Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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Quint Asper Comes Home 

A half-Comanche has joined his mother's tribe in killing whites to avenge the murder of his father, but Matt sees the good in the man and the chance to re-integrate him, perhaps, into white society.





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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Clarke ...
Asper (as William Zuckert)
Robert Hinkle ...
Michael Barrier ...


Quint's father, a white man, is murdered by a pair of white traveling ne'er-do-wells. The family had lived an isolated life but Quint had been raised essentially as a white. Quint returns with his mother to the Comanches and, after she dies a few years later, keeps his vow to forget the white half of himself and fight and kill whites. He manages to do this until a white captive of the tribe, whom the tribe intends to kill, treats him with respect and appeals to a side of Quint he thought was dead. Will Quint free the captive? If he does, how can he remain with the Comanches? Written by Morganalee

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Release Date:

29 September 1962 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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This is Burt Reynolds' first episode as Quint Asper. See more »


When Quint runs across the stream in the very beginning, his chest is shaved. Moments later in his father's cabin, he has hair on his chest. See more »

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From this early episode- Burt Reynolds steals the scenes
23 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this episode we are introduced to Burt Reynolds playing the famous Quint Asper in a tale that takes the viewer to the beginning of how Quint came known to Dodge City. It is also some of most politically incorrect Indian reference of any episode in the 'Gunsmoke' collection.

It begins as we meet Quint right after his father, a white man, had been killed by other whites. Quint's mother is Comanche and he makes a promise on his father's death bed of taking her back to the tribe. Because of the way he feels about white men, he also want to become Comanche.

After three years, and his mother's death, he is a full tribe member. He is injured while trying to kill whites and just so happens is picked up by Marshal Dillon and carried back to Dodge. The townsfolk are beside themselves to see Matt and Doc taking care of a savage Indian. But it is not long before Matt dresses Quint in civilian clothes and leads him out of town to return to the tribe.

Upon returning to the tribe, the chief tells Quint to kill a captured white man. Due to the kindness shown in Dodge, Quint cannot kill the man and sneaks him away from the tribe. Now Quint is a renegade even to the Indians.

Men in Dodge hears there is a renegade Indian in the hills- they form a killing party. Quint has to find a way to avoid the men and try to find some people where he can belong.

A good introduction story that is nicely done by the cast and crew. Even this early you can spot Burt Reynold's ability to capture a scene. On camera he appears to be the center of attention as he goes from one scene to another without any flaw in the character. A good watch.

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