Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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Thirty a Month and Found 

Three cattle drivers find competition with railroads is forcing them out of business, and 2 of them mistakenly turn to crime for a temporary fix.


Bernard McEveety


Jim Byrnes


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Episode cast overview:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Milburn Stone ... Doc (credit only)
Ken Curtis ... Festus
Buck Taylor ... Newly (credit only)
Gene Evans ... Will Parmalee
Nicholas Hammond ... Doak Noonan
Van Williams ... Quincy
Ford Rainey ... Storekeeper
Kim O'Brien Kim O'Brien ... Katherine
David Brian ... Tait Cavanaugh
Victor Izay ... Bull
Hal Baylor ... Railroader
Bonnie Jedell Bonnie Jedell ... Delilah
Henry Kendrick ... Sheriff (as Henry Max Kendrick)


The coming of the railroads vastly altered the cattle business, soon rendering cross-country trail drives unnecessary. Three cowboys, led by Will Parmalee, find the new West inhospitable to itinerant cattle drovers. Trouble seeks them out, and Matt Dillon finds himself on the opposite side of the law from his longtime friend Will. Written by richardann

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Release Date:

7 October 1974 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonoita, Arizona, USA See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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1.33 : 1
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This episode won the Writer's Guild Award for Best Episodic Drama. See more »


Will Parmalee: I guess we sure rousted them gandy dancers.
Matt Dillon: Yeah. How is it you started out with the railroad men?
Will Parmalee: Them railroads have come to stick in my craw, Matt. They're taking jobs that cowhands oughta be doin'. Herdin' cows into box cars instead of across green grass just don't make sense.
Matt Dillon: Country changes, Will.
Will Parmalee: Yeah.
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Gene Evans is excellent in this tale of a dying art
12 February 2013 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

A pleasantly surprising show about the end of cattle drives as the railroad is taking over all movement of cattle and the rough and rugged cowboys are being a thing of the past.

The episode stars Gene Evans as Will Parmalee as one of the last leaders of moving cattle across miles prairie. He also has two companions one named Quincy and a young man name Doak. The episode opens as they are burying another companion that has just died in a cattle stampede. According to Will, that is the best death a cowboy could receive, being killed doing what he loved.

They ride into Dodge with the money for the cattle-drive. And like always they get drunk and in a fight. Matt, having known Will for many year, places him and his friends in jail to sleep it off. The next morning the men are miss all their money. They think they have been taken and go over to the saloon where they were drinking and rob the cash box. While leaving with the cash box, that only had $12 inside, the bartender get shot in the arm. The three men are on the run. And Matt and Festus are on their trail.

The remaining part of the show consist of Will trying to get somewhere that his life will be appreciated. Along the way he will find other evidence of his way of life passing away. Quincy gets wounded and Doak is young enough to start another life. It will be Will Parmalee that will decide if he wants to continue being a cowboy or give up.

Gene Evans is excellent in this episode. They way he made his character relate to the changing times was top-notch. This was a surprising entertaining show that was a joy to watch. Good watch.

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