Gunsmoke: Season 15, Episode 11

Ring of Darkness (1 Dec. 1969)

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Ben Hurley, a poor farmer, steals horses for outlaws to get enough money to take his blind daughter Susan to Kansas City, where she can learn to read and lead a better life. Newly tries to ... See full summary »

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Ben Hurley, a poor farmer, steals horses for outlaws to get enough money to take his blind daughter Susan to Kansas City, where she can learn to read and lead a better life. Newly tries to find the rustlers and becomes involved in the young girl's plight. Written by richardann

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An episode that tried to pull at heart strings- but failed
29 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the shows that you try hard to like. You have a blind girl living with her father in the rural west and it already makes for a heartwarming story. But for some reason this episode never caught hold of the warmth that it was trying to project.

The blind girl named Susan lived with her father as they did the best they could from day to day. Her father, Ben, had been trying to take her daughter to a blind school in Kansas City so that she can be taught how to read and write but he just did not have enough money to make that trip happen. So Ben now takes up a life of crime as he steals horses and sells them to outlaws for a small price. And with the money from the ill-gotten-gains is what he is going to use to take Susan to Kansas City.

Newly stumbles up on the farm as Ben is away and becomes smitten with Susan. But when Ben returns with stolen horses, Deputy Newly is tied up and Ben tells his daughter that Newly is the one stealing the horses.

After the outlaws force there way into their house, Susan finally puts two and two together and knows her father is a criminal. As she pleas for him to turn himself into the law, the outlaws have a different intention for the entire gang.

I found one part of the show extremely irritating. When blind Susan would ask a question no one would tell her what was going on around her. Her father, Newly or the outlaws would not answer her questions. For 'God Sakes' somebody answer her questions! Even though Pamela Dunlap played the part of Susan with excellent results, the dialog failed this episode. An episode that was to be heartwarming- ended with just a few smoldering embers.


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