Gunsmoke: Season 17, Episode 7

Trafton (25 Oct. 1971)

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An outlaw used to killing with ease, kills a priest and then strangely starts to show compassion, mercy, and remorse towards his victims.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sharon Acker ...
Tereese Farrell
Paul Stevens ...
Reverend English
Mary K.
Patti Cohoon-Friedman ...
Maria Farrell (as Patti Cohoon)
Glenn Strange ...
Ted Jordan ...


An outlaw used to killing with ease, kills a priest and then strangely starts to show compassion, mercy, and remorse towards his victims.

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Victor French puts on a fine performance in this episode.
26 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Trafton (Victor French) is a nasty cold-blooded killer that has killed many men just for profit. He goes into a Mexican town's church and steals all the crosses and goblets off the alter. When a priest comes into the room, Trafton kills him. The priest is also wearing a gold cross and as he bends down to steal the cross, the priest tells Trafton that he forgives him. The priest also makes a cross mark with his own blood on Trafton's forehead. And we the viewers know that something has changed inside Trafton that bloody day in the church. Oh, he does not become a saint but we can all tell something inside him, even for a brief moment, has changed.

Trafton makes his way to Dodge where he wants to see a woman named Tereese Farrell. When Tereese spots him at the window we know it will not be a happy reunion. Seems that Trafton had sexually assaulted Ms Farrell some time back and she never wanted to see him again. Another point is that nine months after the assault her daughter Marie was born.

But it appears that Trafton is all through with running. Trafton is there not for anymore problems but to ask forgiveness. He knows his life and agrees that his must pay for all his wrong doing. It looks to the viewer that Trafton is getting his life in order the only way he knows. With many warrants on Trafton for many a murder and robbery it will be up to Matt and Festus to try to arrest the man. But is that in the plan for Trafton?

Victor French is excellent in this interesting episode. There were some great scenes in this show like the time Trafton is with the Dodge preacher and wants him to take the stolen goods--plus the time Trafton was with the young child telling about what he heard about her father- both great scenes. Even when the story began to get long, the next scene picked the program back up to its heights. A good watch for viewers.

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