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Baker's Dozen 

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.

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Doc
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Festus
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Mrs. Roniger
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Will Roniger (as Harry Carey)
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Henry Rucker
Mitzi Hoag ...
Clara Remick
Ed McCready ...
Fred Remick
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Sam Greene ...
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Judge Blent
Ted Jordan ...
Burke
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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.

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25 December 1967 (USA)  »

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This was an attempt at a Christmas episode. It was aired on December 25, 1967. There are no shootings (on screen), and everyone is sentimental and really, very out of character. The word "miracle" is used several times, and not one, but three babies are born. But it's an interesting variation; definitely not classical Gunsmoke. See more »

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One of Milburn Stone's best performances
6 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One afternoon the stage comes storming into Dodge and advises that the strong-box was stolen during a robbery. But that is not the most pressing thing about this stage, a woman in the passenger compartment is delivering three babies.

After successful delivering the babies, the poor woman dies. Later we find out that the father of the kids was the robber of the stage and was killed in a nearby town. So now the three baby boys are orphans.

Doc Adams will have to fight the court to keep the boys together and out of the State orphanage. But Doc will have to deal with a Judge that follows the rule of law.

A wonderful heartwarming episode that was a pleasure to watch. Milburn Stone is terrific as he goes well overboard in trying to protect the kids. Also the great character actress, Peggy Rea, plays a role that seemed made for her- as a woman in the community that has so much love to give. If you have ever known an orphan or was an orphan yourself, this episode is powerful. The last line of the episode spoken by Kitty sums-up the entire episode "Some people just have an unlimited capacity to love". Excellent show.


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