Gunsmoke: Season 1, Episode 25

The Big Broad (28 Apr. 1956)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Western
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A large woman and her small companion bring trouble to Kitty's saloon, as the woman has a way of causing guns to be drawn.


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Episode cast overview:
Dee J. Thompson ...
Lena Wave
Joel Ashley ...
Terry Becker ...
Henry Brock ...
Drummer (as Heinie Brock)
Howard Culver ...
Hotel Clerk


A large woman and her small companion bring trouble to Kitty's saloon, as the woman has a way of causing guns to be drawn.

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An entertaining episode that was fun to watch
14 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While watching, I was enjoying where this story was going. A large big-mouth woman appears to have just found someone made for her and then the writer went and destroyed the good time. It ended like a cartoon making the viewer accept something that we all know is not going to work.

Anyway the story began when this large ill-tempered woman named Lena Wave comes riding into dodge with her small male companion Emmett. Lena is a woman that takes nothing from a man and at times is more of a man than many people in Dodge. And the way she treats Emmett is more like a dog than a human being.

When Lena kills a man, Ed James, for making advances toward her a friend of Ed's named Nate Bannister, a large buffalo hunter, comes into town to avenge his friends death. Woman or no woman Nate was going to kill the person that shot his friend.

Here is when the story gets interesting as the Marshal has locked up Nate for his big talk. When Lena gets word that someone is out to kill her she goes to the Marshal's office to look the man over. And as she is looking at Nate in his jail cell it appears that Cupid's arrow makes a direct hit in the back of the Marshal's office. But not so fast, there is more to this story.

I actually have wished the story had went another way but since that did not happen we have to accept the results and move forward. A very nice story that was wonderfully played by Dee J Thompson as Lena. An entertaining episode that was fun to watch.

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