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"Gunsmoke" My Father's Guitar (1966)

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12 February 1966 (Season 11, Episode 21)
A talented guitarist impresses all who hear him on an instrument that is more precious to him than a man's life. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

James Arness ... Matt Dillon

Milburn Stone ... Doc

Amanda Blake ... Kitty

Ken Curtis ... Festus

Roger Ewing ... Thad

Beau Bridges ... Jason

Glenn Strange ... Sam
Robin Blake ... Mattie
Louis Massad ... Cowboy

Steve Ihnat ... Jack

Charles Dierkop ... Dan

Dub Taylor ... Sonny Starr
William Bramley ... Jed Woodard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rex Andrews ... Townsman (uncredited)
John Breen ... Townsman (uncredited)

Duke Fishman ... Townsman (uncredited)

Chuck Hamilton ... Townsman (uncredited)
Pete Kellett ... Townsman (uncredited)
Bert Madrid ... Townsman (uncredited)

Mathew McCue ... Townsman (uncredited)
Jimmy Noel ... Townsman (uncredited)
Robert Robinson ... Townsman (uncredited)

Rudy Sooter ... Townsman (uncredited)

Sailor Vincent ... Townsman (uncredited)
Chalky Williams ... Townsman (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Robert Totten 
Writing credits
Hal Sitowitz (written by)

Charles Marquis Warren (developed for television by) uncredited

Norman MacDonnell  based on the radio series created by (uncredited)
John Meston  based on the radio series created by (uncredited)

Produced by
Philip Leacock .... producer
Cinematography by
Harry Stradling Jr. (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Albrecht Joseph  (as Al Joseph)
Casting by
James Lister 
Set Decoration by
Herman N. Schoenbrun 
Makeup Department
Glen Alden .... makeup artist
Pat Whiffing .... hair stylist
Production Management
Robert M. Beche .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Nichols .... assistant director
Art Department
Clem Widrig .... property master
Sound Department
Jack A. Finlay .... sound effects editor
Vernon W. Kramer .... sound mixer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alexander Velcoff .... costumer
Music Department
Gene Feldman .... music editor
Morton Stevens .... music supervisor
Rex Koury .... composer: theme music (uncredited)
Glenn Spencer .... composer: theme music (uncredited)
Other crew
Edle Bakke .... script supervisor
Herbert DuFine .... assistant to producer
Paul Savage .... story consultant
George Walsh .... announcer (uncredited)
Series Cast
These people are regular cast members. Were they in this episode?

Dabbs Greer ... Wilbur Jonas

Hank Patterson ... Hank Miller

Roy Roberts ... Harry Bodkin
Charles Seel ... Barney Danches

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Charles Marquis Warren  developed for television by

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Additional Details

60 min
Aspect Ratio:
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4 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
The story did not come across well on the screen, 2 April 2013
Author: kfo9494 from United States

This episode started out well enough with some interesting facets and characters. But then the story began slowing down to the point of nearly making a snooze-fest of the entire episode. It never gain any interest that would keep people watching.

At the beginning a young rider named Jason comes up on a farm and ask a man if he can water his horse. The man then starts making fun of Jason's guitar to the point where Jason stabs him dead when the man tries to damage the instrument. While Jason digs a grave he hears some riders, which will later find out are Jack and Dan, coming up on the farm. So Jason flees and travels into Dodge.

In Dodge, Jason plays his guitar for the people at the Long Branch where we learn that Jason has a near psychotic love for the guitar since it use to belong to his father. That is near the time that the two riders, Jack and Dan come into the Long Branch to do some drinking.

Later Jack and Dan are arrested by Matt and in their belongings is a twenty dollar gold piece that the dead man use to have around his neck. They tell Matt that the guy was already dead when they took the gold piece off of him but Matt finds that hard to believe.

When Jason hears that the two are arrested for a crime he committed, he breaks them out of jail. But when Dan and Jack want to know why Jason helped them escape they begin to put two-and-two together. With Matt search for all three, it will only be a short time before someone has to pay a price.

The plot was not that bad but for some reason just did not play well on the screen. There was little entertainment value in the story that just seemed to go on forever. With many good episode in the 11th season, there has to be a few disappointments along the way.

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