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"Gunsmoke" Prairie Wolfer (1964)

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TV Series:
Original Air Date:
18 January 1964 (Season 9, Episode 16)
Festus returns to Dodge from wolfing and is hired by the Cattleman's Association to hunt down the wolves killing everyone's cattle... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Ken Curtis becomes a 'Gunsmoke' family member. See more (2 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

James Arness ... Matt Dillon

Dennis Weaver ... Chester

Milburn Stone ... Doc

Amanda Blake ... Kitty

Burt Reynolds ... Quint

Ken Curtis ... Festus

Noah Beery Jr. ... Nate Guthrie

Don Dubbins ... Rolly Wendt
Holly McIntire ... Sarah Guthrie
Fred Coby ... Charlie

Glenn Strange ... Sam
James Drake ... Dude
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rex Andrews ... Barfly (uncredited)
Jimmy Noel ... Barfly (uncredited)
Chick Sheridan ... Barfly (uncredited)
Lucian Tiger ... Townsman (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Andrew V. McLaglen 
Writing credits
John Dunkel (written by)

Charles Marquis Warren (developed for television by) uncredited

Norman MacDonnell  based on the radio series created by (uncredited)
John Meston  based on the radio series created by (uncredited)

Produced by
Norman MacDonnell .... producer
Frank Paris .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Frank V. Phillips (director of photography) (as Frank Phillips)
Film Editing by
Otto Meyer 
Casting by
James Lister 
Lynn Stalmaster 
Art Direction by
James Dowell Vance  (as James D. Vance)
Set Decoration by
Herman N. Schoenbrun 
Makeup Department
Glen Alden .... makeup artist
Pat Whiffing .... hair stylist
Production Management
Robert M. Beche .... production manager
Al Kraus .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wes McAfee .... assistant director
Art Department
Clem Widrig .... property master (as Clem R. Widrig)
Sound Department
Gene Eliot .... sound effects editor
Vernon W. Kramer .... sound mixer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alexander Velcoff .... costumer
Music Department
Gene Feldman .... music editor
Carl Fortina .... musician: accordion soloist
Rex Koury .... composer: theme music (uncredited)
Glenn Spencer .... composer: theme music (uncredited)
Other crew
Edle Bakke .... script supervisor
George Walsh .... announcer (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Charles Marquis Warren  developed for television by

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Additional Details

USA:60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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"Prairie Wolfer" is the only episode where Quint, Festus, and Chester were in, it is the only episode where they appeared together in the same scene.See more »


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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Ken Curtis becomes a 'Gunsmoke' family member., 25 December 2012
Author: kfo9494 from United States

It has been over a year since we were introduced to the character Festus. Last year in the episode 'Us Haggens', Festus was introduced but at the time there was no indication that the character would become a regular. In fact, Ken Curtis played another character in 'Lover Boy' episode of 'Gunsmoke' earlier this same season. But with Dennis Weaver already set for a new series in 'Kentucky Jones' the powers felt that another side-kick was needed so they made Festus much more likable and brought him back to become a regular character in the show. And from this real introduction as a regular character we get to see the side of Festus and the acting ability of Ken Curtis which will become a pleasure to all 'Gunsmoke' fans.

This episode begins Festus, a wolfer (kills wolves for their hide), sees two men Raleigh Wendt and Nate Guthrie loading a cow into their wagon. He then rides on and comes up on a farm house occupied by Nate's daughter named Sara. Greets her and then moves on to Dodge where the leader of the Cattleman's Association wants to hire Festus to kill wolves in the area. Festus agrees to help the farmers out and set off to kill wolves in the area.

Festus moves out and camps close to Nate. But we learn there is a reason that Nate does not want Festus close to his farm and it has nothing to do with his daughter. So Nate and Raleigh try to frame Festus for killing cattle. But it gets away from them with one turns on another.

Even though this was a nice story, it really was not better than others in this season nine collection. What makes this episode great is that we are introduced to Festus becoming a regular character plus we get to see Chester, Festus and Quint all in one episode. With this episode, Ken Curtis becomes part of the 'Gunsmoke' family.

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