Gunsmoke: Season 12, Episode 19

Mail Drop (28 Jan. 1967)

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A young boy comes to Dodge looking for his father. What he finds is that his father is a wanted outlaw on the run.



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A young boy comes to Dodge looking for his father. What he finds is that his father is a wanted outlaw on the run.

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The script had no flare and had little entertainment value,
11 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode begins when a teenage boy named Billy Johnson comes to Dodge looking for his father. He says that he gets a letter every year about this time from his father addressed from Dodge. Since he has never seen his father he asks the Marshal if he had seen him and shows a picture. Marshal Dillon recognizes him as an outlaw named Roberts.

Sure enough Roberts is in town and comes to visit his son. But Marshal finds out and arrest Roberts. Now the young boy believes he was used for bait by the Marshal and vows to break his father out of jail.

I never got into this story. It was predictable and not very entertaining. I could not get past the fact that the boy had never seen his father and upon learning that he was an outlaw wanted to ride off with his unknown father to Montana. It made no sense.

The actors Eddie Hodges and John Anderson did all they could to bring excitement into the show but it was the script that pulled the episode down. The redeeming quality of the show was the forlorn ending but it could not have saved the program. Just did not have the flare that other episode possess.

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