Gunsmoke: Season 4, Episode 29

Fawn (4 Apr. 1959)

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After years of captivity, a white woman and her half-Indian daughter are set free by the Indians, but they are shunned in Dodge.



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Episode cast overview:
Mrs. Philips
Robert Karnes ...
Jep Hunter
Robert Rockwell ...
Mr. Philips
Charles Fredericks ...
Jack Band
Phil Harvey ...
Joseph Kearns ...
Raymond Guth ...
Michael Gibson ...
Wendy Stuart ...


After years of captivity, a white woman and her half-Indian daughter are set free by the Indians, but they are shunned in Dodge.

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This story was entertaining from beginning to end
12 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An enjoyable episode that was at times disturbing and the other times uplifting. The show followed the gambit of emotions to finally arrive at a show that was worth the watch.

Marshal Dillon is alerted to a Indian woman that is being badly used by some buffalo hunters outside of town. When Marshal Dillon investigates he finds that the woman, Mrs Phillips, is actually white and had been kidnapped by the Indians years ago. And to complicate matters Mrs Phillips is also accompanied by her eight year old child, Fawn, which is half Indian.

Matt takes Mrs Phillips back to Dodge where the usual bit of discrimination is placed on the woman having an Indian child. And when the husband, Mr Phillips, arrives from Boston, he is willing to take his wife back but wants nothing to do with the child.

A very intelligent written script that was well done by the cast. It is a sad tale that will have the viewer as upset as Marshal Dillon was to characters in the cast. But fear not, there is something in this story that makes the entire show worthy of a second look. Very entertaining episode.

Note- Marshal Dillon can be savage when needed. Early in this episode Matt has to shoot a man that drew on him. The man's buddies are standing there look when Matt harshly tells them 'You got some burying to do". Nice.

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