Gunsmoke: Season 13, Episode 11

Stranger in Town (20 Nov. 1967)

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Harvey Cagle, a resident of Dodge, owes money to someone in another town. He tries to convince the man he owes to give him time to pay him back, but the man gives him only a few weeks. ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Dave Reeves
Anne Madison
Carl Anderson
Harvey Cagle
Billy Madison
Billy Halop ...
Jon Kowal ...
Shamrock Casey
Jerry Catron ...
James Nusser ...
Glenn Strange ...
Kerry MacLane ...


Harvey Cagle, a resident of Dodge, owes money to someone in another town. He tries to convince the man he owes to give him time to pay him back, but the man gives him only a few weeks. While there he sees a gunfighter, named Dave Reeves, kills someone and decides to hire him to kill his partner Carl Anderson so that he could get control of the business they share. When Reeves arrives he finds out that the woman Anderson is seeing is his wife, who left him a few years ago, and this makes him want to kill Anderson more. Written by

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Pernell Roberts makes this episode much better.
7 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode begins with a man named Harry Cagle asking for more time to pay off his gambling debt. When he is told that he only has a month he begins thinking about how he can get together the scratch. Since he is part owner of a freight company, the only way that he believes he can get the money is have his partner, Carl Anderson, killed and then he will be in full control of the business and can get to the cash. So Harry hires a gunman, Dave Reeves, to do his dirty work for him.

Well it just so happens that the victim, Carl, is dating Anne Madison (get this twist) she is the former wife of the gunman, Dave Reeves. And to make matters even more bizarre, the gunman has a son by Anne that he has never met. Wow- what a story!

The story will continue as all of the sudden Dave wants to be a part of the his young son's life. This puts him at odds with the man he was hired to kill plus his former wife. But there just happens to be one person in all of Dodge City that knows about Anne and Dave's past relationship, that will be Marshal Matt Dillon.

This is a situation, maybe not the same odd circumstances, that has been played out many times in most western shows. The killer learns he has a child but knows that he wants more out of his child than running from the law. So it was a rather routine script. But it will be the performance of Pernell Roberts that separates this show from the rest. He does a wonderful job of playing the rough gunfighter that wants to be back in his child's life. When the credits roll this is far from routine. Good watch.

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