Gunsmoke: Season 7, Episode 1

Perce (30 Sep. 1961)

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Ex-con Perce McCall helps to save Matt's life in a shootout, and then falls for a beautiful, but greedy saloon girl who puts him under great pressure to start stealing again.



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Episode cast overview:
Ida Poe
Perce McCall
Seeber (as Kenneth Lynch)
Robert Brubaker ...
James Nusser ...
Chuck Hayward ...
Baynes Barron ...
Alex Sharp ...
Charles Bail ...
Withers (as Chuck Bail)
Ted Jordan ...


After helping Matt prevail in a confrontation with three outlaws, ex-convict Perce McCall settles in Dodge City with $500 and apparently promising future prospects. His good fortune changes abruptly when he tries to quickly amass enough money to win the favor of hard-hearted Long Branch hostess Ida Poe. Written by Sam Spear

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$500 in 1873 had the same general purchasing power as $8,937 in 2007. However, exact comparisons are difficult because of the relative paucity of manufactured goods at that time. Correspondingly high prices were charged for the goods that were available. See more »


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Chester Goode: What!
Dr. Galen 'Doc' Adams: I ordered beef stew, but what they brought me I couldn't say.
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An outlaw tries to change his ways.
13 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In the first hour long 'Gunsmoke' episode we get a story concerning an outlaw that comes to Dodge that wants to quit his lawless days and join society. Everything is going well until he meets a beautiful women that has ties to another person in Dodge.

Perce McCall (Ed Nelson) is the outlaw that runs into Marshal Dillon on the trail while both are heading to Dodge. They are approached by three bandits with the idea to kill Matt. One of the bandits knows Perce from his days as an outlaw and asked Perce to join them. However, Perce joins Matt and the two take the three bandits down. Perce then tells Matt about the time he spent in an Arizona prison and that he has changed his ways.

Inside Dodge Perce shows great restraint when a card player tries to cheat while dealing from the bottom of the deck. Perce is also shown in good light as he gets a job and helps out people in Dodge. Then he falls head-over-hills for a women that works at the Lone Branch.

Ida Poe become the women of his dreams. He tries to whisk her off of her feet by means of sweet talk and trying to make it rich. The problem with Ida is that she has been seeing a man named Hank Seebers for a long period of time. Hank becomes suspicious about Perce and tells Ida to stay away.

One evening Hank enters the Lone Branch to see Ida talking with Perce. Hank then gets upset and says something like 'I might have to kill you'. At that time Perce swings around and shoots the unarmed Hank much to the displeasure of Ida.

Hank now sits on a bench outside the Dodge house as Matt goes to arrest him. Even with Matt promising a fair trial, it will be difficult for Perce to face another possible long prison term?

I tend to like shows were outlaws want to start a new life after being in prison. This episode does not disappoint. A nice episode with an unfortunate ending.

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