Gunsmoke: Season 12, Episode 12

Quaker Girl (10 Dec. 1966)

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When a dying deputy swears in Thad to capture killer Fred Bateman, he ends up in a Quaker town, in which the people can not tell which one is the wanted man.

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Doc
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Roger Ewing ...
Thad
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Fred Bateman
William Bryant ...
Kester
Glenn Strange ...
Sam
Joseph Breen ...
George
Anna Karen ...
1st Woman
Nancy Marshall ...
2nd Woman
Patricia Quinn ...
Cora Ellis (as Ariane Quinn)
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Benjamin Ellis
Warren Vanders ...
John Thenly
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Vern Morland
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When a dying deputy swears in Thad to capture killer Fred Bateman, he ends up in a Quaker town, in which the people can not tell which one is the wanted man.

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William Shatner is fine but not much else
12 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Thad (Roger Ewing) is the main character in this episode when he comes across a dying deputy that was shot by the notorious con-artist Fred Bateman played by William Shatner. The deputy gets Thad to swear that he will bring Fred Bateman to justice and kill him.

When Thad comes up on Fred a big fist fight breaks out. It is broken up by some local Quakers (that do not believe in violence) and both men claim the other is Fred Bateman. The Quakers are confused and take both men back to their village till the true criminal is exposed.

During the next 45 minutes we get a rather uninteresting double plot of a not-so-bad criminal Fred Bateman trying to escape and Thad falling in love with a young Quaker. It all comes to a head when another gang of ranchers, which has been searching for Fred Bateman, stumble onto the village to take their revenge. And now Fred has the cross roads of telling the gang that he is the true criminal or causing violence onto the village.

The main appeal of this episode is seeing William Shatner portraying a dandy criminal. Which he does a good job. But other than that this episode is unremarkable.

Roger Ewing has some good moments but seems awkward and out-of-place when he has to hold up the entire show. Thad is fine back in Dodge when given two or three lines in a scene but having to dominate the entire episode seems not to be his strong point.

Not one of the strongest episodes of the series.


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