List of Gunsmoke television episodes

Gunsmoke is an American Western television series developed by Charles Marquis Warren and based on the radio program of the same name.[1] The series ran for 20 seasons, making it the longest-running Western in television history. The first episode aired in the United States on September 10, 1955, and the final episode aired on March 31, 1975.[2][3] All episodes were broadcast in the U.S. by CBS.[4] In the United Kingdom, Gunsmoke was originally broadcast under the title Gun Law.[5]

Clockwise from top: Ken Curtis (Festus), Arness (Matt), Amanda Blake (Kitty), and Milburn Stone (Doc) in 1968

Gunsmoke was originally a half-hour program filmed in black-and-white. The series expanded to an hour in length with season seven and began filming in color in season 12. During its run, 635 episodes were broadcast, of which 233 were 30 minutes and 402 were 60 minutes in length. Of the hour-long episodes, 176 were in black-and-white and 226 were in color.[6] During season two, Gunsmoke became one of the 10 most popular programs on American television and moved to number one in the third season. It remained at number one until 1961 and stayed in the top 20 until 1964. The series returned to prominence in 1967 following a shift in its programming time from Saturday to Monday night. From there, Gunsmoke remained in the top 20 for the next seven years, dropping out only in its final season.[4] In May 1975, CBS canceled the series. Alan Wagner, the network's vice president at the time, said, "It's better to get rid of a program one year too soon than one year too late."[7] Between 1987 and 1994, five television movies based on the series were aired by CBS.[8]

Gunsmoke is set in and around Dodge City, Kansas, in the post-Civil War era and centers on United States Marshal Matt Dillon (James Arness) as he enforces law and order in the city. In its original format, the series also focuses on Dillon's friendship with three other citizens of Dodge City: Doctor Galen "Doc" Adams (Milburn Stone), the town's physician; Kitty Russell (Amanda Blake), saloon girl and later owner of the Long Branch Saloon; and Chester Goode (Dennis Weaver), Dillon's assistant.[9] In season eight (1962–63), a fifth regular character was added to the cast: blacksmith Quint Asper (Burt Reynolds), who remained until the end of season 10 (1964–65).[10] Dennis Weaver left the series during season nine (1963–64) and was replaced by Ken Curtis as Festus Haggen, who became deputy to Marshall Dillon.[11] Both Chester and Festus appear together in the season nine episode "The Prairie Wolfer", and Festus had initially appeared the previous season, playing the same character as a quasi-outlaw helping Dillon track a killer in "Us Haggens". In season 11 (1965–66), another deputy, Clayton Thaddeus Greenwood (Roger Ewing), was added to the cast.[12] Ewing's character was replaced in season 13 (1967–68) by Newly O'Brien (Buck Taylor).[13] Amanda Blake left the series at the end of season 19 (1973–74) and was replaced in the final season by a new character, Miss Hannah, portrayed by Fran Ryan.[14]

As of May 5, 2020, all episodes of Gunsmoke have been released on DVD, while two other collections contain selected episodes from all 20 seasons. All five television movies have been released on DVD, as well.

Series overviewEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedRankRatingViewers
(millions)
First airedLast aired
139September 10, 1955 (1955-09-10)August 25, 1956 (1956-08-25)
239September 8, 1956 (1956-09-08)June 29, 1957 (1957-06-29)732.7[a]12.72[15]
339September 14, 1957 (1957-09-14)June 7, 1958 (1958-06-07)143.118.06[16]
439September 13, 1958 (1958-09-13)June 13, 1959 (1959-06-13)139.617.40[17]
539September 5, 1959 (1959-09-05)June 11, 1960 (1960-06-11)140.318.43[18]
638September 3, 1960 (1960-09-03)June 17, 1961 (1961-06-17)137.317.60[19]
734September 30, 1961 (1961-09-30)May 26, 1962 (1962-05-26)328.313.74[20]
838September 15, 1962 (1962-09-15)June 1, 1963 (1963-06-01)1027.013.58[21]
936September 28, 1963 (1963-09-28)June 6, 1964 (1964-06-06)2023.512.12[22]
1036September 26, 1964 (1964-09-26)May 29, 1965 (1965-05-29)2722.611.91[23]
1132September 18, 1965 (1965-09-18)May 7, 1966 (1966-05-07)3021.311.47[24]
1229September 17, 1966 (1966-09-17)April 15, 1967 (1967-04-15)3420.011.33
1325September 11, 1967 (1967-09-11)March 4, 1968 (1968-03-04)425.5[b]14.45[25]
1426September 23, 1968 (1968-09-23)March 24, 1969 (1969-03-24)624.914.50[26]
1526September 22, 1969 (1969-09-22)March 23, 1970 (1970-03-23)225.915.15[27]
1624September 14, 1970 (1970-09-14)March 8, 1971 (1971-03-08)525.515.32[28]
1724September 13, 1971 (1971-09-13)March 13, 1972 (1972-03-13)426.016.14[29]
1824September 11, 1972 (1972-09-11)March 5, 1973 (1973-03-05)723.6[c]15.29[30]
1924September 10, 1973 (1973-09-10)April 1, 1974 (1974-04-01)1522.114.63[31]
2024September 9, 1974 (1974-09-09)March 31, 1975 (1975-03-31)2820.514.04[32]
Television moviesSeptember 26, 1987 (1987-09-26)February 10, 1994 (1994-02-10)

EpisodesEdit

  • All episodes are listed in order of airdate.
  • Series # refers to that episode's number within the overall series.
  • Season # refers to the order in which the episode aired within that particular season.

Half-hour eraEdit

Seasons 1 - 6
1955/56 through 1960/61
233 half-hour episodes (all black-and-white)
39 episodes for each of the first five seasons, with 38 episodes for the 6th season

Season 1 (1955–56)Edit

Thirty-nine half-hour episodes, black-and-white
Producer: Charles Marquis Warren; associate producer: Norman Macdonnell
Regular cast: James Arness (as Matt Dillon), Dennis Weaver (as Chester), Milburn Stone (as Doc), Amanda Blake (as Kitty)
Guest cast: In credits order

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Matt Gets It"Charles Marquis WarrenStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : Charles Marquis Warren
September 10, 1955 (1955-09-10)

United States Marshal Matt Dillon (James Arness)[33] is critically wounded while attempting to arrest gunman Dan Grat (Paul Richards). Grat runs uncontrolled in Dodge while Matt recovers but is surprised when the Marshal challenges him again.

Guest Cast: Paul Richards (as Dan Grat), Robert Anderson (as Jim Hill), Malcolm Atterbury (as Bird) and Howard Culver (as hotel clerk)

Notes: The premiere episode was introduced by John Wayne.[34] He also recommended his friend, James Arness for the role of Matt Dillon.

Wanted posters seen hanging in Matt Dillon's office are for "William H. Bonney", aka Billy the Kid and Black Bart, aka Charles Earl Bowles, a notorious stagecoach robber. Billy the Kid was born Henry McCarty on September 17 or November 23, 1859. This helps date the series from late 1877 to 1878 since Billy the Kid's first wanted poster identified him as 18 years old. Black Bart's first stagecoach robbery was July 26, 1875, and his last was November 3, 1883. Both dates fit within the aforementioned timeline.
22"Hot Spell"Charles Marquis WarrenE. Jack NeumanSeptember 17, 1955 (1955-09-17)

Matt is duty-bound to protect despised gunman Cope Borden from being hanged by a group of normally law-abiding ranchers for a crime he didn't commit.

Guest Cast: John Dehner (as Cope Borden), James Westerfield (as Rance Bradley) and Marvin Bryan (as Marvin Bradley)

Notes: John Dehner's first of 12 appearances, who also performed in approximately half of the 480 radio episodes of Gunsmoke. He was an American stage, radio, film and television actor, often cast as the eccentric villain or questionable authority figure. The versatile actor's career spanned six decades, and not counting his radio performances, had amassed nearly 300 acting credits. Dehner's longest recurring role was his character, Cyril Bennett on the 1968-1973 CBS American sitcom, The Doris Day Show.

First time Matt tells someone to "Get out of Dodge".
33"Word of Honor"Charles Marquis WarrenStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : Charles Marquis Warren
October 1, 1955 (1955-10-01)

Doc is sworn to secrecy by three kidnappers who killed a rancher's son.

Guest Cast: Robert Middleton (as Jake Worth), Claude Akins (as Harry), Dick Paxton (as Rudy), Thom Carney (as Jack), Ray Boyle (as Jeff Worth) and Will J. White (as Ed Worth)

Notes: Claude Akins plays Harry, his first of ten appearances. He was an American character actor best known for his role of Sheriff Lobo in the 1979-1981 NBC action comedy television series, B. J. and the Bear and its spin-off, The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo.

First of nine times during season 1 that Matt wears a black hat in the beginning Boot Hill introductions.
44"Home Surgery"Charles Marquis WarrenJohn MestonOctober 8, 1955 (1955-10-08)

Matt attempts to save a rancher's life by amputating his gangrenous leg.

Guest Cast: Joe De Santis (as Mr. Hawtree), Gloria Talbott (as Holly Hawtree) and Wright King (as Ben Walling)

Notes: "Home Surgery" was presented as a radio broadcast before it aired on television. In the radio version, the daughter's name was "Tara Hantree."

Gloria Talbott who played Holly Hawtree, became the first guest star to appear in both of the 1955 season's new adult westerns. She played Abby Crandall in the second episode of The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, (Mr. Earp Meets a Lady) which aired on September 13, 1955, three weeks before this episode.

First of eight appearances for Wright King portraying Ben Walling, who in three years will play Jason Nichols on the 1958-1961 CBS American western television series, Wanted Dead or Alive.

First episode without the Boot Hill introduction.
55"Obie Tater"Charles Marquis WarrenStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : Charles Marquis Warren
October 15, 1955 (1955-10-15)

Townspeople and outlaws want to know where an old prospector has hidden his gold.

Guest Cast: Royal Dano (as Obie Tater), Kathy Adams (as Ella Mills), Jon Shepodd (as Mitch) and Pat Conway (as Quade)

Notes: First of thirteen guest appearances by Royal Dano, who played the lead character Obie Tater. He was an American actor whose career traversed fifty years which included nearly 200 acting credits. Dano had an uncanny resemblance to Abraham Lincoln and even provided his voice in Walt Disney's Audio-Animatronic Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln attraction at the 1964 World's Fair which was brought to Disneyland in 1965. One of his most memorable roles was "The Tattered Man" in the 1951 film, The Red Badge of Courage.

First of four appearances by Pat Conway who played Quade. He may be best remembered as Sheriff Clay Hollister in the 1957-1960 western television series, Tombstone Territory.

Second and final acting credit for Kathy Adams, playing the role of Ella Mills. She would marry iconic Western novelist Louis L'Amour.
66"Night Incident"Charles Marquis WarrenCharles Marquis WarrenOctober 29, 1955 (1955-10-29)

Nobody believes a young boy's tales of nighttime robberies and assaults, including Matt and the boy's mother.

Guest Cast: Robert Foulk (as Edward Hinton), Amzie Strickland (as Lennie Hinton), Peter Votrian (as Timmy Wyatt), Anne Warren (as White Fawn), Lance Warren (as Maggie Wyatt), Jeanne Bates (as Mrs. Wyatt) and Lou Vernon (as Cal Ross)

Notes: Robert Foulk portrayed Edward Hinton in this episode and may be best remembered for his role of Sheriff H. Miller in the 1958-1962 CBS television series Lassie.

Amzie Strickland was a versatile character actress who began on radio and made some 650 television appearances. This was her first of four roles on Gunsmoke playing Lennie Hinton.

Anne and Lance Warren (who played White Fawn and Maggie) are the daughters of Director/Producer/Writer Charles Marquis Warren.

This episode is loosely based on Aesop's Fables, The Boy Who Cried Wolf.
77"Smoking Out the Nolans"Charles Marquis WarrenStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : Charles Marquis Warren
November 5, 1955 (1955-11-05)

A rancher asks Matt to evict a couple from a home on part of his land, but the couple insists they purchased it legally and they're refusing to leave.

Guest Cast: John Larch (as Clay Young), Ainslie Pryor (as Josh Nolan), Jeanne Bates (as Mrs. Nolan) and Edward Platt (credited Ed Platt as Mr. Burgess)

Notes: First of seven appearances for John Larch, who played Clay Young. He was an American radio, film and television actor with over 170 acting credits. John had a recurring role on the short-lived 1963-1964 ABC American crime/legal drama series, Arrest and Trial, where he played the role of Deputy District Attorney Jerry Miller. The show had a familiar premise to the present Law and Order franchise, accept it focused on the criminal's defense.

Edward Platt who played Mr. Burgess, was an American film and television actor who will always be fondly remembered for his portrayal of The Chief in the 1965-1970 NBC/CBS television sitcom, Get Smart. Like the aforementioned John Larch, he also appeared in six episodes on the series, Arrest and Trial as a Superior Court Judge.
88"Kite's Reward"Charles Marquis WarrenJohn MestonNovember 12, 1955 (1955-11-12)

A bounty hunter is denied his reward after Matt convinces a wanted gunslinger to give up his gun for a better life.

Guest Cast: Adam Kennedy (as Andy Travis), James Griffith (as Joe Kite), Herbert Lytton (as Jake Crowell), George Selk (as Moss Grimmick), Jon Locke (credited Joe Locke as Beecher) and Chris Alcaide (as Barnes)

Notes: Herbert Lytton portrayed Jake Crowell, his first of seven appearances. He was known for playing Admiral Reynolds in the 1962-1966 ABC American sitcom television series McHale's Navy.

George Selk makes his first credited appearance as Moss Grimmick, the owner of the livery stables.

First and only time Matt wears a black hat during an episode. He's seen wearing a black hat in nine of the first season's Boot Hill introductions.

Wanted posters for the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang and Lewt McCanles are added to the Marshal's bulletin board. Lewton "Lewt" McCanles was Gregory Peck's character in the 1946 Western film Duel in the Sun.
99"The Hunter"Charles Marquis WarrenJohn DunkelNovember 26, 1955 (1955-11-26)

Marshal Dillon must stop a buffalo hunter from breaking a treaty by trespassing into Indian territory on a hunt for hides.

Guest Cast: Peter Whitney (as Jase Murdock), Richard Gilden (as Golden Calf), Lou Vernon (as Cal Ross) and Robert Keene (as Dude)

Note: First of six Gunsmoke appearances for Peter Whitney, who played the sadistic Jase Murdock in this episode. He was an American film and television actor who because of his large frame was often cast as a brutish villain. Peter started his career in film during the 1940s and transitioned into television from the 1950s to the early 1970s earning over 140 acting credits. Whitney had one recurring role as Sergeant Buck Sinclair on the obscure 1958-1959 ABC American western television series, The Rough Riders.
1010"The Queue"Charles Marquis WarrenStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : Sam Peckinpah
December 3, 1955 (1955-12-03)

A Chinese immigrant faces dishonor when two brothers cut off his pigtail.

Guest Cast: Keye Luke (as Chen), Sebastian Cabot (as Bailey), Robert Gist (as Rabb Briggs) and Dennis McCarthy (credited Devlin McCarthy as Howard)

Notes: Keye Luke who played Chen, was a Chinese-born American film and television actor. He is best known for playing many roles which include; Lee Chan, the "Number One Son" in the Charlie Chan films, the original Kato in the 1939-1941 The Green Hornet film serials, Brak in the 1960s Space Ghost cartoons, Master Po in the 1972-1975 television series Kung Fu and Mr. Wing in the Gremlins films.

Sebastian Cabot who portrayed Bailey, may be best remembered as the man servant, Mister (Giles) French in the 1966-1971 [CBS] television sitcom Family Affair.

This is the first of 11 episodes which Sam Peckinpah wrote for Gunsmoke.

Bar patrons in the Long Branch saloon are seen playing a mechanical poker machine. It may be a little ahead of its time for this episode since the Sittman and Pitt five drum, fifty card poker machines weren't introduced until 1891.
1111"General Parsley Smith"Charles Marquis WarrenStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : John Dunkel
December 10, 1955 (1955-12-10)

A Confederate Civil War General who's an incorrigible liar claims the new town banker is plotting to make off with the depositors' money.

Guest Cast: Raymond Bailey (as General Parsley Smith), James O'Rear (as Drew Holt), John Alderson (as Nash) and Budd Knapp (credited Wilfred Knapp as Mr. Botkin)

Notes: The first of two appearances for Raymond Bailey playing the titled character, General Parsley Smith. He may be best known for his role portraying Milburn Drysdale in the 1962-1971 CBS television sitcom, The Beverly Hillbillies.

John Alderson's first of three appearances. He was Sergeant Bullock in the little known 1957-1958 syndicated western television series, Boots and Saddles.

Viewers learn through dialogue in this episode that Doc Adams served in the 3rd Illinois Cavalry in the American Civil War.

This is the first appearance for the character Mr. Botkin, the town banker. Several actors will play the role during the series. Wilfred Knapp portrays the character in this episode.
1212"Magnus"Charles Marquis WarrenJohn MestonDecember 24, 1955 (1955-12-24)

Chester is appalled when his "uncivilized" country-bumpkin brother comes to Dodge for a Christmas visit.

Guest Cast: Robert Easton (as Magnus Goode), James Anderson (as Lucifer Jones), Than Wyenn (as Dealer), Tim Graham (as Cowboy) and Dorothy Schuyler (as Olive)

Notes: Robert Easton also played Magnus in the radio broadcast of this episode. He was a prolific actor with numerous film and television roles. His mastery of the English dialect and unique range earn him the nickname "The Man of a Thousand Voices".

Actor James Anderson makes his first of nine Gunsmoke appearances. He plays the self-righteous scrooge-like character Lucifer Jones in this episode.
1313"Reed Survives"Charles Marquis WarrenLes CrutchfieldDecember 31, 1955 (1955-12-31)

A young conniving rancher's wife orchestrates a clever plan to murder her older husband by seducing a recently hired drifter.

Guest Cast: John Carradine (as Ephraim Hunt), Lola Albright (as Lucy Hunt), James Drury (as Booth Rider) and Virginia Chapman (credited Virginia Arness as Gypsy) (credit only)

Notes: First of two appearances for John Carradine whose role was the elder rancher Ephraim Hunt. The prolific actor holds 351 film and television credits. He was the patriarch of the Carradine family which included four sons and four grandchildren who were also actors.

Lola Albright plays Lucy Hunt and was an American singer and actress. She may be best known for her starring role, the sultry singer Edie Hart in the American detective television series Peter Gunn which aired on NBC 1958-1960 and on ABC 1960-1961.

James Drury makes his first of four appearances. He portrays Booth Rider in this episode and is best known for playing the lead and titled character in 1962-1971 NBC western television series, The Virginian.

First television screenplay written by Les Crutchfield. He's credited with writing 138 radio and television Gunsmoke stories and scripts, second only to the number written by the series co-creator, John Meston. Crutchfield created the character Festus Haggen. Sadly, he would pass away from cancer in 1966 at 50 years old. Three episodes written by him will be telecast after his death.

Virginia Chapman was the wife of James Arness. She is credited as Gypsy in this episode but is not seen. She will again play Gypsy in episode 28 "The Killer" but will not receive credit.

The title of this episode created much confusion with many an audience member, since no character had the name "Reed". The answer can be found in the dialogue between Matt and Ephraim in the scene inside the barn. John Carradine's character makes a biblical reference expressing, "A man has a duty in this world, to lend his strength to the frail reeds of his household. To support them against storm and strife of living. To see that they do not break".
1414"Professor Lute Bone"Charles Marquis WarrenStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : David Victor and Herbert Little, Jr.
January 7, 1956 (1956-01-07)

Professor Bone and his traveling medicine show comes to Dodge pedaling an elixir with potentially deadly side effects.

Guest Cast: John Abbott (as Professor Lute Bone), Jester Hairston (as Wellington), Gloria Castillo (as Mrs. Ringle), Don Gardner (as Mr. Ringle), Strother Martin (as Mr. Stooler) and Sally Corner (as Mrs. Stooler)

Notes: Jester Hairston was a composer, songwriter and actor. He was the first black performer to appear in Gunsmoke. Hairston was regarded as a leading expert on Negro Black spirituals and choral music.

First of eleven appearances for veteran character actor Strother Martin, who played Mr. Stooler in this episode. Martin portrayed "The Captain" in the 1967 American prison drama film Cool Hand Luke, delivering one of the most memorable movie lines, "What we have here is a failure to communicate". That line is number eleven on the American Film Institute's list of "100 Years...100 Movie Quotes".
1515"No Handcuffs"Charles Marquis WarrenStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : Les Crutchfield
January 21, 1956 (1956-01-21)

A wanted man wrongly accused of murder in a nearby town escapes to Dodge which necessitates Matt and Chester to investigate his claims of corruption.

Guest Cast: Vic Perrin (credited Victor Perrin as Hank), Mort Mills (as Brake), Marjorie Owens (as Woman), Herbert Lytton (as Hunter), Cyril Delevanti (as Turnkey) and Charles H. Gray (credited Charles Gray as Sheriff)

Notes: Vic Perrin who played Hank Springer was an American radio, voice, film and television actor. Interestingly, he was the "Control Voice" in the 1963-1965 science fiction television series The Outer Limits and narrator of the action adventure television show, Sergeant Preston of the Yukon (1955-1958). Perrin also did extensive work in animation, providing voices in numerous cartoons including but not limited to Jonny Quest (1964-1965), Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! (1969-1970), Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels (1977-1980) and Spider-Man (1981-1982).

Mort Mills was an American film and television actor with over 150 credits. He often played the town lawman or local bad guy in many popular westerns including a recurring co-starring role as Marshal Frank Tallman in the 1957-1959 western Television series, Man Without a Gun. This episode, his first of six appearances he played August Brake and would later play another bushwhacking deputy who comes to Dodge chasing a fugitive in the season 4, Gunsmoke episode 31, "Murder Warrant."

