Gunsmoke: Season 19, Episode 18

The Foundling (11 Feb. 1974)

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When the parents of a daughter who was raped refuse to accept the girl's baby, Marshal Dillon must find a home for the child.

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Lettie Graham
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Maylee Baines
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Joseph Graham
Dran Hamilton ...
Agnes Graham
Don Collier ...
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Marshal Dillon is forced to kill a man he knew personally, a farmer named Eli Baines, who had too much to drink. Shaken by the experience, Dillon heads out of Dodge City for a few days. On the trail he discovers a rape victim, named Lettie, and her newborn baby girl. When Lettie is well enough to travel, Dillon heads to her parents' farm, where her parents finally relent to take in the daughter they had sent away. Dillon is left with the task of finding a home for the baby girl. Back in Dodge City, Marshal Dillon entrusts the baby girl to Kitty Russell while he tries to find a home for the baby. At last he finds that Eli Baines' widow, Maylee, is eager to raise the baby. But by that time Kitty has grown so fond of the girl that she is willing to do whatever it takes to keep and raise her. Written by Christopher D. <imdbreviews@gmail.com>

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When Maylee goes into Kitty's room to see the baby, she is wearing gloves. When she reaches into crib to touch the baby, her hand is bare. When she stands up, she is wearing gloves again. See more »

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The Foundlimg
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It all begins with Eli Baines and his wife coming to town to deal with the owner of the mercantile to apparently sell him seed. Eli's wife makes sure to ask him not to go to the saloon. It was no place for Eli because he became a different person if he drank. I've known people like that so this is not an uncommon situation. Well, Eli meets up with a friend on the street who wants him to come to the Long Branch to help him celebrate his son getting an appointment to West Point. His friend gets him there and thus Eli Baines' demise begins. He has way more than he could take and starts wrecking up the place fighting. Burke, the freight office manager goes to get Matt to break it up telling Matt that Eli has gone crazy. Matt pulls him off of the man he was beating up but Eli grabs a gun that was on the floor and fires at Matt forcing Matt to defend himself and ends up killing Eli. Matt knew him and his wife and really felt bad about what he had to do. Mrs Baines held no hard feelings against Matt knowing that he did what he had to do and went to talk with Matt to assure him of that. Matt decides to get away for a few days and Kitty sees him getting ready to leave so she goes to talk to him. She even tries to blame herself for what happened as had Sam been there he would never have served Eli more than one drink but with a new man behind the bar he did not know about Eli and Kitty just never thought to tell him..So Matt rides off. He gets caught in a rain storm the following night and happens upon a cave to get him and his horse into. He no more than gets inside and a fire started than he hears a baby cry. He walks ahead a short distance and finds a young girl,likely no more than 15, with a new baby. She seems scared asks him who he is and if he's an outlaw, which he assures her by his badge that he is a United States Marshal from Dodge City. He can easily tell the baby is cold and its mother not a lot better and gets them to come by his fire to ET some heat and some food. Upon finding out what he can about the girl he learns that she was attacked and ended up pregnant because of it. Her parents would have nothing to do with her and sent her away to a "home for wayward girls" to have her baby. She leaves there not wanting to have her baby there " because one of the girls died ". She decided to go and find the lady who had delivered her to have her help her deliver the baby. Before getting there, the baby comes and this is how she ended up in the cave. Matt takes her back to her family but he meets with opposition. The parents relent and take back their daughter but refuse the baby. They send the baby with Matt back to Dodge. Matt gets back late with the baby in his arm and stops at the Long Branch and wakes up Kitty. She really had no idea what was going on and why should she but she ends up with the baby in her arms and Matt tells her he'd see her in the morning. One might have known he would do that. Kitty begins to care for the child even admitting that the saloon was no place for one but that Matt didn't have to be in a hurry to find a home for it either. Kitty grew very attached to this little baby. Bought a carriage for it, a bassinet, and pretty clothes with tiny ribbons. In the meantime, Doc thinks that Mrs. Baines would be a very good person to raise the child as she had given birth but her baby died. Matt goes to see her about it and she agrees to take it. Kitty however is at this point determined to do whatever it takes to"properly raise" the baby. To quote Kitty she had"gotten a room at the Dodge House,I move in tomorrow when she gets older I'll get a house on the edge of Dodge and if necessary I sell the Long Branch. So you see she'll be raised properly". Quite determined, wasn't she. Matt had no choice at that time but to tell Mrs. Baines he wouldn't be bringing the baby after all because Kitty wanted to keep it. Poor Mrs. Baines she was so looking forward to something positive in her life. She decides to go and visit with Kitty in hopes of changing her mind. After the visit, Kitty comes to Matt with the baby,she named it Mary, and tells him she has decided that Mary would be better off with Mrs. Baines and would Matt take her there. She asks that he say nothing because"it won't take much for me to change my mind" He asks no questions and takes her out there. Kitty gives Mary to Mrs. Baines, who is elated.Matt and Kitty leave and much emotion for Kitty goes with her. I'll leave the rest those who watch you will not be sorry you did!


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