Gunsmoke: Season 10, Episode 21

Song for Dying (13 Feb. 1965)

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The head of the Luken clan blames Martin Kellum for not helping his young bride during a difficult childbirth when the doctor was away. When he runs to Dodge, Matt does his best to keep everyone safe including the local citizens.

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Martin
Roger Ewing ...
Ben Lukens
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Dave Lukens
Russell Thorson ...
Sheldon Allman ...
Cory Lukens
Glenn Strange ...
Sam
Robert F. Simon ...
Will Lukens
Ford Rainey ...
Hode Embry
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The head of the Luken clan blames Martin Kellum for not helping his young bride during a difficult childbirth when the doctor was away. When he runs to Dodge, Matt does his best to keep everyone safe including the local citizens.

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Roger Ewing plays one of the Luken boys in this show. Next season Roger Ewing will take the regular cast member as Thad Greenwood. See more »

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The gambit of emotion is explored in this episode.
2 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode combines many aspects of life to make for one good story that was an entertaining from beginning to end. From laughter, to regret to sorrow, this episode scanned the entire gambit of emotion.

The story follows a man named Martin. Once he was a doctor and decided thirteen years ago to give up the practice when drinking was more desirable. Recently a man, Will Lukens, had a young wife that was having a hard time with a child birth. Lukens sent for Martin but he never arrived and Lukens blames Martin for her death. Now with his three sons, Will is hunting down the guitar playing Martin to kill him for letting his wife die.

When Martin arrives in Dodge he plays and sings for the people in the Long Branch. When someone tries to kill him the townsfolk know that Martin is a hunted man and wants him to leave town. But Martin is tired of running and will face down Lukens and his boys in the town of Dodge.

There is much going on in this episode with some familiar faces in the cast. Lee Majors (Big Valley fame) and Roger Ewing (soon to be Thad Greenwood) are two of the three Lukens boys that are with their father to seek revenge. With the suspense of the showdown and the lonely sounding songs from the script, the episode has rather a haunting theme. The story was excellent and the acting well done. A show that when the credit began to roll you know you had been entertained. Good watch!


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