Gunsmoke: Season 15, Episode 13

Roots of Fear (15 Dec. 1969)

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The Sadlers have scraped and saved all their lives to have a home. When they finally move into one, the bank that has all their money closes and the previous owner of their home wants an ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Amos Sadler
Louise Latham ...
Emilie Sadler
Daniel Sadler
Warren Vanders ...
Ridge Sadler
Walter Burke ...
George Acton
Susan Sadler (as Jody Foster)
Ted Jordan ...
Judge Brooker


The Sadlers have scraped and saved all their lives to have a home. When they finally move into one, the bank that has all their money closes and the previous owner of their home wants an immediate payoff. Not able to meet his demand they decide to take matters in their own hands. Written by DrDOS

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Judge Brooker: [Judge Brooker is deciding the fate of the Sadlers on robbery charges] Case closed. Except for you, Ridge! Five years... probation! If I ever see you in my court again...! And I will too!
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A run on banks force the closure of the Dodge Bank
31 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Perhaps this episode is the reason that my grandmother would never use a bank since this is about a bank closing and people are unable to get their money. But through this episode we are introduced to a family that turned a bad situation worse when the Dodge Bank has to close.

The Sadler family, lead by Amos (John Anderson), move into a new home outside of Dodge. Amos Sadler had been saving money for years in order to finally get a house with a farm and land. His family move into the house and start setting up all their belongs to make the house a home.

The Sadlers get word that the bank in Dodge is closing due to runs on banks. Knowing they have to pay their first payment in a few days, they head to Dodge to see if what they heard the truth. Sure enough when they get up to the teller, he advised that there is no more money. Even though Amos can see more money in the safe, the bank advises that they have to close and will be opened in a week or two.

The man comes by for the money and due to cash shortages is demanding the money in three days. Amos Sadler then decides to take his money from the bank by all cost. So he and some of his clan break into the bank and take their money. During the crime Daniel Sadler gets shot but is able to make it back to the farm before being detected by Festus and Matt.

Daniel needs medical attention and sends for Doc Adams. The Sadlers know that when Doc arrives they will be fingered as the people that robbed the bank. So they decide, it true Sadler form, to make the matters even more worse by kidnapping Doc.

The story was not bad nor was the acting. However the ending seemed unbelievable as it was written to make the viewer feel good about the show. Other than the ending the episode was worthy.

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