Gunsmoke: Season 9, Episode 27

Owney Tupper Had a Daughter (4 Apr. 1964)

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To earn money to recover the custody of his daughter, an aging man accepts the job of Dodge's first in-town hangman, work no one else wants.



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Episode cast overview:
Noreen Corcoran ...
Andrea Darvi ...
James Seay ...
Howard Wendell ...
Orville Sherman ...
Wib Smith
Hank Patterson ...
Dolores Quinton ...
Vernon Rich ...
Berkeley Harris ...
Steve Gaynor ...


Owney Tupper's only child was born when he and his wife were already middle-aged. Now that his wife is dead, Owney and the child are very content alone, but the girl's prosperous aunt and uncle come to town and impress a judge with the life they can offer her, as compared to Owney, whose house is falling down around him. Owney can get his girl back, he's told, when he can demonstrate that he can provide for her properly. All Owney's attempts thereafter to make money are thwarted, until a job comes up that no one else in Dodge wants: that of the first in-town hangman (a judge wants the execution carried out there instead of Hays City, as an example to the populace). Written by Morganalee

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What You Do For Love
6 December 2012 | by (Valencia, Spain) – See all my reviews

Jay Flippin is the star of this episode. He plays an older man who has a young daughter. They live out on a dilapidated farm, and Flippin just gets by with a few chickens and enough food to survive. His clothes are old and dirty, and the house is falling apart.

However, Flippin spends all his time playing with his daughter, Amity, telling her stories, and giving her all the love that he has in his heart. By the same token, she adores her loving Dad.

His deceased wife's family comes to town to take his daughter to St. Louis. The want her to live in a real home, and to have the benefits of education. The Judge orders the child to go live with her aunt, but gives Flippin a few months to straighten up the house, and start working the farm.

What happens next is a great story of personal sacrifice. Flippin is amazing in this role. As usually happens in Dodge City, every bad thing happens to Flippin, and he has to take desperate measures to fulfill his promise to his daughter. In the end, is he a hero, or a heel? Does he get his daughter back?

Without spoiling the story, let's just say that there are a few twists and turns, and sometimes, nothing is as good as it should be. This is 1960s drama at its best.

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