Gunsmoke: Season 2, Episode 13

Poor Pearl (22 Dec. 1956)

TV Episode  -   -  Western
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A saloon gal past her youth suddenly receives two marriage proposals, one from a sweet country bumpkin, one from a menacing dandy, but it's no embarrassment of riches: each suitor threatens violence if she selects his rival.

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Constance Ford ...
Pearl Bender
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Willie Calhoun
Michael Emmet ...
Webb Thorne
Jess Kirkpatrick ...
Frank Teeters
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A saloon gal past her youth suddenly receives two marriage proposals, one from a sweet country bumpkin, one from a menacing dandy, but it's no embarrassment of riches: each suitor threatens violence if she selects his rival.

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A melancholy tale of love that goes too far
4 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Willie Calhoun (Denver Pyle), a hard working farmer, has been coming into town every week. He goes gets a bath then a haircut and puts on his fancy duds all in order to court Pearl Bender (Constance Ford) that works at the Long Branch. On this date, Willie is going to ask Pearl to marry him.

However Pearl comes from a different world than Willie and actually has been involved with a gambler named Webb Thorne. When Willie finds out that Webb will kill any man that takes Pearl away from him, Willie goes gets his rifle.

Matt sees what is going on and calls the three in his office. Pearl then tells Willie that she does not want to marry him and Willie is sent away with 'hat in hand'. But it will not be the last time that we see Willie Calhoun.

Then ending is rather sad but was very entertaining for viewers. Denver Pyle was excellent as the mild farmer and really believes he was doing right as he took the law into his own hands. A melancholy tale of love that goes too far. Good watch.


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