Gunsmoke: Season 11, Episode 15

Gold Mine (25 Dec. 1965)

TV Episode  -   -  Western
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When Matt is too busy to escort Kitty to a gold mine she inherited, she travels there alone and meets with claim jumpers and other difficulties.

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Doc
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Roger Ewing ...
Thad
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Louise Danby
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Claims Clerk
John Harmon ...
Hotel Clerk
Glenn Strange ...
Sam
Russ Bender ...
Sheriff
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Pa Gibbijohn
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Jud Gibbijohn
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Eb Gibbijohn
Tom Nardini ...
Richard Danby
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Kitty travels to Pick Axe to make claim to a gold mine left to her by a friend. When she arrives she is met with surly town folk and claim jumpers. With help of Thad and a local boy who is mute, she hopes to save what she sees as her retirement future. Written by DrDOS

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25 December 1965 (USA)  »

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Kitty Russell states that Thad is 6' 4" but Roger Ewing who plays Thad is listed as 6' 5 1/2". See more »

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The Matt/Kitty relationship was interesting, Not much else
30 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It seemed that the writers were trying a break from the serious drama shows and tried to catch a more humorous program. Even though there were a few comedy type scenes this story never produced the entertain value that we expect. If they would have stayed with the Kitty/Matt relationship the episode would have been much better but they decided to travel the path of slapstick.

Kitty is given a gold mine and travels to the town of Pickaxe to stake claim. When Matt is too busy to make the trip with her, Kitty decides to go alone to Pickaxe. The problem is that the town is full of single non-working men that has not seen a woman like Kitty is a very long time.

When Kitty arrives no one in town will lend her a hand. In fact the entire situation is a bit scare as Kitty has to fend for herself in a town where there is no law. There is this one mute young man that helps Kitty out and soon the two finds the place where she is staking claim.

Marshal Dillon is horrified to learn that Kitty went to Pickaxe alone. He sends Thad to make sure that she is safe. But when Thad arrives, he walks into a situation where a family called the Gibbijohns are trying to take over Kitty's claim. Thad ends up getting injured and cannot send a letter telling Matt that Kitty is safe. After a few days Matt drops everything and rides to Pickaxe to find Kitty.

Parts of the show that involve the Gibbijohns are more silly that funny. When they break into the shack where Thad and Kitty are staying it looks like something from 'The Three Stooges' rather than a western drama. Those scenes, while trying to be humorous, failed in such a way that it brought the entire entertainment value down.

The high point of the show was the way the viewer got to see how much Matt cares for Kitty. If they would have stuck to that plot then the story would have been much better. They even had the mute boy and mother that they could have made part of an interesting show but instead resorted to buffoonery and careless humor. Not one of the better offers.


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