Cyril Delevanti was an English character actor with a long career in American films and television. Here, with his very familiar face played Turnkey, his first of eight appearances.

First credited and second of six appearances for Charles H. Gray best remembered for his recurring roles; Officer Edwards in Highway Patrol (1956) and Rawhide trail scout Clay Forrester (1959-1963).
1616"Reward for Matt"Charles Marquis WarrenStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : David Victor and Herbert Little, Jr.
January 28, 1956 (1956-01-28)

A vengeful rancher's wife puts a $1,000 bounty on Matt's head after he shoots down her husband.

Guest Cast: Helen Wallace (as Mrs. Stoner), Paul Newlan (as Mr. Stoner), Val Dufour (credited Val DuFour as Day Barrett), Jean Inness (as Mrs. Reeves) and John G. Lee (as Young Farmer)

Notes: Paul Newlan plays Jeremy Stoner in this episode. His best-known role was Captain Grey in the 1957-1960 NBC American crime drama television series M Squad.

Val Dufour portrayed Day Barrett. He had many roles in daytime soap operas, First Love (1954-1955), The Edge of Night (1966), Another World (1967-1972) and Search for Tomorrow (1975-1977) for which he won a Daytime Emmy Award in 1977.

Jean Inness was Nurse Beatrice Fain in the 1961-1966 NBC American medical drama television series Dr. Kildare. She plays Mrs. Reeves in this episode.

The sign at the bottom of the stairs leading to Doc Adams' office appears for the first time; it remained there through the entire run of the series. It reads: "G. Adams, M.D. / Surgeon and / General Pract.".
1717"Robin Hood"Charles Marquis WarrenStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : Daniel B. Ullman
February 4, 1956 (1956-02-04)

Matt devises a plan to capture a charismatic outlaw who has a reputation for only robbing the rich.

Guest Cast: William Hopper (as John Henry Jordan), Barry Atwater (as Mr. Bowen), Nora Marlowe (Mrs. Bowen), James McCallion (as Vince Butler), Budd Knapp (credited Wilfred Knapp as Mr. Botkin) and S. John Launer (as Judge)

Notes: William Hopper who portrayed John Henry Jordan was the only son of actor DeWolf Hopper and legendary Hollywood columnist Hedda Hopper. He may be best known as private detective Paul Drake in the 1957-1966 CBS television series Perry Mason.

First of five appearances for American character actor Barry Atwater who portrayed Mr. Bowen in this episode. Barry had a couple of appealing television roles, Star Trek fans will remember him as Surak, Dr. Spock's father in S3E22, The Savage Curtain (1969). Also, he played Janos Skorzeny, the vampire terrorizing Las Vegas in the 1972 ABC made-for-TV movie, The Night Stalker.

Nora Marlowe was boardinghouse owner Flossie Brimmer from 1973 to 1977 in 27 episodes on the American historical drama television series The Waltons. She was Mrs. Bowen in this episode, her first of six Gunsmoke appearances.

S. John Launer who played "The Judge", and like the above-mentioned William Hopper, had a recurring role as a criminal court judge on Perry Mason.

The title of this episode is not based on the legend, Robin Hood and his Merry Men. The only similarities are they both robbed from the rich. Here the protagonist kept and spend the money he stole and was not the "good guy".

Nora Marlowe and James McCallion who played Vince Butler, the reformed gambler, were husband and wife in real life, married for 34 years. They were the parents of producer Denis McCallion.
1818"Yorky"Charles Marquis WarrenStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : Sam Peckinpah
February 18, 1956 (1956-02-18)

Matt saves the life of a white boy, raised by Indians, who was shot trying to fulfill his coup by retrieving horses stolen from his Arapaho tribe.

Guest Cast: Jeffrey Silver (credited Jeff Silver as Yorky), Howard Petrie (as Brant), Dennis Cross (as Tom), Malcolm Atterbury (as Seldon) and Mary Gregory (as Mrs. Seldon)

Notes: The Yorky character is assumed to be about 14 years old. The actor Jeff Silver was a week shy of 19 years old when this episode aired.

Viewers find out in this episode how Matt Dillon possibly acquires his horse "Buck".

Among the Plains Indians of North America, counting coup is the warrior tradition of winning prestige against the enemy in battle, at times it involved stealing an adversary's weapons or horses tied up in his lodge or camp.[35]
1919"20-20"Charles Marquis WarrenStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : David Victor and Herbert Little, Jr.
February 25, 1956 (1956-02-25)

Matt's friend and mentor, an aging ex-lawman arrives in Dodge, but he's followed by a man who wants revenge for the killing of his brother two years before.

Guest Cast: Wilton Graff (as Troy Carver), Martin Kingsley (as Lee Polen), Pitt Herbert (as Dealer) and George Selk (as Moss Grimmick)
2020"Reunion '78"Charles Marquis WarrenHarold SwantonMarch 3, 1956 (1956-03-03)

A Long Branch saloon girl witnesses a killing in self-defense involving a man from her past, but she refuses to testify which jeopardizes his innocents.

Guest Cast: Val Dufour (as Jerry Shand), Marion Brasch (credited Marion Brash as Belle), Maurice Manson (as Andy Culley), Joseph V. Perry (credited Joe Perry as Witness) and Mason Curry (as Marty)

Note: Dialogue during this episode may help date the show. A conversation between Matt and the Jerry Shand character reveal that Quantrill's raiders rode into Lawrence in "63", and a discussion between Shand and Andy Culley divulges that it's been ten years since the incident. That puts the year at 1873.
2121"Helping Hand"Charles Marquis WarrenStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : David Victor and Herbert Little, Jr.
March 17, 1956 (1956-03-17)

Matt attempts to help a quarrelsome young man turn his life around, after a group of ranch hands try to hang him for cattle rustling.

Guest Cast: Brett Halsey (as Elser), K.L. Smith (credited Ken L. Smith as Pence), Russell Thorson (credited Russ Thorson as Bowers), Michael Granger (as Hander) and James Nusser (uncredited)

Notes: James Nusser makes his first Gunsmoke appearance in an uncredited role as "Wilkins", the wounded clerk. He will make seven guest appearances (five credited) before being cast as the town drunk "Louie Pheeters" in season seven.

The Bill Pence character is first introduced in this episode as the ranch hand foreman, later in the series the role of Bill Pence will become owner of the Long Branch saloon.
2222"Tap Day for Kitty"Charles Marquis WarrenStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : John Dunkel
March 24, 1956 (1956-03-24)

An unpleasant and rather ugly elderly rancher up and decides that he is going to marry Kitty.

Guest Cast: John Dehner (as Nip Cullers), John Patrick (as Jonas), Mary Adams (as Nettie), Evelyn Scott (as Olive), Dorothy Schuyler (as Kate) and Charlene Brooks (as Blossum)

Notes: John Dehner's second of twelve appearances, this one in heavy makeup which makes him appear 20 plus years older than his actual age of 40 at the time. He also played the same character in the radio version.

This is the first appearance of Wilbur Jonas, the shopkeeper character, played by John Patrick. His role will be short lived as Dabbs Greer will settle into the part in future episodes.

Long Branch saloon girls Olive and Kaye, played by Evelyn Scott and Dorothy Schuyler respectively, will only be seen twice more in the series. Just ten episodes back in "Magnus" it was Schuyler portraying Olive.
2323"Indian Scout"Charles Marquis WarrenJohn DunkelMarch 31, 1956 (1956-03-31)

An elderly Army scout married to an Indian woman is suspected of intentionally leading his troop into a Comanche ambush and now becomes the target of the townspeople's anger.

Guest Cast: Eduard Franz (as Amos Cartwright), DeForest Kelley (credited DeForrest Kelley as Will Bailey), William Vaughn (as Twitchell), Harold "Tommy" Hart (credited Tommy Hart as Clay) and Pat Hogan (as Buffalo Tongue)

Note: DeForest Kelley is an American film and television actor who will always and affectionately be known for his iconic role, Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy in the science fiction television and film series Star Trek. DeForest received the 1999 Golden Boot Award in memoriam for his extensive and early work in film and television westerns.
2424"The Pest Hole"Charles Marquis WarrenDavid Victor and Herbert Little, Jr.April 14, 1956 (1956-04-14)

Doc investigates the beginning of a typhoid epidemic which hits Dodge and panics the townspeople.

Guest Cast: Howard McNear (as Mr. Bradley), Patrick O'Moore (as Mr. Matthews), Norbert Schiller (as Franz Beltzer), Evelyn Scott (as Olive), Phil Rich (as Townsman), Gordon Mills (as Burkleman), Lisa Golm (as Mrs. Saur) and Howard Culver (as Mr. Hannah)

Notes: Howard McNear was the original voice of Doc Adams on the radio version of "Gunsmoke". He was an American stage, radio, film and television actor who played Mr. Bradley in this episode. Howard will forever be best remembered for portraying Floyd Lawson, Mayberry, North Carolina's loveable barber in the CBS 1960-1968 American situation comedy television series, The Andy Griffith Show.

This was actor Phil Rich's final role, passing away at the age of 57 on February 22, 1956. This episode aired on April 14, 1956, seven weeks after his death. His brother, Dick Rich was also an actor who appeared seven times in Gunsmoke.

Howard Culver played Mr. Hannah, owner of the Dodge House in this episode. He would have two roles as Dobie and one as citizen but his regular character, with 45 appearances, was the hotel clerk, Jim/Howie/Howard Uzzell as seen in the pilot and the very next episode.
2525"The Big Broad"Charles Marquis WarrenStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : David Victor and Herbert Little, Jr.
April 28, 1956 (1956-04-28)

A belligerent and imposing female bully uses her situation as a woman to push around the men of Dodge.

Guest Cast: Dee J. Thompson (as Lena Wave), Joel Ashley (as Nate), Terry Becker (as Emmett), Howard Culver (as Hotel Clerk) and Henry Brock (credited Heinie Brock as Drummer)

Note: In the morning after the card game while Matt is talking to Doc, a reward poster for Lewt McCanles can be seen on the far right side of Matt's bulletin board. Lewt McCanles was the name of the character played by Gregory Peck in the 1946 film, Duel in the Sun.
2626"Hack Prine"Charles Marquis WarrenJohn MestonMay 12, 1956 (1956-05-12)

Matt's friend from the past, a gunfighter for hire, comes to Dodge with a job offering. Unbeknownst to both of them, that job is to kill the Marshal.

Guest Cast: Leo Gordon (as Hack Prine), George D. Wallace (credited George Wallace as Dolph Timble), Hal Baylor (as Lee Timble) and Wally Cassell (as Oley)

Notes: This is the actual pilot episode of the television series, Gunsmoke. Watching the program, you will notice that the sets are totally different. The jailhouse has no door on the back wall replaced by the gun rack which usually sits on the side wall, Matt's desk is a high rolltop positioned against the wall as opposed to the flat desk more situated out into the room, the pot-belly stove and bulletin board with the wanted posters is missing, the safe is where the stove was, and the front door is not the same. The Long Branch saloon has the following changes: a longer bar with a high shelve on the wall above it, the huge brass adornment that sits center stage is missing, unfamiliar taxidermy and wall decor, and the most notable change is a bartender that we have never seen in past or future episodes.

The beginning boot hill introduction is also different, revealing for the first time Marshal Dillon walking down the hill towards the fake backdrop of Dodge City in the background.

Matt uses a six-shooter with a much shorter barrel in this episode, not the eight-inch barrel we normally see throughout the series.

Leo Gordon who portrayed Hack Prine, was an American character actor and writer. He was often cast as the heavy playing brutish bad guys in more than 40 years in film and television. Where life imitates art, Gordon came by his toughness through his own early experiences. Growing up during the Great Depression, a two-year stint in the Army ending with an undesirable discharge and a five-year sentence in San Quentin State Prison for armed robbery when he was shot by arresting officers for pulling a gun.[36]

George D. Wallace playing Dolph Timble, was an American stage and screen actor with over 230 credits. He may be best remembered as Commando Cody in the 1952 Republic Pictures serial, Radar Men from the Moon.

Hal Baylor was Lee Timble, brother of Dolph. Baylor was an American actor, who was known for his roles opposite John Wayne in the films Sands of Iwo Jima (1949), Big Jim McLain (1952) and Island in the Sky (1953).
2727"Cooter"Robert StevensonStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : Sam Peckinpah
May 19, 1956 (1956-05-19)

A dishonest gambler and coward in his own right, uses a mentally challenged man as a puppet in a plot against Matt.

Guest Cast: Strother Martin (as Cooter), Vinton Hayworth (as Sissle), Brett King (as Pate) and Robert Vaughn (as Kid)

Notes: First episode where Kitty is seen wearing her new beauty mark on her right cheek. In real life, Amanda Blake did have a light reddish mole in the same spot which was covered with make-up in all previous episodes.

Second of eleven appearances for Strother Martin, cast in title role as Cooter. He was so in love with the story and his character that he ordered a print for personal viewing. Martin would go on to play in many more features with Sam Peckinpah as writer and/or director.

Vinton Hayworth who played Ben Sissle, was the uncle of Hollywood's most glamorous screen idol of the 1940s, Rita Hayworth. He was an American actor, playwright and screenwriter who appeared in over 90 films and numerous television credits. His final role was General Winfield Schaeffer in the 1965-1970 NBC fantasy sitcom television series, I Dream of Jeannie. He died of a heart attack on May 21, 1970, five days before the last episode aired.

Robert Vaughn portrayed "the kid", was an American stage, film and television actor. Perhaps best known for his roles as Napoleon Solo in the NBC 1964-1968 spy fiction television series, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Lee in the 1960 film, The Magnificent Seven.

This is the first time Matt wears a "Buscadero" holster. This style of holster was invented in the 1920s and used by Hollywood cowboys. The holster and gun belt are a single piece instead of a holster that slides over a gun belt as seen in previous episodes.
2828"The Killer"Robert StevensonStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : John Dunkel
May 26, 1956 (1956-05-26)

Matt comes up with a risky plan to stop the killing spree of a psychopathic murderer, who only provokes gunfights with individuals he knows have no chance in defending themselves against him.

Guest Cast: Charles Bronson (as Crego), David Chapman (as Jesse), James Nusser (as Man), Dabbs Greer (as Jonas) and Virginia Chapman (as Gypsy uncredited)

Notes: Charles Bronson was an American actor, who was often cast as a police officer, gunfighter or vigilante. Here he portrayed the maniacal killer, Crego. Bronson was argumentatively the first major guest star on Gunsmoke, commanding $1 million dollars per film and earning the title of world's No. 1 box office attraction at the height of his fame in the early 1970s.[37]

James Nusser makes his first of 74 credited appearances on Gunsmoke in this episode. He also had seven uncredited roles in the series. It will still be five more years before he is cast as the town drunk, "Louie Pheeters".

Dabbs Greer assumes the character of shopkeeper "Wilbur Jonas", making his first of 40 appearances in the role. He also had two credits in other parts.

Virginia Chapman, who plays the gypsy in the opening town scene, was married to James Arness when this episode aired, which occurred on his 33rd birthday.
2929"Doc's Revenge"Ted PostJohn DunkelJune 9, 1956 (1956-06-09)

Doc becomes enraged when he sees a man from his past and swears to Chester that he's going to kill him.

Guest Cast: Chris Alcaide (as Clem Maddow), Ainslie Pryor (as George Maddow), Harry Bartell (as Ben Bartlett) and Bert Rumsey (as Bartender)

Notes: Harry Bartell was an American radio, film and television actor. He was a cast member in the radio version of Gunsmoke performing over the entire broadcast run from April 26, 1952, to June 18, 1961. This was his first of ten appearances on the television edition.

Bert Rumsey earns his first credit after 15 uncredited appearances. He would play the part of Sam or bartender a total of 75 times in the first five seasons from 1955-1959 with only nine being credited.

This is the first of 56 Gunsmoke episodes directed by Ted Post. He directed numerous installments of well-known television series including Rawhide and The Twilight Zone as well as blockbuster films such as Hang 'Em High (1968), Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970) and Magnum Force (1973).
3030"The Preacher"Robert StevensonStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : John Dunkel
June 16, 1956 (1956-06-16)

A preacher disgusted by all the violence surrounding him has lost faith and is tormented by a bully, who despises his timid nature.

Guest Cast: Royal Dano (as Seth Tandy), Chuck Connors (as Sam Keeler), Paul Dubov (as Humbert), James Hyland (credited Jim Hyland as Stage Driver) and George Selk (as Moss Grimmick)

Notes: In his second of thirteen appearances, Royal Dano plays the title character, "The Preacher". He also played the lead role earlier in the season in the fifth episode, "Obie Tater" (1955).

Chuck Connors was an American actor, best known for his role as "Lucas McCain" in the 1958-1963 ABC western television series, The Rifleman. Here he portrayed the savage pugilist, "Sam Keeler".

James Arness was 6' 7" (2.01m) tall. However, in this episode, Hollywood tricks and camera angles make him appear smaller than Chuck Conners, who was 6' 5½" (1.9m) tall.
3131"How to Die for Nothing"Ted PostStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : Sam Peckinpah
June 23, 1956 (1956-06-23)

A Texas trail herder swears to avenge his brother's death, who Matt shot and killed in self-defense.

Guest Cast: Mort Mills (as Howard Bulow), Maurice Manson (as Riesling), Lawrence Dobkin (as Jacklin), James Nolan (as Zack), Bill White Jr. (as Ned) and Herbert Lytton (as Stranger)

Note: Lawrence Dobkin was an American television director, character actor and screenwriter whose career spanned 70 years. He was a prolific performer during the Golden Age of Radio. Dobkin played the character 'Jacklin', in both the radio and television versions of this episode.
3232"Dutch George"Robert StevensonJohn DunkelJune 30, 1956 (1956-06-30)

Matt may finally have the crucial evidence he needs to arrest an infamous horse thief, who makes a big mistake when he steals a young man's horse for himself.

Guest Cast: Robert Middleton (as Dutch George), Tom Pittman (as Jimmy McQueen), Richard Warren (as Hack) and George Selk (as Moss Grimmick)

Note: Tom Pittman was one of Hollywood's most promising young actors. This was his first of two appearances on Gunsmoke, portraying Jimmy McQueen in this episode. Unfortunately, he would pass away in a car accident on October 31, 1958.
3333"Prairie Happy"Ted PostStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : David Victor and Herbert Little, Jr.
July 7, 1956 (1956-07-07)

When the citizens of Dodge panic, Matt tries to restore order and squash rumors of a planned Pawnee attack.

Guest Cast: Robert Ellenstein (as Tewksbury), Dabbs Greer (as Jonas), Anne Barton (as Quiet One), Budd Knapp (credited Wilfrid Knapp as Botkin), Tyler McVey (as Father), Bruce Holland (as Boy), Jack Holland (as Danvers) and Roy Engel (credited Roy Engle as Citizen)

Note: Anne Barton, playing Robert Ellenstein's daughter "Quiet One", was just a year younger than he was. This was her first of six Gunsmoke appearances. She played Eddie Haskell's mother Agnes, on Leave it to Beaver in 1963.
3434"Chester's Mail Order Bride"Robert StevensonDavid Victor and Herbert Little, Jr.July 14, 1956 (1956-07-14)

When Chester's mail-order bride arrives, neither she nor Chester are what the other is expecting.

Guest Cast: Mary Carver (as Ann), Joel Ashley (as Linus), Russell Thorson (credited Russ Thorson as Brady), William Hamel (as Customer) and Bert Rumsey (as Sam)

Notes: Bert Rumsey makes his second credited appearance as "Sam".

Joel Ashley's character is called Nate but is mistakenly listed as Linus in the credits. He also played Nate in episode 25, "The Big Broad".
3535"The Guitar"Harry HornerStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : Sam Peckinpah
July 21, 1956 (1956-07-21)

Two cowboys buy drinks and show Weed Pindle a good time, but when the fun ends they plan to hang him for fighting on the Union's side of the war.

Guest Cast: Aaron Spelling (Weed Pindle), Jacques Aubuchon (as Short), Charles H. Gray (credited Charles Gray as Tyler), Duane Grey (credited Duane Thorsen as Delmer), Bill Hale (as Tom) and Joseph Mell (as Pence)

Notes: Aaron Spelling was an American film and television producer. His productions comprise the television series Family (1976-1980), Charlie's Angels (1976-1981), The Love Boat (1977-1986), Hart to Hart (1979-1984), Dynasty (1981-1989), Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990-2000), Melrose Place (1992-1999), 7th Heaven (1996-2007) and Charmed (1998-2006).

First of six appearances for Joseph Mell in the role of Bill Pence, owner of the Long Branch saloon. The character Bill Pence was first introduced as a ranch hand foreman in episode 21, "Helping Hand".

The character Weed Pindle mentions in this program that he served in the 3rd Illinois Calvary, the same unit as Doc said he fought with in episode 11, "General Parsley Smith".
3636"Cara"Robert StevensonStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : David Victor and Herbert Little, Jr.
July 28, 1956 (1956-07-28)

Matt realizes that an old girlfriend is working on the opposite side of the law and is planning on robbing the bank with her new boyfriend.

Guest Cast: Jorja Curtright (as Cara), Douglas Odney (as Tolliver), Chuck Webster (credited Charles Webster as Sheriff Benson), Budd Knapp (credited Wilfrid Knapp as Mr. Botkin) and Howard Culver (as Mr. Uzzel)

Notes: Kitty's beauty mark is missing when Matt awakens her in the morning, but later when she's all dressed up and make-up applied, it's there. This suggests that it was never permanent, just merely Kitty's own fashion statement which first appeared in "Cooter", episode 27.

This will be the last appearance for Budd Knapp in the role of bank owner, Mr. Botkin.
3737"Mr. and Mrs. Amber"Ted PostStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : David Victor and Herbert Little, Jr.
August 4, 1956 (1956-08-04)

A self-described religious prophet makes life miserable for his sister and her husband.

Guest Cast: Paul Richards (as Neal Amber), Ainslie Pryor (as Peak Fletcher), Gloria McGehee (credited Gloria McGhee as Mrs. Amber), Dabbs Greer (as Jonas) and Bing Russell (as Simon Fletcher)

Notes: Sadly, three of the guest actors in this episode would pass away at relatively young ages. Ainslie Pryor at 37 on May 27, 1958, from cancer, Gloria McGehee at 42 on May 4, 1964, from a heart attack and Paul Richards at 50 on December 10, 1974, also from cancer.

Bing Russell's first credited role on Gunsmoke. He would appear a total of eight times, his earliest was an uncredited part as a "barfly" in episode 10, "The Queue". Russell's acting career spanned 40 years and he earned over 175 credits. Bing's son is Hollywood actor, Kurt Russell who would guest star in two of his own episodes.
3838"Unmarked Grave"Ted PostDavid Victor and Herbert Little, Jr.August 18, 1956 (1956-08-18)

A distraught middle-aged woman projects her motherly instincts on Matt's new prisoner after she learns of her own son's outlaw past and violent death.

Guest Cast: Ron Hagerthy (as Blackie), Helen Kleeb (as Mrs. Randolph), William Hopper (as Tasker), Than Wyenn (as Darcy), Joe Scudero (as Munro) and Boyd Stockman (as Stage Driver)

Notes: Helen Kleeb portrays Mrs. Randolph in this her first of four appearances on Gunsmoke. She may be best remembered for her role of Miss Mamie Baldwin in the 1972-1981 CBS historical drama television series, The Waltons.

William Hopper who plays Tasker Sloan was the only son of actor DeWolf Hopper and legendary Hollywood columnist Hedda Hopper. He was best known as private detective, Paul Drake in the 1957-1966 CBS American legal drama television series Perry Mason.
3939"Alarm at Pleasant Valley"Ted PostJohn DunkelAugust 25, 1956 (1956-08-25)

While on the way back to Dodge, Matt and Chester come to the aid of a homesteader family who are attacked by a small band of marauding Kiowa Indians.

Guest Cast: Lew Brown (as Sam Fraser), Helen Wallace (as Ma Fraser), Bill White Jr. (as Tad Fraser), Dorothy Schuyler (as Alice Fraser) and Dan Blocker (as Lieutenant)

Notes: Lew Brown plays the character Sam Fraser in this episode, his first of an astounding 21 appearances on Gunsmoke. He was an American film and television actor with over 125 acting credits. His longest recurring role was Shawn Brady on the daytime soap opera, Days of Our Lives in 1984-1985.

Dan Blocker's first appearance as the Lieutenant, in three years he will begin his iconic role of Hoss Cartwright in the 1959-1973 NBC American western television series Bonanza.

In the beginning scene where Matt and Chester see the distant fire, the audience is shown not a Kansas prairie as expected but an Arizona desert full of tall, majestic saguaros.

Season 2 (1956–57)Edit

Thirty-nine half-hour episodes, black-and-white
Producer: Charles Marquis Warren (episodes 40–49, 51–52, 57), Norman Macdonnell (episodes 50, 53–56, 58–78)
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Dennis Weaver (Chester), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty)[38]
Guest cast: In credits order

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
401"Cow Doctor"Andrew V. McLaglenStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : John Dunkel
September 8, 1956 (1956-09-08)

Doc is called out to a farm for a medical emergency under false pretenses and becomes involved in an altercation.

Guest Cast: Robert H. Harris (as Ben Pitcher), Dorothy Adams (as Mrs. Pitcher) and Tommy Kirk (as Jerry Pitcher)

Notes: Tommy Kirk was an American actor best known for his performances in Walt Disney Studios films such as, Old Yeller, The Shaggy Dog, Swiss Family Robinson, The Absent-Minded Professor, Babes in Toyland, Son of Flubber, The Misadventures of Merlin Jones and The Monkey's Uncle.

First episode directed by Andrew V. McLaglen who would end up with 96 Gunsmoke credits, most of any director.

Viewers learn from dialogue in the opening scenes that Chester was in the Army.
412"Brush at Elkader"Ted PostStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : Les Crutchfield
September 15, 1956 (1956-09-15)

Matt and Chester track a killer that they know by name only to the small town of Elkader, where the people out of fear refuse to cooperate.

Guest Cast: Gage Clarke (as Hinkle), Alfred Linder (as Clerk), Dennis Cross (as Bartender), Malcolm Atterbury (as Liveryman) and Paul Lambert (as Lou Shippen)

Notes: Gage Clarke makes his first of twelve appearances in a role other than Dodge House clerk, Jim Dobie or bank manager, Mr. Botkin.

The hotel in Elkader is the Dodge House. The reception desk is repositioned, but the staircase leading to the upstairs rooms has the same unusual Swiss chalet-style wooden balusters that are found in the Dodge House.
423"Custer"Ted PostStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : Gil Doud
September 22, 1956 (1956-09-22)

An overconfident Army deserter callously breaks the law and strongly believes there will be no repercussions, but soon his fate will be sealed.

Guest Cast: Brian G. Hutton (as Joe Trimble), Richard Keith (as Major Banker) and Herbert Lytton (as Judge)

Notes: The Boot Hill introduction clearly shows grave markers with dates of 1882 and 1883, but this episode is set in 1876, the year of the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

The melody playing at the end of the episode is the Irish air Garryowen, it was the marching tune for General George Armstrong Custer's 7th Cavalry Regiment.
434"The Round Up"Ted PostStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : Sam Peckinpah
September 29, 1956 (1956-09-29)

Matt refuses Dodge City merchants request to hire more deputies to protect their interests during a round-up which lead to threats and danger for the Marshal.

Guest Cast: Jacques Aubuchon (as Torp), Michael Hinn (as Zel), Barney Phillips (as Summers), John Dierkes (as Rydell), Mason Curry (as Jake) and John Patrick (as Dad)

Notes: American actor Michael Hinn who plays Zel was a familiar face on many 1950s and 1960s television westerns including but not limited to this his first of ten Gunsmoke appearances, nine roles on the 1959-1960 CBS program Johnny Ringo and eleven acting credits from 1959 to 1969 on the syndicated series Death Valley Days. Michael also had a recurring role as the Scout, Luke Cummings on the 1957-1958 American Western, Boots and Saddles.

Barney Phillips portrays Ed Summers, his first of eight Gunsmoke appearances before being cast as Bill Pence, owner of the Long Branch saloon. He was an American film, television and radio actor. Phillips had a recurring role as Sgt. Ed Jacobs on the 1951-1959 television series Dragnet and was the Venusian living undercover on Earth in The Twilight Zone, season 2 episode 28, "Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?".

This storyline reflects an actual event that happened when Wild Bill Hickok accidentally shot his deputy Mike Williams.
445"Young Man with a Gun"Christian NybyStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : Winston Miller
October 20, 1956 (1956-10-20)

Matt shoots and kills an arrogant gunfighter pursuing a reputation and now the gunman's inexperienced teen-aged brother comes to Dodge seeking revenge.

Guest Cast: Jack Diamond (as Peyt), Fredd Wayne (as Sam Kertcher), Clegg Hoyt (as Jack Rynning), Sidney Clute (credited Sid Clute as Spencer) and Bert Rumsey (as Bartender)

Notes: Clegg Hoyt was an American film and television character actor appearing in many Westerns, dramas and sitcoms during his 11-year career. He guest stars in consecutive episodes and in this story, he plays Jack Rynning, his first of five Gunsmoke appearances.

Sidney Clute portrays Spencer in this episode. He was an American film and television actor known for his role of Detective Paul La Guardia on the 1982-1988 CBS police crime drama Cagney & Lacey.
456"Indian White"Ted PostStory by : Tom Hanley
Screenplay by : David Victor and Herbert Little, Jr.
October 27, 1956 (1956-10-27)

A twelve-year-old white boy must make a life decision, stay with the woman who claims he's her son or return to the Cheyenne Indians that raised him.

Guest Cast: Peter J. Votrian (as Dennis), Marian Seldes (as Mrs. Cullen), Alexander Lockwood (as Col. Honetman), Abel Fernandez (as Little Wolf), Stanley Adams (as Ross), Clegg Hoyt (as Dutcholder), Kenneth Alton (as Cowboy) and George Archambeault (as Citizen)
467"How to Cure a Friend"Ted PostStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : Winston Miller
November 10, 1956 (1956-11-10)

Townspeople tongues wag when they find out that Matt has vouched for his friend, a known gambler and gunman, to set-up shop in the Long Branch.

Guest Cast: Andrew Duggan (as Nick Search), Simon Oakland (as Enoch Mills), Jess Kirkpatrick (as Mr. Teeters) and Joseph Mell (as Bill Pence)

Notes: Andrew Duggan plays Nick Search, his first of three appearances. He was an American film and television character actor with over 185 screen credits. Duggan guest starred in numerous Westerns and finally captured the lead role of Murdoch Lancer in the 1968-1970 CBS series, Lancer.

Simon Oakland was an American actor of stage, screen and television. His most notable film roles included Psycho (1960), West Side Story (1961), The Sand Pebbles (1966), Bullitt (1969), The Hunting Party (1971) and Chato's Land (1972). Television was Oakland's primary medium performing in over 130 series and made-for-tv movies. In this Gunsmoke episode, his first of four, he portrays Enoch Mills.
478"Legal Revenge"Andrew V. McLaglenStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : Sam Peckinpah
November 17, 1956 (1956-11-17)

Doc suspects the wife of knifing her husband after he treats his badly infected leg and urges Matt to investigate when the man brandishes a gun.

Guest Cast: Cloris Leachman (as Flory Tibbs), Philip Bourneuf (as George Basset) and Robert Strong (as Clerk)

Note: Cloris Leachman who plays Florry was an American actress whose career spanned nine decades. She was an impressive and accomplished performer who won an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, a Golden Globe Award, eight Primetime Emmy Awards and one Daytime Emmy Award. Her eight Primetime Emmy Awards ties Julia Louis-Dreyfus for most acting wins. Cloris will always be fondly remembered for her popular character, Phyllis on the 1970-1977 CBS television sitcom, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its 1975-1977 CBS spin-off, Phyllis.
489"The Mistake"Andrew V. McLaglenStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : Gil Doud
November 24, 1956 (1956-11-24)

A troublesome man suspected of murder proclaims his innocence but needs Doc, who's out of town to establish his alibi.

Guest Cast: Mike Connors (credited Touch Connors as Bostick), Gene O'Donnell (as Haney), Cyril Delevanti (as Driver), Robert Hinkle (as Rider) and Bert Rumsey (as Bartender)

Notes: Mike Connors who plays Bostick was an American actor best remembered for his role of private detective Joe Mannix in the 1967-1975 CBS television series Mannix.

Bert Rumsey is credited as 'Bartender' but for the first time in an episode Chester references him by his last name, 'Sam Noonan'.

One of the few episodes where Kitty is seen without her beauty mark.

There is a town named Coldwater in Kansas. It's about 60 miles north and west of Dodge City, Kansas. It remains a small town to this day. As of 2010, the population was 828.
4910"Greater Love"Ted PostStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : Winston Miller
December 1, 1956 (1956-12-01)

Matt risks his own life when an outlaw takes Doc hostage and threatens to kill him if he does not help his wounded partner.

Guest Cast: Frank de Kova (as Tobeel), Amzie Strickland (as Mrs. Brant), Claude Akins (as Jed Butler) and Ray Bennett (as Hank)

Notes: Frank de Kova who portrays Tobeel in his first of five Gunsmoke appearances was an American character actor who convincingly played Native Americans in many films and television series, even though his actual ethnicity was Italian. He may be best remembered for playing Chief Wild Eagle in the 1965-1967 Western comedy, F Troop.

The title of this episode references a passage from the Bible in John 15:13 and is eloquently delivered by Doc in the final scene, "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
5011"No Indians"Ted PostStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : John Dunkel
December 8, 1956 (1956-12-08)

Dodge settlers are leaving after a rash of Pawnee Indian raids and when Matt investigates, he concludes it's something more shocking.

Guest Cast: Herbert Rudley (as Capt. Starr), Dick Rich (as Sam Butler), Mickey Simpson (as Stapp), Fintan Meyler (as Arie O'Dell), Joel Ashley (as Jake) and K.L. Smith (as Cran)

Notes: Dick Rich portrayed Sam Butler, his first of seven appearances. He and his older brothers Larry, Bernie and Phil came from a family that were very active in theatre. Phil appeared in one showing of Gunsmoke, S1E24 "The Pest Hole" that aired seven weeks after his death. Dick was the most prolific of the brothers with over 200 film credits.

First of three Gunsmoke appearances for Fintan Meyler who plays Arie O'Dell. She was an Irish stage, film and television actress who had guest roles in over 30 different TV series. Meyler was Miss Ireland in 1950.
5112"Spring Term"Ted PostStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : William F. Leicester
December 15, 1956 (1956-12-15)

A man from Matt's past seeks revenge for the hanging of his partner and has hired a gunman to kill him, but the shooter makes a grave mistake.

Guest Cast: Harry Townes (as Bill Lee), Howard Culver (as Mr. Uzzell), Stanley Adams (as Bartender), Paul Newlan (as Danch), Ross Ford (as Dane Shaw), Clayton Post (as Citizen), Jack Kruschen (as Jed) and H. M. Wynant (as Barker)

Note: First of seven appearances for venerable character actor Harry Townes who later in life would become an ordained Episcopalian minister.
5213"Poor Pearl"Andrew V. McLaglenStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : Sam Peckinpah
December 22, 1956 (1956-12-22)

A love triangle ends in unimaginable violence when two men court the same girl.

Guest Cast: Constance Ford (as Pearl Bender), Denver Pyle (as Willie Calhoun), Michael Emmet (as Webb Thorne), Jess Kirkpatrick (as Frank Teeters), Bert Rumsey (as Bartender), Big John Hamilton (credited John Hamilton as Big John) and Johnny McGough (as Jimmie)

Notes: Constance Ford plays Pearl Bender in her first of two Gunsmoke appearances. She was an American actress and model who may be best remembered for her role as Ada Lucas Hobson in the long running daytime soap opera Another World, which she played from 1967 to 1992. Ford left the series in 1992 due to her declining health from cancer and when she passed away, the persona Ada died with her. Another World would pay tribute to both actress and character alike.

Denver Pyle was an American film and television actor and director. He often played surly and demanding father figures or authority roles. In this episode, his first of fourteen Gunsmoke appearances, he portrayed the scorned farmer, Willie Calhoun. Pyle was well known for numerous TV roles including Brisco Darling Jr. in The Andy Griffith Show, Buck Webb in the first three seasons (1968-1970) of the CBS American sitcom, The Doris Day Show and Uncle Jesse Duke in the 1979-1985 CBS action-comedy television series The Dukes of Hazzard. Longtime viewers may know that Denver Pyle was one of the first actors considered for the role of Marshall Dillon but the part would eventually go to James Arness.

Big John Hamilton was an American restaurateur and actor known for his small roles in American films. He was a member of "The John Wayne Stock Company" and appeared in several of his films.
5314"Cholera"Andrew V. McLaglenStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : Les Crutchfield
December 29, 1956 (1956-12-29)

A recent outbreak of cholera is used as a weapon of revenge when a rancher terrorizes homesteaders off their land.

Guest Cast: Peg Hillias (as Jenny), Paul Fix (as McCready), Bartlett Robinson (as Gabriel), Stuart Whitman (as Bart), Gordon Gebert (as Billy) and John Smith (as David)

Notes: Peg Hillias who plays Jenny Gabriel was an American stage, film and television actress. She may be best remembered for her role as Eunice Hubbell in the 1951 film, A Streetcar Named Desire. Sadly, she would pass relatively early in her career form undisclosed causes at the age of 45 on March 18, 1960.

First of five appearances for veteran performer Paul Fix who portrays the vile rancher, McCready. He was an American stage, film and television character actor and screenwriter who was best known for his work in Westerns. Fix had over 300 film and television credits over a seven-decade career and appeared in 26 movies with his friend, celebrated legend John Wayne. In a profession so vast Paul was best known for his role of Micah Torrance in the 1958-1963 ABC Western television series, The Rifleman. Interestingly, he was the original USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) Chief Medical Officer on the second pilot, "Where No Man Has Gone Before" in the 1966-1969 science-fiction television series, Star Trek and was replaced by DeForest Kelley, who played Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy.

Stuart Whitman was an American film and television actor who had a lengthy career playing rugged leading men and in this episode he portrays McCready's gunman, Bart. He started in the profession with uncredited roles in cult classics, When Worlds Collide (1951) and The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) and may be best known for his performances in The Comancheros (1961), The Longest Day (1962) and Night of the Lepus (1972). Whitman would end up owning 190 lifetime film and television credits.

John Smith was another American actor whose career focused primarily on Westerns. He had leading roles in two NBC television series as Deputy Sheriff Lane Temple in Cimarron City (1958-1959) and Slim Sherman in Laramie (1959-1963).
5415"Pucket's New Year"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonJanuary 5, 1957 (1957-01-05)

Matt and Chester rescue an old buffalo hunter who was abandoned and left for dead in the freezing cold temperatures on the prairie.

Guest Cast: Edgar Stehli (as Ira Pucket), Grant Withers (as Jed Larner), Richard Deacon (as Botkin), Rocky Shahan (as Jim) and Bert Rumsey (as Bartender)

Notes: Richard Deacon plays the banker Botkin in this episode. He was an American film and television actor best known for his roles in two situational comedies as Fred Rutherford in the 1957-1963 program, Leave it to Beaver and Mel Cooley in the 1961-1966 [CBS] series, The Dick Van Dyke Show.

Four new wanted posters can be seen inside the jail which include George Bassett, Red Holmes, Nixon Carr and the Hal Odell Gang. What's noteworthy is the George Bassett character was killed seven episodes back in S2E8 "Legal Revenge" making its use redundant in all following programming.
5516"The Cover Up"William D. RussellStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : William N. Robson
January 12, 1957 (1957-01-12)

Matt arrests an abusive rancher who killed two squatters on his land, and after he's jailed his guilt comes into question when a third nester is murdered.

Guest Cast: Tyler McVey (as Sam Baxton), Vivi Janiss (as Sara Baxton), Theodore Marcuse (credited Ted Marcuse as Zach Ritter), Malcolm Atterbury (as Jed Bates) and Roy Engel (as Hoffer)

Notes: Theodore Marcuse was an American character actor who portrayed mostly villains in many 1950s and 1960s television series. He plays the homesteader Zach Ritter in this segment. Twilight Zone fans will recognize him from his role as Citizen Gregori in the famous To Serve Man installment, considered one of the best episodes of the series which aired on March 2, 1962, on CBS. Marcuse served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a lieutenant on the famed submarine USS Tirante and was awarded a Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal and a Presidential Unit Citation for heroism. Sadly, he would die in a traffic accident in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California at the age of 47.

The viewer learns from dialogue within this episode that Kitty worked as a saloon girl at The Oasis in Abilene, Kansas years before.
5617"Sins of the Father"Andrew V. McLaglenStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : John Dunkel
January 19, 1957 (1957-01-19)

A large imposing mountain man and his Arapahoe Indian wife, whose father led raids on the local settlers face untold prejudice at the hands of Dodge townsfolk, but it's her strength and resilience that overcome the intolerance.

Guest Cast: Angie Dickinson (Rose Daggitt), Peter Whitney (as Big Dan Daggitt), Gage Clarke (as Dobie) and Paul Wexler (as Rodin)

Notes: Angie Dickinson is an American film and television actress who may be best remembered for her starring role as Sergeant Pepper Anderson in the 1974-1978 NBC police procedural television series, Police Woman for which she received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Television Series Drama. Dickinson made more than 50 movies and her first credited appearance came in Gun the Man Down (1956) with fellow Gunsmoke alum James Arness. She was a frequent guest in numerous TV Westerns in the late 1950s and early 1960s and in this episode she's almost unrecognizable wearing dark makeup playing the character Rose Daggitt.

Paul Wexler was an American character actor who appeared in more than 30 feature films and over 40 different television series. He specialized in macabre or off-beat roles and here he portrays the slow-witted Rodin, one of Rose's attackers.

Sharp-eyed viewers may recognize Len Lesser in an uncredited role as Rodin's partner, the other attacker. He had many different TV appearances over a long career, but his most prominent was Uncle Leo in the 1989-1998 NBC television sitcom, Seinfeld.
5718"Kick Me"Andrew V. McLaglenStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : Endre Bohem and Louis Vittes
January 26, 1957 (1957-01-26)

A Kiowa Indian guide delivers his revenge by stalking the merciless outlaw that humiliated and dishonored him.

Guest Cast: Robert H. Harris (as Fred Meyers), Frank de Kova (as Tobeel), Julie Van Zandt (as Jennifer Meyers) and Paul Lambert (as Harry Bent)
5819"Executioner"Andrew V. McLaglenStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : Gil Doud
February 2, 1957 (1957-02-02)

A vicious gunfighter brazenly kills an over-matched rancher, now the rancher's grief-stricken brother formulates a life-threatening plan to force Matt to settle the score.

Guest Cast: Michael Hinn (as Morgan Curry), Liam Sullivan (as Tom Clegg) and Robert Keys (as Abe Curry)
5920"Gone Straight"Ted PostStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : Les Crutchfield
February 9, 1957 (1957-02-09)

Matt is given the unpleasant task of serving a warrant on an ex-member of Billy the Kid's gang in the small town of Tascosa, Texas but problems arise when three men living completely normal lives fit the limited description supplied to him.

Guest Cast: Carl Betz (as Nate Timble), Marianne Stewart (as Mrs. Timble), Joe De Santis (credited Joe de Santis as Gunter), Tige Andrews (as Mike Postil), Ward Wood (as Parker) and John Dierkes (as Ace)

Notes: Dialogue within the episode mentions Pat Garrett was pursuing Billy the Kid which may help to date the series from 1880-1881.

Viewers are told that it's a two-day ride to Tascosa which is located in the panhandle of Texas about 230 miles from Dodge City, Kansas. This is possibly a little out of the Marshall's jurisdiction and nearly impossible to cover 115 miles by horse in a day.
6021"Bloody Hands"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonFebruary 16, 1957 (1957-02-16)

Matt guns down three bank robbers in a fierce gunfight, and when the surviving member of the gang calls him a "butcher" it sends him into an emotional tailspin.

Guest Cast: Russell Johnson (as Stanger), Lawrence Dobkin (as Brand), Gloria Marshall (as Linda), Harvey Grant (as Billy) and David Saber (as Tom)

Notes: First of four Gunsmoke appearances for Russell Johnson portraying Stanger in this episode. He had several roles in Westerns early in his career but is best remembered for playing the well-known part of Roy Hinkley (The Professor) in the 1964-1967 CBS television series sitcom, Gilligan's Island. Johnson enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces and was commissioned a second lieutenant, flying 44 combat missions in the Pacific Theater during World War II as a B-25 Mitchell navigator/bombardier. His B-25 was shot down during a low-level bombing and strafing run against Japanese military targets in the Philippine Islands on March 4, 1945. Russell broke both ankles in the crash and received the Purple Heart for his injuries.

Kitty is seen wearing her beauty mark early in the episode but at the picnic with Matt in the final scenes it's missing.
6122"Skid Row"Ted PostStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : Gil Doud
February 23, 1957 (1957-02-23)

A young woman comes to Dodge in search of her fiancé who has become the town drunk after failing to prosper on his homestead.

Guest Cast: Joseph Sargent (as Shomer), Susan Morrow (as Ann) and Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams (credited Gwinn Williams as Groat)

Note: Joseph Sargent was an actor early in his career but made his mark as a television and film director. He's probably best remembered for his work on the 1974 subway thriller The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. Sargent alternated between feature films and TV movies during the 1970s and won four Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Directing. He also directed eight Gunsmoke episodes and appeared as an actor in two.
6223"Sweet and Sour"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonMarch 2, 1957 (1957-03-02)

Kitty warns Matt that the new girl in town is nothing but trouble, and her intuition proves correct when the flirtatious young lady manipulates her ardent admirers into facing off against each other in gunfights.

Guest Cast: Karen Sharpe (as Rena Decker), John Alderson (as Ab Laster), Walter Reed (as Joe Garrett), John Mitchum (as Joe), Ken Mayer (as Hank) and George Archambeault (as Agent)

Note: Dialogue within the episode mentions that Kitty has become half-owner, along with Bill Pence, of the Long Branch Saloon.
6324"Cain"Ted PostJohn MestonMarch 9, 1957 (1957-03-09)

A kind and charismatic stranger dying of heart failure stops in Dodge on his way to see the Arizona desert, but his demeanor changes drastically when a man from his past steps into the Long Branch.

Guest Cast: Harry Bartell (as Cain Vestal), Mark Roberts (as Adams), Paul Dubov (as Pritchard), Dan Riss (as Mike), Howard Ledig (as Pete) and Gorday Clifton (as Cowboy)

Note: Small talk in the beginning of the episode where Matt, Kitty, Doc and the Cain character are seated in the Long Branch reveal that Doc knew a young man in St. Louis before the war trying to become a river pilot, "his name was Clemens, Sam Clemens." After Cain says he didn't know him, Doc replies, "He was a very amusing fella, by golly he told the doggonest stories." For the viewer who doesn't get the connection, Samuel Langhorne Clemens was the illustrious and revered American writer and humorist, Mark Twain.
6425"Bureaucrat"Ted PostStory by : John Meston
Teleplay by : William F. Leicester
March 16, 1957 (1957-03-16)

Matt's superior, a government official from Washington, comes to Dodge to observe the Marshall's job performance and doesn't like what he sees.

Guest Cast: John Hoyt (as Rex Propter), Ken Lynch (as Will Stroud), Ned Glass (as Husk), Richard Avonde (as Nick Fane), William Bryant (as Charlie Frost) and Al Toigo (credited Alfred Toigo as Ben Lawrence)
6526"Last Fling"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonMarch 23, 1957 (1957-03-23)

A cruel and verbally abusive farmer abandons his wife and heads to Dodge with his friend for one last fling, to drink his life savings away, but it's his determined spouse that will have the last word.

Guest Cast: Florenz Ames (as John Peavy), Frank de Kova (as Mulligan Rives), Anne O'Neal (as Sabina Peavy) and Susan Morrow (as Melanie)

Notes: Florenz Ames started his profession in vaudeville as a song and dance man performing with his wife Alice "Adelaide" Winthrop, as "Ames and Winthrop." He had a successful career on Broadway as a stage actor and was a relative newcomer to television when he passed away at the age of 75 on February 11, 1958.

Character actor Frank de Kova appears in a role other than Marshall Dillon's friend, Tobeel. This is his third of five Gunsmoke appearances. He will portray the Kiowa Indian guide in one more episode, "Gunsmuggler" S4E3.
6627"Chester's Murder"Ted PostJohn MestonMarch 30, 1957 (1957-03-30)

The townspeople of Dodge suspect Chester of committing murder after he's knocked unconscious and the belligerent drunkard he was escorting to jail is found shot to death lying next to him.

Guest Cast: Peggie Castle (credited Peggy Castle as Nita Tucker), Murray Hamilton (as Jake Buley), Gage Clarke (as Jim Dobie), Tom Greenway (as Ned Pickard), Tim Graham (as Jonas) and Charles J. Conrad (credited Charles Conrad as Man)

Notes: Peggie Castle who portrays Nita Tucker was an American film and television actress. She may be best remembered for her co-starring role as saloon owner Lily Merrill in the 1959-1962 ABC Western television series Lawman.

The wanted poster for Nixon Carr (alias Nimble Nick) seen hanging in the Marshall's office can also be viewed in the 1959 John Wayne movie Rio Bravo.
6728"The Photographer"William D. RussellJohn DunkelApril 6, 1957 (1957-04-06)

An arrogant photographer creates quite a stir in Dodge with his newfangled picture box, but his attempts to acquire sensational photographs are reprehensible which cause serious turmoil.

Guest Cast: Sebastian Cabot (as Professor Jacoby), Dean Fredericks (credited Norman Frederic as Gart), Ned Glass (as Grubby), Charles Horvath (as Left Hand), Howard Culver (as Citizen) and Dorothy Schuyler (as Kate)

Notes: Dean Fredericks who portrays Gart is an American film and television actor. He played the titled lead role in the 1958-1959 NBC television series, Steve Canyon. Fredericks served as private in the U.S. Army during World War II and was awarded a Purple Heart medal.

Howard Culver appears in a role other than hotel clerk Howie Uzzell. This episode he's billed as "Citizen".
6829"Wrong Man"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonApril 13, 1957 (1957-04-13)

A miserable and cowardly homesteader mistakes a passer-by for a wanted outlaw and shoots him in the back to claim the $1,000 reward, but when he's told that he shot the wrong man he feverishly coerces his abused wife to verify his alibi.

Guest Cast: Don Keefer (as Sam Rickers), Catherine McLeod (credited Catherine McCleod as Letty Rickers) and Robert Griffin (as Catlin)

Notes: First of ten appearances for Don Keefer. He was an American stage, film and television actor whose career spanned more than 50 years. Viewers of The Twilight Zone may recognize him as the drunk man who's turn into a jack-in-the-box in the November 3, 1961 episode, "It's a Good Life" (S3E8) starring Billy Mumy.

Don Keefer and Catherine McLeod who appear as husband-and-wife Sam and Letty Rickers were married in real life.
6930"Big Girl Lost"Ted PostJohn MestonApril 20, 1957 (1957-04-20)

A pompous well-to-do gentleman from Philadelphia comes to Dodge in search of his runaway fiancé whose family dismissed for being a ship captain's daughter.

Guest Cast: Gloria McGehee (as Laura), Michael Pate (as Locke), Judson Pratt (as Bill Pence), Gerald Milton (as Doolin)

Notes: Michael Pate plays the affluent Philip Locke in his first of four Gunsmoke appearances. He was an Australian actor, writer and director who was perhaps best known for portraying Native American Indians in numerous films and television series.

Judson Pratt becomes the second actor to play the character of Bill Pence, owner of the Long Branch saloon. He was an American theatre, film and TV actor who may be best remembered for his role of Billy Kinkaid in the 1958-1959 syndicated western television series, Union Pacific.
7031"What the Whiskey Drummer Heard"Andrew V. McLaglenStory by : John Meston
Teleplay by : Gil Doud
April 27, 1957 (1957-04-27)

An odd whiskey salesman has valuable information for Matt, telling him that he overheard a conversation between two men putting a $300 bounty on his head.

Guest Cast: Vic Perrin (as Wilbur Hawkins), Robert Burton (as Sheriff), Robert Karnes (as Roberts) and Bert Rumsey (as Sam)

Notes: Vic Perrin plays the whiskey drummer, Wilbur Hawkins. Perrin was an American radio, film and television actor who is best remembered for his extensive voice-over career, providing the voices for numerous characters on countless animated television series. Vic did off-camera work on TV commercials and narrated dozens of science and educational short films. He also was a regular guest and wrote or co-wrote five scripts for the radio version of Gunsmoke.

First of eleven appearances for Robert Karnes who portrays Roberts. He was an American stage, film and television actor possibly best known for his co-starring role of Max Fields in the 1959-1961 NBC crime drama television series, The Lawless Years.

Viewers learned that Chester was in the Army in S2E1 and dialogue in this episode reveals his position as cook.
7132"Cheap Labor"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonMay 4, 1957 (1957-05-04)

An overbearing brother badgers and mistreats his sister, dominating her life and regarding her only as the hired help. His possessiveness creates animosity when a new stranger in town shows her interest.

Guest Cast: Andrew Duggan (as Fos Capper), Peggy Webber (as Flora Stancil), Robert F. Simon (as Ben Stancil), Susan Morrow (as Melanie), James Nusser (as Bum) and Charles King (as Passerby, uncredited)

Notes: Robert F. Simon plays the controlling brother Ben Stancil in this episode, his first of seven Gunsmoke appearances. Simon was an American theater, film and television actor with over 200 acting credits. He may be best remembered for his recurring roles as Frank Stephens (Darrin's Father) on Bewitched (1964-1971), as Uncle Everett McPherson on Nancy (1970-1971), as Captain Rudy Olsen on The Streets of San Francisco (1972-1976), as General Maynard M. Mitchell on M*A*S*H (1973) and as J. Jonah Jameson on The Amazing Spider-Man (1978-1979).

James Nusser is known for his recurring role as "Louie Pheeters" starting in season seven. Here in this episode, he makes his third Gunsmoke appearance as "Bum", the belligerent bar patron challenging the lead guest star to a fight.

Charles King was an American film actor who appeared in more than 400 movies between 1915 and 1956. He primarily played villains who met their demise in B-Westerns in the 1930s and 1940s. His first career appearance came in the 1915 silent historical drama epic, Birth of a Nation directed by D. W. Griffith and his last was the Gunsmoke season two finally, "Jealously" (S2E39). King's role is uncredited in this episode which is billed as "Passerby" and is broadcast just three days before his unfortunate death on May 7, 1957, in Hollywood, California from cirrhosis of the liver.
7233"Moon"William D. RussellJohn MestonMay 11, 1957 (1957-05-11)

A crooked card dealer resorts to desperate measures to recover his gambling losses.

Guest Cast: Phillip Pine (as Vint), Rebecca Welles (as Nan), Stafford Repp (as Brewer), Tom Palmer (as Jack Salter) and Jane Ray (as Vickie)

Note: Stafford Repp plays Charlie Brewer in this episode, his first of five Gunsmoke appearances. He was an American film and television actor who was best known for his role as Police Chief Miles Clancy O'Hara on the campy 1966-1968 ABC live action television series, Batman.
7334"Who Lives by the Sword"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonMay 18, 1957 (1957-05-18)

A loathsome gunslinger shoots and kills two of Dodge's beloved brothers and Matt's immediate emotional backlash sends the gunman reeling into despair.

Guest Cast: Harold J. Stone (as Joe Delk), Steven Terrell (as Billy Baxter), Robert C. Ross (as Lew Baxter), Harry Woods (credited Harry Wood as Snyder), Sheila Noonan (as Mrs. Baxter) and Hal Baylor (as Mike)

Notes: Harold J. Stone portrays the detestable gunman Joe Delk in this his first if seven Gunsmoke appearances. He was an American stage, radio, film and television actor with over 200 acting credits usually playing the strong, unsympathetic type or the inflexible father/husband. He guest starred in numerous television series from the 1950s through the 1980s and was a regular cast member in three short lived programs which included the roles of John Kennedy in the 1959-1960 syndicated drama, Grand Jury, Hamilton Greeley in the 1969-1970 NBC comedy, My World and Welcome to It and Sam Steinberg in the 1972-1973 CBS sitcom, Bridget Loves Bernie.

Harry Woods was an American movie and television actor who started his profession in the early days of the film industry playing the perennial villain. With his large frame and steely looks the role of the bad guy came easy. Woods introduction to the small screen came late in life when he guest starred in 14 television series with one small recurring role as Dr. Cunningham in the 1958-1960 western, Tombstone Territory. In this Gunsmoke episode, his first of two, he appears as Snyder. He retired from performing with over 250 acting credits in a career that was perhaps overlooked by Hollywood historians.

The title of the episode is a proverb derived from the Gospel of Matthew (Matthew 26, 26:52): "Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword."
7435"Uncle Oliver"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonMay 25, 1957 (1957-05-25)

An old codger brings his simpleton nephew to town and decides that he would be a good fit for Matt's assistant but when Chester gets ambushed, the big galoot can't be found, making him a questionable suspect.

Guest Cast: Earle Hodgins (as Uncle Oliver) and Paul Wexler (as Viney)

Note: Earle Hodgins who plays the title role of Uncle Oliver was an American theater, film and television actor. His acting career began in the early days of the film industry, appearing in over 250 motion pictures during the 1930s and 1940s and evolved into television in the 1950s and early 1960s where he guest starred in 62 different TV series.
7536"Daddy-O"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonJune 1, 1957 (1957-06-01)

Kitty is elated at first to finally meet her father, who abandoned her when she was born, but she grows increasingly cautious over his overbearing intentions.

Guest Cast: John Dehner (as Wayne Russell), Judson Pratt (as Bill Pence) and Cyril Delevanti (as messenger)

Note: This episode reveals Miss Kitty's purchase of half-ownership in the Long Branch by the ceremonial raising of the Pence/Russell proprietor sign above the saloon. The viewer first learned that Kitty was half owner in S2E23, "Sweet and Sour", but this episode was produced first and televised out of sequence.
7637"The Man Who Would Be Marshal"William D. RussellStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : David Victor and Herbert Little, Jr.
June 15, 1957 (1957-06-15)

Retired Army officer Major Emmett Egan (Herbert Rudley), who has been approved for the job of marshal by the War Department, approaches Matt with an unusual request, "Quit, I want to be Marshal." Matt agrees to let him have his job if Egan shadows him for a week to test if he can handle it.

Guest Cast: Alex Sharp (as Jeff Willoughby), Kelly Thordsen (as Wilson Willoughby), Walt Barnes (as O'Dell), Kirby Smith (as Sam Botkin), Clancy Cooper (as Bozeman), June Carter Cash (credited June Carter as Clarise), Ned Glass (as Mr. Phipps) and George Selk (as Moss Grimmick)

Notes: June Carter Cash was an American singer, songwriter, actress and author. She was a member of the Carter family and married music legend, Johnny Cash in 1968. This episode was her first credited acting role.

The title is a play on words of the short story The Man Who Would Be King by Rudyard Kipling but is not based on it.
7738"Liar from Blackhawk"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonJune 22, 1957 (1957-06-22)

A newcomer in town craves respect and uses a pawn to pump-up his fake reputation as a gunman.

Guest Cast: Denver Pyle (as Hank Shinn), Strother Martin (as Ed Davey), John Doucette (as Al Janes), Fred Graham (as cowboy), Howard Culver (as hotel clerk) and Bert Rumsey (as Sam)

Note: This episode features two actors who almost got the opportunity to portray Marshal Dillon. Howard Culver (who played the part of the hotel clerk) provided Matt's voice for the original 1949 pilot episode of the radio version of "Gunsmoke." The permanent role of Matt in the radio series eventually went to William Conrad. Denver Pyle (who played the part of Hank Shinn) was nearly cast as Matt when CBS developed the show for television in 1955. He told an interviewer years later that he had been instructed to go ahead and get fitted for his wardrobe because "...we've got just one more actor left to test, and he's so tall that we don't think he's going to test very well." Of course, the "too-tall" actor was James Arness, who did test quite well. He went on to portray Matt on television for 20 years.
7839"Jealousy"Andrew V. McLaglenStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : Sam Peckinpah
June 29, 1957 (1957-06-29)

An injured card dealer spurned by Matt wants revenge and starts spreading rumors that the Marshal is courting his old friend's wife.

Guest Cast: Jack Kelly (as Cam Durbin), Joan Tetzel (as Tilda Durbin), Than Wyenn (as Lonnie Pike), Jack Mann (as Jack Davis), Ken Drake (as cowboy) and Barbara Dodd (as waitress)

Season 3 (1957–58)Edit

Thirty-nine half-hour black-and-white episodes
Producer: Norman Macdonnell
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Dennis Weaver (Chester), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty)[39]
Guest cast: In credits order

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791"Crack-Up"Ted PostJohn MestonSeptember 14, 1957 (1957-09-14)

Matt believes a hired gunman with a steel-nerved reputation has lost his confidence when he begins to act tense and anxious, which makes him even more dangerous.

Guest Cast: John Dehner (as Nate Springer), Jess Kirkpatrick (as Mr. Teeters), Howard Culver (as Jim Uzzell), Preston Hanson (as Jess) and Brick Sullivan (as bartender)

Note: Howard Culver's character is called Howie Uzzell within the episode but is credited as Jim Uzzell.
802"Gun for Chester"Louis KingJohn MestonSeptember 21, 1957 (1957-09-21)

Chester recognizes a man that just rode into town as someone he knew back in Missouri and tells Matt that he's really here to kill him.

Guest Cast: Thomas Coley (as Asa Ledbetter), George Selk (as Moss Grimmick), Howard Culver (as Hotel Clerk) and Clayton Post (as Man)
813"Blood Money"Louis KingJohn MestonSeptember 28, 1957 (1957-09-28)

When an ungrateful curmudgeon learns that the cowboy who saved his life is wanted, he kills him for the reward and faces the backlash of Dodge's citizens.

Guest Cast: Vinton Hayworth (as Harry Speener), James Dobson (as Joe Harpe), Lawrence Green (as Smith), George Selk (as Moss Grimmick), Robert Nash (as Grant) and Allan Nixon (as Adams)

Notes: The credits misidentify the two characters as Harry Spencer and Joe Sharpe.

This episode should not be confused with S13E19 which has the same title.
824"Kitty's Outlaw"Andrew V. McLaglenStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : Kathleen Hite
October 5, 1957 (1957-10-05)

Kitty's old boyfriend, Cole Yankton comes to town to rob the bank.

Guest Cast: Ainslie Pryor (as Cole Yankton), Dabbs Greer (as Mr. Jonas), Chris Alcaide (as Cowboy), Howard Culver (as Hotel Clerk) and Jack Mann (as First Man)
835"Potato Road"Ted PostJohn MestonOctober 12, 1957 (1957-10-12)

An impoverished and desperate prairie family lure Matt and Chester out of town with a tale of murder.

Guest Cast: Robert F. Simon (as Pa Grilk), Tom Pittman (as Budge Grilk), Jeanette Nolan (as Ma Grilk) and Morgan Woodward (as Calhoun)

Notes: Jeanette Nolan plays Ma Grilk in her first of eight Gunsmoke appearances. Nolan was an American radio, film and television actress with over 200 acting credits in a career that spanned seven decades. She may be best remembered as Holly Grainger on the 1962-1971 NBC Western, The Virginian. Jeanette starred in her own show, a lesser-known western spin-off of Gunsmoke called Dirty Sally which was broadcast on CBS in 1974.

Morgan Woodward was an American film and television actor who may be remembered for his role of Punk Anderson on the 1978-1991 CBS prime time soap opera, Dallas. He was also unmistaken as the "man with no eyes", Boss Godfrey in the classic 1967 film, Cool Hand Luke. This was Morgan's first of an amazing 19 Gunsmoke appearances.
846"Jesse"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonOctober 19, 1957 (1957-10-19)

A young man comes to town seeking his father's unknown killer so he can avenge his death.

Guest Cast: Edward Binns (as Bill Strapp), George Brenlin (as Jesse Pruett), James Maloney (as Karl), Dabbs Greer (as Mr. Jonas) and George Selk (as Moss Grimmick)

Notes: The credits misidentify Edward Binns' character Bill Stapp as Bill Strapp.

This is the first of two Gunsmoke episodes named "Jesse" along with the second from season 18, episode 22.
857"Mavis McCloud"Buzz KulikStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : Kathleen Hite
October 26, 1957 (1957-10-26)

A beautiful young lady fresh from the east comes to Dodge to get married but falls prey to frontier violence.

Guest Cast: Fay Spain (as Mavis McCloud), Max Showalter (credited Casey Adams as Barney Wales), Robert Cornthwaite (as Lou Staley), Kelly Thordsen (as Link), Howard Culver (as Hotel Clerk) and Dan Sheridan (as Stage Driver)

Note: The first Gunsmoke screenplay by Kathleen Hite.
868"Born to Hang"Buzz KulikJohn MestonNovember 2, 1957 (1957-11-02)

An innocent drifter saved from lynching at the hands of two unrelenting ranchers is fixed on revenge.

