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The Tycoon 

Festus tries to go into the freight business and it nearly results in matrimony.


Bernard McEveety


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Episode cast overview:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Ken Curtis ... Festus
Buck Taylor ... Newly (credit only)
Shug Fisher ... Titus
Nora Marlowe Nora Marlowe ... Ma Fowler
Gwynne Gilford ... Dora Lou Fowler
John Beck ... Moody Fowler
James Minotto James Minotto ... Amos Fowler
Herman Poppe ... Clarence Carver
Glenn Strange ... Sam Noonan
Ted Jordan Ted Jordan ... Nathan Burke
Walker Edmiston ... Henry Folsom
Charles Wagenheim Charles Wagenheim ... Parson Mueller


Festus tries to go into the freight business and it nearly results in matrimony.

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25 January 1971 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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1.33 : 1
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A silly show with little if any entertainment value
13 December 2012 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

Festus get a check from a man that he helped in town a few years back. Festus gave him ten dollars to buy supplies so that he could travel to the mountains. The man hit it big by finding gold and now has left Festus $500. And now Festus decides he can make money if he buys into a freight company. Doc, Matt and even Kitty believe that it will be a good idea. But one thing that Festus left out was he was going to be partners with the lazy good-for-nothing Titus.

Titus takes Festus's money to buy some wagons but comes back with steam playing circus wagons with a team of white horses instead of regular wagons. The only thing he did right was but Titus- Haggen on the side of the wagon. The cost of the wagons will be $402 of the $500 that Festus had from the check.

The rest of the episode is how Festus gets cleaned out by the ways of Titus. From the fancy clothes to the meeting of a county family that has a 'tole road' it's an all out comedy of errors. If you like a silly show then you will not be disappointed. If you like westerns with a good plot then this will be a sad experience. I am just glad it was an hour show, not really sure if I could have taken anymore.

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