Gunsmoke: Season 8, Episode 31

Panacea Sykes (13 Apr. 1963)

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Kitty welcomes her mentor from New Orleans, but the colorful old lady takes liberties with the truth and with Kitty's possessions.

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Doc
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Nellie Burt ...
Panacea
Dan Tobin ...
Atherton Foote
Charles Watts ...
Little
Charlie Briggs ...
Driver
John Clarke ...
Young Man
Jan Brooks ...
Ethel
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James Nusser ...
Carl Prickett ...
Agent
Charles Seel ...
One (as Charles Seal)
Robert Nash ...
Two
John Lawrence ...
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Kitty welcomes her mentor from New Orleans, but the colorful old lady takes liberties with the truth and with Kitty's possessions.

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William Conrad, who directed this episode, played Matt Dillon on CBS Radio from 1952- 1961. See more »

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The lady that raised Kitty makes her way to Dodge.
10 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Other than the fact that Ms Kitty shows real display of emotion in this episode there is little new to this show. This is a plot that has been played out on nearly every TV series in history the only thing different is that the scheme is being played out with our friends in Dodge City.

Panacea Sykes use to own a gambling house in New Orleans and is now making it out west to avoid charges of jewelry theft from the Orleans Police Department. Another interesting note about Pan is that she raised Ms Kitty after Kitty's mother died and this is the reason she feels lead to Dodge City. But even though she appears to be a sweet older lady on a rough ride west, she is actually a pickpocket and con-artist. Before boarding the stagecoach on the last leg of the journey to Dodge she pickpockets and gentleman out of a pocket watch and then does not have the price of the fare. She advises that she is the dear old mother of Ms Kitty Russell that owns the Long Branch. The driver lets her ride saying he will get the money from Kitty.

When she arrives in Dodge, Kitty pays the fare and is generally happy to see Pan. Kitty lets her sleep the rough trip off in her room and returns downstairs. Then things start happening. First some of Kitty jewelry is missing, then her money and then a whole case of whiskey.

After Marshal Dillon gets an alert from a man that is trying to blackmail Pan, he sends a telegraph to New Orleans and finds out that Pan is wanted. Right after that Pan becomes so sick that a Doc is called to help. Doc tells Pan that she is very sick and needs to rest leaving us believing she is on her death bed. She returns the stolen money and jewelry to Kitty and give the Orleans jewels to Matt to return. All she needs is rest. But something happens that will lead the viewer to believe that she just may stay one step in front of the law yet.

It was a nice story but nothing stands out above other shows. About all you can say is a charming story that was well acted.


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