Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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To Ride a Yeller Horse 

The schemes of a mother trying to control the lives of her son and daughter lead to tragic results.


Vincent McEveety


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Episode cast overview:
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty (credit only)
Ken Curtis ... Festus
Buck Taylor ... Newly
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Louise Latham ... Mrs. Shepherd
Kathleen Cody ... Anna May
Tom Leopold Tom Leopold ... Chester (as Thomas Leopold)
John Reilly ... Orlo
Parker Stevenson ... Steven
Simon Scott Simon Scott ... Mr. Rogers
Herb Vigran ... Judge Brooker
Elizabeth Harrower ... Mrs. O'Roarke


Joan Shepherd and her daughter, Anna May, plan to go to a local dance so Anna May can meet a wealthy young man, such as Steven Rogers, son of a wealthy rancher. An arranged marriage would be acceptable to Mr. Rogers, but Anna May detests Steven. She has eyes for Newly O'Brien. A poor neighboring farmer, Orlo Baker, would like to court Anna May, but Joan finds the thought laughable. Chester Shepherd, Joan's son, is interested in a young woman, whom Joan characterizes as a trollop. Joan recalls a young man from her own youth who rode a fine yellow horse, which epitomizes her goal for her children. The tensions threaten to tear the family apart. Written by richardann

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18 March 1974 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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My mother the snob
20 June 2018 | by martinxperry-14868See all my reviews

This is a horridly slow episode. Well acted but an hour devoted to watching a wanabe socalite mother manipulate everyone she encounters is a bit much. This one drags on as she tries every trick in the book to get her way is just too much. Aside from Newlie being set up to take the fall for in one of the snbish mothers manipulations, the rest or the regulars are on vacation. This is just seems to drag on and on watching a failed socalite mom fail at everything she touches. The ending is frustrating.

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