Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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The Search 

When stable hand Cale is found with paralyzed legs after his horse threw him, Matt goes for help on foot, unarmed, on the dangerous prairie.


Harry Harris


Kathleen Hite




Episode cast overview:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Dennis Weaver ... Chester
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Ford Rainey ... Tate
Virginia Gregg ... Ess Cutler
Carl Reindel Carl Reindel ... Cale
Hank Patterson ... Hank Miller
Raymond Guth Raymond Guth ... Sam Cutler
Leonard Nimoy ... Arnie
Mike Ragan ... Frank
Fred Coby Fred Coby ... Horn
Mickey Morton Mickey Morton ... Coot


Tate Gifford, in town to pick up his dead son's horse, finds Cale has taken him for a ride. Matt searches for him when he doesn't return and finds the horse with no rider. When he does find Cale after returning the horse, he is too hurt to move and after losing his horse, Matt must work to keep them both alive and get help. Written by DrDOS

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Carl Reindel first appeared as Cale in Gunsmoke: Cale (1962) a few months earlier, near the end of the seventh season. See more »


Boom Mic dips into lower right corner of the screen at 14:00. See more »

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Much better than other reviewers thought
17 June 2019 | by khristyjeffSee all my reviews

I've watched this episode twice now and really feel this is a fine episode to begin season 8. I realize there were no shootings and I enjoy those episodes as much as the next guy, but the episodes written by Katharine Hyatt almost always show heart and deal with how different personalities relate to one another. In my work when I was younger, I dealt with men the age of Cale, and saw men act like this. If I saw it in the late 90's I can only imagine how a twenty-something might have acted in the 1890's. Sometimes they talk in clipped sentences, sometimes they don't reveal. Bottom line, I thought Carl Reindel's performance was believable.

I thoroughly enjoyed this episode. I could feel the father's pain over the loss of his son and the connection he may have felt toward this new brash arrival. And the bonus is that James Arness and Milburn Stone are featured prominently in this episode.

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Release Date:

15 September 1962 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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