Gunsmoke: Season 15, Episode 18

Doctor Herman Schultz, M.D. (26 Jan. 1970)

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Dr. Herman Schultz, a longtime friend of Doc Adams comes to Dodge City to experiment with Mesmerization (hypnotism) as a medical procedure. However, his motives seem to be less noble.



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Episode cast overview:
Newly O'Brien (credit only)
Benny Rubin ...
Dr. Herman Schultz
Ted Jordan ...
Howard Culver ...
Pete Kellett ...


Dr. Herman Schultz, a longtime friend of Doc Adams comes to Dodge City to experiment with Mesmerization (hypnotism) as a medical procedure. However, his motives seem to be less noble.

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This episode is painful to watch
7 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

During the first few minutes of the episode I thought this could be a very interesting and entertaining show. I could not have been more incorrect.

An old friend of Doc's, Herman Schultz, visits Dodge City with a new painless way of doctoring. He hypnotizes people in a way that through the power of suggestion can relieve pain and also make them do anything requested. And this is where the show slips from interest into a bizarre world of unfunny vaudeville comedy.

Herman goes around hypnotizing townsfolk and at times makes them do whatever he suggest. At one point in the show he makes Festus crow and walk like a chicken into the Lone Branch. This seems written for a Saturday morning cartoon instead of a TV western.

Anyway as the episode continues Doctor Herman Schultz starts making odd suggestions to people. We as the viewer know what the doctor intentions are - but will he be able to pull the scheme off?

This was such an unbelievable script that it seemed written by children during recess at a local middle school rather than by professionals. With all the unreal hypnotizing plus a Keystone Kops buggy chase this show is very painful to watch. Not one of the better episodes.

NOTE- Doc Adams friend calls him by his first name Galen. Every time Herman calls Doc- Galen, someone in the cast responds-- Galen?

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