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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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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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Not such a dog, 21 December 2009
Author: schappe1 from N Syracuse NY

I disagree with the other reviewer of this episode: Dee J. Thompson is actually an attractive and talented actress who is playing Lena Wave as if she were a female Hoss Cartwright. She's very forceful, although not quite as big as everybody around her claims, (I think some camera angles were used to exaggerate her height).

Contrast this episode, which is ultimately a drama with Lena as a tragic figure who wants to be treated like a woman but who doesn't know how to act like one, to "Hinka Do" (1/30/60), in which Matt encounters another large, boisterous woman with a diminutive husband. "Mamie" is played by a stout, middle aged woman who really is unattractive. That one is played strictly for laughs. "Big Broad" is a more dramatic and better episode with some real depth to it.

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