Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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The Colonel 

"The Colonel" is an episode of Gunsmoke starring Milburn Stone, Ken Curtis, and Buck Taylor. A drunkard ex colonel overhears plans of robbery and murder while spending a night in jail, but isn't sure if it was a dream.



(as Arthur Dales)


Airs Mon. Jun. 25, 3:30 PM on TVLAND


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Episode cast overview:
... Doc
... Festus
... Newly
... Matt Dillon
... Colonel Josiah Johnson
... Anne
... Bill Higgins
... Corporal Jimmy
... Obie
... Jeff Higgins (as Roy Jensen)
... Floyd
Pete Kellett ... Biggs
... Carl (as Dan Travanty)


Colonel Josiah Johnson, the town drunk, promises to watch Carl's general store while the young man goes to fetch his bride-to-be, Anne Johnson. Unknown to Carl, the young lady is the Colonel's estranged daughter. Through the Colonel's careless oversight, Carl's store is badly damaged by fire. The old man decides to leave Dodge City before his daughter's wedding, so her true identity may remain secret. The Colonel overhears a plot to rob the local bank and shoot up the town, and proves to be a true hero. Written by richardann

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16 December 1974 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The Colonel's daughter Anne is played by Lee J. Cobb's real life daughter Julie. See more »

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An aging retired Colonel wants one last command
4 April 2013 | by See all my reviews

At times this episode has some very slow periods with very little action and lots of dialog, but by the episode's end it had played well enough to make a nice show. Had a nice plot and was well acted that also help the show make for an entertaining program.

It begins with retired Colonel Josiah Johnson remembering his days as leader of a Union Army during the war. Colonel Johnson is now digressed to telling about his olden ways while drinking the day away at the Long Branch. Carl, the owner of the general store, ask the Colonel to watch his store while he goes and picks up his sweetheart so they can marry. While the Colonel is minding the store, he accidentally starts a fire that burns a large portion of the back. When Carl returns, needless to say he is very upset and wishes he had never got the drunk Colonel to help him out.

But there also is another situation, the woman that Carl wants to marry is the Colonel's daughter. The problem here is that the Colonel plans on moving on since he does not want to embarrass his daughter as an old washed-up father that only side job is getting drunk.

But when he overhears that a group of bandits are planning on breaking a friend out of jail and robbing the local bank, the Colonel has a chance to once again ride to battle with the same prestige that he had so many years ago.

Even with some parts of the episode lackluster, it still had enough interest to make a nice show. Lee J Cobb was excellent as the aging Colonel which wanted to make his daughter proud. The ending of this episode is worthy of a watch on its own merit.

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