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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Amos Strange
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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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Amanda Blake is still willing to give her all toward the show.
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In this episode Ms Kitty is riding alone in the outback when she is taken hostage by an escaped Indian named Gregorio. Gregorio, played by Richard Anderson, escaped from a train guarded by Sgt. Holly of the US Cavalry. Sgt Holly, played by Forrest Tucker, is only two days away from retirement and has yet to have an escape during his long service with the Cavalry. So with two days remaining in his service, Sgt. Holly attempts to recapture Gregorio before his retirement take effect.

Amanda Blake does an excellent job of being the middle person in the conflict between the Indian and the Cavalry. And it also goes to prove that Ms Blake is still willing to give all toward the show as we see her being dragged along the path with Gregorio plus taking abuse from Sgt Holly. Her acting makes this episode better than expected.

Even though this plot is seen many times in westerns, the writers do an good job of ending the story in an unusual way. And with Ms Blake and Mr Tucker leading the scenes- this episode is a good watch no matter which side of the conflict that is taken.


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