Gunsmoke: Season 2, Episode 24

Cain (9 Mar. 1957)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Western
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Told he has only two months to live, a man determines to avenge the suicide of a young woman by killing the womanizer he blames for her death.



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Episode cast overview:
Harry Bartell ...
Cain Vestal
Mark Roberts ...
Paul Dubov ...
Dan Riss ...
Howard Ledig ...
Gorday Clifton ...


Told he has only two months to live, a man determines to avenge the suicide of a young woman by killing the womanizer he blames for her death.

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Something was lacking from this episode
9 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Cain Vestal arrives in Dodge on his way to Arizona. Seems that Cain has a severe heart condition and only has a few more months to live and he always wanted to see the desert. But when he is at the Long Branch he spots a man named Joel Adams at the bar. Cain's demeanor changes and he vows to kill Joel Adams if it is the last thing he does.

The rest of the show is devoted toward Cain's grip with Adams. But Joel Adams has never even meet Cain and does not know the reason that Cain wants him dead. It takes near the end of the episode to finally find out the reason why the mild manner Cain wants to see Adams dead and the hatred he has carried in his mind all these years.

For whatever reason this episode seemed slow. The show was lacking action and devoted itself to the Marshal going around asking the reason Cain wants Adams dead during most of the scenes. Even the ending really did not satisfy as we get a sketchy and incomplete finish to the tale. With so many great show in season two- a dull show was bound to happen.

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