Gunsmoke: Season 7, Episode 25

The Widow (24 Mar. 1962)

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A young woman comes to Dodge insisting on an escort to Indian country so that the body of her husband, believed to have been killed fighting the Kiowa, may be recovered.

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Chester
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Doc
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Mady Arthur
Alan Reed Jr. ...
Corp. Johnny Jennings
J. Edward McKinley ...
Emil Peck
Alexander Lockwood ...
Colonel J.L. Ebert
Rodd Redwing ...
Little Bear
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Robert Brubaker ...
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A young officer is said to have been killed fighting the Kiowa, but his body has not been recovered. His widow, a young woman from an influential family, insists that he might not be dead and wants someone to take her to Indian country so that she can locate him or his body. She will not listen when politicians, Army officers, and Matt tell her that such a trip would be contrary to the treaty and dangerous. When a trapper with suspicious motives offers to be her escort to Indian country, Matt is concerned for her safety and follows behind them with a young Army officer whose head has been turned by the pretty young widow. Written by Morganalee

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Strong ending could not overcome the drab script
19 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode begins when a head-strong woman, Mady Arthur, visits Dodge to find out what happen to her US Cavalry husband. He was reported killed by Indians while coming under attack inside the Indian Nation.

With everyone telling Ms Arthur that is against the law- plus very dangerous to travel to the Indian Nation, she bushes all that aside and tries to hire someone to take her into the Nation and see if she can find anything about her husband. She hires a wild bushman to take her to the Nation but he is only after her money.

When Matt gets word that she entered the Indian Nation he takes off after her. But it will not be long before the tribe of Indians spot the group in violation of the treaty.

This episode had many things working against the plot. First, the show seemed to drag as Ms Arthur tries many avenues to get someone to take her to the outback. Nearly half the episode is over before we get the first hint that she may actually make her trek to the Nation. Next, either the script or the actor playing Mady Arthur (Joan Hackett) did not come across the screen well. Ms Arthur should have been someone the viewer could sympathize with about her situation, however she came across as a snobby brat someone that the viewer could not relate.

By the end of the episode we get the feeling that the writer wanted us uncomfortable with the character. With the show ending on a strong note, it was still not enough to counter the drab script of the rest of the show.

Note- There is one part people will always remember, Kitty gets pushed into a horse trough early in the show.


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