Gunsmoke: Season 15, Episode 15

The War Priest (5 Jan. 1970)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Western
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 21 users  
Reviews: 3 user

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 »



0Check in

IMDb Picks: June

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in June, brought to you by Swiffer.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 438 titles
created 11 Nov 2012

Related Items

Search for "The War Priest" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The War Priest (05 Jan 1970)

The War Priest (05 Jan 1970) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Gunsmoke.
« Previous Episode | 504 of 635 Episodes | Next Episode »


Episode cast overview:
Newly O'Brien (credit only)
Sergeant Emmett Holly
John Crawford ...
Amos Strange
Lt. Snell
El Cuerno
Glenn Strange ...
Link Wyler ...
1st Sentry
Tom Sutton ...
2nd Sentry
Pete Kellett ...
Vince Deadrick Sr. ...
1st Trooper (as Vincent Deadrick)


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis






Release Date:

5 January 1970 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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?
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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!!

1 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
what would i or you have been in the Old West? marylizautos
Matt's daughter joannabaroncelli
One of THE Greatest Series!!! jojomack2006
Marshal Dillon too rough on Chester? newdickmorris
Finally Finished the Series - My top 25 newdickmorris
Whiskey Served in Vintage Westerns bobeich1
Discuss The War Priest (1970) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: