Gunsmoke: Season 17, Episode 9

Lijah (8 Nov. 1971)

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Lijah, an itinerant mountain man, happens on three murdered members of the Ezra Parker family, and discovers the lone survivor, ten-year-old Rachel Mae, hiding in the root cellar. As Lijah ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Denny Miller ...
Harry Townes ...
Hale Parker
William Wintersole ...
Will Standish
Woody Chambliss ...
Lane Bradford ...
Dump Hart
Howard Culver ...
Herb Vigran ...
Judge Brooker


Lijah, an itinerant mountain man, happens on three murdered members of the Ezra Parker family, and discovers the lone survivor, ten-year-old Rachel Mae, hiding in the root cellar. As Lijah is burying the family, Hale Parker, Rachel Mae's shiftless uncle, comes on the scene. In a struggle with the supposed killer Lijah, Hale is knocked unconscious. Lijah leaves and takes Rachel Mae with him to rescue her from unseen danger. Hale revives and makes his way to Dodge City where he tells his story. Matt organizes a posse and rides out to see what's what. Written by richardann

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One of the better shows in the collection
26 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I know each person as their own reasons of why they like or dislike a program but was stunned to see that some people thought this was a poor offering. After watching this episode is not only entertaining but one of the better stories in the series.

It all begins when a self-supporting mountain man, Lijah, comes upon a farm where the entire family has been murdered. The only survivor is a small girl that was hiding in the root cellar named Rachel. When a cousin, Hale Parker, rides up on the farm, he sees the murdered family and the mountain man next to the child. He goes for a rifle but Lijah knocks him over the head with a shovel. Lijah takes the girl with him to get her to Dodge but before getting her there, he is arrest by Matt and will stand trial for murder.

But there is more to this story than meets the eye. Some people, including the mountain man, are not exactly what they claim. There will be some hidden secrets that will be revealed but will it be in time to save the life on the innocent mountain man.

A very entertaining episode that was a pleasure to watch. There is many things going on in this program which will keep the viewer on the edge of their seat the entire time. Even with the crowded cast this episode was interesting and came across very well performed. A very entertaining show.

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