Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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Dry Road to Nowhere 

A temperance agitator wants to shut down Kitty's saloon and end all the drinking in Dodge.





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Episode cast overview:
Matt Dillon
Amos Campbell
Read Morgan ...
Pete Moreland
James Nusser ...
Louie Pheeters
Bess Campbell


A temperance agitator wants to shut down Kitty's saloon and end all the drinking in Dodge.

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3 April 1965 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


For decades before and after this episode was made, it was taken as gospel that a book could stop a bullet -- in this case, a pocket Bible halting a .44. But "Mythbusters" revealed the truth -- it takes a lot more than a holy book to block a bullet. Note that the bullet is flattened on the exit side. What, exactly, did it strike that was hard enough to flatten it? See more »


Kitty: Oh, if I were a man I'd break you in half.
Dingo: If you was a man it'd sure be a waste.
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The Long Branch is in the cross hairs of a traveling preacher
10 February 2013 | by See all my reviews

Taking nothing away from this show but it just did not capture the flare of some of the previous episodes. But with that said it was still a fine written show with excellent acting.

A temperance preacher named Amos Campbell (James Whitmore) and his young daughter Bess ride into Dodge with the idea of putting an end to drinking in the town. Needless to say it does not sit to well with some of the locals, especially Kitty Russell.

Preacher Campbell has already had some run-ins with some of the locals including Dingo (John Saxton) when he tried to take advantage of young Bess. And now his preaching has stirred the winds of change making him a marked man with all the cowpokes that come to Dodge to wet their thirst. With danger lurking, Kitty will have to make sure that her people are also heard above the roar of the preacher's platform.

There really was not much more going on in this episode. There was a semi side-plot where Preacher Campbell seems to be suffocating Bess and will not let her grow-up, but it really did not help the story. This was a nice concept but needed more activity to keep the viewer into the plot. However the acting was great. Amanda Blake was at her best in this show which is always good for the viewer. Ms Blake, James Whitmore and John Saxton made this average show- better. Nice watch.

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