Gunsmoke: Season 6, Episode 28

Little Girl (1 Apr. 1961)

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Marshal Dillon must find a suitable home for Charity Gill, a young orphan, after the little girl's father dies when his cabin catches fire. Charity insists that she should live with the Dodge City lawman.

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Susan Gordon ...
Charity
Wright King ...
Hi Stevens
Bill McLean ...
Rafe
Loyal T. Lucas ...
Albie (as Doc Lucas)
Ann Morrison ...
Mrs. Henry
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Marshal Dillon must find a suitable home for Charity Gill, a young orphan, after the little girl's father dies when his cabin catches fire. Charity insists that she should live with the Dodge City lawman.

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Wright King (who plays Hi Stevens) has three children in this episode, Megan, Michael and Rip King (who play three of the Stevens' children). See more »

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A nice 'change-of-pace' episode
29 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode is quite a change of pace from most of the shows in the series as we get the soft side of Marshal Dillon as he has to deal with a child that has no home. It all begins when Matt and Chester are riding on the prairie and see a house that has just burned down. The fire took the life of a man at the house but a small girl, Charity (about 10 years of age), was down at the creek and survived. Now with no one left to take care of the child, Matt will bring her to Dodge and try to find her a place to live.

It is not as simple as Matt thought mainly due to the fact that most of the women from Dodge are away at a Woman's Suffrage rally. And now the small girl is wondering why she just cannot stay with the Marshal since he has no children. Matt may be in a pickle in this episode.

Since this episode shows Matt as a kind and heartfelt human, it appears that most people find this show to be well above satisfactory. However there really is nothing to the story other than finding Charity a home- something we knew about five minutes into the show. No suspense, no mystery. Sure it was a nice way to spend thirty minutes as we see a side of Marshal Dillon not often seen but the story was rather bland.


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