Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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The Noonday Devil 

Pursued by Marshal Matt Dillon, a Mexican bandit seeks sanctuary with his twin brother, a priest.





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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kitty (credit only)
Festus (credit only)
Newly (credit only)
Heraclio Cantrell and Father Hernando Cantrell
Warren Vanders ...
Bones Cunningham
Quito Vega
Anthony Cordova ...
Brother Antonio
Pepe Callahan ...
John Hike
Natividad Vacío ...
Rita (as Annette Cardona)
Fred Coby ...
Tony Davis ...
Indian Boy
Julio Medina ...


Anthony Zerbe plays the roles of twins, Heraclio and Hernando Cantrell. The former is an outlaw who was expelled from the Franciscan order; the latter is a devout Franciscan priest. The brothers' reunion leads to a dramatic clash between their vocational choices, and Matt Dillon is caught in the middle. Written by richardann

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7 December 1970 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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When Rita dances, she twirls and her skirt is raised almost to waist height. Modern underwear is briefly visible underneath. See more »


Heraclio Cantrell: Well, if it ain't brother priest and brother jackass.
Father Herando Cantrell: [gesturing to a donkey] Yes, and this is brother burro.
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An old plot used in a new way to produce an great show
13 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the oldest plots in TV history is played in this episode that features two look-a-like twin brother with one being a bad guy and the other a good guy. Anthony Zerbe plays the twin roles as one brother has robbed a shipment of gold killing a sheriff and the other brother a priest. Now Marshal Dillon is on the trail of the bad brother that just so happens takes him to the church which the good brother leads.

The rub here is that both brothers were in training to be priest so both know the ways of the church. The bad brother, Heraclio, decided to leave the church before taking his vows of priesthood while the good brother, Hernando, went on and became a valuable asset to the church.

So when Marshal Dillon is on the trail of Heraclio, the near clergyman knows that a Priest must offer sanctuary for absolute confession. So now Matt is placed in the middle between one brother with the qualities of God another with the qualities of Satan. Or as we have heard all our life, it is good versus evil.

Even with the old plot, this episode was a breath of fresh air. The story was played in such a different way that the plot was extremely interesting. I was expecting very little from this rehashed plot but was very surprised and entertained to have such a nicely completed episode.

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