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Cows and Cribs 

An impoverished but hardworking woman's plans to adopt an orphan baby are jeopardized when Matt discovers that her improvident husband is involved in cattle rustling.

Director:

Richard Whorf

Writers:

Kathleen Hite (screenplay by), John Meston (story by)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Dennis Weaver ... Chester
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Bartlett Robinson ... Bowers
Mabel Albertson ... Ma Smalley
Anne Barton Anne Barton ... Mrs. Nadler
Val Avery ... Joe Nadler
Dabbs Greer ... Mr. Jonas
Kathie Browne ... Mrs. Thorpe (as Cathy Browne)
Jud Taylor ... Ed Thorpe (as Judson Taylor)
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An impoverished but hardworking woman's plans to adopt an orphan baby are jeopardized when Matt discovers that her improvident husband is involved in cattle rustling.

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Genres:

Western

Certificate:

TV-G
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 1957 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Money for Seed
18 August 2011 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Head writer Meston again shows concern for women on the frontier. The Nadler's are barely holding on to their farm, mainly because the Mrs. (Barton) does all the work while hubby (Avery) seems only interested in himself. When neighbor woman (Browne) succumbs to spotted fever, Mrs. Nadler adopts her orphaned baby. However, Nadler's no-good husband looks to hold onto the failing farm by rustling neighbor's cattle. Now Matt has to act.

Good episode, where Arness gets to show more of his softer side than usual. The plain-faced Barton is effective too as the struggling wife, as is Albertson as the commanding Ma Smalley. However, I'm rather surprised that Smalley's colorful character didn't become more of a series regular. As played by Albertson, she seems a natural. Anyway, the entry's pretty good for showing how tenuous farming life on the prairie could be. It's also a story whose ending could have gone in either an up or down direction.


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