Guest Cast: Wright King (as Joe Digger), Mort Mills (as Roble), Ken Lynch (as Ed Glick), Anthony Caruso (as Hank Pate), Dorothy Adams (as Mrs. Glick) and Howard Culver (as Hotel Clerk)
879"Romeo"Ted PostJohn MestonNovember 9, 1957 (1957-11-09)

Inspired by the play Romeo and Juliet, the children of feuding family patriarchs fall in love.

Guest Cast: Robert Vaughn (as Andy Bowers), Barry Kelley (as Jake Pierce), Barbara Eden (as Judy Pierce), Robert McQueeney (as Pete Knight), Tyler McVey (as Emmett Bowers), William McGraw (credited Bill McGraw as Ab Drain) and Bill Erwin (credited William Erwin as Preacher)
8810"Never Pester Chester"Richard WhorfJohn MestonNovember 16, 1957 (1957-11-16)

Matt hunts down two drifters who dragged Chester behind their horses and left him for dead.

Guest Cast: Buddy Baer (as Stobo), Woodrow Chambliss (as Shiloh), Tom Greenway (as Treavitt), Paul Birch (as Boss) and Gary Vinson (as Jim)

Note: Woodrow Chambliss appears in a role other than Woody Lathrop.
8911"Fingered"James SheldonJohn MestonNovember 23, 1957 (1957-11-23)

An irritating townsman is suspicious of a rancher when his second wife vanishes just like his first.

Guest Cast: John Larch (as Jim Cobbett), Virginia Christine (as Lila), Karl Swenson (as Hank Luz) and Dabbs Greer (as Mr. Jonas)
9012"How to Kill a Woman"John RichStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : David S. Peckinpah[A]
November 30, 1957 (1957-11-30)

Matt and Chester keep close watch at a stage stop for a ruthless killer who is murdering stagecoach passengers in cold blood.

Guest Cast: Barry Atwater (as Jesse Daggett), Pernell Roberts (as Nat Pilcher), Robert Brubaker (as Jim Buck), John Parrish (as Elderly Rancher), Jolene Brand (as Young Bride) and George Cisar (as Whiskey Drummer)

Note: Robert Brubaker makes first credited appearance as stagecoach driver Jim Buck.
9113"Cows and Cribs"Richard WhorfStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : Kathleen Hite
December 7, 1957 (1957-12-07)

A conscientious woman's plan to adopt a baby are jeopardized when Matt discovers her shiftless husband is involved in cattle rustling.

Guest Cast: Bartlett Robinson (as Emmett Bowers), Mabel Albertson (as Ma Smalley), Anne Barton (as Mrs. Nadler), Val Avery (as Joe Nadler), Dabbs Greer (as Mr. Jonas), Kathie Browne (credited Cathy Browne as Mrs. Thorpe) and Jud Taylor (credited Judson Taylor as Ed Thorpe)
9214"Doc's Reward"Richard WhorfJohn MestonDecember 14, 1957 (1957-12-14)

Doc kills a stubborn man who blocks his way and then shoots his horse, and when the man's brother finds out, he comes to Dodge hell-bent on revenge.

Guest Cast: Jack Lord (as Nat/Myles Brandel), Bruce Wendell (as Joe), Netta Packer (as 1st Lady), Jean Fenwick (as 2nd Lady) and Brick Sullivan (as Bartender)

Note: Jack Lord plays a dual role as brothers Nat and Myles Brandel.
9315"Kitty Lost"Ted PostJohn MestonDecember 21, 1957 (1957-12-21)

Kitty is abandoned on the open prairie by an Eastern suitor.

Guest Cast: Warren Stevens (as Rackmil), Gage Clarke (as Dobie), Brett King (as Pete), Stephen Ellsworth (as Pence) and George Selk (as Moss Grimmick)

Note: Stephen Ellsworth assumes the role of Bill Pence, half owner along with Kitty of the Long Branch.
9416"Twelfth Night"John RichJohn MestonDecember 28, 1957 (1957-12-28)

Matt gets caught in the middle of an Ozark-mountain family feud when the two remaining survivors come to Dodge City.

Guest Cast: William Schallert (as Eben Hakes), Rose Marie (Mrs. Monger), James Griffith (as Joth Monger) and Dick Rich (as Farmer)
9517"Joe Phy"Ted PostJohn MestonJanuary 4, 1958 (1958-01-04)

When Matt and Chester track a killer to the small town of Elkader, they come upon a fraudulent U.S. Marshall who interferes with their investigation.

Guest Cast: Paul Richards (as Joe Phy), Morey Amsterdam (as Cicero Grimes), William Kendis (as Carey Post), Jack Reitzen (as Bartender) and Ken Becker (as Cowboy)

Note: Morey Amsterdam and Rose Marie guest star in consecutive episodes. Three years later, both would play gag writers on The Dick Van Dyke Show.
9618"Buffalo Man"Ted PostStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : Les Crutchfield
January 11, 1958 (1958-01-11)

Matt and Chester ride out to a buffalo hunter's camp to investigate the death of a man Doc found earlier.

Guest Cast: Patricia Smith (as Abby), Jack Klugman (as Earl Ticks), John Anderson (as Ben Siple) and Abel Fernandez (as Indian)

Notes: The fight scene near the end of this episode serves as the basis for an educational film produced by the American Cinema Editors, called Film Editing: Interpretation & Values, used by film students all around the world.[40][41]

Guest stars Jack Klugman and John Anderson co-star again in The Twilight Zone (season 1, episode 32) "A Passage for Trumpet" two years after this episode aired.
9719"Kitty Caught"Richard WhorfJohn MestonJanuary 18, 1958 (1958-01-18)

Kitty is taken hostage during a bank robbery by the Gunther brothers, and they warn Matt that if he follows, they will kill her.

Guest Cast: Bruce Gordon (as Jed Gunther), Pat Conway (as Billy Gunther), John Compton (as Blain), William Keene (as Mr. Botkin) and Charles Tannen (as Cashier)

Note: Kitty's cheek mole is mysteriously missing in this episode.
9820"Claustrophobia"Ted PostJohn MestonJanuary 25, 1958 (1958-01-25)

Two cowboys employ unscrupulous methods to steal land from an elderly man, and when he retaliates, his fear of the tight confinement of jail creates a moral dilemma for Matt and Chester.

Guest Cast: Vaughn Taylor (as Olie Ridgers), Joe Maross (as Jim Branch), Willard Sage (as Dever), James Winslow (as Giles), Lynn Shubert (as Hank) and Jason Johnson (as Judge)
9921"Ma Tennis"Buzz KulikJohn MestonFebruary 1, 1958 (1958-02-01)

A strong-willed woman frees her son from Matt's custody, but the Marshall is determined to bring him to justice.

Guest Cast: Nina Varela (as Ma Tennis), Ron Hagerthy (as Andy Tennis), Corey Allen (as Ben Tennis), Russ Bender (as Dealer) and Jack Harris (as Man)
10022"Sunday Supplement"Richard WhorfJohn MestonFebruary 8, 1958 (1958-02-08)

Two writers from New York come to Dodge looking for fascinating western stories and when they don't find anything worth reporting, they create their own, one of which unwittingly causes an Indian uprising.

Guest Cast: Werner Klemperer (as Clifton Bunker), Jack Weston (as Samuel Sprig), Theodore Newton (as Major), George Selk (as Moss Grimmick), Eddie Little Sky (credited Eddie Little as Chief Little Hawk), K.L. Smith (as Karl) and David Whorf (as Jack)

Notes: Werner Klemperer was a German American stage, film and television actor whose best known for playing the role of Colonel Wilhelm Klink on the 1965-1971 CBS television sitcom, Hogan's Heros. He won consecutive Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 1968 and 1969.

David Whorf playing Jack, is the son of director Richard Whorf.
10123"Wild West"Richard WhorfJohn MestonFebruary 15, 1958 (1958-02-15)

A rancher's younger wife conspires with two men to kidnap her elderly husband and stake him out in the open prairie in an elaborate plan to steal his ranch.

Guest Cast: Phyllis Coates (as Hattie Kelly), Philip Bourneuf (as Kelly), Murray Hamilton (as Webb Cutter), Robert Gist (as Rourke) and Paul Engle (as Yorky Kelly)
10224"The Cabin"John RichJohn MestonFebruary 22, 1958 (1958-02-22)

Matt seeks shelter from a blizzard in a cabin and encounters two psychopathic criminals who murdered the owner and enslaved and abused his daughter.

Guest Cast: Claude Akins (as Hack), Patricia Barry (as Belle) and Harry Dean Stanton (credited Dean Stanton as Alvy)

Note: Harry Dean Stanton was an American film and television actor, musician and singer. He enjoyed a career that spanned six decades with more than 200 acting credits. This episode was his first of eight Gunsmoke appearances.
10325"Dirt"Ted PostStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : David S. Peckinpah[A]
March 1, 1958 (1958-03-01)

Matt investigates who shot a newlywed man just moments after his wedding.

Guest Cast: June Lockhart (as Beulah), Wayne Morris (as Nat), Ian MacDonald (as Mr. Troyman), Gail Kobe (as Polly Troyman) and Barry McGuire (as Henry Troyman)

Note: Just after the wedding when Matt and Chester are talking outside the chapel, a gunshot goes off and you can see a truck driving down the road in the lower left of the screen.
10426"Dooley Surrenders"John RichJohn MestonMarch 8, 1958 (1958-03-08)

Matt sets out to clear a buffalo skinner, who was accused by his boss of murdering one of his hunting companions.

Guest Cast: Strother Martin (as Dooley), Ken Lynch (as Colpitt), James Maloney (as Faber), Ben Wright (as Mr. Ross), George Selk (as Moss Grimmick) and James Nusser (as Nelson)

Note: James Nusser is almost unrecognizable in a role other than Louie Pheeters.
10527"Joke's on Us"Ted PostJohn MestonMarch 15, 1958 (1958-03-15)

A man suspected of horse theft is hanged, but within minutes the perpetrators find out that he was innocent.

Guest Cast: Virginia Gregg (as Mrs. Tilman), Bartlett Robinson (as Jake Kaiser), Weston Gavin (credited James Kevin as Clabe Tilman), Michael Hinn (as Frank Tilman), Kevin Hagen (as Bill Jennings), Herbert Lytton (credited Herbert C. Lytton as Ton Benson) and Craig Duncan (as Jim Duval)

Note: Kevin Hagen was an American film and television actor who may be best remembered as Dr. Hiram Baker on the 1974-1983 NBC Western historical drama, Little house on the Prairie. This was Hagen's first of seven Gunsmoke appearances.
10628"Bottleman"John RichJohn MestonMarch 22, 1958 (1958-03-22)

For reasons only known to him, the town drunk attacks the new Faro dealer who just arrived in Dodge.

Guest Cast: John Dehner (as Tom Cassidy), Peggy McCay (as Flora), Ross Martin (as Dan Clell), Barney Phillips (as Bill Pence) and Roxane Berard (as Dorey)

Notes: Barney Phillips assumes the role of Bill Pence, owner of the Long Branch.

Ross Martin plays the Faro dealer, Dan Clell. He was an American radio, stage, film and television actor who may be best remembered for his role of Artemus Gordon on the 1965-1969 CBS western series, The Wild Wild West.
10729"Laughing Gas"Ted PostJames FondaMarch 29, 1958 (1958-03-29)

The town bully is humiliated in a traveling show and seeks retribution.

Guest Cast: June Dayton (as Mrs. Stafford), Val Benedict (as Cloud Marsh), Cyril Delevanti (as Old Man), Dean Harens (as Earl Stafford) and Jess Kirkpatrick (as Mr. Teeters)

Note: Co-stars June Dayton and Dean Harens were married in real life.
10830"Texas Cowboys"John RichJohn MestonApril 5, 1958 (1958-04-05)

A Texas trail boss is determined to prevent Matt from learning which one of his men is responsible for murder.

Guest Cast: Allan Lane (as Kin Talley), Clarke Gordon (credited Clark Gordon as Gil Choate), Ned Glass (as Sam Peeples), Stafford Repp (as Mr. Hightower) and John Mitchum (as Bob)

Note: John Mitchum is the younger brother of famed American actor Robert Mitchum.
10931"Amy's Good Deed"John RichStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : Kathleen Hite
April 12, 1958 (1958-04-12)

A bitter old woman comes to Dodge to die and tells Matt, "You're going to kill me".

Guest Cast: Jeanette Nolan (as Amy) and Lou Krugman (as Emmett Gold)

Note: Chester is seen nailing a picture on a door in the jailhouse at the beginning of the episode, but later scenes show no picture.
11032"Hanging Man"John RichJohn MestonApril 19, 1958 (1958-04-19)

Dodge merchants are committing suicide but Matt suspects something more nefarious.

Guest Cast: Luis Van Rooten (as Mel Tucker), Zina Provendie (as Cora Bell), Robert Osterloh (as Dan Dresslar), Helen Kleeb (as Mrs. Sawyer), Dick Rich (as Hank) and K.L. Smith (as Jim)
11133"Innocent Broad"John RichStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : Kathleen Hite
April 26, 1958 (1958-04-26)

Matt attempts to save a young girl from making some bad decisions but her boyfriend causes trouble for all of them.

Guest Cast: Ed Kemmer (credited Edward Kemmer as Lou Paxon), Myrna Fahey (as Linda Bell), Aaron Saxon (as Joe Bassett), Robert Brubaker (as Jim Buck) and Joel Smith (as Cowboy)

Note: This episode's title is a double entendre for Mark Twain's book The Innocents Abroad.
11234"The Big Con"John RichJohn MestonMay 3, 1958 (1958-05-03)

Matt investigates three con artists who defraud the bank, but they flee taking Doc hostage.

Guest Cast: Raymond Bailey (as Shaneways), Joseph Kearns (credited Joe Kearns as Mr. Papp), Alan Dexter (as Hook), Gordon Mills (as Varden) and Perry Ivins (as Mr. Hogg)

Notes: Doc tells Matt in this episode that he was a doctor on the Tennessee Belle, a Mississippi riverboat.

Raymond Bailey was an American stage, film and television actor who was best known for his role as the wealthy banker, Milburn Drysdale on the 1962-1971 CBS sitcom, The Beverly Hillbillies.

First of four appearances for Joseph Kearns, an American film and television actor who may be best remembered for his role as the grouchy neighbor, Mr. George Wilson on the CBS sitcom Dennis the Menace from 1959 until his death in 1962.
11335"Widow's Mite"Ted PostJohn MestonMay 10, 1958 (1958-05-10)

Matt is suspicious of the intentions of a gentleman gambler, especially after he proposes to a recently widowed woman.

Guest Cast: Katharine Bard (as Ada Morton), Marshall Thompson (as Leach Fields) and Ken Mayer (as Zack Morton)
11436"Chester's Hanging"Ted PostJohn MestonMay 17, 1958 (1958-05-17)

Matt jails a wanted murderer, and his partner trying to avoid punishment attempts to break him out before the Marshall learns that he's also involved.

Guest Cast: Charles Cooper (as Cando), Sam Edwards (as Binders), Walt Barnes (as Haney), Arvid Nelson (as Hank Sims), Johnny Western (as Pete) and Johnny Dee (as Joe Carpel)
11537"Carmen"Ted PostJohn MestonMay 24, 1958 (1958-05-24)

An Army major threatens to put Dodge under martial law after soldiers transporting the Fort's payroll are killed in a robbery.

Guest Cast: Ruta Lee (as Jennie Lane), Alan Gifford (as Major Harris), Robert Patten (as Nate Brand), Ray Teal (as Sgt. Jones) and Tommy Farrell (as Pfc. Atwood)
11638"Overland Express"Seymour BernsJohn MestonMay 31, 1958 (1958-05-31)

An outlaw masquerading as a passenger has plans to hold up a stagecoach full of riders including Matt and his prisoner.

Guest Cast: Simon Oakland (as Jim Nation), Peter Mamakos (as Art Carp), Clem Bevans (as Fly), James Gavin (as Wells), Forrest Stanley (as Griffin), Jan Arvan (as Station Man), Jimmy Cross (as Hank) and Al Hopson (as Bill)

Note: Chester's shirt is dark at the beginning of the episode, but after his horse is shot out from under him it's white.
11739"The Gentleman"Ted PostJohn MestonJune 7, 1958 (1958-06-07)

A charming and debonair gambler comes to Dodge and puts himself smack in the middle of a torrid relationship.

Guest Cast: Jack Cassidy (as Marcus France), Virginia Baker (as Boni Damon), Timothy Carey (as Tiller Evans) and Henry Corden (as Butler)

Season 4 (1958–59)Edit

Thirty-nine half-hour episodes, black-and-white
Producer: Norman Macdonnell
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Dennis Weaver (Chester), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty)[42]
Guest cast: In credits order

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1181"Matt for Murder"Richard WhorfJohn MestonSeptember 13, 1958 (1958-09-13)

Matt is being framed for killing a man.

Guest Cast: Bruce Gordon (as Tom Samples), Robert J. Wilke (as Hickock), Elisha Cook Jr. (as Huggins), Adam Howe (as McCall), Martin Balk (as Reeves), Allen Kramer (as Ed), Jess Kirkpatrick (as townsman), Jack Lester (as townsman), Dick Rich (as cowboy) and Johnny Western (as townsman)

Notes: Robert J. Wilke plays the role of Wild Bill Hickok, but the producers misspell the name as "Hickock" in the credits.

This episode helps to date the series. Wild Bill Hickok was Marshall of Abilene, Kansas from April to December of 1871.

This is the first episode to credit the townspeople as supporting cast but did not list their character's names.
1192"The Patsy"Richard WhorfStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : Les Crutchfield
September 20, 1958 (1958-09-20)

Matt doubts the veracity of a Long Branch saloon girl who claims she saw a trail hand kill a man.

Guest Cast: Martin Landau (as Thorp), Peter Breck (as Fly Hoyt), Ken Lynch (as Jim Cavanaugh), Jan Harrison (as Holly Fanshaw) and John Alderman (as Dave)
1203"Gunsmuggler"Richard WhorfStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : Les Crutchfield
September 27, 1958 (1958-09-27)

Matt investigates an Indian raid that wiped out a family.

Guest Cast: Frank de Kova (as Tobeel), Paul Langton (as Major Evans), Dabbs Greer (as Jonas), Sam Edwards (as Cowboy) and Lou Krugman (as Smuggler)
1214"Monopoly"Seymour BernsStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : Les Crutchfield
October 4, 1958 (1958-10-04)

An unscrupulous Eastern businessman is purchasing all the local freight lines.

Guest Cast: Harry Townes (as Ivy), J. Pat O'Malley (as Trimble), Robert Gist (as Cam Speegle) and Clegg Hoyt (as Bob Adams)
1225"Letter of the Law"Richard WhorfStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : Les Crutchfield
October 11, 1958 (1958-10-11)

Matt is reluctant in evicting a man and his expectant wife from their ranch.

Guest Cast: Harold J. Stone (as Judge Rambeau), Clifton James (as Teek), Bartlett Robinson (as Lee Sprague), Mary Carver (as Sarah), Al Ruscio (as Haley) and Fred Kruger (as Straker)
1236"Thoroughbreds"Richard WhorfJohn MestonOctober 18, 1958 (1958-10-18)

Matt and Chester out riding the range come upon a rather suspicious and unfriendly man who hustles two beautiful thoroughbreds away in a big hurry.

Guest Cast: Ron Randell (as Portis), Walt Barnes (as Burke), Dan Blocker (as Keller) and George Selk (as Moss Grimmick)

Note: Second and final appearance on Gunsmoke for Dan Blocker who next year will begin the iconic role of Hoss Cartwright in Bonanza.
1247"Stage Hold-Up"Ted PostStory by : John Meston
Teleplay by : Les Crutchfield
October 25, 1958 (1958-10-25)

Masked gunmen hold up a stagecoach carrying Matt and Chester and later back in Dodge, the Marshall recognizes one of the robber's voices.

Guest Cast: John Anderson (as Yermo), Charles Aidman (as Verd), Sandy Kenyon (as Green), Robert Brubaker (as Jim Buck) and Bob Morgan (as Charley)
1258"Lost Rifle"Richard WhorfJohn MestonNovember 1, 1958 (1958-11-01)

Without more evidence, Matt is reluctant to arrest his friend who had an on-going feud with a man found shot in the back.

Guest Cast: Charles Bronson (as Ben Tiple), Paul Engle (credited Paul Engel as Andy Spangler), Lew Gallo (as Joe Spangler), Tom Greenway (as Will Gibbs) and George Selk (as Moss Grimmick)
1269"Land Deal"Ted PostStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : Les Crutchfield
November 8, 1958 (1958-11-08)

A Wagon master leading immigrants to property outside of Dodge believes there will be trouble and has an unorthodox request of Matt, assign him a deputy's badge.

Guest Cast: Dennis Patrick (as Trumbell), Murray Hamilton (as Calhoun), Ross Martin (as Keppert), Dabbs Greer (as Jonas), Florida Friebus (as Mrs. Meggs) and Nita Talbot (as Sidna)
12710"Lynching Man"Richard WhorfJohn MestonNovember 15, 1958 (1958-11-15)

A rancher traumatized by a lynching in his past takes the law into his own hands which leads to disastrous results.

Guest Cast: George Macready (as Charlie Drain), Bing Russell (as Ed Shelby), Charles H. Gray (credited Charles Gray as Bob Gringle), O.Z. Whitehead (as Hank Blenis), Chuck Hayward (as Jake), Michael Hinn (as Gil Mather), Robert Montgomery Jr. (as Billy Drico), George Selk (as Moss Grimmick) and Don Lloyd (as Barfly)

Notes: Bing Russell was an American film and television actor with over 175 acting credits in a 40-year career. Bonanza fans will remember him as Deputy Clem Foster (1963-1964) and (1966-1972). Bing is the father of American actor Kurt Russell.

