Gunsmoke: Season 11, Episode 32

Prime of Life (7 May 1966)

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Kyle Stoner is fast with a gun and likes to prove it. When he mixes with the wrong crowd and goes up against Matt, his father gets involved and he is a friend as well as an ex-lawman.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Ewing ...
Douglas Kennedy ...
John Stoner
Lyn Edgington ...
Cal Naylor ...
Barbara Wilkin ...
Glenn Strange ...
James Nusser ...
Ted French ...
Kyle Stoner (as Jonathan Lippe)
Woody Stoner
Martin West ...
Jack Brown


Kyle Stoner is fast with a gun and likes to prove it. When he mixes with the wrong crowd and goes up against Matt, his father gets involved and he is a friend as well as an ex-lawman.

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An enjoyable episode to end the eleventh season.
25 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For the last black and white episode of the series we get a story that involves a family that has one of the best reputations and the father wants the name to mean something to his sons.

The story centers around the Stoner family that consist of the father, John, and his two sons, Kyle and Woody. John is an ex-lawman and friend of Marshal Dillon and his two sons are now becoming men and deciding their own fate. It seems that Kyle and Woody teamed up with two undesirable gents named Jack Brown and Joe Smith. They did a few robberies and are now in Dodge. With Woody with his father, Kyle decides to go to the Long Branch with the other two. When he sees a girl he likes with another man, he forces the man to draw on him and Kyle kills him. Marshal Dillon places Kyle in jail.

When John Stoner gets to town he is none to happy with Matt about his son being locked up. People said it was a fair fight and he believes that his son was just protecting himself.

Later, with help from Jack and Joe, Kyle gets Matt into a gunfight and Matt kills Kyle. Again John and Woody come back to town to collect Kyle's body and even more hatred is present.

When Matt gets word that Kyle, Woody and the two others are suspects in the robberies, Matt has to make a trip to the Stoner farm. Matt advises John that Woody is a suspect and leaves Woody with him as long as John will give his word.

It is not long before Woody will be riding off with the other men to escape the robbery charges. But the reason Woody rides off may have something to do with his oath he gave to his father rather than flee prosecution.

For the last show of the eleventh season, we have another good quality program. A well written script and preformed to perfection by the cast. This is a solid episode that was interesting and enjoyable.

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