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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.
By the late 50's, TV was beginning to risk dealing with sensitive
social issues. Here the issue is inter-marriage issuing in a
half-Indian child. Mrs. Philips (Stewart) was abducted by Cheyennes,
after which she has a child by one of the braves. Now she's escaped
only to find rejection from much of Dodge because of her half-breed
little girl. Matt befriends her, as does Jep Hunter (Karnes) who's lost
his own wife to Indian captivity. However, Mrs. Philips's Boston
husband now joins others in rejecting her. Meanwhile, the little girl,
Fawn, cowers in uncertainty.
The episode is sensitively done and honest enough to deal with much of Dodge's rejection. There are few surprises. Nonetheless, sincere performances and a thoughtful script make up for the general absence of customary action.
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Nice acting by Peggy Stewart as Mrs Phillips and Robert Karnes as Jep
Hunter. This story had a touching, happy ending, as the 3rd guy in Mrs
Philips life finally is a loving, respectful gentleman.
As we know, Dillon don't like men that beat women. He first runs into Jack Band (Fredericks), who as Dillon puts it "about the lowest form of white man I ever saw". Jack Band has made Mrs Phillips a slave and beats her and mocks her. Dillon just takes her and her daughter out of there. Stupid Band draws on Dillon, in a complete mismatch, Dillon easily gets his 80th confirmed kill on the show.
This episode really depicts the racism towards Indians then. Even Dobie, the hotel manager, won't take them in. Fortunately, Miss Perfect Kitty takes them in. Mr Philips (Robert Rockwell, his only Gunsmoke appearance) also turns out to be a horse's behind. Dillon just pushes him away saying "Out of my way" (classic scene). Overall, a touching episode. Jep Hunter has no racism in him and loves Mrs Philips as she is and hopefully live happily ever after in California.
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