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Tell Chester 

Chester is smitten with Polly, but she has eyes only for Wade, a man new in town and newly her father's employee. Knowing little about Wade, Polly agrees quickly to marry him, but Chester discovers that Wade already has a wife.


Joseph Sargent


Frank Paris


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Episode cast overview:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Dennis Weaver ... Chester
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Lonny Chapman ... Wade
Mitzi Hoag ... Polly
Lew Brown Lew Brown ... Nace
Jo Helton ... Wendy
Sara Taft Sara Taft ... Tao
Robert Gibbons Robert Gibbons ... Donahue
Ray Galvin Ray Galvin ... Barkeep


Polly is looking forward to marrying Wade, a coworker at her father's business. She tells Chester she loves him too but as a friend. When Chester is out hunting he helps a sick woman and finds she is already married to Wade, and he promises not to tell Polly. Written by DrDOS

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Release Date:

20 April 1963 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Chester's Paternal Side
9 April 2019 | by gary-64659See all my reviews

This is a finely wrought triangle story with due credit to writer and director as well as the three actors intimately involved: Dennis Weaver, Mitzi Hoag, Lonny Chapman. When Marshal Dillon's constant helper Chester (Dennis Weaver) can't have warm-hearted Mitzi Hoag for himself he does all he can to shelter her from the vicissitudes of romantic love with already married Lonny Chapman. who lets his neglected wife die out on in a prairie shack attended by an overburdened old Indian woman (well played for authenticity rather than glamor also). Bouquets to all three in the triangle, with Lonny Chapman's role being particularly subtly written, giving more than a hint of this weak man's desperation in grasping at something better (easier) for himself at the cost of all around him.

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