Gunsmoke: Season 17, Episode 11

Drago (22 Nov. 1971)

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An aging mountain man reluctantly agrees to join the posse pursuing a murderous outlaw gang, but his real intent is exact a murderous vengeance on the men that murdered his female benefactor.



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Episode cast overview:
Edward Faulkner ...
Del Monroe ...
Richard Gates ...
Gillis (as Rick Gates)
Tani Guthrie ...
Clara (as Tani Phelps Guthrie)
Jim Skaggs ...
Larry Randles ...
Mitchell Silberman ...


An aging mountain man reluctantly agrees to join the posse pursuing a murderous outlaw gang, but his real intent is exact a murderous vengeance on the men that murdered his female benefactor.

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Rottweilers (Drago's dog) weren't seen in the U.S. until after World War l (1919). The breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club until 1936. Rottweilers were primarily a European herding dog used as far back as Roman times. The breed was in decline until World War l, which led to American soldiers coming to know the dogs and bring them to America. See more »


[last lines]
[referring to a young boy's miraculous recovery]
Drago: He looks fine.
Dr. John Chapman: He is. He just started gettin' well right after you talked to him. You know, Drago, as a doctor it might help me if I knew what you said to him.
Drago: I just told him there weren't no catfish in heaven.
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Buddy Ebsen is terrific in this heartwarming tale
27 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here is an excellent heartwarming tale of an older man making his life meaningful again when he becomes the only family member to a young boy.

Drago (Buddy Ebsen) has been staying with a young woman and a small boy for a few weeks. When Drago and his dog go off to fish, four bandits come up to the house shoot and kill the woman and badly injure the small boy. Drago is able to see the men riding off as he tends to the small boy.

Later Matt and Doctor Chapman arrive with Matt setting up a posse to track the bandits down. With Drago being an old army scout, Matt deputizes him so he can ride as part of the posse headed up by Newly. Dr Chapman tends to the injured boy but things look bleak. Chapman advises the boy has no will to live since his mother and all he knows is dead. Drago goes in and tells the boy that he is part of his family now and needs to live.

But there is going to be a problem with Drago as part of the posse. It seems that Drago is more out for revenge than bringing the men to trial. This will set a conflict between Drago and Newly that will only end when Drago is willing.

A good script with some excellent acting by Mr Ebsen. The story was interesting and the plot entertaining. This is a nice story for any 'Gunsmoke' viewer. And one that is highly recommended.

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