Gunsmoke: Season 2, Episode 13

Poor Pearl (22 Dec. 1956)

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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
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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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Better Than Average
3 October 2011 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Another strong Peckinpah script. Good-hearted but simple farmer Willy (Pyle) has made up his mind to marry saloon girl Pearl (the formidable Constance Ford). However, she's dubious because of contrasting backgrounds, especially when gambler boyfriend Webb (Emmett) shows up. Now she must choose between them to avoid a showdown.

It's hard not to sympathize with the earnest Willy. He's a sympathetic figure well played by Pyle. In fact, his simple earnestness suggests he may be related to Chester. (And catch Chester's itch that even drives him to take a bath, of all things!) There're a couple of twists making the 30-minutes a rather unpredictable entry. Halfway through, I hadn't surmised this was a Peckinpah script. But I wasn't surprised given the overall quality and the offbeat character of Willy.


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