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"Gunsmoke" The Big Broad (1956)

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David Victor (screenplay) and
Herbert Little Jr. (screenplay) ...
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TV Series:
Original Air Date:
28 April 1956 (Season 1, Episode 25)
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. | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

James Arness ... Matt Dillon

Dennis Weaver ... Chester

Milburn Stone ... Doc

Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Dee J. Thompson ... Lena Wave
Joel Ashley ... Nate
Terry Becker ... Emmett
Henry Brock ... Drummer (as Heinie Brock)
Howard Culver ... Hotel Clerk
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chick Hannan ... Barfly (uncredited)

Bert Rumsey ... Sam, Bartender (uncredited)
George Walsh ... Announcer (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Charles Marquis Warren 
Writing credits
David Victor (screenplay by) and
Herbert Little Jr. (screenplay by)

John Meston (story by)

Charles Marquis Warren (developed for television by) uncredited

Norman MacDonnell (based on the radio series created by) uncredited &
John Meston (based on the radio series created by) uncredited

Produced by
Norman MacDonnell .... associate producer
Charles Marquis Warren .... producer
Cinematography by
Fleet Southcott (director of photography)
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
Art Direction by
Nicolai Remisoff 
Makeup Department
Glen Alden .... makeup artist
Pat Whiffing .... hair stylist
Production Management
Glenn Cook .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Glenn Cook .... assistant director
Art Department
Mike Gordon .... property master
Visual Effects by
Louis DeWitt .... special photographic effects
Jack Rabin .... special photographic effects
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John E. Dowsing .... wardrobe (as John E. Dowsing Jr.)
Editorial Department
Fred W. Berger .... supervising editor
Music Department
Carl Fortina .... musician: accordion soloist
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Rex Koury .... composer: theme music (uncredited)
Glenn Spencer .... composer: theme music (uncredited)
Other crew
Mary Chaffee .... script supervisor
Series Cast
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Dabbs Greer ... Wilbur Jonas

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Charles Marquis Warren  developed for television by

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Additional Details

30 min
Aspect Ratio:
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
An entertaining episode that was fun to watch, 14 May 2013
Author: kfo9494 from United States

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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