Gunsmoke: Season 19, Episode 15

A Family of Killers (14 Jan. 1974)

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Matt and U.S. Marshal Bob Hargraves team up to hunt a family of particularly sadistic outlaws.



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Episode cast overview:
Elton Sutterfield
Crazy Charley
George Keymas ...
Frank Corsentino ...


Matt and U.S. Marshal Bob Hargraves team up to hunt a family of particularly sadistic outlaws.

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14 January 1974 (USA)  »

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When Harley/Charley is awaken from his sleep with his partner in the clearing, he gets up and straps on his gun, but when they cut to a close-up, he has yet to get to his feet. See more »

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After a fine start- it failed to continue
16 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In an episode that had such high hopes at the beginning- by the end of the show it had digressed into an uninteresting play with useless dialog. The story may have been good for a half hour show- but when the writers have to stretch the show out for the full hour- it loses any value and interest that may have been provided.

During the first part of the show we get a rowdy bunch of outlaws that will not stop for any type of law or lawman. It is headed by Elton Sutterfield (Anthony Caruso) that uses a heavy hand to keep the others in line. They have just murdered a deputy marshal in another district and now are in hiding in the area close to Dodge City.

US Marshal Hargraves (Glenn Corbett) is the one that had his deputy killed and is on the trail of the group of outlaws as he moves into Matt Dillon's territory. Matt agrees to go with Hargraves but it seems that Hargraves is more interesting in getting revenge than justice. And as the two set out on the trail of the criminals, Matt will have to keep his eye also fixed on Marshal Hargraves.

This is not a bad story as the two lawmen set out on horseback to areas outside Dodge. But from then on the story loses appeal with dialog repeating itself after every scene. It just failed to entertain.

Anthony Caruso did a fine job as the leader of the outlaws but there is not much else remarkable about the show. Not even with the young girl named Jonnalee that was passed around by the gang of outlaws for favors. Failed in many aspects.

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