Gunsmoke: Season 17, Episode 6

The Legend (18 Oct. 1971)

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The Colter family is in trouble. The father is dead, one brother has been hanged, two brothers are on the run, Travis gets fired because of his name and the mother, Beatrice, has to go to ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bea Colter
Travis Colter
Virgil Colter
Richard Kelton ...
Clayt Colter (as Richard D. Kelton)
Ted Jordan ...
Glenn Strange ...
Michael Greene ...
Lloyd Nelson ...
Read Morgan ...


The Colter family is in trouble. The father is dead, one brother has been hanged, two brothers are on the run, Travis gets fired because of his name and the mother, Beatrice, has to go to work as a saloon singer. Matt and Newly leave town, and Festus is in charge. The two brothers return to Dodge City to get Travis to join in a robbery, but he refuses. Dr. John Chapman, filling in for Doc Adams, steps in to help Bea and Travis. Written by richardann

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time again to rummage through the recycling bin...
17 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here we go again... Someone with a bad past -- or simply a bad image -- wants to "do right", but is beset by forces trying to steer him in the wrong direction. (Steer? Get it?) Sometimes they even try to buffalo him into Doing Something Wrong. (Buffalo? Get it?) It's as predictable as Kraft Singles.

"Gunsmoke" must have had a mimeographed boilerplate script for this sort of story, where the writer simply filled in the blanks. It probably took no more than a long afternoon to create a "new" script. This one doesn't seem to have been edited carefully, because there were no "penny" novels.

The only original thing is the song about her infamous husband Mrs Coulter sings in a saloon. The melody sounds only sort-of 19th-century. (This is a common problem in TV Westerns. * You'd think a professional composer would have no trouble parodying the melodies and harmonies of 19th-century popular songs. But I've never heard one that got it right.)

This is an episode you can safely pass by (unless you're hot for Jan-Michael Vincent, which I'm not).

PS: I'm bothered that the reviewer who has likely reviewed more "Gunsmoke" episodes than anyone else thinks that "action" is the most-important element of a Western. He's sometimes surprised that a story with little or no action can be engaging.

* Also movie Westerns. Take "Destry Rides Again". Though the Loesser/Hollander "See What the Boys in the Back Room Will Have" captures a 19th-century musical-hall quality, "You've Got That Look" sounds thoroughly modern.

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