Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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Festus finds a little girl out on the prairie. He learns she saw her ma get killed by a stranger. When he takes her to Dodge, Matt hears she was hiding when this happened but can identify this man who may already be in town.

Director:

Andrew V. McLaglen

Writer:

John Meston
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Ken Curtis ... Festus
Lyle Bettger ... Ed Polk
Michael Higgins ... Ron Cassidy
Allyson Ames Allyson Ames ... Clara Cassidy
Betsy Hale Betsy Hale ... Letty Cassidy
Sarah Selby Sarah Selby ... Ma Smalley
Burt Douglas Burt Douglas ... Joe Bryan
Glenn Strange ... Sam
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Festus finds a little girl out on the prairie. He learns she saw her ma get killed by a stranger. When he takes her to Dodge, Matt hears she was hiding when this happened but can identify this man who may already be in town.

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 February 1964 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Soundtracks

The Old Gray Mare
(uncredited)
Traditional Folk song
Saloon music
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A small girl see her mother killed, now the killer is after her.
28 December 2012 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

The episode begins with two rides Joe Bryan and Ed Polk are running from a posse after holding up a bank. The two decide to split up with Joe carrying the money and they will meet in Dodge a few days later.

The scene changes and we are at a farm house where an abusive man named Ron Cassidy is having to ride off in search of water. He leaves his wife Clara and his daughter Letty behind. Ed Polk comes riding up and Clara tells Letty to hid. When Clara gets a rifle Polk shoots and kills her. The child runs off into the prairie.

Festus is riding and comes across the lost Letty. After finding out about the killing, Festus says they are going to ride to Dodge where they know Letty can get help. She stays with Ms Smalley until her father returns. But her father is more of a hinder than a help as he parades little Letty up and down the streets of Dodge looking for the killer.

It is not long until the entire town knows the story including the killer Ed Polk. Now Polk has to kill the little girl before she can identify him to the Marshal. But because of the father's attitude about Marshal Dillon, he will be used by Polk to get to the child. It will be too late for Cassidy when he finally learns that Polk was the one that killed his wife.

The episode was actually very entertaining. Even though tragedy struck the child's life, I am not sure that she is worse off. In fact, I was pulling for one of the characters to die so that Latty would be able to grow up as a child. The ending was a little too tidy but the rest of the show was interesting. Good Watch!


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