Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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Brother Whelp 

A man wants to gunfight when he returns home, after years away, and finding his brother married to his girl.

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Matt Dillon
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Chester
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Doc
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Kitty
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Sted
Ellen Clark ...
Tassy
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Tom
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Jonas
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Clem
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A man wants to gunfight when he returns home, after years away, and finding his brother married to his girl.

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7 November 1959 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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While the Cat's Away
13 August 2007 | by See all my reviews

Good story idea credited to Les Crutchfield. Tassie is something of a coquette as we learn from the charming little byplay in Clem's millinery shop. But suddenly a stranger rides into town. It's her former boyfriend Sted who's been away three years (Lew Gallo, in a well-played turn). In the meantime, however, she's married Sted's brother, Tom. Trouble is that Sted won't let Tassie go, and challenges Tom to a gunfight. Sted seems like a bad one, but things aren't always as they seem. The plot plays out to a nicely staged conclusion.

Not a lot of action, but character interest picks up as we learn more about the two brothers and Tassie. I like the way the script ties the lessons of the poker game with Doc into the moral of the story. The final scene of the rider departing creates considerable sympathy. These laconic endings are one of the key strong points to the success of the early episodes.


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