Gunsmoke: Season 19, Episode 5

The Widow-Maker (8 Oct. 1973)

TV Episode  -   -  Drama | Western
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Coltrane maybe the fastest gun alive, and all he wants to do is live a quiet life with his beautiful wife, but so many men are out to make a reputation by trying to kill him.

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Scott Coltrane
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Dad Goodpastor
Randolph Roberts ...
Kid Chama
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Teresa
Glenn Strange ...
Sam
Ted Jordan ...
Hank Patterson ...
Hank
Jerry Gatlin ...
Buck Lennart
James Chandler ...
Preacher
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Scott Coltrane's nickname (the title of this episode) is well-earned; he is one of the fastest guns in the West. But Coltrane is honest and has no desire to get in a non-legitimate fight; furthermore, he has recently married and learns he will soon become a father. When he comes to Dodge to settle, three men take him on at the same time (he drops all three in their tracks, though only after trying as hard as he can to persuade them to quit). Before long, another hired gun comes after him. Coltrane has a Hobson's choice of fighting until he gets killed or not fighting and getting killed anyway. Matt tries to figure out another route Coltrane can take. Written by Peter Harris

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Back to its roots- this show is one of the better in the entire series run
9 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After a few episodes in the 19th season that was less than watchable, the show returns to its roots and provides the viewer with a top notch episode that is as good as any show in the entire run of the series. As simple as the plot seems, the show has a nice twist that is usually unseen in western type shows. Thus making it a very entertaining show for viewers.

When a gunslinger named Scott Coltrane (Steve Forrest) tries to make Dodge City his home, his reputation precedes him. Seems like every young gunman will try there luck with Mr Coltrane in order to make a name. This will cause problems not only for Coltrane but for the citizens of Dodge City.

Matt will either have to live with his town being a killing field or make Coltrane leave town. When all else fails, it may have to come to a gunfight in the streets of Dodge City between Marshal Dillon and Scott Coltrane. The Marshal versus the fastest gunman in the west.

This is one of the better episode of the series. Make sure that you stay for the entire ending or you could miss one of the better written scripts in a long time.

NOTE- Glenn Strange (Sam) is very ill at the time of filming this episode. By the time the show is broadcast, Mr Glenn had passed. Even though Mr Strange has no speaking part, it was very evident that lung cancer has taken its toll on the fine actor.


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