Gunsmoke: Season 17, Episode 2

Phoenix (20 Sep. 1971)

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Phoenix is an ex-con hired to kill an ex-law man. When he starts working for the man and his wife, he becomes attached to them and can't go through with it.


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Episode cast overview:
Kate Hume
Gene Evans ...
Jess Hume
Ramon Bieri ...
John Sontag
Frank Corsentino ...
Ted Jordan ...


Phoenix, who has served a long prison sentence, faces an uncertain future as he prepares to hit the road. His cellmate offers Phoenix a job - but it's as a murderer for hire to kill the ex-lawman who put the cellmate away. Phoenix travels to the lawman's small ranch and gets hired as a hand, where he meets the old man and his young wife. Phoenix eventually comes to the conclusion that he can't bring himself to kill the man. Unfortunately, that's just what the cellmate expected - and wants. He kills a guard, breaks out of jail and goes after the lawman himself. Written by Peter Harris

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A hired killer develops a relationship with his victim.
26 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

John Sontag and a man calling himself Phoenix are jail mates in prison. Phoenix is to be released so Sontag ask him if he will kill a man for him that put him in prison. He tells Phoenix where some money is hidden tells him that the person to kill is named Jess Hume, an ex-Sheriff, living near Dodge.

Phoenix goes and gets the money and finds out where Jess is living. When he finds the farm he sees a beautiful young woman, Kate, that is the wife of the much older Jess Hume. You can tell that Phoenix is smitten with Kate and is confused on why the young woman would marry an older man.

Jess develops respect for the former Sheriff and when chances to kill Jess come up, Phoenix passes. In fact Phoenix saves Jess life from drowning soon after their relationship begins. He soon realizes that he is not going to be able to kill Jess and decides to leave. He even asks the young Kate to run away with him but she says that she is happy with her life.

While Phoenix is about to leave town, he hears that Sontag has escape from prison. He knows that the Hume's are in danger. Sure enough Sontag arrives at the house and makes Jess dig a grave a gunpoint. Phoenix can either get involved or flee town.

This is a nice story that played well on the screen. The story of the hired killer developing a relationship with the person he was to kill was interesting. But the falling in love with the married woman did not seem to fit in this show. Even with the side-track, the episode did delivery entertainment.

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