Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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The Lost 

Kitty is lost and wandering countryside when she befriends a female child who has been living like a jungle girl for years in the wild, and then a family captures the girl and wants to use her in a freak show.



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Airs Tue. Dec. 12, 12:00 PM on TVLAND


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Dillon
Doc (credit only)
Rubilee Mather
Henry Mather
Laurie Prange ...
Wild Child
Link Wyler ...
Lamond Mather
Charles Kuenstle ...
Valjean Mather
Dee Carroll ...
Mrs. Grayson
Abel Grayson
Bess Roniger
Marie Mantley ...
Maria Roniger (as Maria Mantley)
Jon Jason Mantley ...
Jon Roniger


After the stagecoach Kitty is riding in is wrecked in the middle of nowhere, she wanders the desert in a vain search for help. On her last legs, a feral child approaches her at first with trepidation until Kitty can demonstrate she is a friend. She finds a cabin inhabited by a family who explain that the feral girl is an "animal" who has a bounty on her head for stealing chickens. The family captures the girl and keeps her in a cage with the intentions of exhibiting for money as a wild animal. Matt and company finally find Kitty and the girl. Written by Peter Harris

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13 September 1971 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to a book on "Gunsmoke," Amanda Blake, who lived in Arizona and commuted to Hollywood to do the shows on an as-needed basis, was extremely upset at working on location, particularly doing most of her scenes in a desert summer under many layers of clothing. This started a feud between her and producer John Mantley which culminated in Blake's departure from the show three years later. See more »

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After a stage coach accident in the middle of nowhere, Kitty meets a girl who lives in the wild.
12 February 2011 | by See all my reviews

This is a terrific episode. Laurie Prange who plays the wild girl was superb in the role; even worthy of an Emmy. The story is modeled after authentic cases of "feral" children lost in the wild who survive like animals. After the midpoint of the story, Kitty and the child are captured by hillbillies who want to make money displaying the child in a cage. In cases where such children were captured, this was often their fate, until a benevolent person, or a doctor wanting to study the child and attempt to normalize the him/her buys the child from the captors or circus where the child is being kept. In this episode of Gunsmoke, Kitty eventually realizes the situation the girl is in and gives her the love that other have deprived her of. The story ends when Kitty figures out how to place the girl in care of a loving family.

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