Gunsmoke: Season 14, Episode 19

The Mark of Cain (3 Feb. 1969)

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A buffalo hunter stumbles on the fact that a local man was head of an abusive Confederate prison camp during the war. With tension high, Matt and Festus will try to prevent citizens from taking the law into their own hands.

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Tim Driscoll
Louise Latham ...
Louise Driscoll
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Sadler
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Kevin Coughlin ...
Tom Driscoll
Stanley Clements ...
McInnerny
Robert Totten ...
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A buffalo hunter stumbles on the fact that a local man was head of an abusive Confederate prison camp during the war. With tension high, Matt and Festus will try to prevent citizens from taking the law into their own hands.

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The title is based on the biblical story of the curse of Cain and the mark of Cain, where God declared that Cain, the firstborn son of Adam and Eve, was cursed for murdering his brother, and placed a mark upon him to warn others that killing Cain would provoke the vengeance of God. See more »

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Just took too long to get this story moving
11 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Not as impressed with this episode as others as the entire show was very slow developing. Even though the show ended quite well it still could not get over the long build up to the climax that we all anticipated from the very beginning of the program.

It centers around an aging man, Tim Driscoll, that has moved to Dodge and living his educated life right out of town. One day a buffalo hunter advises that Driscoll is really Carl Martin Craig that was over a confederate prison where many union soldiers died a horrible death. Sure enough Driscoll confesses to being the commandant of the prison and is thrown in jail much to the pleasure of nearly everyone in Dodge.

While the buffalo hunter is busy trying to get the citizens to revolt and lynch Driscoll the only friends that he has is his family that was unaware of his past life. Things get worse as the buffalo hunter vows to personally kill Driscoll for the death of his father. Matt and Festus will have their hands full.

Just could not get over the slow and uneventful opening to this episode. It was very easy to lose interest until the story picked up nicely closer to the end. This appeared to have been better as a great thirty minute episode- instead we have an hour show that has so much fluff and useless dialog that I am sure many did not make it toward the end. It was nice to see the young actor, Kevin Coughlin, who had his promising career cut down to early in a odd automobile accident. He had a face that many in the 60's and early 70's remember fondly.


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