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Hard Luck Henry 

Hard-Luck Henry Haggens comes to Dodge City to persuade his cousin Festus to return home on an important mission. Festus, as the wisest of the Haggenses, is to act as Solomon and divide a ... See full summary »

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Hard-Luck Henry Haggen
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Jefferson Dooley
Ken Drake ...
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Jed Walsh
Mary Lou Taylor ...
Martha Walsh
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Charlie Walsh
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Sam
Ted Jordan ...
Burke
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Reb Dooley
Jon Shank ...
Truly Dooley (as John Shank)
Charles Kuenstle ...
Homer Haggen
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Hard-Luck Henry Haggens comes to Dodge City to persuade his cousin Festus to return home on an important mission. Festus, as the wisest of the Haggenses, is to act as Solomon and divide a chest of Confederate gold pieces among the Haggens clan. Henry's constant mishaps thwart Festus's efforts in one of the funniest episodes of the series. Written by richardann

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23 October 1967 (USA)  »

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We learn Festus is the brains of the Hagan clan.
13 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Festus Hagan's relatives come to Dodge City in an effort to get Festus to return with them on an important detail. And when we find out that Festus is the brains of the bunch we know we are in for a show featuring almost cartoon like humor.

When Festus returns to the Hagan farm land, he finds that the Hagans have found a chest full of confederate gold coins. Festus had been brought back in order to divide the money equally among his clan. However Festus talks his relatives on returning the money to Dodge instead of keeping the coins.

When their neighbors, The Dooley's, find out about the chest, they know that something is up with the Hagan clan. So as the Hagan's set on the trip back to Dodge more than one mishap will follow. In one of the funniest scenes, Festus has been arrested in a local town and placed in the jail. The Hagan clan comes to Festus's rescue in form of a nighttime jail break that leads to Festus being dragged down the streets of this local town., And so the show goes as one problem follows the Hagan clan on their way to Dodge. With the Dooley's close on the trail it will only be a matter of time before both clans are up to their necks in problems.

The episode had some funny moments but much of the time was playing like a cartoon-short without the animation. The only thing missing from the buffoon country stereotype was a beard-pulling and a square dance.

Overall the episode was different and to a point entertaining. Perhaps not the best comic show ever written but it does give relief to usual serious series.


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