Gunsmoke: Season 7, Episode 4

Harpe's Blood (21 Oct. 1961)

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A hard man has given his two sons a hard raising, sure that they inherited their mother's bad blood from their murderous ancestor. The old man may be right: one of his sons may be a murderer. Or is it the other son?



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Episode cast overview:
Peter Whitney ...
Gip Cooley
Evans Evans ...
Jenny Troupe
Dan Stafford ...
Kyle Cooley
Conlan Carter ...
Jeff Cooley
Warren J. Kemmerling ...
Neil Carr (as Warren Kemmerling)
Moria Turner ...
Sarah Cooley
Chris Hughes ...
Young Jeff
Ricky Kelman ...
Young Kyle


When Gip finds out his boys are descendants of a killer, he promises Sarah to not spare the rod if needed to keep their bad blood in check. His efforts prove futile as the oldest falls for a dance hall girl who is about to get married to someone who once cheated his brother. Written by DrDOS

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Drama | Western




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21 October 1961 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Wide emotions for the characters make for a good show
14 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

At the beginning of the episode we are introduced to the Cooley family. Ms Cooley is dying when she tells her husband, Gip, that their two kids, Kyle and Jeff, have the blood of a killer in their veins. Her last words were to make sure that he keeps the kids disciplined so that the 'bad blood' would not rise to the surface. Gip decides at that time to bring the kids up without spoiling the rod.

Later when the kids are now young men, Kyle falls for Jenny Troup a young woman working at the Lone Branch. When Gip sees Kyle inside the saloon he takes Kyle outside for some discipline. But with the taste of women on his mind, it will not be long till Kyle returns to the Lone Branch.

In the meantime Jenny has married a local man named Neil Carr. However she is not happy living in the outback and she is seeking a way out of the marriage. When she sees Kyle she hints around about if something happens to her husband that she would run away with him.

Kyle then sets up his brother Jeff where it appears that Jeff shot Neil. With Jeff in jail- Kyle is awaiting Jenny's readiness to run away. But when Jenny tells him that she changed her mind, Kyle threatens her.

Now Gil realizes what Kyle has done. He knows the wrong person is in jail so Gil sets out to remove the 'bad blood'.

Even with the 'dark' plot, the story played out well. This is one of those episodes that because of the macabre violence (unseen) people are going to either like or hate this show. It's a sad tale of human thinking in rural times. But taken as a whole the show had good acting and the interesting script- it made for a fine show.

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