Gunsmoke: Season 20, Episode 19

Brides and Grooms (10 Feb. 1975)

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In a hurried, all-comic sequel to "The Wiving," the sons of a loony farmer have all finally found women willing to marry them (the farmer makes a play for Hannah Cobb, in her second ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Amanda McBroom ...
Linda Sublette ...
Spencer Milligan ...
Jinx Tobin
Ray Girardin ...
Cluff Tobin
Reverend Sims


In a hurried, all-comic sequel to "The Wiving," the sons of a loony farmer have all finally found women willing to marry them (the farmer makes a play for Hannah Cobb, in her second appearance, and is turned down again). But finding wives was easy by comparison to actually marrying them! Written by Peter Harris

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This is an episode that should have never been made
10 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this episode, which is a sequel to an earlier episode called 'The Wiving', it appears to have been written in fifteen minutes because we get an hour full of a crowded cast that was more in line with the Keystone Cops that a episode from 'Gunsmoke'. With some fine actors in the guest cast it was a pure disappointment to watch them play buffoons characters in a story that was less than interesting.

If you are able to make it through the first five minutes of the show without changing channels or fast forwarding through the twentieth season collection, the story somehow gets better. But odds are against making it past the allotted time.

Jed Hockett (Harry Morgan) has three boys. All three decide to wed three local gals- so Jed plans a wedding where all three will marry. And that about sums up the entire episode. The next 45 minutes are situations that happen the day of the wedding. Some conflict approaches when three cowboys ride in with information about one of the gals Jed's boys are going to marry.

And as you can guess, the conflict does not end until nearly everyone is involved in a comic melee fist-a-cuffs. And only then, if the minister is sober or still around, will the weddings take place.

There was some poor acting in this show. Harry Morgan not only was uninteresting and unfunny but also looked goofy in the costume he was provided. Jim Backus, who played the minister, acting was just as poor and his sideburns looked ridiculous. But on the other side, I did find David Soul and Dennis Redfield work was nicely done.

Matt and Festus make a cameo early in the episode but had no function in the show. This was just poor overall and not a good watch for viewers.

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