Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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Phoebe Strunk 

A band of ne'er-do-wells, led by their mother, see in town a young woman that pleases them and decide to take her by force.





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Episode cast overview:
Matt Dillon
Phoebe Strunk
Annie Shields
Oliver Strunk
Rose Kinney
Hulett Strunk
Harry Raybould ...
Casper Strunk
Dick Peabody ...
Simsie Strunk
Sam Kinney
Ned Shields
Marilyn Harvey ...
Mary Shields


An about-grown girl who lost her family to violence is taken in by a kind farmer and his wife, who intend to adopt her. Before they can do so, the girl is spotted in town by disgraceful Phoebe Strunk and her gang of worthless sons, who assume that the pretty girl, like anything else they fancy, is theirs for the taking. Written by Morganalee

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Release Date:

10 November 1962 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A hillbilly clan is set on taking a beautiful girl with them at any means.
27 November 2012 | by See all my reviews

Watching this episode I began thinking that I really do not remember so many good people getting killed in a 'Gunsmoke' show. But we have nearly a fist full in this tale of a sweet beautiful girl and an gang of hillbillies.

Annie Shields, played by the beautiful Joan Freeman, is with her parents just outside Dodge. Annie goes a few hundred yards to fish by the creek. While she is gone a group of hillbillies led by Phoebe Strunk (Virginia Gregg) and her four boys come up on Annie's parent. They rob and murder them while setting their wagon on fire.

Annie is able to get away and happens up on Sam and Rose Kinney's place. They are a nice husband and wife that takes a shine to Annie and actually wants to adopt her as their own.

But before that happens Phoebe and her boys confront the Kinney's and take Annie away. They leave the Kinney's dead to later be found by Marshal Dillon and Quint.

Matt and Quint pick up their trail and follow them to their camp. It will be two against five as Matt tries to rescue Annie from the grips of the Strunks.

Two items really stood out in this episode. First was the beauty of Joan Freeman and the fine acting of Virginia Gregg. Seeing Ms Gregg in many 1960 era shows, I was never impressed with her. But her portrayal of the female leader of the clan was excellent.--This is not an outstanding show by any means, but a episode that keeps the viewer interested till the end.

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