Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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Daddy Went Away 

Chester is sweet on a widow dressmaker. When the widow is not only intent on marriage but eager to make changes in Chester as well, he has second thoughts--especially after a talk with her child suggests that the widow may still be a wife.



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Jessica (as Suzanne Cupito)


Looking to start a dressmaking trade, Lucy Damon and her daughter want to locate in Dodge. When Chester finds out that her daddy went away, he does whatever he can to smooth their transition. As the relationship progresses he starts to resent the changes he's now expected to make and discovers what really happened to daddy. Written by DrDOS

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Release Date:

11 May 1963 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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The series is set in Dodge City, Kansas during the 1870s. At the end, a large-wheel bicycle known as a "penny farthing" is shown being ridden through town. This bicycle was not produced in America until 1878 and it was initially only owned by the wealthy. They were not widely used until the 1880s. See more »

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Chester is smitten by a dress-maker that arrives in Dodge
12 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lucy Damon and her daughter Jessica come into Dodge looking for a building to start up a dress shop. All indications is that Ms Damon is a widow woman with very little money that has move into Dodge after her husband's death. Chester meets up with the widow woman and is smitten with her and Jessica. He finds her a building that is in need or repair and fixes the place up for her. With Chester being seen regular with Lucy and then attending the monthly dance together it is not long until most of Dodge are wondering when an engagement date will be set between Chester and Lucy. The two say that both of them will have an 'understanding'.

But soon Chester learns that getting to know each other is sometime difficult. Lucy starts telling Chester how to dress and where he can go that does not set to well with Chester. Jessica tells Chester that when her father was around he use to let go fishing at Snake River to let off steam. Chester decides that is a good idea and takes off for Snake River.

When Chester makes the trip to the river he meets a drunk that is fishing. The man's name is Jess Damon the husband and father of Lucy and Jessica. Chester confronts Lucy about her lying about her husband's death. But it seems that Lucy considers him dead but the young Jessica still wants her daddy. Chester goes back out and fishes with Jess and talks him into returning to his family so that little Jessica with a father. But how will Chester feel with the reunion of the family when he will again be let alone?

Dennis Weaver is again excellent in this show as he again feels for another woman in town. The down-on-his-luck Chester will again place the good of other above himself and in so make for an good show for viewers to watch. This is an episode that will have the viewer entertained till the end. Good Watch

Note- The child Jessica Damon is played by the beautiful Morgan Brittany that in a years later will be of the series 'Dallas' fame.

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