Gunsmoke: Season 9, Episode 13

Pa Hack's Brood (28 Dec. 1963)

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A repugnant drifter hopes to use his nubile daughter to get his hands on a piece of land.

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Milton Selzer ...
Pa Hack
Lynn Loring ...
Maybelle Hack
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Annie McGovern
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Orville Hack
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Jeb Willis (as Jim Hampton)
Russell Thorson ...
Pa Willis
Charles Kuenstle ...
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Itinerant and shiftless Pa Hack is the worthless father of three grown, ragged children. He bullies his two sons into stealing for their meager pot. When he stops by the Willis farm to beg some flour and coffee to supplement the chickens one of his boys stole, Pa Hack covets the Willis land and decides to use his ragged daughter as bait for the owner's son in order to get himself a piece of that land. Trouble is, the Willises have taken in a young woman who may get in the way. As he salivates over the land he's come to see as his by right, Pa Hack doesn't hesitate to use violence to get what he wants. Written by Morganalee

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Gunsmoke: Pa Hack's Brood (1963) was the 318th and middle episode of Gunsmoke (1955)'s 20 seasons & 635 episodes. The longtime series beginner, _"Gunsmoke" (1955) {Matt Gets It (#1.1)_, was 317 episodes before and Gunsmoke: The Sharecroppers (1975) the series conclusion, was 317 episodes after. See more »

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Mediocre Drama with Good Cast
2 December 2012 | by (Valencia, Spain) – See all my reviews

Lynn Loring and Marianna Hill are the best things going for this episode. Loring plays Maybelle, the daughter of the shiftless Milton Selzer. Marianna Hill is a woman who is living with Jeb, played by Jim Hampton (later of F-Troop), and his father. Seltzer always seemed to play despicable roles. Whenever he played a father, he was usually the father everyone wanted to forget.

In this episode, as the other reviewer noted, a lot of standard Gunsmoke filler themes are put together. Gunsmoke seemed to rely on formula for its dramas. Perhaps it was based on demographics, but there are some themes that keep repeating themselves. Quint and other Indians are repeatedly victimized by drunken racists. Nomadic gypsy groups are always coming into town to rob, kidnap, or otherwise cause mischief. Trashy families going from town to town on a wagon are usually in the same vein as gypsies. New people coming into town for the first time are either going to get murdered or else they are mentally disturbed. Any time two or three men are friends in Dodge City, they are usually also going to rob the bank or kidnap Miss Kitty.

So in this episode we have Milton Selzer leading a family of dirty vagrants who want to steal the home and land of Jeb and his family. Goober, from the Andy Griffith Show, plays one of Selzer's sullen sons. Selzer plots against Jeb and his family, and each step creates bigger problems for everyone. As usually happens, only gunfire can bring justice.

Aside from Lynn Loring and Marianna Hill, the only one that really stands out in this episode is Milton Selzer. He could really sell playing the role of a sleazebag, and his insane plans make perfect sense to him. He was a very good character actor. Jim Hampton and Goober are fun to see, but their roles are limited to being angry henchmen. Hampton and Goober were more often seen in comedy roles.


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