Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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Blood Money 

The father of a young gunfighter tries to end his son's career by wounding his gun hand.


Robert Totten


Hal Sitowitz


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Milburn Stone ... Doc Adams
Amanda Blake ... Kitty Russell
Ken Curtis ... Festus Haggen
Nehemiah Persoff ... Alex Skouras
Anthony Zerbe ... Nick Skouras
Donna Baccala Donna Baccala ... Elenya Skouras
Buck Taylor ... Newly O'Brien
James Anderson ... Jesse Hill
Hank Brandt Hank Brandt ... Hank
Mills Watson ... Brent
Kelton Garwood Kelton Garwood ... Percy Crump (as Jonathan Harper)
Howard Culver ... Howie
Michelle Breeze ... Saloon Girl
Glenn Strange ... Sam Noonan


Nick Skouras, a hired gunman, is crippled by his father Alex and can no longer use his right hand. Now he must face a vengeful killer in spite of his father's wishes. This episode should not be confused with "Blood Money" (Season 3, Episode 3) broadcast 28 September 1957. Written by richardann

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Release Date:

22 January 1968 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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1.33 : 1
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This episode should not be confused with "Blood Money" (Season 3, Episode 3) broadcast 28 September 1957. See more »


During the opening gun fight scene, Anthony Zerbe's character "Nick" draws his pistol from the holster twice, in between his two challengers. See more »

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Nice story made long by useless dialog
16 October 2012 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

When looking for a description of this episode, I found only one or two sentence lines that contain the plot. After viewing the episode I can concur that there is little to the story than what could not be summed up in those two sentences. It was a simple story that at times was interesting and then what seemed like long period of dialog that was added to complete the hour show.

Nicholas Skouras is a gunman that kills for money. When he kills a man named Jake Walker in a fair gunfight, Jake's friends set out to settle the score.

Nicholas's father dislikes his son's profession and while Nick is sleeping shoots his gun hand. It is not long until the friend's of Jake will be making their visit.

When the friends, lead by Jesse Hill, arrive in Dodge they find that Marshal Dillon will have no problems in his town. But when Nick's father and daughter decide to leave town, the friends capture them and hold his father as ransom. Will Nicholas decide to help his father after being disabled by his actions will be the climax of the show.

A nice story that seemed long with all the unnecessary dialog.

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