Gunsmoke: Season 5, Episode 36

The Bobsy Twins (21 May 1960)

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Two brothers have decided that it is their mission to rid the West of Indians.



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Episode cast overview:
Morris Ankrum ...
Merle Finney
Ralph Moody ...
Harvey Finney
Buck Young ...
Bud Grant
Jean Howell ...
John O'Malley ...
Charles McArthur ...
Paul Hahn ...
Hank Patterson ...
Carl Miller
Clem Fuller ...


Two brothers have decided that it is their mission to rid the West of Indians.

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Drama | Western





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21 May 1960 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Ralph Moody, Morris Ankrum, and James Arness had all appeared together previously in 1955's 'Many Rivers to Cross'. See more »

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More of an oddity than an entertaining show.
13 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am sure that some will find this episode confusing even downright distasteful but if you had ever read the Bobbsey Twin books then this is a spoof of that collection. However it does not mean that the episode was entertaining since most of the episode was more macabre than interesting but with that knowledge it will be more of a semi-comedy than horror story.

The episode centers around two older twin brothers named Harvey and Merle Finney. They are on their way out west to kill Indians after hearing what they have done to white settlers. Along the way they were only taught, by their father, that killing is fine but never on Sunday.

After a brutal killing of two cowboys on the trail and the disregard for a woman in trouble, the two find themselves in Dodge ready to kill Indians. When someone at the Long Branch makes a joke and tells them that the man running the stables is part Cherokee, the two have their first Indian victim.

With characters that was actually more sad than interesting plus the uncomfortable subject matter, this is an episode that will not be on the top of anyone's list. Even when you take it for a spoof on the children's book it was still not an entertaining episode. This is an episode you will watch for a novelty and not for viewing pleasure.

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