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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.
I haven't seen them all, but I'm betting this is one of the worst episodes of Gunsmoke! A close second would be the "The Wiving" also a Gunsmoke episode. Both these turkey's had the same characters but most were played by different actors. Both story lines were very week, the parts were poorly written as well. This left little for the actors to do with these silly characters. Jim Backus and Harry Morgan's characters have facial hair and is some of the worse make up I've seen in a series of this quality. I've seen better beards in high school plays. This was a compete was of time. Good actors like David Soul, and really good actors like Jim Backus are completely wasted on this weak episode. Perhaps because it was nearing the end of the run of great TV series they started having trouble getting good scripts.
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