is escorting his prisoner Charlie Noon back to Dodge City when he encounters a runaway Indian bride being pursued by the braves of her tribe. The Indians have mistaken Charlie ... See full summary »

Writer: Jim Byrnes | Director: Vincent McEveety | Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis

28. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Comanches Is Soft (1964)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.5
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After some horsing around, Festus breaks some of Quint's equipment. To repair or get anew, they travel to Wichita and meet a saloon girl who tells them she needs to get away from town but her jealous boyfriend is now hot on their trail.

Writer: Kathleen Hite | Director: Harry Harris | Stars: James Arness, Burt Reynolds, Ken Curtis, Don Megowan

29. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Greater Love (1956)

TV-PG | 30 min | Western

8.5
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Killer Jed Butler takes Doctor Adams hostage to help his dying partner, and learns the true meaning of love for a friend, when Matt risks his life to rescue the good doctor.

Writers: Winston Miller, John Meston | Director: Ted Post | Stars: James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

30. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: He Learned About Women (1962)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.5
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Taken prisoner by a band of comancheros, Chester is helped to escape by one of the band's women and flees with another who may or may not be worthy of his trust.

Writers: John Meston, John Rosser | Director: Tay Garnett | Stars: James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

31. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Island in the Desert: Part 1 (1974)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.5
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Festus is shot by the killer he is pursuing in the blazing desert, only to be helped by a crazed hermit and forced to tote water to try and get him to a town 80 miles away.

Writer: Jim Byrnes | Director: Gunnar Hellström | Stars: Milburn Stone, Ken Curtis, Buck Taylor, James Arness

32. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Old Yellow Boots (1961)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.5
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Matt becomes suspicious when drifter Frank Cassidy publicly announces his engagement to spinsterish Beulah Parker immediately after the seemingly unrelated murders of an old prospector and her abusive brother Leroy.

Writer: John Meston | Director: Ted Post | Stars: James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

33. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Owney Tupper Had a Daughter (1964)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.5
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To earn money to recover the custody of his daughter, an aging man accepts the job of Dodge's first in-town hangman, work no one else wants.

Writer: Paul Savage | Director: Jerry Hopper | Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Burt Reynolds, Jay C. Flippen

34. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Slocum (1968)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.5
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Will Geer plays an old mountain hunter that comes to Dodge to see his long time friend Matt Dillon. When the hunter is accused of attempted murder, it will be Matt that sets off to bring his friend to justice.

Writer: Ron Bishop | Director: Leo Penn | Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis

35. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: The Bounty Hunter (1965)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.5
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Lured out of retirement with the promise of land, a bounty hunter is aimed by his boss at the man who killed his son. He just doesn't tell him the reward and charges had been dropped.

Writer: Paul Savage | Director: Harry Harris | Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis

36. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: The Fires of Ignorance (1975)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.5
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An inflexible father believes that his son is needed more on the farm than attending school. The local schoolteacher believes different and after being assaulted by the father will try to force the need for mandatory education in court.

Writer: Jim Byrnes | Director: Victor French | Stars: Milburn Stone, Ken Curtis, Buck Taylor, James Arness

37. How the West Was Won (1978– )
Episode: The Gunfighter (1979)

Western

8.5
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Writers: Ron Bishop, Steve Hayes | Director: Vincent McEveety | Stars: James Arness, Fionnula Flanagan, Bruce Boxleitner, Kathryn Holcomb

38. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: The Quest for Asa Janin (1963)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.5
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A young man is convicted of killing the saloon girl he wanted for his own. Matt is so sure that the young man is really innocent that he goes on the road after another suspect to prevent an unjust hanging.

Writer: Paul Savage | Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Anthony Caruso

39. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: A Man Called 'Smith' (1969)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.4
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Outlaw Will Smith visits his ex-wife Abelia so she can fence some stolen gold in order for him to escape into Mexico. Festus becomes suspicious when he sees Abelia in a seedy establishment late at night.

Writer: Calvin Clements Sr. | Director: Vincent McEveety | Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis

40. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Baker's Dozen (1967)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.4
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When triplets are born to a dying woman, Doc Adams will do all he can to keep the babies together instead of sending them to an orphanage.

Writer: Charles Joseph Stone | Director: Irving J. Moore | Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis

41. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Caleb (1964)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.4
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Childless and poor, farmer Caleb feels like a failure, and his wife assures him he is one. Caleb moves into town to seek some meaning in his life, and soon finds himself--a man who doesn't wear a gun--challenged to a duel.

Writer: Paul Savage | Director: Harry Harris | Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Burt Reynolds

42. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Chato (1970)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.4
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Chato is a mixed-race Native American with a serious grudge against lawmen. He also has a remarkable athletic ability: he can run and jump over mountain ledges while keeping up a steady ... See full summary »

Writer: Paul F. Edwards | Director: Vincent McEveety | Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis

43. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Chesterland (1961)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.4
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Chester becomes engaged more or less accidentally, but he takes to heart his obligation to his betrothed, leaving his job with Mr. Dillon to devote himself to homesteading a barren quarter section.

Writer: Kathleen Hite | Director: Ted Post | Stars: James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

44. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Chicken (1964)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.4
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Mistakenly hailed as a hero who downed four robbers, a man rethinks his decision to let folks regard him as a gunfighter when protecting the woman he wants calls for a gunman's skill.

Writer: John Meston | Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Burt Reynolds

45. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Chief Joseph (1965)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.4
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Chief Joseph has come to town suffering from pneumonia. When he and his party are refused lodging at the hotel, a stranger steps in offering his room. Local sentiment is against this and like a boiling over teapot, trouble begins to brew.

Writers: Thomas Warner, Clyde Ware | Director: Mark Rydell | Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis

46. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Crowbait Bob (1960)

TV-PG | 30 min | Western

8.4
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A dying man's relations are much displeased when they learn that he's willed all he owns to Kitty.

Writer: Les Crutchfield | Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

47. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Durham Bull (1962)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.4
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Little Bit and his grandpa, from Texas, are passing through Dodge to buy a breeding bull. When they meet Silva, someone grandpa considers a fooler, they have their hands full making it back with their stock and their lives.

Writers: John Meston, Jack Shettlesworth | Director: Harry Harris | Stars: James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

48. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Friend (1964)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.4
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A man carrying a tempting sum of money is attacked from behind by someone who beats him and leaves him for dead. Lucky for the injured man, an old friend of Matt is there to take him in to Doc Adams for mending.

Writer: Kathleen Hite | Director: Harry Harris | Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Burt Reynolds

49. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Gold Train: The Bullet: Part 1 (1971)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.4
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Doc lacks the faith to operate on Matt's bullet wound, so he transports him to a specialist by train, which is taken over by bandits for its gold shipment.

Writer: Jim Byrnes | Director: Bernard McEveety | Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis

50. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Gold Train: The Bullet: Part 3 (1971)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.4
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Matt, a bullet lodged near his spine, must have surgery immediately. Doc is convinced he's not up to the task. However, a priest, whose own faith has been wavering, tells Doc that he must ... See full summary »

Writer: Jim Byrnes | Director: Bernard McEveety | Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis