Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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The Boy and the Sinner 

When a useless old drunk is hired by some men to sit on some property for them to claim, the old man meets up with a young boy. The young boy gives the old man a reason to change his ways.

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When a useless old drunk is hired by some men to sit on some property for them to claim, the old man meets up with a young boy. The young boy gives the old man a reason to change his ways.

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1 October 1973 (USA)  »

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Even with Ron Moody, this episode got boring quick..
9 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In another episode that features none of the regular cast members, we get a story that had potential but never lived up to expectations. Even with the great actor Ron Moody, the script and story could not be saved for almost a leftover thought from other 'Gunsmoke' episodes.

Ron Moody plays a drunk that carries packages for small change in order to get his next drink. Some roughs, working for a wealthy landowner, hires the drunk to squat on some vacant farm-land property so that the landowner can claim the property and then start buying other farmers property in the area.

When the drunk, Noah Beal (Ron Moody) gets to the property there is a young boy living in the area they will help Noah do something that he has never done- have self-respect for himself. The young boy played by Vince Van Patton (who looks more like the Dutch boy on cans of paint) helps Noah to start farming the land and begin a life away from booze.

But it may be short lived as the roughs come calling on Noah wanting the property. And all that Noah has worked for may be falling apart.

This episode might have worked well if there had been some other minor plot or side interest. However the writers chose to stick to a plot that seemed to be written for as thirty minute show and stretch it out for an hour. The viewers loses interest and any entertainment value the show when Noah has a five minute oral communication with the boy about worms. And that happens in the first fifteen minutes of the show.

Without any of the main characters, this show seem foreign to the viewer. This is the third episode I have seen from the 19 season, and yet to have seen a good one.


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