Gunsmoke: Season 10, Episode 24

Thursday's Child (6 Mar. 1965)

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Kitty welcomes her mentor to town, but her friend is burdened by a secret: she's here to deliver the child of her outlaw son, a man willing to take his own mother hostage.



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Episode cast overview:
Julie Blane
Joe Raciti ...
Hank Patterson ...
Suzanne Benoit ...
Amy Blane
Fred Coby ...
Clint Marston
Scott Marlowe ...
Lonnie Blane


Kitty welcomes her mentor to town, but her friend is burdened by a secret: she's here to deliver the child of her outlaw son, a man willing to take his own mother hostage.

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Jean Arthur's first acting role after a 12-year hiatus. See more »


When Doc goes in the general store to get baby supplies he calls the store clerk Jonas. However that was a character played by Dabbs Greer. The clerk was played by Roy Barcoft and his character is called 'Roy' and appeared many times in the Gunsmoke series. Even in the credits it has Roy listed for Barcoft's character.. See more »

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The great 'Jean Arthur' is excellent in this interesting episode.
6 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The wonderful Jean Arthur is again at her best but this time on the small screen as she is the mother of an outlaw on the run. But there is much more to this story.

Julie Blane (Jean Arthur) comes into Dodge on a stagecoach. Little did she know at the time but her old friend Kitty runs the Long Branch. Kitty invites her inside for a drink and a room where we learn that Julie is there to delivery her son's baby. But the catch, that no one knows, is that her son is a outlaw and on the run for killing an army pay-master and the delivery will have to be secret.

When she gets to the hideout of her son, Lonnie Blane, the mother is very sick. Julie says that they must have a doctor or she will die. Lonnie's partner goes and kidnaps Doc and forces him to ride out to the hideout. During the delivery the mother dies and it appears that Lonnie wants nothing to do with the baby. But may want to use the baby as a get-away hostage if the law finds him.

It will be a hard task for his mother to take. But she has to find a way to put an end to the running and make sure the baby is safe. And the results will be satisfying to the viewer.

The episode was very well written. The story was entertaining and the characters interesting. Really nothing bad in this program. Was a pleasure to see Jean Arthur working in front of the camera again.

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