Drought and crop failure leave Dodge without fruit or vegetables and a farming widow and her son very ill with scurvy.





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Episode cast overview:
Mary Rice
Dr. John Crail
Peter Brooks ...
Sully Rice
William Boyett ...
Jake Wirth
James Nusser ...


Drought and crop failure leave Dodge without fruit or vegetables and a farming widow and her son very ill with scurvy.

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24 April 1965 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This is the final episode produced by series co- creator Norman MacDonnell to be broadcast. MacDonnell had co- created and produced both the radio and television versions of "Gunsmoke." Actually, in "Song for Dying" (Episode 10.21), 'Martin Kellums' does refer to 'Doc' by his first name, calling him Galen. See more »


Jake: [in an argument with Doc] I'll blow your ears off.
Matt Dillon: All right now, just a minute here. You two keep this up your going to have a stroke and if you do I'll throw you both in jail.
Doc: That's a great remedy for a stroke.
Matt Dillon: Yes, I might add another charge too. Disturbing MY peace.
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Doc's friend maybe rich but his life seems poor
11 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode begins when an old friend of Doc Adams make a visit to Dodge. John Crail use to be a practicing doctor along side Doc Adams but left the profession to seek gold in Colorado. It turned out good for Mr Crail since now he is a rich man and wants for nothing. But he does confide in Doc that he is not happy even with all his money and seems sad for turning his back on being a doctor.

Meanwhile, there is this widow named Mary Rice and her son Scully that are living outside town on a farm that has been severely struck by the drought. It is so bad that they have come down with scurvy due to their poor diet. Doc Adams is doing all he can but with food scarce, it will be difficult to cure the sickness.

When Doc Adams tells his friend Crail about Mary Rice, the viewer notices that something seems suspicious about Crail's actions. And sure enough things are going to be revealed that will prove that money is not the key to happiness.

The story was interesting and the show entertaining. The episode was not action-packed but the story it contained was terrific. Good watch.

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