Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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In Matt's absence, Festus is accused of drawing first on a drunken man. Though innocent, Festus leaves town to avoid Matt having to arrest him, and takes refuge across the border with a widow and her son.

Director:

Marc Daniels

Writer:

Calvin Clements Sr. (as Calvin Clements)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Ken Curtis ... Festus
Roger Ewing ... Thad
Geraldine Brooks ... Esther Harris
Stuart Erwin ... Doc Brown
Tim O'Kelly ... Sandy
Glenn Strange ... Sam Noonan
Hardie Albright ... Mr. Hubbard
Gilman Rankin ... Horse Trader
Cyril Delevanti ... Grandpa Harris
Craig Huxley ... James Harris (as Craig Hundley)
John Pickard ... Gabin
Hagan Beggs Hagan Beggs ... Jace Gabin (as Jim Beggs)
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In Matt's absence, Festus is accused of drawing first on a drunken man. Though innocent, Festus leaves town to avoid Matt having to arrest him, and takes refuge across the border with a widow and her son.

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 1966 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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An odd event sends Festus to help a harassed family
2 April 2013 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

In this episode the only thing that makes sense is the writer wanted a different kind of story and resorted to an odd event to get a character meeting new people and situations. The way Festus handles a woman being harassed by cowboys was not a bad plot. But the way the writer gets Festus to leave Dodge and ride out to the Nebraska line was so strange it nearly defied logic.

The episode opens with a medicine man barking his wears to the citizens of Dodge. The show has a gimmick in that one of the performers, Sandy, is quick with a gun and fancy with the shooting. Festus makes some comments about the gun and Sandy gets upset and wants to challenge Festus to a gunfight.

Before Matt leaves town on business, he tells both Festus and Sandy that there will be not gunfight in Dodge. If they want to settle the matter they should do it with their fist and not guns. Matt vows to arrest the person still standing if a gunfight breaks out. Later Sandy has been drink at the Long Branch and in his drunk state wants to settle the matter with Festus. He goes and finds Festus and when Festus reaching to unbuckle his gun belt- Sandy thinks he is drawing and wounds Festus in the side. Festus returns fire and kills Sandy. Now for some strange reason Festus flees town. All of that excitement to get Festus out of town.

But it does get us to the part of the show that becomes interesting. Festus later comes up on a woman that has a young son. The family is being harassed by locals that want her property. Festus helps out the woman plus develops a relationship with the young boy.

This may have been better if they had used the gunfight as one complete episode followed by the family relationship as another full show. But the two combined into one show did not go well together. Not enough time was spent on each to justify the story. Festus with the family was entertaining but leading up to the gunfight appeared to be out of place.


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