Gunsmoke: Season 1, Episode 3

Word of Honor (1 Oct. 1955)

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Doc is sworn to secrecy to protect a cruel gang guilty of murder.


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Episode cast overview:
Robert Middleton ...
Jake Worth
Dick Paxton ...
Thom Carney ...
Ray Boyle ...
Jeff Worth
Will J. White ...
Ed Worth


Doc is sworn to secrecy to protect a cruel gang guilty of murder.

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1 October 1955 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The episode sets the tone for twenty years of Doc Adams
27 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After two shows that the characters were trying to find themselves, this episode is much better done and it seems that they are more comfortable in the roles. Doc is much more ornery in this early episode but you can tell his love for the medical profession is as strong in the early shows as in the end of the series run.

The episode begins with Doc being carried some 35 miles outside Dodge on a medical emergency. What he finds is a man young named Hank Worth that has been shot in the back and the injury is so severe that Hank ends up dying. Doc knows that the three men at the cabin are the killers but he gives his word of honor not to reveal their names.

It is not long before Marshal Dillon finds out that Jake Worth's boy has been kidnapped and killed. When he tells Jake that he has information about the killers, Jake is ready to ride with his other sons to kill the bandits. But Matt cannot reveal the person he got the information from. This puts the Worth's and Marshal Dillon at odds. Even with Matt's life in danger, Doc has given his word as a medical physician plus his 'word of honor' not to reveal the names of the killers.

A real nice watch and a moral decision that will stay with the character Doc Adams throughout the series. After two rough starts to the series this one settles down and we see glimpses of people that we will know for the next twenty years. Good Watch.

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