Gunsmoke: Season 14, Episode 24

The Good Samaritans (10 Mar. 1969)

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A group of former slaves on their way to Oregon are temporarily halted to repair a broken wheel. They find Matt on the prairie, wounded by two outlaws trying to prevent his reaching Dodge City, and hide him until he can recover.

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Doc (credit only)
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Kitty Russell (credit only)
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Festus Haggen (credit only)
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Cato
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Juba Freeman
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Benji
Paulene Myers ...
Mama Olabelle
Hazel Medina ...
Erlene
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Reba
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Croyden
Davis Roberts ...
Ike
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Kittridge
Pepe Brown ...
Heck
Alycia Gardner ...
Willa
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A group of former slaves on their way to Oregon are temporarily halted to repair a broken wheel. They find Matt on the prairie, wounded by two outlaws trying to prevent his reaching Dodge City, and hide him until he can recover.

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Rex Ingram gives a perfect performance in this episode
10 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode contains one of the best black actors of all time. Rex Ingram, who was a brilliant man, plays to perfection the character of Juba Freeman the leader of a group of freed and run-away slaves. His performance alone- is worth the price of any admission to be paid. However, even with Rex Ingram's performance the story was lacking in interest. The writes had so much material but seemed to take the easiest route in writing the dialog.

The simple plot was that two outlaws were trying to stop Marshal Dillon from getting back to Dodge with paperwork that would have convicted their friend. On the way to Dodge, Matt is shot but manages to elude the outlaws long enough to be found by the group of slaves.

The group, led my Juba, takes the Marshal in and nurses him back to health. But one in the group named Cato does not want to get involved with hiding the Marshal. When Juba admonishes him, Cato steals some of Matt's papers and agrees to give it to the outlaws if they take him to Oregon. As we all knew, the outlaws turn on Cato and now know where Marshal Dillon is located. There is no way the group of slaves can hold off the outlaws.

Again Rex Ingram gives a perfect performance in this story. Only problem was that the story seemed too safe. Mr Ingram's performance is the best thing in this episode.


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