Robert Montgomery Jr. is the son of actor Robert Montgomery and brother of actress Elizabeth Montgomery of Bewitched fame.
12811"How to Kill a Friend"Richard WhorfJohn MestonNovember 22, 1958 (1958-11-22)

Two gamblers attempt to bribe Matt and when he tells them to get out of Dodge, they hire a gunman to intimidate him.

Guest Cast: Philip Abbott (as Ben Corder), Pat Conway (as Toque Morlan), James Westerfield (as Harry Duggan), Gregg Palmer (as Jim) and Charles Devin (as Pete)

Note: Pat Conway may be best known as Sheriff Clay Hollister on the (1957-1959) ABC and (1959-1960) syndicated American western series, Tombstone Territory.
12912"Grass"Richard WhorfJohn MestonNovember 29, 1958 (1958-11-29)

A homesteader believes Indians are harassing him at night and after Matt tells him to get a rifle, he mistakingly shoots and kills a cowhand.

Guest Cast: Philip Coolidge (credited Phil Coolidge as Harry Pope), Chris Alcaide (as Ned Curry) and Charles Fredericks (as Earl Brant)
13013"The Cast"Jesse HibbsJohn MestonDecember 6, 1958 (1958-12-06)

A farmer who doesn't trust doctors blames Doc for the death of his wife.

Guest Cast: Robert F. Simon (as Shell Tucker) and Ben Carruthers (as Rufe Tucker)
13114"Robber Bridegroom"Richard WhorfJohn MestonDecember 13, 1958 (1958-12-13)

A girl engaged to be married refuses to testify against the stagecoach robber who kidnapped her.

Guest Cast: Donald Randolph (as Reeves), Frank Maxwell (as Stage Driver), Burt Douglas (as Jack Fitch), Jan Harrison (as Laura), Dan Sheridan (as Hank), Clem Fuller (as Joe) and Tex Terry (as Pete)
13215"Snakebite"Ted PostJohn MestonDecember 20, 1958 (1958-12-20)

An old frontier plainsman is wrongfully accused of murdering a man who shot his dog.

Guest Cast: Andy Clyde (as Poney Thompson), Warren Oates (as Jed Hakes) and Charles Maxwell (as Walt Moorman)

Note: Andy Clyde is best remembered for playing the role of California Carlson in the Hopalong Cassidy films and radio programs.
13316"Gypsum Hills Feud"Richard WhorfStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : Les Crutchfield
December 27, 1958 (1958-12-27)

Matt and Chester are caught in the middle of a bitter and bloody feud between two mountain families.

Guest Cast: William Schallert (as Alben Peavy), Anne Barton (as Liza Peavy), Hope Summers (as Ellen Cade) and Albert Linville (as Jack Cade)

Note: Hope Summers was an American character actress who guest starred in numerous television series. She may be best remembered as Clara Edwards on The Andy Griffith Show.
13417"Young Love"Seymour BernsJohn MestonJanuary 3, 1959 (1959-01-03)

The widow of an aging cattleman is in love with one of the men who is suspected of killing her husband.

Guest Cast: Charles Cooper (as Jim Box), Joan Taylor (as Anna Wheat), Wesley Lau (as Rod Allison), Jon Lormer (as Jesse Wheat) and Stephen Chase (as Enoch Miller)
13518"Marshal Proudfoot"Jesse HibbsStory by : Tom Hanley
Screenplay by : John Meston
January 10, 1959 (1959-01-10)

Chester's uncle comes to Dodge and based on letters from Chester believes him to be the Marshall.

Guest Cast: Dabbs Greer (as Uncle Wesley), Charles Fredericks (as Pargo), Earl Parker (as Ben), Howard Culver (as Howard) and George Selk (as Moss Grimmick)

Note: Dabbs Greer plays a role other than shopkeeper Wilbur Jonas.
13619"Passive Resistance"Ted PostJohn MestonJanuary 17, 1959 (1959-01-17)

An elderly sheepherder who opposes violence refuses to tell Matt the identity of the two cattlemen who are tormenting him.

Guest Cast: Carl Benton Reid (as Gideon Seek), Alfred Ryder (as Hank Voyles), Read Morgan (as Joe Kell) and Dabbs Greer (as Jonas)
13720"Love of a Good Woman"Arthur HillerStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : Les Crutchfield
January 24, 1959 (1959-01-24)

A recently released convict breaks his parole when he comes to Dodge to kill Matt.

Guest Cast: Jacqueline Scott (credited Jacquline Scott as Abbie), Kevin Hagen (as Coney), Hampton Fancher (as Gunman) and Cactus Mack (as Stage Driver)

Note: Cactus Mack appeared in 61 episodes of Gunsmoke as a barfly or in the background. This episode was his first of two credited roles.
13821"Jayhawkers"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonJanuary 31, 1959 (1959-01-31)

Matt helps a trail boss fend off Jayhawkers by escorting his cattle herd to Dodge.

Guest Cast: Jack Elam (as Dolph Quince), Ken Curtis (as Phil Jacks), Lane Bradford (as Jay), Chuck Hayward (as Studer), Earl Parker (as Snyder), Cliff Ketchum (as Cowboy) and Bradley Payne (credited Brad Payne as Cook)

Notes: Jayhawkers were militant gangs who often clashed with pro-slavery factions. Today a Jayhawker is a nickname for anybody born in Kansas. This is the first appearance of Ken Curtis before his Festus Haggen role. He co-starred with Dennis Weaver as Chester Goode in this episode and would replace him in season 10.

The viewer learns from dialogue in the beginning scenes that Chester previously lived in Texas.
13922"Kitty's Rebellion"Jesse HibbsStory by : Marian Clark
Screenplay by : John Meston
February 7, 1959 (1959-02-07)

The brother of a family friend visits Kitty and is displeased to find her running a saloon and when trouble ensues, she objects to his efforts to save her honor.

Guest Cast: Barry McGuire (as Billy), Addison Powell (as Tal), Richard Rust (as Weeb), Robert Brubaker (as Jim Buck), Tom Greenway (as Joe Hines), Ben Wright (as Drummer) and Howard Culver (as Howard)

Note: Addison Powell was an American actor with numerous television, stage and film credits. He may be best remembered for playing Dr. Eric Lang on Dark Shadows.
14023"Sky"Ted PostStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : Les Crutchfield
February 14, 1959 (1959-02-14)

Matt investigates the murder of an older saloon girl. The prime suspect, a young cowboy who fled the scene.

Guest Cast: Allen Case (as Billy Daunt), Olive Blakeney (as Ma Torvet), Roy Barcroft (as Luke), Patricia Huston (as Woman), Linda Watkins (as Kate) and Charles P. Thompson (credited Charles Thompson as Clabe)

Note: Roy Barcroft was an American character actor well known for playing the perennial bad guy. From 1937 to 1957 he mostly appeared as the villain in more than 300 B-Western films for Republic Pictures.
14124"Doc Quits"Edward LudlumJohn MestonFebruary 21, 1959 (1959-02-21)

Doc is resentful and feels sorry for himself when a new town doctor comes to town and makes off with his patients.

Guest Cast: Wendell Holmes (as Betchel), Bartlett Robinson (as Jake Wirth), Jack Younger (as Cullen), Fiona Hale (as Mrs. Crumley), Jack Grinnage (as Andy Wirth) and Bert Rumsey (as Sam)

Note: There's a Pabst Blue Ribbon advertising sign on the wall behind Doc in the Long Branch when the new doctor approaches him. The sign may be out of place since the label wasn't created until 1893.
14225"The Bear"Jesse HibbsJohn MestonFebruary 28, 1959 (1959-02-28)

A former saloon girl's upcoming marriage is put in jeopardy by her old boyfriend when he frames the bridegroom for murder.

Guest Cast: Grant Williams (as Joe Plummer), Norma Crane (as Tilda), Denver Pyle (as Mike Blocker), Russell Johnson (as Harry Weeb) and Guy Wilkerson (as Pete Wilkins)

Note: Russell Johnson was an American actor well-known for his role of Professor Roy Hinkley on Gilligan's Island.
14326"The Coward"Jesse HibbsJohn MestonMarch 7, 1959 (1959-03-07)

Matt and Chester's friend is mistaken for the Marshall and shot in the back by a coward.

Guest Cast: Barry Atwater ( as Ed Eby), House Peters Jr. (as Nat Swan), James Beck (credited Jim Beck as Jack Massey), William Phipps (as Lou), Barney Phillips (as Pence), George Selk (as Moss Grimmick), John Close (as Pete) and Sheldon Allman (as Bill)

Note: House Peters Jr. was the live-action mascot Mr. Clean, who made his television commercial debut for Procter & Gamble in 1958.
14427"The F.U."Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonMarch 14, 1959 (1959-03-14)

Matt investigates a series of crimes linked to one man, but Chester bungles the outcome.

Guest Cast: Bert Freed (as Al Clovis), Fay Roope (as Botkin), Joe Flynn (as Onie Becker), Steve Raines (as 1st Cowboy) and Edward Faulkner (credited Ed Faulkner as 2nd Cowboy)

Notes: Joe Flynn who portrayed Onie Becker was an American character actor best known for his role of Captain Wallace Binghamton in the 1960s television comedy McHale's Navy.

The title is rather risqué for 1950s television, leaving to interpretation who or what "The F.U." is.
14528"Wind"Arthur HillerJohn MestonMarch 21, 1959 (1959-03-21)

Matt suspects the new saloon girl of being associated with a crooked gambler.

Guest Cast: Mark Miller (as Frank Paris), Whitney Blake (as Dolly Varden), Roy Engel (as Jed Garvey), Dabbs Greer (as Jonas), Walter Burke (as Bystander), Allan Lurie (Singer), Stephen Roberts (as Hank), George Douglas (as Man), Guy Teague (as Norman) and Robert Swan (as John)

Note: Whitney Blake who played Dolly Varden was an American television and film actress, director and producer. She played Dorothy Baxter in the 1960s sitcom Hazel and was co-creator and writer along with her husband, Allan Manings of the popular sitcom One Day at a Time. Whitney is the mother of American actress and producer, Meredith Baxter.
14629"Fawn"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonApril 4, 1959 (1959-04-04)

Matt and Chester rescue a white woman and her half-Indian daughter held captive for ten years.

Guest Cast: Peggy Stewart (as Mrs. Philips), Robert Karnes (as Jep Hunter), Robert Rockwell (as Mr. Philips), Charles Fredericks (as Jack Band), Phil Harvey (as Henry), Joseph Kearns (credited Joe Kearns as Dobie), Raymond Guth (as Lou), Michael Gibson (credited Mike Gibson as Bert) and Wendy Stuart (as Fawn)

Notes: Robert Rockwell was an American stage, radio, film and television actor with over 350 TV credits in a career spanning more than 50 years. He starred in his own series as Sam Logan in the 1959-1960 ABC western, The Man from Blackhawk.

Joseph Kearns was an American radio, film and television actor who may be best remembered as the grouchy neighbor George Wilson on the CBS television series Dennis the Menace. He plays Dobie in this episode (29) and again in episode 31. He switches roles and plays the banker Botkin in episode 37.

Both Rockwell and Kearns appeared in both the radio and television versions of Our Miss Brooks. Robert played the shy biology teacher, Philip Boynton and Joseph was at first, Assistant Superintendent Michaels and later Superintendent Stone, the role he played on radio.
14730"Renegade White"Andrew V. McLaglenStory by : John Meston
Screenplay by : Les Crutchfield
April 11, 1959 (1959-04-11)

Matt tracks down a "white renegade" who's selling guns to a small band of Indians that have jumped the reservation.

Guest Cast: Michael Pate (as Wild Hog), Barney Phillips (as Ord Spicer), Robert Brubaker (as Jim Buck), Dabbs Greer (as Jonas) and Hank Patterson (as Jake)

Note: Hank Patterson was an American film and television actor with nearly 200 credits. He appeared in 35 Gunsmoke episodes (32 credited) primarily as the character Hank Miller and was well-known for his recurring role of farmer Fred Ziffel in two popular CBS television sitcoms, Petticoat Junction and Green Acres. Patterson's great-niece is American actress, Tea Leoni.
14831"Murder Warrant"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonApril 18, 1959 (1959-04-18)

Matt defends a local boy, wanted for murder in a nearby town run by a corrupt sheriff.

Guest Cast: Ed Nelson (as Lee Prentice), Onslow Stevens (as Ben Goddard), Mort Mills (as Jake Harbin), Fay Roope (as Botkin), Joseph Kearns (credited Joe Kearns as Dobie) and George Selk (as Moss Grimmick)

Note: Ed Nelson was an American stage, film and television actor with nearly 200 acting credits. He may be best known for his role of Dr. Michael Rossi on the 1964-1969 ABC prime-time soap opera, Peyton Place.
14932"Change of Heart"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonApril 25, 1959 (1959-04-25)

Matt is suspicious of a saloon girl who comes between two brothers that have inherited their father's ranch.

Guest Cast: Lucy Marlow (as Bella Grant), James Drury (as Jerry Cass), Ken Curtis (as Brisco) and Fay Roope (as Botkin)

Notes: James Drury played the lead in the 1962-1971 NBC Western television series, The Virginian. The first 90-minute Western television series.

Second appearance by Ken Curtis before his Festus Haggen role.
15033"Buffalo Hunter"Ted PostJohn MestonMay 2, 1959 (1959-05-02)

Matt pursues a demented buffalo hunter who savagely kills his own men.

Guest Cast: Harold J. Stone (as Gatluf), Garry Walberg (as Tobe), Lou Krugman (as Tom Mercer), William Meigs (as Agent), Sam Buffington (as Cook), Tom Holland (as Alvin), Brett King (as Duff) and Scott Stevens (as Pate)

Note: First of ten Gunsmoke appearances for Garry Walberg, an American character actor who may be best remembered as Lt. Frank Monahan in the 1976-1983 NBC medical drama, Quincy, M.E. Walberg had over 100 acting credits, mainly in television, with one being the very first episode of The Twilight Zone, ("Where is Everybody?")
15134"The Choice"Ted PostJohn MestonMay 9, 1959 (1959-05-09)

Matt helps a young gunman who is trying to go straight.

Guest Cast: Darryl Hickman (as Andy Hill), Robert Brubaker (Jim Buck), Charles Maxwell (as Kerrick) and Dick Rich (as Tough)

Notes: Darryl Hickman is the older brother of Dwayne Hickman who played the lead in The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.

Kerrick's wanted poster photo shows him wearing the same hat and shirt, the same wall art and shaded window as in the scene when he's talking with Matt in the Long Branch.
15235"There Never Was a Horse"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonMay 16, 1959 (1959-05-16)

A well-known gunfighter comes to Dodge and wants to add to his reputation by killing Matt.

Guest Cast: Jack Lambert (as Kin Creed), Joseph Sargent (credited Joe Sargent as Drunk), Larry J. Blake (credited Larry Blake as Budge), William Wellman Jr. (credited Bill Wellman Jr. as Roy) and Perry Ivins (as Clerk)
15336"Print Asper"Ted PostJohn MestonMay 23, 1959 (1959-05-23)

A rancher is suspected of murder after an unscrupulous lawyer tries to con him out of his land.

Guest Cast: J. Pat O'Malley (as Print Asper), Lew Brown (as Will Asper), Ted Knight (as Jay Rabb) and Robert Ivers (as Johnny Asper)

Notes: Ted Knight who played the lawyer Jay Rabb, was the vain and shallow newscaster Ted Baxter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show which may be his greatest success, winning him two Emmy's in 1973 and 1976.

When Will Asper is eavesdropping at the lawyer's window you can see an electrical outlet on the wall, next to the tree.

The ranch has been used in several past episodes; the giveaway is the large tree next to the corral.

The final scenes have continuality errors. When Johnny Asper falls to the ground his hat is above the rifle, then below and back again. The lantern is on the ground, then back on the wall and back on the ground again but turned around.
15437"The Constable"Arthur HillerJohn MestonMay 30, 1959 (1959-05-30)

Dodge City's merchants are unhappy when Matt clamps down on a Texas trail boss and his men.

Guest Cast: John Larch (as Rance), Strother Martin (as Dillard), Pitt Herbert (as Green), William Bryant (as 1st Cowboy), Joel Ashley (as 2nd Cowboy), Scott Peters (as Pete), Joseph Kearns (credited Joe Kearns as Botkin), Joseph Breen (as Mike), Robert DeCost (as Carl), Dan Sheridan (as Dobie), John Mitchum (as Joe), Lee J. Winters (credited Lee Winters as Bob) and Victor Lundin (credited Vic Lundin as Hank)

Notes: Joseph Kearns may be best remembered as George Wilson on the CBS television series Dennis the Menace. In this episode, his last of four appearances on Gunsmoke he plays Botkin, the town's banker, replacing Fay Roope.

Dan Sheridan plays Dobie, his last of three appearances. He will go on to play bartender Jake Summers in Lawman and pass away four years later of cancer in 1963 at the age of 46.

Victor Lundin who plays Hank was the first Klingon seen on the science fiction television series Star Trek: The Original Series in the episode "Errand of Mercy".
15538"Blue Horse"Andrew V. McLaglen and Ted PostStory by : Marian Clark
Screenplay by : John Meston
June 6, 1959 (1959-06-06)

Matt is injured and makes an ethical decision when an Indian he saved in the past now comes to his rescue.

Guest Cast: Gene Nelson (as Hob Cannon), Michael Pate (as Blue Horse), William Murphy (credited Bill Murphy as Lt. Eldridge) and Monte Hale (as Sgt.)

Notes: Blue Horse was an Oglala Lakota chief. He signed the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868, along with his brothers Chief American Horse the Elder and Chief Red Cloud.

A couple of notable errors in this episode; a jet contrail can be seen in the opening scenes and in the end scene you can see the shadow of the cameraman when Matt and Doc ride away in the buggy.
15639"Cheyennes"Ted PostJohn MestonJune 13, 1959 (1959-06-13)

While the Calvary searches for a small band of Cheyenne, Matt and Chester focus on the gunrunners that supplied the renegades with rifles.

Guest Cast: Walter Brooke (as Capt. Nichols), Tom Brown (as Major), Ralph Moody (as Long Robe), Chuck Roberson (as Sgt. Keller), Eddie Little Sky (as Warrior), Edward G. Robinson Jr. (credited Edward Robinson, Jr. as Brown), Dennis Cross (as Jim) and Kim Winona (credited Connie Buck as Daughter)

Notes: Eddie Little Sky who played the warrior, was a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe. He was one of the first Native American actors to play Native American roles, appearing in 36 films and over 60 television shows.

Edward G. Robinson Jr. who played Brown, was the son of Edward G. Robinson, best remembered for his tough-guy and gangster's roles.

Kim Winona who played the daughter, was an enrolled member of the Santee Sioux people.

The cabin with the wooden bridge across the ditch in the beginning scenes has been used in multiple episodes.

Season 5 (1959–60)Edit

Thirty-nine half-hour black-and-white episodes
Producer: Norman Macdonnell
Regular cast: James Arness (as Matt Dillon), Dennis Weaver (as Chester), Milburn Stone (as Doc), Amanda Blake (as Kitty)[43]
Guest cast: In credits order

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No. in
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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1571"Target"Andrew V. McLaglenStory by : Les Crutchfield
Screenplay by : John Meston
September 5, 1959 (1959-09-05)

A love story ends tragically when a rancher attempts to drive squatting gypsies off his land.

Guest Cast: John Carradine (as Kader), Suzanne Lloyd (as Nayomi), Frank de Kova (as Leader) and Darryl Hickman (as Danny)

Note: First on-screen credit for James Arness as associate producer.
1582"Kitty's Injury"Buzz KulikStory by : Marian Clark
Screenplay by : John Meston
September 19, 1959 (1959-09-19)

Kitty is injured when her horse throws her, and Matt must seek assistance from a poor prairie family whose son has distorted plans of his own.

Guest Cast: Don Dubbins (as Lootie), Anne Seymour (as Cora) and Karl Swenson (as Raff)
1593"Horse Deal"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonSeptember 26, 1959 (1959-09-26)

Matt devises a plan to catch a con man who's selling stolen horses to unaware townfolk.

Guest Cast: Harry Carey Jr. (as Deesha), Bartlett Robinson (as Bowers), Trevor Bardette (as Slim), Michael Hinn (as Wirth) and Fred Holliday (credited Fred Grossinger as Harper)
1604"Johnny Red"Buzz KulikStory by : Les Crutchfield
Screenplay by : John Meston
October 3, 1959 (1959-10-03)

A young man comes to Dodge claiming to be the long-lost son of a lonely widow, but Matt recognizes him from an old wanted poster and suspects a ruse.

Guest Cast: Josephine Hutchinson (as Mrs. Crale), James Drury (as Johnny Red), Robert Brubaker (as Jim Buck), Abel Fernandez (as Nate), Dennis McMullen (as Ponca City Kid), John Harrison (as Al) and Wayne West (as Ben)
1615"Tail to the Wind"Christian NybyStory by : Les Crutchfield
Screenplay by : John Meston
October 10, 1959 (1959-10-10)

Divine intervention intercedes when a timid homesteader and his wife are being bullied off their land and refuses Matt's help.

Guest Cast: Harry Townes (as Pezzy), Alice Backes (as Cora), Harry Swoger (as Burke) and Alan Reed Jr. (as Harlow)

Note: Matt puts up new wanted posters in the ending scenes, one is for Johnny Red, the titled character and alias of Billy Crale who perished at the end of the previous episode.
1626"Annie Oakley"Jesse HibbsJohn MestonOctober 17, 1959 (1959-10-17)

A drama seeking woman manipulates her husband into a fight with their neighbor.

Guest Cast: John Anderson (as Delliver), Florence MacMichael (as Kate) and George Mitchell (as Jeff)

Note: John Anderson's character is called Dolliver throughout the episode, but the credits spell his name as Delliver.
1637"Kangaroo"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonOctober 24, 1959 (1959-10-24)

A religious zealot passes judgement and delves out his own brand of justice, and now Chester has drawn his ire.

