Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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Matt is seriously wounded in a gun fight. Kitty is so despondent, she puts the Long Branch up for sale, bids Matt goodbye and leaves Dodge City. In a new town, in another saloon, she finds out why Matt is the kind of man he is.

Director:

Vincent McEveety

Writer:

Jim Byrnes
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Ken Curtis ... Festus
Buck Taylor ... Newly
Henry Jones ... Papa Steiffer
Beverly Garland ... Claire Hollis
John Milford ... John Dawson
Jack Lambert ... Locke
Roy Jenson ... Keller
James Nusser James Nusser ... Louie Pheeters
Glenn Strange ... Sam Noonan
Mary Angela Shea Mary Angela Shea ... Bea (as Mary Angela)
John C. Flinn III ... Worden (as John Flinn)
William O'Connell ... Jackson
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Matt is seriously wounded in a gun fight. Kitty is so despondent, she puts the Long Branch up for sale, bids Matt goodbye and leaves Dodge City. In a new town, in another saloon, she finds out why Matt is the kind of man he is.

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 1970 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Connections

Edited into Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge (1987) See more »

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Kitty's relationship with Matt is more complicated than guessed.
29 August 2013 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

The story the writer was shooting for was actually a nice story. They wanted the viewer to experience Kitty's relationship without Marshal Dillon in the picture. So they develop a way to get Kitty to leave town and then realize how important it is to have a lawful Marshal, that will risk his life for people, running a town. Good concept.

But they way they got Kitty to leave town seemed odd. They had Matt get shot by a bandit, which has been played out hundreds of times, and now all of the sudden Kitty just cannot stand to live where Matt could be killed. I am not sure why this was any different scenario than ten episode previous.

Anyway Kitty takes the stage to a town where one of her friends, Claire Hollis, runs a saloon. What she comes into is a town that is run by one man named Papa Steiffer. Papa controls all aspects of the town down to the Sheriff and the law. Everyone says 'yes' to Papa or they experience the havoc that comes by way of Papa's justice.

When Kitty buys half interest in the saloon, she advises they her first words to Papa will be 'NO'! But then Matt comes to town looking for Kitty. And the story goes that Kitty does not want to live in the shadow of Matt anymore and she lets him know that. But is Matt ready to move on?

This was a nice story. Amanda Blake was strong in this episode as she tries her life away from the town of Dodge. It was a nice predicable story worthy of a watch. This is one that really shows the relationship between Kitty and Matt.


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