John Dehner's second of twelve appearances in this series. This one in heavy makeup, which makes him appear 20 plus years older than his actual 40 at the time. See more »
The hotel keeper says "he paid cash". The question is what else would rough-hewn old
gold miner turned rancher do. There were no charge cards, and few people used checks.
Especially in the west. See more »
I get the feeling that there's a powerful story buried here had writers Dunkel and Meston developed the story around the severe and scary-looking Blossom (Charlene Brooks). Her upright bearing and period hair-do appear straight out of a Hawthorne novel about repressed Puritain passions. Instead they went with a wife-hunting John Dehner made-up in an unconvincing fright wig and pestilential mole. He's supposed to be at least age 60 and not exactly an answer to a maiden's dreams, especially Kitty's, who he's determined to make his wife. There's an undercurrent of tongue-in-cheek that alternates not very successfully with the more somber developments. The result is uneven, to say the least. Kitty, at least, gets to needle Matt about his lack of ardor before the writers usher them out the door. Nonetheless, the severe Blossom character points to a world of drama rarely explored by a series of that day or any day.
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