Gunsmoke: Season 17, Episode 21

Yankton (7 Feb. 1972)

TV Episode  -   -  Western
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When wealthy Wil Donvan's daughter and cowboy Yankton fall in love with each other, the young woman's classy European born mother wants to put a stop to the romance.

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Pamela Payton-Wright ...
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When wealthy Wil Donvan's daughter and cowboy Yankton fall in love with each other, the young woman's classy European born mother wants to put a stop to the romance.

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complex characters in an excellent story
3 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Yankton" is a decidedly above-average episode. It takes a story we've seen a hundred times before, populates it with complex characters whose motivations aren't fully clear until the end, and produces a decidedly pleasant surprise.

When Yankton loses at cards to the biggest rancher in the area, he apparently decides to get even by seducing his daughter. Apparently. It's not clear what his true motivations are, and the twists and turns as the characters' true (???) motivations are revealed -- such as the father /not necessarily/ being averse to his daughter marrying a saddle tramp -- provides much of the viewing pleasure.

The casting is good, with Nancy Olson as the prim mother who has good reason for being that way; Forest Tucker behaving quietly most of the time; and (especially) James Stacy as the saddle bum, giving a finely nuanced performance.

Strongly recommended.


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