Gunsmoke: Season 9, Episode 33

The Warden (16 May 1964)

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A traveling salesman meets up with Bull Foot, an Indian who mainly sells vegetables. When goods are traded for a squaw, he is upset when she runs away and into the arms of Festus, whose ... See full summary »

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A traveling salesman meets up with Bull Foot, an Indian who mainly sells vegetables. When goods are traded for a squaw, he is upset when she runs away and into the arms of Festus, whose mule she steals, only to return home awaiting sale to the next customer. Written by DrDOS

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A nice story that had a lot of potential
13 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Even with a interesting background of the main characters, this show seemed almost awkward as it progress to the climax. Perhaps it was some of the suspicious acting or the way the plot seemed to vary between topics. This was a show that could have been more entertaining with just a few tweaks to the characters.

The show begins as Warden Stark (George Kennedy) and a young man named Trainey buy from an Indian named Bull Foot (Anthony Caruso) his daughter named Cool Dawn. But the deal was really a set up as Bull Foot is a known con-man as he sells his daughter then she escapes and comes back to the house to be resold to the next passer-by.

Anyway as Warden's wagon passes Festus's wagon, Cool Dawn jumps out and runs up to Festus asking for protection. But before Festus can get her back to Dodge she steals Festus's mule and rides off. When Festus tells Marshal Dillon about the incident they ride out to Bull Foot's house. Upon arriving the mule is there plus Warden and Trainey have returned to seek revenge on Bull Foot. After shots are fired, Matt arrests both of them but later releases them as long as they leave the Dodge area.

However, Warden goes back to Bull Foot's house and kidnaps Cool Dawn. And from this point we learn the past of Warden Stark. It seems that Stark was in charge of a reformatory school in Ohio. The school caught fire and thirty boys and his wife and child died. Stark is wanted in Ohio for the deaths. But with Cool Dawn's legs chained up to prevent escaping, we learn more about what happened in Ohio and why Warden Stark is not to be trusted.

It really is a nice story. The only hang-up I had was some of the acting just was not believable. Kennedy and Caruso were solid in their performance- however, Julie Parrish was portraying an Indian woman that looked and sounded more like a passenger on the Mayflower crossing than a Indian-- and Christopher Connelly that played Trainey seemed almost frighten at times about delivering his lines. But with that said, the script was worthy enough to produce a nice watch for viewers.


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