Gunsmoke: Season 19, Episode 24

The Disciple (1 Apr. 1974)

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The final episode to feature Kitty is also the last one where Matt gets shot in the shoulder -- he takes down a shotgun-wielding bank robber but takes a load of buckshot in his gun arm. ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Marth ...
The New Marshal
Robert Phillips ...
Bill Jim
R.L. Armstrong ...
Claire Brennen ...
Ted Jordan ...
Robert Brubaker ...


The final episode to feature Kitty is also the last one where Matt gets shot in the shoulder -- he takes down a shotgun-wielding bank robber but takes a load of buckshot in his gun arm. When Matt wakes, he says: "This arm just doesn't feel right." Matt soon discovers that rehabilitating the arm will be a long, slow process and (ironically) after a quarrel with Kitty, he decides to turn in his badge and leave town to be a drifter. Good idea, because the remaining bank robbers soon come back looking for Matt's scalp. When Kitty convinces them he's left, the robbers leave too, but determine that Matt has to live off the land by fishing and "this part of Kansas ain't exactly awash with rivers and cricks." Meanwhile, Matt comes upon a young Army deserter, who ran out after his unit massacred a group of unarmed Indians (My Lai, anyone?). A bounty hunter menaces the deserter, but Matt distracts him long enough for the deserter to whip out his revolver and fire a warning shot. The deserter, ... Written by Peter Harris

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30 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Disciple is one of my very favorite of all episodes of Gunsmoke. Dennis Redfield appeared in several episodes of the series. He always turned in performances that were enjoyable to behold. He seemed to be really enjoying himself; was really having fun. He does not appear here until about one third of the way into the story, but I feel this episode is the best showcase for his considerable talents. Many of his mannerisms, along with his speech patterns, call to mind James Dean. It makes me think of what if "Left Handed Gun" had been made with Dean as originally planned as opposed to the film as is with Paul Newman. James Arness also turns in a wonderful performance, being allowed to do something he was seldom given the chance, to portray Matt as being vulnerable to opposition. Once again, Redfield appears to really like the character he is playing.

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