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"Gunsmoke" The Twisted Heritage (1969)

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Original Air Date:
6 January 1969 (Season 14, Episode 15)
On her way back to Dodge after a short trip, Kitty shares a stagecoach ride with Blaine Copperton, a... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

James Arness ... Matt Dillon

Milburn Stone ... Doc (credit only)

Amanda Blake ... Kitty Russell

Ken Curtis ... Festus Haggen

John Ericson ... Blaine Copperton

Virginia Gregg ... Jessie Copperton
David McLean ... Webb
Nora Marlowe ... Ma Dagget
Lisa Gerritsen ... Tracey Copperton
Conlan Carter ... Logan Dagget
Charles Kuenstle ... Elan Dagget
Richard O'Brien ... Simpson
Joshua Bryant ... Young
Steve Raines ... Driver #1
James Nusser ... Louie Pheeters
Robert Luster ... Cookie
Robert Karnes ... Driver #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Jeffers ... Copperton Hand (uncredited)
Bert Madrid ... Copperton Hand (uncredited)
Chick Sheridan ... Copperton Hand (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Bernard McEveety 
Writing credits
Paul Savage (teleplay) and
Arthur Rowe (teleplay)

Robert Heverly (story) and
Jack Turley (story)

Norman MacDonnell  based on the radio series created by (uncredited)
John Meston  based on the radio series created by (uncredited)
Charles Marquis Warren  developed for television by (uncredited)

Produced by
Joseph Dackow .... producer
John Mantley .... executive producer
Original Music by
Leon Klatzkin 
Cinematography by
Monroe P. Askins 
Film Editing by
Donald W. Ernst 
Casting by
Pam Polifroni 
Art Direction by
Joseph R. Jennings 
Set Decoration by
Herman N. Schoenbrun 
Makeup Department
Glen Alden .... makeup artist
Newton Jones .... makeup artist
Gertrude Wheeler .... hair stylist
Production Management
Robert M. Beche .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Shue .... assistant director (as Robert R. Shue)
Art Department
Clem Widrig .... property master
Sound Department
Jack A. Finlay .... sound effects editor
Vernon W. Kramer .... sound mixer
Jesse Wayne .... stunt double: Charles Kuenstle
Whitey Hughes .... stunts (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alexander Velcoff .... costumer
Music Department
Gene Feldman .... music editor
Leon Klatzkin .... conductor
Other crew
Jim Byrnes .... assistant story consultant
Ron Honthaner .... assistant to producer
Paul Savage .... story consultant
Erika Wernher .... script supervisor
Series Cast
These people are regular cast members. Were they in this episode?

Tom Brown ... Ed O'Connor

Hank Patterson ... Hank Miller

Roy Roberts ... Harry Bodkin
Charles Seel ... Barney Danches

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Charles Marquis Warren  developed for television by

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Additional Details

60 min
Aspect Ratio:
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Amanda Blake give a fine performance in this predictable show, 27 September 2012
Author: kfo9494 from United States

This episode is typical 'Gunsmoke' as we get Matt making an appearance right at the best moment to save Ms Kitty from a dire situation. But what happens before Matt makes his life-saving appearance is what makes this episode better than most.

The show starts out with Ms Kitty riding solo on a stagecoach on her way to make a connection to Dodge. Along the way the stage gets stopped by Blaine Copperton holding a saddle. His horse had went lame and he was hitching a ride with the stagecoach.

Later the stagecoach gets stopped again but this time by bandits thinking payroll money was in the strongbox. They shoot the driver and then open the box to find little money. As they take Copperton's wallet his takes the gun from one of the bandits and before getting shot himself he shoots and kills both bandits. Now Ms Kitty must find help for the wounded Copperton.

Ms Kitty drives the stagecoach to a hut where squatters, led by Ma Dagget, are camping. When they see that the wounded man is Copperton they refuse to help. The Coppertons own the land and have been trying to get the Daggets off the land for sometime.

Ms Kitty manages to get to the Copperton's farm house where see tells them the story as mother Jessie Copperton nurses Blaine back to health. During the evening Ms Copperton takes some of her ranch staff to the Nagget's shack and burns it to the ground and shoot one of the Daggets in the leg.

The next day Ms Kitty and Blaine's daughter( that is an outcast to the Copperton family)take a walk and are kidnapped by the Naggets. Ma Nagget tells Ms Copperton that they only way to get the child back is to send Blaine, by himself, to take the same gunshot wound that they gave her son. With the family situation at the Coppertons - does Blaine care enough for his daughter to take the chance.

The episode, rather predictable, is nevertheless a nice story with an interesting plot. NOTE- The Copperton's House is the same set used in "The Big Valley' series. The outside and inside are exactly the same with a few modifications in set layouts.

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