Matt and Doc come to the rescue of a farm wife and daughter who essentially are kept as prisoners by the farmer and his son.


(as Harry Harris Jr.)




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Elen Willard ...
Linda Watkins ...
Mrs. Dorf
Sarah Selby ...
Kelton Garwood ...
Henrietta Moore ...
Robert McQuain ...
Sue Casey ...


A farmer and his grown son bully his wife and grown daughter. When the farmer locks his daughter in the cellar, his wife sends word to Dodge for help. Matt and Doc arrive to free her, and Doc takes in the underfed, abused girl as his patient. While recovering her strength, dressing in pretty clothes for the first time, and reading romantic books brought to her by Kitty, the girl begins to see Doc as her knight in shining armor. Written by Morganalee

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Release Date:

17 November 1962 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Exceptionally Well Written & Superb Acting
16 December 2015 | by (Hickory, NC, USA) – See all my reviews

Although I'm not a big fan of Gunsmoke -- this episode was so good that I had to research it, and yes... even give it a review as well.

While it's a black & white episode from 1962... I'd have to say it's perhaps one of the BEST Gunsmoke episodes of all time.

Amanda Blake was especially attractive in this episode of the Gunsmoke TV series, which was already in it's eighth year of production.

Having seen mostly color versions of Gunsmoke from the latter years of the series, I had no idea exactly how attractive Amanda Blake was in her earlier years.

Miss Blake was born in 1929, and was 33 at the time of the episode.

Meanwhile, James Arness & Milburn Stone did some honest-to-goodness, quite sincere, and seriously realistic acting that was quite convincing and deserving of Emmy nominations.

The supporting actors weren't particularly noteworthy, with the exception of Elen Willard, who played the character of Althea.

Ironically, the talented Miss Willard had an extremely brief acting career, which lasted only six years.

Of course great credit should be given to the writer, Jack Curtis. The story was well written, sensitive, touching, and not necessarily as predictable as one might imagine.

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