Gunsmoke: Season 14, Episode 14

The Money Store (30 Dec. 1968)

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Down on his luck, a widowed farmer is unable to get a loan from his brother-in-law, a banker in Dodge City. The two briefly argue. The farmer's son and daughter, however, go back to the ... See full summary »

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Down on his luck, a widowed farmer is unable to get a loan from his brother-in-law, a banker in Dodge City. The two briefly argue. The farmer's son and daughter, however, go back to the bank, cause a commotion and steal an envelope full of money. Marshal Matt Dillon is out of town, leaving Festus in charge of investigating the incident. The farmer is arrested for the robbery. Upon hearing from his children that they took the money, he forbids them from telling the law; he feels he'll only be using his children as scapegoats. A short time later, the children run away and encounter Matt. Written by Bill Koenig

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Two kids and a dog rob the Dodge Bank
15 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode centers around Ray Jarvis and his two children Annie and Mike. They have had a tough time recently and money is tight for Ray. But he does have a brother in-law, Ezra Thrope, that works at the bank and goes in for a small loan but his brother in-law turns him down.

Later the two small children go into the bank and want to talk to their Uncle. Their dog causes a ruckus inside the bank and the boy takes a envelope that has money inside. That evening Ezra retraces his tracks and believes that Ray took the money after not giving him a loan.

While out at the Jarvis's house, the dog brings up the envelope with the money inside. All this happens in front of Festus and Ezra and it is not long before Ray is placed in jail for the theft.

When the kids tell their father that they are the ones that took the money he tells them not to say anything. He calls Festus and advises that he will plea guilty to the theft charge. The two children feel so bad that they decide to run away. On the path they run into Marshal Dillon that knows something is amiss.

There is also a sub-plot that involves Ezra and his wife Louise concerning their relationship. It seems that Louise is not happy living with a man that is so organized and scripted. And it will take an incident near the end of the episode to awaken the man inside Ezra.

A nice story with a fine cast. The two kids were terrific and really make for a more entertaining show. Good watch.


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