Gunsmoke: Season 4, Episode 32

Change of Heart (25 Apr. 1959)

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Matt becomes suspicious when Jerry Cass's plans to marry saloon hostess Bella Grant are complicated by Bella's sudden insistence that Jerry leave his recently-inherited ranch for six months.



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Episode cast overview:
Lucy Marlow ...
Bella Grant
Jerry Cass
Fay Roope ...


A whirlwind romance blossoms between Jerry Cass and Long Branch hostess Bella Grant, but the situation is complicated by the sudden appearance of Jerry's opportunistic brother Brisco. The couple announce plans to marry, but Matt becomes suspicious when Jerry tells him that Bella has suddenly asked him to agree to leave the ranch that he recently inherited from his father for six months to try living in the East. Matt subsequently learns that Jerry had never actually seen his father's will, but that Brisco had obtained a copy from the bank. The Marshal deduces that Brisco and Bella may be working together and when he reads the will himself, a clause in the document heightens his suspicions. Matt calls the three parties together to disclose what he has learned and to force Brisco and Bella to reveal their partnership and their intentions, but an unexpected outcome awaits. Written by Sam Spear

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25 April 1959 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Doc: [Matt sits down next to Doc] What've you been doing?
Marshal Matt Dillon: Workin'.
Doc: What at?
Marshal Matt Dillon: Well, I rode thirty miles since sunup.
Doc: Anybody shoot at you?
Marshal Matt Dillon: Nope.
Doc: Did you shoot at anybody?
Marshal Matt Dillon: Nope.
Doc: You could've done that much work sitting here on Front Street.
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Matt suspects a couple relationship is not what it seems
13 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After a few episodes where the ending of the story did not play well for a 'Gunsmoke' series, this show brings back all the entertaining western theme that the viewer can handle. A nice story about trickery and deceit in the rural west in the late 1800's.

The episode begins easily enough when a new saloon girl, Bella Grant, is sweet on a local young rancher named Jerry Cass. Jerry had been living on the ranch since the death of his father and now only has a brother, Brisco, that has just returned from living in St Louis. Brisco is none to happy that Jerry is dating a saloon girl and vows to put a stop to the relationship. But when it keeps growing, Jerry and Bella plan for a wedding. But there is one request that Bella makes of Jerry. She wants to live in St Louis for at least six months to see if he will like city life.

Marshal Dillon, when hearing that Bella wants to move from the ranch, suspects something is afoul with this request. Matt starts checking on people and finds there is more to this relationship that just marriage.

An interesting story that keep the viewer glued to the screen the entire time. A well rounded cast that included Ken Curtis (Brisco) making his second appearance on the series and the beautiful Lucy Marlow as the saloon girl. Unlike some other recent episodes, this show never lost the audience and had a ending worthy of the series. Good watch.

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