Gunsmoke: Season 19, Episode 3

Matt's Love Story (24 Sep. 1973)

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Matt is shot and abandoned by a fugitive Les Dean, whom he was tracking. Matt's horse finds his way to the farm of young widow named Mike Yardner, who, with the help of her dog, finds Matt ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Newly O'Brien (credit only)
Keith Andes ...
Hasty Starcourt
Monte Rupert (as Jonathan Lippe)
Judge Ray Cordelius
Les Dean
Glenn Strange ...
Richard Lundin ...
Steve DeFrance ...
Mio (as S. Michael DeFrance)
Neil Summers ...


Matt is shot and abandoned by a fugitive Les Dean, whom he was tracking. Matt's horse finds his way to the farm of young widow named Mike Yardner, who, with the help of her dog, finds Matt and brings him to her farm. Matt is recovering, but he does not remember his past. Love is in the air. Separately, Les Dean makes a contract with Mike Yardner's corrupt neighbor to drive her out due to some water rights. The neighbor's words were "I don't like killings, but I've been around them." Les Dean visits Mike and Matt (who still does not recognize Les), but Les changes his mind about the contract and goes to return the deposit. That's when Matt regains his memory. Written by Thomas001

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Scenes from this episode were used in flashback sequences in the 1990 CBS- TV movie "Gunsmoke: The Last Apache," in which Michael Learned again played Mike Yardner. See more »

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Miss Michael Learned is wonderful in this likable episode
14 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Matt is on a trail of a bandit named Les Favorite Dean (Victor French). As Les waits on the prairie, Matt rides close up and Les shoots him. He then hits him in the head with the butt of the rifle and leaves him for dead in the lonesome prairie.

Matt's horse comes up on a farm house that is occupied by a widow Ms Mike Yardner (Michael Learned). She and her dog happen to find Matt and take him back to her house. When Matt wakes up, he has amnesia and cannot remember anything about his life. With Matt helping around the farm house the two become smitten with each other to the point of thinking marriage.

Meanwhile there is a rancher named Starcourt that wants the land and farm that Yardner is living on. When Les Dean comes riding up, he hires him to get rid of Yardner. When he arrives at the Yardner place, he is stunned to see Marshal Dillon. But Matt has taken on another name and does not recognize the wanted man.

Dean has a change of heart and refuses ti kill the woman and then tells her about Matt's true identity. When she tells Matt that he is the marshal in Dodge it seems like all his memory returns. Will Matt give up his years of being a Marshal for the chance at real love?

As a person that really dislikes amnesia episodes, this show was better than expected. Michael Learned is great as the widow that fell in love with the tall stranger. And Victor French is just as good as the rough villain with a sweet side. With the script and the acting this episode is entertaining to the very end. Good Watch

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