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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 (dev. 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

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Additional Details

30 min
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Meaner Than a Junkyard Dog, 10 September 2007
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

The title "The Big Broad' puzzled me until I saw big Lena (Dee J. Thompson). She's an amazon dressed in leather breeches with a temper to match. There's a lot of unforced laughs watching her bulldoze her way through Dodge after arriving with cringing sidekick little Emmett whom she treats like a slow-thinking mutt. Even Matt is flummoxed. After all, she is a woman in the technical sense, even if she's mean enough to face down a pack of buffalo skinners.

Different kind of episode whose humor flows from Lena's effect on the citizens of macho Dodge. Watch Chester's priceless expressions after he learns to stay out of her way. Thompson's not much of an actress, but then with her looks, she doesn't have to be. I'm not sure how well the ending works. Given the conformist decade of the 50's, I suppose something like it should come as no big surprise.

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