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"Gunsmoke" The Colonel (1974)

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An aging retired Colonel wants one last command

Author: kfo9494 from United States
4 April 2013

At times this episode has some very slow periods with very little action and lots of dialog, but by the episode's end it had played well enough to make a nice show. Had a nice plot and was well acted that also help the show make for an entertaining program.

It begins with retired Colonel Josiah Johnson remembering his days as leader of a Union Army during the war. Colonel Johnson is now digressed to telling about his olden ways while drinking the day away at the Long Branch. Carl, the owner of the general store, ask the Colonel to watch his store while he goes and picks up his sweetheart so they can marry. While the Colonel is minding the store, he accidentally starts a fire that burns a large portion of the back. When Carl returns, needless to say he is very upset and wishes he had never got the drunk Colonel to help him out.

But there also is another situation, the woman that Carl wants to marry is the Colonel's daughter. The problem here is that the Colonel plans on moving on since he does not want to embarrass his daughter as an old washed-up father that only side job is getting drunk.

But when he overhears that a group of bandits are planning on breaking a friend out of jail and robbing the local bank, the Colonel has a chance to once again ride to battle with the same prestige that he had so many years ago.

Even with some parts of the episode lackluster, it still had enough interest to make a nice show. Lee J Cobb was excellent as the aging Colonel which wanted to make his daughter proud. The ending of this episode is worthy of a watch on its own merit.

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