Strong dramatic episode. Sweet young Ann arrives in Dodge to marry farmer Shomer. But she's left waiting because the farmer has turned alcoholic after failing to make a go of his homestead. Worse, town thug Groat eyes defenseless girl while she marks time in town. The question is-- will Shomer dry out and get up the gumption in time to save Ann from the predatory Groat.
Catch that opening brawl as gimpy Chester and tiger cat Kitty try to take down the hulking Groat. It's a real eye-catcher. Also, the aftermath in Matt's office is a fine mix of humor and pathos (Chester's). Actor Sargent (later a top TV director) manages an affecting turn as the weak- willed Shomer on which the drama depends. Again, the series emphasizes the difficulties of homesteading on the prairie a reality too often passed over by other westerns of the time. The ending, for me, is a low-key powerhouse, showing once more why the series was exceptional for its time.
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