Gunsmoke: Season 15, Episode 20

Albert (9 Feb. 1970)

TV Episode  -   -  Western
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Albert Schiller (Milton Selzer) is losing his job as teller at the bank. When outlaws led by Jake Spence (William Schallert) are unsuccessful in robbing the bank, Albert takes $5,000 and ... See full summary »

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Albert Schiller (Milton Selzer) is losing his job as teller at the bank. When outlaws led by Jake Spence (William Schallert) are unsuccessful in robbing the bank, Albert takes $5,000 and blames it on the gang. Irate at the wrongful accusation, the robbers return and force Albert to join them by taking his wife Kate (Patricia Barry) prisoner. Worst of all, she is menaced by the sociopathic Nix (L. Q. Jones). Written by richardann

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A nice story that never grabbed the viewers attention
9 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In a rather nice story this episode never got the viewer appeal that it was seeking. The main reason for the disappointment was that the cast seemed improperly selected for the show. The bank teller, Albert, was played by Milton Selzer- was suppose to be married to a beautiful Patricia Berry. This really did not fit. Also William Schallert, who is great in 'Patty Duke Show' and 'Dobie Gillis', is unbelievable as a bank robber. Even though this may seem small- it made the entire storyline seem incorrect.

Albert, the bank teller in Dodge, is being replaced by the owners because they are trying to bring younger people into bank jobs. Albert only has a few more days to work when three outlaws come in to rob the bank. Albert is able to stop the robbery as the townsfolk come to his aid. But with the safe open and the robbers unable to take anything, Albert decides to help himself to $5000.

When the robbers read a paper saying that $5000 was stolen, they know that Albert must have taken the cash. They return to Dodge to pressure Albert into letting them inside the bank to take even more cash. In order to keep his wife alive Albert must follow the orders of the robbers. The plot will be how he is going to handle the situation when the robbers come calling on the bank.

Even with casting problems, the story never really grab hold of the viewers interest. It was a nice story but in production looked poorly done.


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