Gunsmoke: Season 15, Episode 15

The War Priest (5 Jan. 1970)

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An Indian warrior, Gregorio is wounded escaping from the U.S. Army Fourth Cavalry, and the bigoted, ruthless Sgt. Emmet Holly sets out in hot pursuit. Gregorio encounters Kitty Russell, ... See full summary »

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Newly O'Brien (credit only)
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Sergeant Emmett Holly
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Gregorio
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Amos Strange
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Lt. Snell
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El Cuerno
Glenn Strange ...
Link Wyler ...
1st Sentry
Tom Sutton ...
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An Indian warrior, Gregorio is wounded escaping from the U.S. Army Fourth Cavalry, and the bigoted, ruthless Sgt. Emmet Holly sets out in hot pursuit. Gregorio encounters Kitty Russell, steals her horse and takes her hostage. Meanwhile, Marshal Matt Dillon is tracking all of them. Written by richardann

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Sergeant Emmet Holly: What's a matter, is it too late in the day to kill or is it too early in the evening to die?
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A Matter Of Survival!!
10 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The opening part of this episode consisted of a train full of savages and other prisoners. Richard Anderson -- as Gregorio -- had spoken to his dying friend about escaping from the train. Forest Tucker -- as Sergeant Holly -- was thinking of only himself. The older Indian eventually died in the boxcar portion of the train. The only recourse: escape from the train. Gregorio struggled with a calvary soldier to wrestle away the shotgun in the attempt to escape from a possible ambush. He managed to reach about forty to fifty yards from the calvary only to become shot in the arm. Gregorio struggled to eventual freedom from Sergeant Holly's ruthless crew at the end of the opening part of the show.

Gregorio eventually found a horse to use for riding -- to some extent -- in the episode. He encountered a rendezvous (although an unexpected one at that point) with Miss Kitty Russell. Miss Kitty Russell was reluctant to comply with protecting Gregorio from further attacks by Sergeant Holly and his men. As darkness approached (and eventual light) later in the episode, Gregorio told Miss Kitty that she was free to leave him. She eventually protected and -- eventually -- allowed Gregorio to escape death from the likes of Sergeant Holly's outfit. The end result: A 10!!


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