Gunsmoke: Season 18, Episode 24

This Golden Land (5 Mar. 1973)

TV Episode  -   -  Western
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In a highly-honored episode dealing with religious belief, Russian-Jewish farmer Moshe and his family come to Kansas to try to take advantage of the land. However, their traditions are ... See full summary »

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Rouse Ruxton
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Gearshon Gorofsky
Kevin Coughlin ...
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In a highly-honored episode dealing with religious belief, Russian-Jewish farmer Moshe and his family come to Kansas to try to take advantage of the land. However, their traditions are mocked by the cowboys around, notably a neighboring farm family. One night, one of Moshe's sons and the neighbors get into a fight, and the son is found dead of a broken neck soon afterward. Moshe witnessed the start of the fight but not the actual killing. Under the Mosaic law he treasured, he cannot testify and without his word the farm family is set free. Moshe's second son buys a shotgun and threatens the neighbors with it to compel them to confess, but wastes his powder firing at imaginary targets and is run off the farm. The neighbors then invade Moshe's farm in an attempt to drive him off for good. Written by Peter Harris

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I guess this episode needed a guide
23 August 2013 | by (Costa Rica) – See all my reviews

Perhaps if I was a Russian Jew then this program might have had some interest. But this was a weak show that had little entertainment value. When they broke for a commercial thirty minutes into the show, I was hoping it was over. But of course the misery continued. From one reviewer I guess if you looked at the show from a political side of view then the story was sweet. But in this format of an entertaining western theme show, this was lacking. An episode should not also have a guide that the viewer needs to follow. Gunsmoke is there for entertainment and on this program it failed to deliver. I am sure the writer (Hal Sitowitz) had an agenda with this story but really surprised to see that the production staff was so willing to get on-board with the program. The only bright spot were the actors. The dull spot was the story. It was a sluggish ride down a painted creek.


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