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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Matt Dillon
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Doc
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Kitty
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Festus
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Newly
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Bea Colter
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Travis Colter
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Virgil Colter
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Clayt Colter (as Richard D. Kelton)
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Slater
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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 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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18 October 1971 (USA)  »

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From a good concept- it got old fast!
2 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

With nearly all the regulars only making a cameo appearance, this program had to rely on the guest to make this interesting. But it also needed a strong script which it failed to deliver. The episode needed action yet we were given more dialog that nearly anyone can handle. This would have been a good PBS special but for a western 'Gunsmoke' it was too dull.

The concept was nice with a young man just turning 18 years of age named Travis looking to make a way for himself. But what followed him was his last name. He was from the Colter family which in Kansas meant you were a killer or thief. So Travis went through discrimination just due to his last name. His mother, Bea, was use to hearing remarks about her family name but Travis thought he needed to prove himself in honor of his brothers and dead father.

When his bandit brothers come to call, Travis wants to run with them. He was tired of being called names and all the whispers and wanted to a real Colter. This seemed like an excellent developing story but from there it really went no where. Instead of us getting action we are left where Travis tries to warning his brothers and runs through a window getting cut with glass and his mother singing ballads in a area saloon. And then when the Marshal, Newly and Festus are supposedly catching up with the brothers the only action we get is the sound of gunshots. They did not even provided stock footage of Matt riding in on his horse.

Maybe I am to harsh on this episode but it had a good concept and a good beginning that seemed to fail as the script wore on and on. It needed more action and less dialog. It got old fast.


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