Guest Cast: Peter Whitney (as Ira), Richard Rust (as Dal), John Crawford (as Hod) and Lew Brown (as Jim Bride)

Note: The title of the episode refers to a kangaroo court where the outcome or verdict is already predetermined.
1648"Saludos"Andrew V. McLaglenStory by : Les Crutchfield
Screenplay by : John Meston
October 31, 1959 (1959-10-31)

Matt escorts three cowboys back to Dodge with hopes that a wounded Pawnee Indian girl can identify the one that shot her.

Guest Cast: Gene Nelson (as Foss), Robert J. Wilke (as Pegger), Jack Elam (as Steed) and Kim Winona (credited Connie Buck as Sochi)
1659"Brother Whelp"R.G. SpringsteenStory by : Les Crutchfield
Screenplay by : John Meston
November 7, 1959 (1959-11-07)

After three years in prison, a brother returns home only to find out that his life has been turned upside down, which he blames on his younger sibling.

Guest Cast: Lew Gallo (as Sted), Ellen Clark (as Tassy), John Clarke (as Tom), Dabbs Greer (as Jonas) and Clem Fuller (as Clem)
16610"The Boots"Jesse HibbsJohn MestonNovember 14, 1959 (1959-11-14)

An ex-gunman whose life spiraled down into a bottle still has one redeemable attribute, a 12-year-old orphan that he cares deeply for.

Guest Cast: John Larch (as Zeno), Wynn Pearce (as Hank Fergus) and Richard Eyer (as Tommy)
16711"Odd Man Out"Andrew V. McLaglenStory by : Les Crutchfield
Screenplay by : John Meston
November 21, 1959 (1959-11-21)

Something's amiss when an old farmer exhibiting odd behavior tells Matt and Chester that his wife left him.

Guest Cast: Elisha Cook Jr. (as Cyrus Tucker), William Edward Phipps (credited William Phipps as Hody Peel), Dabbs Greer (as Jonas), Elizabeth York (as Mrs. Peel), George Selk (as Moss Grimmick), Dallas Mitchell (as Cowboy) and Clem Fuller (as Clem)
16812"Miguel's Daughter"Andrew V. McLaglenStory by : Marian Clark
Screenplay by : John Meston
November 28, 1959 (1959-11-28)

A father who greatly believes in family honor takes the law into his own hands when his daughter is harassed and molested by two cowboys.

Guest Cast: Simon Oakland (as Miguel), Fintan Meyler (as Chavela), Wesley Lau (as Ab) and Ed Nelson (as Rusk)
16913"Box o' Rocks"R.G. SpringsteenLes CrutchfieldDecember 5, 1959 (1959-12-05)

Matt searches for a man who faked his own death after his coffin is found full of rocks.

Guest Cast: Vaughn Taylor (as Parson), Larry J. Blake (credited Larry Blake as Crooder), William Fawcett (as Packy), Howard McNear (as Pete) and Gertrude Flynn (as Mrs. Blouze)
17014"False Witness"Ted PostStory by : Marian Clark
Screenplay by : John Meston
December 12, 1959 (1959-12-12)

An attention seeking man claims he was an eyewitness to murder and then proceeds to finger an innocent cowboy.

Guest Cast: Wright King (as Crep), Wayne Rogers (as Tom), Robert Griffin (as Judge), Len Hendry (as Hank), Richard Sinatra (as Bob), Clem Fuller (as Clem), Norman Sturgis (as Jake), Brad Trumbull (as Sawyer) and Harold Goodwin (as Clerk)
17115"Tag, You're It"Jesse HibbsLes CrutchfieldDecember 19, 1959 (1959-12-19)

Dodge townspeople are highly agitated when a notorious gunfighter comes to town, and no one knows who he's after.

Guest Cast: Paul Langton (as Killion), Madlyn Rhue (as Rusty), Gregg Stewart (as Tex), Clem Fuller (as Clem) and Harold Goodwin (as Clerk)

Note: Last episode to feature the beginning Boot Hill introduction.
17216"Thick 'n' Thin"Stuart HeislerStory by : Les Crutchfield
Screenplay by : John Meston
December 26, 1959 (1959-12-26)

Matt tries to keep the peace between two old bickering curmudgeons who share a homestead.

Guest Cast: Robert Emhardt (as Brace), Percy Helton (as Otie) and Tina Menard (as Summer Dove)
17317"Groat's Grudge"Andrew V. McLaglenStory by : Marian Clark
Screenplay by : John Meston
January 2, 1960 (1960-01-02)

An ex-Confederate cavalryman, whose been searching for years, has finally found the former Union officer he thinks is responsible for the death of his wife during Sherman's March to the Sea.

Guest Cast: Ross Elliott (credited Ross Elliot as Lee), Thomas Coley (as Tom), Ben Wright (as Walt), Dabbs Greer (as Jonas), Clegg Hoyt (as Cook), Howard Culver (as Dobie) and Clem Fuller (as Clem)
17418"Big Tom"Andrew V. McLaglenStory by : Marian Clark
Screenplay by : John Meston
January 9, 1960 (1960-01-09)

Two unscrupulous boxing promoters set-up a deadly match for a washed-up local prize fighter in a winner take all contest.

Guest Cast: Robert J. Wilke (as Tom), Harry Lauter (as Clay), Don Megowan (as Creel), Howard Caine (as Brady), Gregg Palmer (as Harry), Rand Harper (as Jim) and Clem Fuller (as Clem)
17519"Till Death Do Us"Jean YarbroughLes CrutchfieldJanuary 16, 1960 (1960-01-16)

An abusive and self-righteous rancher becomes the target of a hired gunman.

Guest Cast: Milton Selzer (as Jezra), Mary Field (as Minerva) and Rayford Barnes (as Puggy)
17620"The Tragedian"Arthur HillerStory by : Les Crutchfield
Screenplay by : John Meston
January 23, 1960 (1960-01-23)

An unemployed and impoverished stage actor resorts to petty crime when his world collides with a jailed murderer.

Guest Cast: John Abbott (as Eddie), Howard McNear (as Joe), Harry Woods (as Ben) and Stanley Clements (as Brad)
17721"Hinka Do"Andrew V. McLaglenLes CrutchfieldJanuary 30, 1960 (1960-01-30)

Matt, Chester and Doc try to unravel a mystery involving the missing Lady Gay Saloon owner and the brash, larger than life female proprietress whose taken over the establishment.

Guest Cast: Nina Varela (as Mamie), Walter Burke (as Herman), Michael Greene (credited Mike Green as Cowboy), Richard Reeves (as Drunk), Ric Roman (as Manuel) and Bob Hopkins (as Pete)

Note: The title of the episode may confuse the viewer and the meaning may be open to interpretation, but generally hinka is defined as individuals who want to discover, investigate and comprehend. Solving mysteries and learning about secrets are paramount.
17822"Doc Judge"Arthur HillerJohn MestonFebruary 6, 1960 (1960-02-06)

Chester protects Doc from an escaped convict who mistakens him for the Wyoming Territory judge that sentenced him to seven years.

Guest Cast: Barry Atwater (as Harp), Dennis Cross (as Bob), Dabbs Greer (as Jonas) and George Selk (as Moss)
17923"Moo Moo Raid"Andrew V. McLaglenStory by : Les Crutchfield
Screenplay by : John Meston
February 13, 1960 (1960-02-13)

Two trail bosses driving their herds to Dodge threaten to kill each other over the use of a local farmer's special swimming cow.

Guest Cast: Raymond Hatton (as Onie), Lane Bradford (as Tush), Robert Karnes (as Bert), Tyler McVey (as Gib), Richard Evans (as Pete), Ron Hayes (as Cary), John Close (as Joe) and Clem Fuller (as Clem)
18024"Kitty's Killing"Arthur HillerStory by : Marian Clark
Screenplay by : John Meston
February 20, 1960 (1960-02-20)

Kitty prevents a distraught and frenzied man form killing his son-in-law, who he blames for the death of his daughter.

Guest Cast: Abraham Sofaer (as Jeremiah Leech), John Pickard (as Ollie) and Clem Fuller (as Clem)
18125"Jailbait Janet"Jesse HibbsLes CrutchfieldFebruary 27, 1960 (1960-02-27)

Matt tracks down a desperate family who robbed a train and killed the baggage clerk in retaliation for the railroad inadvertently burning down their farm.

Guest Cast: John Larch (as Dan), Nan Peterson (as Janet), Bartlett Robinson (as Krocker), Steve Terrell (credited Steven Terrell as Jerry) and Jon Lormer (as Clerk)
18226"Unwanted Deputy"Andrew V. McLaglenStory by : Marian Clark
Screenplay by : John Meston
March 5, 1960 (1960-03-05)

A convicted murderer's sibling concocts a unique plan to avenge his brother's hanging, by unofficially acting as town deputy with hopes of provoking Matt into a gunfight.

Guest Cast: Charles Aidman (as Vince), Mary Carver (as Maise), Marlowe Jensen (as Dave), Dick Rich (as Rudd), Edward Faulkner (credited Ed Faulkner as Harry), Ray Boyle (credited Dirk London as Touhey), Craig Fox (as Lee), Bob Wiensko (as Bob) and Joe Haworth (as Charlie)
18327"Where'd They Go"Jesse HibbsStory by : Les Crutchfield
Screenplay by : John Meston
March 12, 1960 (1960-03-12)

Matt and Chester ride out to arrest a shrewd farmer for robbing the general store, but the silver-tongued fellow completely pulls the wool over their eyes.

Guest Cast: Jack Elam (as Clint Dodie), Betty Harford (as Medora) and Dabbs Greer (as Jonas)
18428"Crowbait Bob"Andrew V. McLaglenLes CrutchfieldMarch 26, 1960 (1960-03-26)

A dying old prospector has everyone curious when he wills Kitty all of his worldly possessions, much to the dismay of his niece and her husband.

Guest Cast: Hank Patterson (as Crowbait), Ned Glass (as Elbin), Shirley O'Hara (as Martha) and John Apone (as Ace)
18529"Colleen So Green"Jean YarbroughStory by : Les Crutchfield
Screenplay by : John Meston
April 2, 1960 (1960-04-02)

A pretty Southern belle uses her beauty and native wit to charm the pants off all the single men of Dodge.

Guest Cast: Joanna Moore (as Colleen), Harry Swoger (as Bull), Dabbs Greer (as Jonas), Robert Brubaker (as Jim Buck), Perry Ivins (as Employee), Clem Fuller (as Clem) and Harold Goodwin (as Clerk)
18630"The Ex-Urbanites"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonApril 9, 1960 (1960-04-09)

Chester takes care of a severely injured Doc when they're bushwhacked by a pair of outlaws out on the open prairie.

Guest Cast: Robert J. Wilke (credited Robert Wilke as Pitt), Ken Curtis (as Jesse) and Lew Brown (as Nage)
18731"I Thee Wed"Jesse HibbsStory by : Les Crutchfield
Screenplay by : John Meston
April 16, 1960 (1960-04-16)

A despicable and abusive husband keeps beating his wife and she just hopes and believes that he'll change, until he doesn't.

Guest Cast: Allyn Joslyn (as Sam), Alice Frost (as Hester) and Hank Patterson (as Judge)
18832"The Lady Killer"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonApril 23, 1960 (1960-04-23)

Matt suspects Kitty's new saloon girl is a hired killer and when she shoots a man set to testify against a known gambler, he must connect the dots.

Guest Cast: Jan Harrison (as Mae), Harry Lauter (as Sy), Ross Elliott (as Grant), George Selk (as Moss), Charles Sterrett (as Cowboy) and Clem Fuller (as Clem)
18933"Gentleman's Disagreement"Jesse HibbsLes CrutchfieldApril 30, 1960 (1960-04-30)

After five years, a jealous gunman carrying a personal grudge has finally found the man who married the girl he once courted.

Guest Cast: Fintan Meyler (as Jeanne), Val Dufour (as Beaudry), Adam Kennedy (as Bert), Tom Reese (as Tulsa) and Joseph Hamilton (as Pete)
19034"Speak Me Fair"Andrew V. McLaglenLes CrutchfieldMay 7, 1960 (1960-05-07)

Matt has his hands full investigating two separate crimes, a Kiowa Indian boy found nearly beaten to death and cattle rustling at a nearby ranch.

Guest Cast: Douglas Kennedy (as Traych), Ken Curtis (as Scout), Chuck Roberson (as Driver) and Perry Cook (as Gunner)
19135"Belle's Back"Jesse HibbsLes CrutchfieldMay 14, 1960 (1960-05-14)

A local girl returns to Dodge asking for a fresh start, after riding off with a notorious gunman three years ago.

Guest Cast: Nita Talbot (as Belle), Nancy Rennick (as Phyllis), Gage Clarke (as Dobie) and Dan White (credited Daniel White as Ainsley)
19236"The Bobsy Twins"Jesse HibbsJohn MestonMay 21, 1960 (1960-05-21)

Crude hillbilly twin brothers come west to Dodge to kill Indians, and along the way their callous nature leaves a trail of violence.

Guest Cast: Morris Ankrum (as Merle), Ralph Moody (as Harvey), Buck Young (as Bud Grant), Jean Howell (as Lavinia), John O'Malley (as Man), Charles McArthur (as Taylor), Richard Chamberlain (as Pete), Paul Hahn (as Les), Hank Patterson (as Carl) and Clem Fuller (as Clem)

Note: The title is a reference to the long running series of American children's books, The Bobbsey Twins.
19337"Old Flame"Jesse HibbsStory by : Marian Clark
Screenplay by : John Meston
May 28, 1960 (1960-05-28)

Matt's old girlfriend asks him to find her abusive husband, who she claims beat her and ran off with all her money, but Kitty suspects she has ulterior motives.

Guest Cast: Marilyn Maxwell (as Dolly), Lee Van Cleef (as Rad), Peggy Stewart (as Mary), Hal Smith (as Dobie) and Clem Fuller (as Clem)
19438"The Deserter"Arthur HillerStory by : Marian Clark
Screenplay by : John Meston
June 4, 1960 (1960-06-04)

Matt acquires information that puts him on the trail of an Army corporal and his civilian partner who stole a Fort Dodge payroll.

Guest Cast: Harry Bartell (as Jed), Jean Inness (as Maddie), Joseph V. Perry (credited Joe Perry as Radin), Henry Brandon (as The Major), Rudy Solari (as Lurie), Charles Fredericks (as Sgt. Strate) and Clem Fuller (as Clem)
19539"Cherry Red"Andrew V. McLaglenLes CrutchfieldJune 11, 1960 (1960-06-11)

A stagecoach special agent comes to Dodge searching for one-half of a hold-up team and falls in love with the wife of the other half, who he shot and killed.

Guest Cast: Joanna Moore (as Cherry), Arthur Franz (as Red), Douglas Kennedy (as Yancey) and Cliff Ketchum (as Nightshirt)

Season 6 (1960–61)Edit

Thirty-eight half-hour black-and-white episodes
Producer: Norman Macdonnell; associate producer: James Arness
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Dennis Weaver (Chester), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty)[44]
Guest cast: In credits order

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1961"Friend's Pay-Off"Jesse HibbsStory by : Marian Clark
Screenplay by : John Meston
September 3, 1960 (1960-09-03)

Matt shoots and kills the outlaw who wounded his old friend on the road to Dodge, but the assailant's dying words will alter the Marshal's friendship.

Guest Cast: Mike Road (as Ab), Tom Reese (as Leeds), George Selk (as Moss), Jay Hector (as Boy) and Clem Fuller (as Clem)
1972"The Blacksmith"Andrew V. McLaglenStory by : Norman MacDonnell
Screenplay by : John Meston
September 17, 1960 (1960-09-17)

An immigrant blacksmith faces the backlash from a disgruntled rancher when he refuses to sell his land.

Guest Cast: George Kennedy (as Emil), Anna-Lisa (as Gretchen), Robert Anderson (credited Bob Anderson as Tolman), Wesley Lau (as Willy) and Herbert Patterson (credited Herb Patterson as Spooner)
1983"Small Water"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonSeptember 24, 1960 (1960-09-24)

Despite his claims of innocence, Matt arrests a family patriarch and escorts him to Dodge, but his sons give chase and methodically cut off the Marshal's escape.

Guest Cast: Trevor Bardette (as Finn), Warren Oates (as Seth) and Rex Holman (as Leroy)
1994"Say Uncle"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonOctober 1, 1960 (1960-10-01)

A young man suspects his recently arrived uncle of murder when his father dies in a freak accident.

Guest Cast: Gene Nelson (as Hutch), Dorothy Green (as Nancy), Richard Rust (as Lee), Harry Lauter (as Martin), Roy Barcroft (as Farr), Dabbs Greer (as Jonas) and James Rawley (as Man)
2005"Shooting Stopover"Andrew V. McLaglenStory by : Marian Clark
Screenplay by : John Meston
October 8, 1960 (1960-10-08)

Matt and Chester transport a prisoner to Wichita by stagecoach and are forced to take a stand at the stage's stopover when they're set upon by bandits.

Guest Cast: Patricia Barry (as Laura), Anthony Caruso (as Gurney), Robert Brubaker (as Jim Buck) and Paul Guilfoyle (as Reverend)
2016"The Peace Officer"Jesse HibbsStory by : Norman MacDonnell
Screenplay by : John Meston
October 15, 1960 (1960-10-15)

Matt relives Tascosa's Sheriff of duty after a complaint of corruption and in return he sends his henchmen to intercept the Marshal while making a veiled threat, "there's a lot of prairie between here and Dodge".

Guest Cast: Susan Cummings (as Stella), Lane Bradford (as Rawlins), Arthur Peterson (credited Arthur Peterson Jr. as Parks), John Zaccaro (as Ponce), John Close (as Lighter), Gilman Rankin (as Shay), Stafford Repp (as Styles) and James Nusser (as Crowe)
2027"Don Matteo"Jesse HibbsStory by : Marian Clark
Screenplay by : John Meston
October 22, 1960 (1960-10-22)

A Mexican rancher, Matt's friend from his Texas border days, arrives in Dodge hunting the ill-tempered gunman that dishonored his family and the Marshal warns him to not take the law into his own hands.

Guest Cast: Bing Russell (as Tabor), Anne Whitfield (as Trudy), Lawrence Dobkin (as Esteban Garcia), Barney Phillips (as Bill Pence), Ben Wright (as Calmers) and Roy Engel (as Grimes)

Note: The title of the episode, "Don Matteo" is a term of high admiration for Matt Dillon. In Spanish-speaking counties the use of "Don" before a man's first name is a sign of respect.
2038"The Worm"Arthur HillerJohn MestonOctober 29, 1960 (1960-10-29)

A crude buffalo hunter and his bullied lackey come to Dodge to sell their hides and encounter ridicule and discrimination.

Guest Cast: Kenneth Tobey (as Spadden), H.M. Wynant (as Cornet), Ned Glass (as Ritchie), Stewart Bradley (as Archer), Gage Clarke (as Judge) and Howard Culver (as Clerk)
2049"The Badge"Andrew V. McLaglenStory by : Marian Clark
Screenplay by : John Meston
November 12, 1960 (1960-11-12)

Matt is ambushed and held hostage by two bank robbers who desperately need a horse, but it's his badge that proves pivotal.

Guest Cast: John Dehner (as Rack), Conlan Carter (as Augie), Harry Swoger (as Ike), Allan Lane (as Mac) and Michael T. Mikler (credited Michael Mikler as Charlie)
20510"Distant Drummer"Arthur HillerStory by : Marian Clark
Screenplay by : John Meston
November 19, 1960 (1960-11-19)

A naive Civil War drummer boy is harassed and badgered by a couple of Dodge City locals and then jailed when one of the tormentors turns-up dead.

Guest Cast: Bruce Gordon (as Sloat), Jack Grinnage (as Raffie), George Mitchell (as Grade), George Selk (as Moss), William Newell (as Green) and Phil Chambers (as Hugo)
20611"Ben Tolliver's Stud"Andrew V. McLaglenStory by : Norman MacDonnell
Screenplay by : John Meston
November 26, 1960 (1960-11-26)

A brash ranch hand quits his job over disagreements with his boss and appropriates the horse he caught and broke, but the rancher claims ownership of the steed and accuses him of theft.

Guest Cast: John Lupton (as Ben), Jean Ingram (as Nancy), Roy Barcroft (as Jake) and Hank Patterson (as Carl)
20712"No Chip"Jean YarbroughJohn MestonDecember 3, 1960 (1960-12-03)

Neighboring ranchers spar over cattle grazing rights which escalates into an all-out war where one elderly rancher must confront three lawless brothers alone.

Guest cast: John Hoyt (as Jeff), Leo Gordon (as Hutch), Rex Holman (as Pete), Mark Allen (as Grant) and Guy Stockwell (as Lee)

Note: The title of the episode refers to the relationship between the father and son, in this case, it would be "no chip off the old block".
20813"The Wake"Gerald MayerJohn MestonDecember 10, 1960 (1960-12-10)

A bold and daring man brings his dearly departed best friend into Dodge for a proper burial and the madcap wake that comes with it.

Guest Cast: Denver Pyle (as Gus), Anne Seymour (as Mrs. Boggs), Michael Hinn (as Joe Brant) and George Selk (as Moss)
20914"The Cook"Ted PostJohn MestonDecember 17, 1960 (1960-12-17)

A drifter becomes extremely popular when he pays off his debt by cooking at Delmonico's, but an altercation with a customer lead to murder.

Guest Cast: Guy Stockwell (as Sandy King), Sue Randall (as Effie), John Pickard (as Jack Purdy), Ken Mayer (as Ed Fisher), Tom Greenway (as Gus), Harry Swoger (as Hank Green), John Milford (as Joe Grisim), Gene Benton (as Waiter), Brad Trumbull (as Pete), Craig Duncan (as Joe) and Sam Woody (as Cowboy)
21015"Old Fool"Ted PostJohn MestonDecember 24, 1960 (1960-12-24)

A married farmer is attracted to a widowed temptress who steadily lures him in, but his strong-willed wife ends up teaching both a lesson.

