Gunsmoke: Season 18, Episode 6

Sarah (16 Oct. 1972)

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Matt runs into an old flame named Sarah that now runs a one woman saloon for bandits out in the desert. Matt will have to pass as a villain in order to save Sarah reputation as a trusted confidant.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Pappy Quinn
Sonny (as Jonathan Lippe)
Mike Lane ...
Rex Holman ...
George Keymas ...
John Orchard ...
Kay E. Kuter ...
Larry Duran ...
Ronald Manning ...


Matt runs into an old flame named Sarah that now runs a one woman saloon for bandits out in the desert. Matt will have to pass as a villain in order to save Sarah reputation as a trusted confidant.

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Action packed episode but the story was lacking
18 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There is a lot of action in this episode that usually makes for a fine view but the story was so off key from a regular 'Gunsmoke' script that it seemed almost strange.

Matt has tracked a killer all the way from Dodge to near the Mexican Border (on horseback that would have been well over a week) and after shooting the bad guy, Matt runs into an old flame named Sarah. They had been good friends when Matt was deputy sheriff in San Antonio. Well Sarah had fallen on hard times and now runs a little one woman saloon in the desert that caters to bandits and killers.

While Matt is meeting with his old girlfriend, a band of robbers, led by Pappy Quinn, come riding up. Sarah passes Matt as her criminal husband named Dakota Charlie. This works out well as Dakota Charlie is known as a real bad dude in rounds like Pappy Quinn.

Everything goes well for a time until another rider comes in with news that Dakota Charlie had been killed a few years back. Now the bandits set their eyes on killing Matt but not before roughing-up little Sarah along the way.

The good thing about this episode was the near non-stop action. This show was filled with shooting and fights from the beginning to the end. The one bad element of the story was the way Sarah was portrayed. Anne Francis was not believable as the down-on-her-luck girlfriend that the viewer was suppose pine for due to her situation. She came across as a villain herself instead of the lonely woman that just happen to get on the wrong side of the tracks. But Matt will try to hold up her honor as he goes toe-to-toe with the house full of outlaws and hopefully live to tell the tale.

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