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Aunt Thede 

Festus's ornery aunt arrives, squats on a piece of land, sets up a still, and comes to the rescue of a pair of star-crossed lovers.





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Episode cast overview:
Matt Dillon
Aunt Thede Haggen
Ivy Norton
Webb Norton
Howard Rudd
Hap Glaudi ...
Jenny Lee Arness ...
Laurie (as Jenny Lee Aurness)


Festus's ornery aunt arrives, squats on a piece of land, sets up a still, and comes to the rescue of a pair of star-crossed lovers.

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19 December 1964 (USA)  »

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Three of the cast members in this episode also appeared in the radio version of "Gunsmoke" as regulars: Howard McNear (as Doc), Jeannette Nolan, and Frank Cady. See more »

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Festus's Aunt Theodore comes to Dodge
1 February 2013 | by See all my reviews

Jeanette Nolan (the hardest working woman in 1960's TV) plays Aunt Theodore (Thede) Haggan, kinfolk of Festus, comes to Dodge looking for a husband. But when she arrives she finds out that Festus in a friend of a lawman which does not set to well with her.

Outside of town Thede sets up camp. While there up comes a beautiful young woman named Ivy Norton. Seems the spot she picked out just happens to be where Ivy meets a young man named George Rider. The young people are in love and have to hid the fact from Ivy's father, Webb. Webb has been trying to find out where the two have been meeting so he can put a stop to them seeing each other.

Festus has already had trouble with Webb Norton when he comes into the camp of Thede. Aunt Thede does not take to kindly to strangers looking at her illegal still, so she shoots at him. All this does is cause Marshal Dillon to find out what is going on at the camp site.

When Matt and Festus arrive, Aunt Thede is performing a marriage ceremony between George and Ivy. She has Webb tied up in a chair making him watch. The ceremony is performed on a 'good book' so as Haggans go- they are married. But Matt may have something different to say about Preacher Aunt Thede.

This show was more of a comic relief show rather than action packed. Jeanette Nolan is wonderful as the mountain woman that sees love in the young Ivy's eyes. We also get a small performance from Howard McNear (Floyd from Andy Griffith Show) playing a owner of a General Store that sounds and acts just like Floyd Lawson. -- This was a different type show from the normal that people will either like or dislike. I found the show entertaining enough for a good watch.

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