Gunsmoke: Season 9, Episode 24

Father's Love (14 Mar. 1964)

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A saloon girl spurns a man's advances in Wichita and moves to Dodge, where she becomes a respectable married woman, only to be confronted with her past when she discovers that her rancher husband is the nephew of the man she refused.



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Episode cast overview:
Tom King
Shary Marshall ...
Cora Prell
Robert F. Simon ...
Jesse Price
Joe Sims
Edith Evanson ...
Ben Wright ...
Mr. Ross
Hick Hill ...
Hank (as Hickman Hill)


A new in the business saloon girl spurns a rancher from Dodge. She quits, rides to Dodge, meets and marries a local rancher. When she arrives at his home, she meets his uncle -- the man she spurned in Wichita who still thinks he can make her his. Written by DrDOS

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Felt like I needed a shower after viewing.
29 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After watching this episode for some reason I felt I needed a shower. As another said it is a creepy view into a world where a uncle tries to steal his nephew's wife. A theme more suited to Payton Place than Gunsmoke. After watching even the title of the episode was freaky.

The story begins in a saloon in Wichita called the Golden Horn where a new girl named Cora Prells has just been hired as the new saloon girl. She works there only a short time until she finds out this job is not for her. But in that short time she meet an older man named Jesse Price that takes a shine to the girl. Cora gently tells him to get lost as she tells the bar that she quits.

She moves to Dodge City and starts a new life at the General Store. But there are a few people that remember her from her saloon days. One of them just happens to be Jesse Price.

A nice young man named Tom King comes into the store and is smitten with Cora. They have a few dates and the next thing you know they are getting married. Tom takes Cora to where he lives with his Uncle and it just so happens to be Jesse Price.

Jesse now wants Cora for herself. Even tells her to run off with him. When she refuses Jesse cooks up a scheme where he kills a man then frames Tom. Everything looks lost for Tom and now Jesse will have Cora either by mutual agreement or by force. That is until Marshal Dillon starts to investigate.

Perhaps what was strange was that the Uncle was the predator in this story but what ever it was it just did not seem settling. A nephew that you have raised all your life and he finally finds a woman that loves him and you want to take that young woman from him- even to the point of watching your nephew hang.

Now with all that said there was a lot of action in this episode. Plenty of fighting and gunning so it kept you on your toes. Overall it was a story that was at least entertaining for those reasons. The script was weird but the outcome was good.

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