Gunsmoke: Season 9, Episode 2

Lover Boy (5 Oct. 1963)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Western
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A charming cowboy apparently is guilty only of breaking hearts until he gets to Dodge, where he finds two women who may make a killer of him.



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Episode cast overview:
Avis Fisher
Kyle Kelly
Alan Baxter ...
Ab Fisher
Carol Byron ...
Terry Lee
Richard Coogan ...
Luke Ryan
Allan Hunt ...


Ken Curtis, who will return later in the season as Festus, appears here as Kyle Kelly, a love-'em-and-leave-'em cowboy. As the episode opens, he leaves brokenhearted a girl who had expected a marriage proposal from him. He arrives in Dodge and soon takes up with the bored wife of a homesteader. Though there's no sign that Kelly has killed before, he and the wife make plans to get rid of her husband. Meanwhile, Kelly walks into the Long Branch and improbably encounters the girl he most recently left behind, now in Dodge and employed as a saloon gal. He gets into a fight over her and is humiliated. Next day he rides out to get his revenge on the man who bettered him; then he and the homesteader's wife hatch a plan to pin the killing on her husband. Written by Morganalee

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5 October 1963 (USA)  »

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Ken Curtis struts his stuff
8 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Lover Boy" gives Ken Curtis a chance to show what a good actor he is. Stripped of facial hair, he plays a charming and heartless rogue who loves 'em and leaves 'em. (In real life, he would have sexually seduced the women, but this is only vaguely suggested by his first conquest being sufficiently humiliated when he dumps her that she becomes a saloon girl.) Curtis shows how good he is at creating characters almost entirely by facial expression.

Curtis started out as a conventionally handsome man, with vapid good looks. He got better looking as he matured. In an unintentional bit of humor, one of his conquests complains that her husband is "nearly 50". * So was Curtis -- he was 48 when this episode was shot! He was nearly 60 when the series ended.

Though Festus and Chester were "similar" characters, Festus had the athleticism Chester lacked. ** In fight scenes, Curtis is quick and nimble -- you wouldn't want to get on his bad side. And in an early Festus episode, when he and Slim Pickens are about to be strung up, Curtis leaps up off his horse and wraps his legs around the beam. (I've played through this several times, and I'm pretty certain it's Curtis, not a stunt double.)

An above-average episode -- definitely worth seeing.

* 50 was considered "old" in the 19th century -- retirement age, essentially.

** My understanding is that Dennis Weaver suggested Chester have a stiff leg, as he didn't find it plausible that an able-bodied young man would take an essentially unpaid job as the marshal's assistant.

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