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My Father's Guitar 

A talented guitarist impresses all who hear him on an instrument that is more precious to him than a man's life.


Robert Totten


Hal Sitowitz


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Episode cast overview:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Milburn Stone ... Doc Adams
Amanda Blake ... Kitty Russell
Ken Curtis ... Festus Haggen
Roger Ewing ... Thad Greenwood
Beau Bridges ... Jason
Glenn Strange ... Sam
Robin Blake Robin Blake ... Mattie
Louis Massad Louis Massad ... Cowboy
Steve Ihnat ... Jack
Charles Dierkop ... Dan
Dub Taylor ... Sonny Starr
William Bramley William Bramley ... Jed Woodard


A stranger riding through stops for water at a ranch. When he feels forced to kill the rancher for taking a joke too far, he tries to bury him but stops when some riders come up. After he reaches Dodge, everyone finds out how precious his guitar is to him but maybe too late. Written by DrDOS

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12 February 1966 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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1.33 : 1
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The story did not come across well on the screen
2 April 2013 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

This episode started out well enough with some interesting facets and characters. But then the story began slowing down to the point of nearly making a snooze-fest of the entire episode. It never gain any interest that would keep people watching.

At the beginning a young rider named Jason comes up on a farm and ask a man if he can water his horse. The man then starts making fun of Jason's guitar to the point where Jason stabs him dead when the man tries to damage the instrument. While Jason digs a grave he hears some riders, which will later find out are Jack and Dan, coming up on the farm. So Jason flees and travels into Dodge.

In Dodge, Jason plays his guitar for the people at the Long Branch where we learn that Jason has a near psychotic love for the guitar since it use to belong to his father. That is near the time that the two riders, Jack and Dan come into the Long Branch to do some drinking.

Later Jack and Dan are arrested by Matt and in their belongings is a twenty dollar gold piece that the dead man use to have around his neck. They tell Matt that the guy was already dead when they took the gold piece off of him but Matt finds that hard to believe.

When Jason hears that the two are arrested for a crime he committed, he breaks them out of jail. But when Dan and Jack want to know why Jason helped them escape they begin to put two-and-two together. With Matt search for all three, it will only be a short time before someone has to pay a price.

The plot was not that bad but for some reason just did not play well on the screen. There was little entertainment value in the story that just seemed to go on forever. With many good episode in the 11th season, there has to be a few disappointments along the way.

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