A rancher's spoiled son believes even after he is convicted of murder that his father's wealth and influence will save him from the hangman.



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Episode cast overview:
Dal Creed
Pat (as Lindon Chiles)
Dan Stafford ...
Foy (as Robert J. Stevenson)
James Nusser ...
Jay Della ...


Dal, the son of a rich rancher, is abrasive and abusive but cowardly when confronted, having always relied on his father's wealth and influence to get him out of difficulty. When up to his usual tricks, he gets one of the ranch hands fired. The fired man takes up with a saloon girl whom Miss Kitty hired after her father was murdered. Dal takes a fancy to the girl, tries to shoot his rival, and instead shoots and kills the girl. Chester witnesses it all, and goes with Matt to Dal's ranch to arrest him. Dal's father is in disbelief, but Dal is hardly worried, confident his father will get him out of this scrape as he has all others. After he is convicted, he slowly begins to fear he will hang. While his father works to save him from the hangman, he is disgusted with his son's display of fear, sure that if he were the one facing the rope, he'd go to the gallows "with a smile." Written by Morganalee

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30 March 1963 (USA)  »

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Strangest Episode!
13 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My father is the author of this episode, and though I've tried to be objective, it could be slightly biased! Now if you like your serial television with a smattering of murder, rape, posh privilege, and false redemption, this episode is for you! The basic premise, was to fool a man about to be hanged, that he would actually escape. All so he would die "with a smile" on his face. And the set up was done by his father! The story of how "Dal" ends up in this end of life trauma, is possibly the strangest plot to ever hit Gunsmoke. You can read the storyline on IMDb, and see it has it's twists and turns, but I would encourage you to purchase a copy somewhere, as it has everything a western should have. Including Burt Reynolds, as the Native American, Quint.

And if you ask me, the story of Lottie Foy may be the saddest thing to hit American television. She deserves a prequel! Quite possibly a brilliant example of how we all deal with end of life issues, and the knowledge of our own mortality, this episode from season 8, should be submitted for a posthumous Emmy. But then again, my dad, Bud Furillo, was the author, so this review may be seasoned with a grain of salt.

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