Guest Cast: Buddy Ebsen (as Hannibal), Hope Summers (as Della), Linda Watkins (as Elsie) and Hampton Fancher (as Dunc)
21116"Brother Love"Franklin AdreonJohn MestonDecember 31, 1960 (1960-12-31)

Matt investigates a robbery and murder at Jonas' general store and what results is an unexpected family tragedy.

Guest Cast: Gene Lyons (as Frank), Lurene Tuttle (as Mrs. Cumbers), Kevin Hagen (as Nate), Jan Harrison (as Polly), Jack Grinnage (as Gus), Dabbs Greer (as Jonas) and Clem Fuller (as Clem)
21217"Bad Sheriff"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonJanuary 7, 1961 (1961-01-07)

Matt is suspicious of an opportunistic sheriff and his deputy who caught a stagecoach robber with a saddlebag full of money.

Guest Cast: Russell Arms (as Hark), Ken Lynch (as Gance), Harry Carey Jr. (as Turloe), Don Keefer (as Chet) and Lane Chandler (as Sam)
21318"Unloaded Gun"Jesse HibbsStory by : Marian Clark
Screenplay by : John Meston
January 14, 1961 (1961-01-14)

Matt becomes quite ill suffering from fever and exhaustion when a cold-blooded killer comes to town and in his daze, he confronts the outlaw totally unaware that Chester has cleaned and unloaded his gun.

Guest Cast: William Redfield (as Joe Lime), Lew Brown (as Red Lime), Hank Patterson (as Carl Miller), Gregg Dunn (as Bob Carter), James Malcolm (as Harry), Clem Fuller (as Clem), Bobby Goodwins (as Boy) and Rik Nervik (as Townsman)
21419"Tall Trapper"Harry Harris Jr.Story by : Marian Clark
Screenplay by : John Meston
January 21, 1961 (1961-01-21)

A Georgia couple traveling by wagon makes camp outside of Dodge with a trapper and the next morning the husband begs Doc to come out and treat his ailing wife, but what he finds is far more distressing.

Guest Cast: Strother Martin (as Rowley), Tom Reese (as Ben), Jan Shepard (as Tassie) and George Selk (as Moss)
21520"Love Thy Neighbor"Dennis WeaverJohn MestonJanuary 28, 1961 (1961-01-28)

A misunderstanding over a stolen sack of potatoes leads to a deadly feud between two homestead families.

Guest Cast: Jeanette Nolan (as Rose), Jack Elam (as Ben), Harry Dean Stanton (credited Dean Stanton as Harley), Ken Lynch (credited Kenneth Lynch as Leroy), Warren Oates (as Jep), Nora Marlowe (as Jennie), David Kent (as Peter), Cyril Delevanti (as Sy Tewksbury) and Wayne West (as Man)

Note: First of four episodes directed by Dennis Weaver.
21621"Bad Seed"Harry HarrisStory by : Norman MacDonnell
Screenplay by : John Meston
February 4, 1961 (1961-02-04)

Matt saves a runaway teenage girl from her abusive father, but she causes nothing but trouble for the Marshal.

Guest Cast: Anne Helm (as Trudy), Roy Barcroft (as Asa) and Burt Douglas (as Gar)
21722"Kitty Shot"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonFebruary 11, 1961 (1961-02-11)

Kitty is caught in the crossfire during a bar room brawl and Matt trails the shooter out on the open range, but little does he know, a mysterious rider is tracking him.

Guest Cast: George Kennedy (as Bayloe), Rayford Barnes (as Helm) and Joseph Mell (as Bill Pence)
21823"About Chester"Alan Crosland Jr.Story by : Frank Paris
Screenplay by : John Meston
February 25, 1961 (1961-02-25)

Chester fights for his life when he's held captive by an irrational off-balanced horse thief and his abused common-law wife.

Guest Cast: Charles Aidman (as Dack), Mary Munday (as Lilymae), Harry Shannon (as Bowers), House Peters Jr. (as Jake) and George Eldredge (as Cluney)
21924"Harriet"Gene Fowler Jr.John MestonMarch 4, 1961 (1961-03-04)

Matt inadvertently gives away a young woman's daring cat and mouse plan of revenge against the two men that murdered her father.

Guest Cast: Suzanne Lloyd (as Harriet), Tom Reese (as Scorp), Ron Hayes (as Hoagler), Joseph Hamilton (as Horne) and Howard Culver (as Howard)
22025"Potshot"Harry HarrisJohn MestonMarch 11, 1961 (1961-03-11)

Chester is shot and wounded which coincides with the arrival of a strange old man, who thoroughly enjoys stirring-up a little mischief.

Guest Cast: Karl Swenson (as Hutch), Gage Clarke (as Botkin), Wallace Rooney (as Peters), Joseph Mell (as Pence), Dallas Mitchell (as Bert), Barton Heyman (as Joe), Michael Harris (as Harve), John Harmon (as Carl), Quentin Sondergaard (as Cowboy) and Alex Sharp (as Bud)
22126"Old Faces"Harry HarrisJohn MestonMarch 18, 1961 (1961-03-18)

A young married couple come to Dodge to settle down, but the bride's past quickly catches up to both of them.

Guest Cast: James Drury (as Tom), Jan Shepard (as Tilda), George Keymas (as Ivers), Ron Hayes (as Varden) and Robert Brubaker (as Jim Buck)

Note: First of 245 appearances by Glenn Strange in an uncredited role as Sam.
22227"Big Man"Gerald MayerJohn MestonMarch 25, 1961 (1961-03-25)

A belligerent man who made unwanted advancements on Kitty is found beaten to death and an eyewitness comes forward claiming Matt did it.

Guest Cast: John McLiam (as Jud), George Kennedy (as Swarner), Chris Alcaide (as Mike), Sandy Kenyon (as Ak), Rayford Barnes (as Harry), Barney Phillips (as Pence), Steve Warren (as Cowboy), James Nusser (as Dick) and Mathew McCue (as Joe)

Note: Mathew McCue appears in 71 Gunsmoke episodes as Joe, waiter or townsman. This is his first of three credited roles as Joe.
22328"Little Girl"Dennis WeaverStory by : Kathleen Hite
Screenplay by : John Meston
April 1, 1961 (1961-04-01)

Matt and Chester come upon a burnt homestead and are surprised by a ten-year-old girl emerging from the brush who attaches herself to the Marshal.

Guest Cast: Susan Gordon (as Charity), Wright King (as Hi Stevens), Bill McLean (as Rafe), Loyal T. Lucas (credited Doc Lucas as Albie) and Ann Morrison (as Mrs. Henry)

Note: Six of the boys in the scene with the overwhelmed father (Wright King) in the house full of rambunctious children are his actual three sons (Meegan, Michael and Rip King) and Dennis Weaver's real-life sons (Richard, Robert and Rustin Weaver).
22429"Stolen Horses"Andrew V. McLaglenStory by : Norman MacDonnell
Screenplay by : John Meston
April 8, 1961 (1961-04-08)

Matt and Chester track down a murderer and horse thief into Indian territory.

Guest Cast: Buck Young (as Jim Redigo), Shirley O'Hara (as Mrs. Kurtch), Jack Lambert (as Tebow), Guy Raymond (as Abe), Henry Brandon (as Quick Knife), Charles Seel (as Jed Cuff), Alex Sharp (as Acker) and Eddie Little Sky (as Brave)
22530"Minnie"Harry HarrisJohn MestonApril 15, 1961 (1961-04-15)

A wounded female buffalo skinner seeking medical attention flaunts all her womanly charms when she becomes enamored with Doc.

Guest Cast: Virginia Gregg (as Minnie), Alan Hale Jr. (as Jake), George Selk (as Moss), Joseph Mell (as Pence), Barry Cahill (as Pete), Bob J. Human (as Hank) and Mathew McCue (as Joe)
22631"Bless Me Till I Die"Ted PostStory by : Ray Kemper
Screenplay by : John Meston
April 22, 1961 (1961-04-22)

The town's diminutive loudmouth bully has a beef with a newly arrived couple and recognizes the husband who's hiding his checkered past.

Guest Cast: Phyllis Love (as Beth), Ron Foster (as Cole), Vic Perrin (as Nate) and Dabbs Greer (as Jonas)
22732"Long Hours, Short Pay"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonApril 29, 1961 (1961-04-29)

Matt captures a gunrunner trading rifles with the Pawnees and in turn is captured himself.

Guest Cast: John Larch (as Serpa), Lalo Rios (as Little Fox), Allan Lane (as Capt. Graves), Dawn Little Sky (as Squaw), Steve Warren (as Sergeant), Frank Sentry (as Crooked Knife) and Fred McDougall (as Tracker)

Note: Fred McDougall appeared in 222 Gunsmoke episodes, mostly as a townsman, barfly or bartender. This was his first and only credited role as tracker.
22833"Hard Virtue"Dennis WeaverJohn MestonMay 6, 1961 (1961-05-06)

A freight line owner has an accident with a down-and-out young couple and offers the husband a job, but it's his wife that he's more interested in.

Guest Cast: Lew Brown (as Andy), Leah Waggner (credited Lia Waggner as Millie), Robert Karnes (as Fallon), James Maloney (as Jenkins) and George Selk (as Moss)
22934"The Imposter"Byron PaulStory by : Kathleen Hite
Screenplay by : John Meston
May 13, 1961 (1961-05-13)

A Sheriff from Miami, Texas comes to Dodge looking for a bank robber and murderer, but Matt soon learns that he's not what he seems.

Guest Cast: Virginia Gregg (as Mrs. Curtin), Harp McGuire (as Ab), Paul Langton (as Rob Curtin) and Garry Walberg (as Harve)
23035"Chester's Dilemma"Ted PostStory by : Vic Perrin
Screenplay by : John Meston
May 20, 1961 (1961-05-20)

Chester becomes infatuated with a runaway girl from Ohio who exploits his position of Marshal's assistant to hide her secret.

Guest Cast: Patricia Smith (as Edna), John Van Dreelen (as Gruber) and Dabbs Greer (as Jonas)
23136"The Love of Money"Ted PostJohn MestonMay 27, 1961 (1961-05-27)

Matt's friend, a retired U.S. Marshal from Oklahoma territory is shot in the back and his murder may go unsolved, but when a $500 information reward is offered, greed and betrayal take over.

Guest Cast: Cloris Leachman (as Boni), Warren J. Kemmerling (credited Warren Kemmerling as Nate), Michael Ford (as Pete) and Tod Andrews (as Myles Cody)
23237"Melinda Miles"William D. FarallaJohn MestonJune 3, 1961 (1961-06-03)

A rancher's daughter alibi's her boyfriend, who's suspected of killing her father's right-hand man leaving Matt to solve the mystery.

Guest Cast: Diana Millay (as Melinda), Burt Douglas (as Tom), Walter Sande (as Miles), Charles H. Gray (credited Charles Gray as Tayloe), Dabbs Greer (as Jonas), Rand Brooks (as Rand), George Selk (as Moss) and Glenn Strange (as Man)

Note: Glenn Strange appears in a role other than Sam, in this his first on-screen Gunsmoke credit as man.
23338"Colorado Sheriff"Jesse HibbsJohn MestonJune 17, 1961 (1961-06-17)

A Colorado Sheriff is insistent in arresting the wounded man Matt and Chester found out on the open prairie, but without an arrest warrant the Marshal suspects that he's being untruthful.

Guest Cast: Wright King (as Rod), Robert Karnes (as Ben), Kelton Garwood (as Sam Jones) and Woodrow Chambliss (as Myles)

One-hour black-and-white eraEdit

Seasons 7 - 11
1961/62 through 1965/66
176 one-hour black-and-white episodes
All two-parters counted as two individual hour-long episodes

Season 7 (1961–62)Edit

Thirty-four one-hour black-and-white episodes
Producer: Norman Macdonnell; associate producer: Frank Paris
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Dennis Weaver (Chester), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty)[45]
Guest cast: In credits order

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2341"Perce"Harry HarrisJohn MestonSeptember 30, 1961 (1961-09-30)

A gunslinger saves Matt's life and becomes well-liked in Dodge, but the love of a woman leads him down the wrong trail.

Guest Cast: Norma Crane (as Ida), Ed Nelson (as Perce), Ken Lynch (credited Kenneth Lynch as Seeber), Robert Brubaker (as Jim Buck), James Nusser (as Louie Pheeters), John Mitchum (as Norm), Chuck Hayward (as Kemp), Baynes Barron (as Vicks) and Alex Sharp (as Nickols)

Note: First appearance for the character, Louie Pheeters, played by James Nusser.
2352"Old Yellow Boots"Ted PostJohn MestonOctober 7, 1961 (1961-10-07)

Matt suspects one man for two different murders, an old prospector and well-to-do rancher, his only clue is an unusual boot imprint.

Guest Cast: Joanne Linville (as Beulah), Warren Stevens (as Cassidy), Steve Brodie (as Welch), Bing Russell (as Head), Harry Dean Stanton (credited Dean Stanton as Leroy), James Nusser (as Louie Pheeters), Dabbs Greer (as Mr. Jonas), Charles P. Thompson (credited Charles Thompson as Milton), Dick Rich (as Big John), Howard Wright (as Smythe), James Logan (as Ezra) and Charles Tannen (as Hill)
2363"Miss Kitty"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteOctober 14, 1961 (1961-10-14)

Dodge's rumor mill is running full overdrive when Kitty whisks a young boy off the stagecoach and hustles him out into the country, but much to Kitty's dismay, the gossip finds the wrong ears.

Guest Cast: Harold J. Stone (credited Harold Stone as Horace), Linda Watkins (as Mattie), John Lasell (as Tucker), Frank Sutton (as Charlie), Roger Mobley (as Thad), Dabbs Greer (as Mr. Jonas), George Selk (as Moss Grimmick), Joseph Breen (as driver), Andy Albin (as proprietor) and Glenn Strange (as Sam)
2374"Harpe's Blood"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonOctober 21, 1961 (1961-10-21)

Bad blood runs through a family's veins and a brute of a man promises his dying wife that he will raise their two sons "hard and strict".

Guest Cast: Peter Whitney (as Cooley), Evans Evans (as Jenny), Dan Stafford (as Kyle), Conlan Carter (as Jeff), Warren J. Kemmerling (credited Warren Kemmerling as Carr), Moria Turner (as Sarah), Chris Hughes (as Jeff - as a boy) and Rickey Kelman (credited Ricky Kelman as Kyle - as a boy)
2385"All That"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonOctober 28, 1961 (1961-10-28)

A failed rancher loses everything, home, cattle and wife, but comes-up with an ingenious plan to pay back those that wronged him.

Guest Cast: John Larch (as Shanks), Buddy Ebsen (as Quimby), Guy Raymond (as Redfield), Frances Helm (as Clara), Harry Lauter (as Terry), Herbert Patterson (as Len), Harry Swoger (as Hank Green), Gage Clarke (as Mr. Botkin), George Selk (as Moss Grimmick), Harold Innocent (as clerk), Tim Frawley (as Mike), Howard Wright (as Harry) and Glenn Strange (as Sam)
2396"Long, Long Trail"Andrew V. McLaglenKathleen HiteNovember 4, 1961 (1961-11-04)

Matt reluctantly agrees to escort a young woman on a treacherous journey across the prairie to Fort Wallace, Kansas, where they encounter numerous perils along the way.

Guest Cast: Barbara Lord (as Sarah Drew), Mabel Albertson (as Gody Baines), Alan Baxter (as Lou Hacker), Peggy Stewart (as Fan Hacker) and Robert Dix (as Jamie)

Notes: Dialogue within the episode has Matt telling Sara that they're eating son-of-a-gun stew, a real cowboy recipe which contained many of the cow's innards including sweetbreads and marrow gut.

Fort Wallace (1865-1882) was an actual United States Cavalry military installation instrumental in defending settlers from Cheyenne and Sioux Indian raids. All that remains of the fort today is its cemetery.
2407"The Squaw"Gerald MayerJohn DunkelNovember 11, 1961 (1961-11-11)

A widowed rancher takes-in an Arapaho squaw which infuriates his son and divides the family.

Guest Cast: John Dehner (as Hardy Tate), Paul Carr (as Cully Tate), Vitina Marcus (as Natacea), Bob Hastings (as Bill Craig), Jet McDonald (credited Jet MacDonald as Sal), Bill Erwin (as Rev Tucker), Jack Orrison (as shopkeeper) and John Culwell (as bystander)

Note: This is the first of two episodes named "The Squaw" along with the second from season 20, episode 14.
2418"Chesterland"Ted PostKathleen HiteNovember 18, 1961 (1961-11-18)

Chester becomes engaged, and in his eagerness to please the girl, buys a barren, abandoned homestead where he experiences many trials and tribulations.

Guest Cast: Sondra Blake (credited Sondra Kerr as Miss Daisy), Earle Hodgins (as Tubby), Sarah Selby (as Ma Smalley), Harold Innocent (as William) and Arthur Peterson (credited Arthur Peterson Jr. as Arny)
2429"Milly"Richard WhorfStory by : Hal Moffett
Screenplay by : John Meston
November 25, 1961 (1961-11-25)

The poverty stricken daughter of a hopeless drunk believes the only way to save her brother and escape their forsaken lives is to get married.

Guest Cast: Jena Engstrom (as Milly), Malcolm Atterbury (as Glover), Billy Hughes (as Joey), Don Dubbins (as Potts), James Griffith (as Tillman), Harry Swoger (as Lawson) and Sue Randall (as Laura)
24310"Indian Ford"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn DunkelDecember 2, 1961 (1961-12-02)

A white woman is spotted living among the Arapaho people and Matt accompanies the Cavalry in an attempt to rescue her, but she's reluctant to being saved.

Guest Cast: Pippa Scott (as Mary Tabor), R.G. Armstrong (as Capt. Benter), Roy Roberts (as Tabor), Anthony Caruso (as Lone Eagle), Robert Dix (as Spotted Wolf), John Newton (as Sgt. Cromwell), Lane Chandler (as Trumbull) and Dawn Little Sky (as Indian woman)

Note: This episode possibly explores the condition of Stockholm syndrome, where the captive develops a bond with their captor.
24411"Apprentice Doc"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteDecember 9, 1961 (1961-12-09)

Doc is taken aback when he's approached by a man who was a member of a gang that kidnapped him with an unusual request, teach me your profession.

Guest Cast: Ben Cooper (as Pitt), Crahan Denton (as Clint) and Robert Sorrells (as Augie)
24512"Nina's Revenge"Tay GarnettJohn MestonDecember 16, 1961 (1961-12-16)

A conniving and abusive husband wants nothing more than to get his hands on his father-in-law's money and sets in motion one dark plan after another to aquire it, but his tormented wife will punctuate the ending of his crashing scheme.

Guest Cast: Lois Nettleton (as Nina Sharkey), William Windom (as Lee Sharkey), Ron Foster (as Jim Garza), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Quentin Sondergaard (as Friend) and Johnny Seven (as Harry Blucher)
24613"Marry Me"Dennis WeaverKathleen HiteDecember 23, 1961 (1961-12-23)

A clan of amusing hill folk kidnap Kitty with the sole purpose of her marrying the eldest son.

Guest Cast: Don Dubbins (as Orkey), Warren Oates (as Sweet Billy), Cactus Mack (credited Taylor McPeters as Pa) and Glenn Strange (as Sam)

Notes: Cactus Mack and series regular Glenn Strange were first cousins, their mothers were sisters. Mack appeared in 61 episodes, mostly uncredited parts as barfly or townsman. This was his second credited and final Gunsmoke appearance. He injured himself during filming of this episode when he picked-up Miss Kitty and passed her through the window. The injury would require abdominal surgery. Sadly, Cactus would pass away four months after this episode aired on April 17, 1962, of a heart attack.

Last of four episodes directed by Dennis Weaver.
24714"A Man a Day"Harry HarrisJohn MestonDecember 30, 1961 (1961-12-30)

An outlaw gang offers Matt a bribe to leave town so they may rob the bank and when he refuses, they threaten to kill a man a day until he leaves town.

Guest Cast: Fay Spain (as Bessie), Val Dufour (as Cooner), Roy Wright (as Carver), Leonard Nimoy (as Grice), Glenn Strange (as Sam), George Selk (as Moss Grimmick), Ann Morell (credited Anne Morrell as Ana), James Nusser (as Louie Pheeters), Garry Walberg (as Hatcher), Tom Fadden (as Enoch), Arthur Peterson (credited Arthur Peterson Jr. as Sam Frazer), Ben Wright (as Dan Binny) and James Drake (credited Jim Drake as Morgan)

Note: Leonard Nimoy plays Grice in this episode, his first of four Gunsmoke appearances. He was an American film and television actor, director, author, singer and songwriter whose best remembered for his iconic role of Spock in the Star Trek franchise.
24815"The Do-Badder"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonJanuary 6, 1962 (1962-01-06)

A meddlesome gold prospector strikes it rich and settles down in Dodge, where he offers unfettered advice to improve local townspeople lives, but everything and everyone he touches doesn't turn to gold.

Guest Cast: Abraham Sofaer (as Harvey Easter), Strother Martin (as Gene Bunch), Adam Williams (as Slim Trent), Warren Oates (as Chris Kelly), James Nusser (as Louie Pheeters), H.M. Wynant (as Sam Smith), Harry Bartell (as Charlie Fess), Mercedes Shirley (as Mary Pickett), James Anderson (as Bert Case), Roy Engel (as Ed Greeley), Shug Fisher (as Harry Obie), Richard Reeves (as Red), Craig Duncan (as Pete) and Glenn Strange (as Sam)

Note: First of 25 Gunsmoke appearances for Shug Fisher who plays Harry Obie. He was an American character actor, comedian, singer, songwriter and musician best known for his proclivity to stutter at will combined with his clownish facial expressions. Shug had a reoccurring role on the 1962-1971 CBS television sitcom, The Beverly Hillbillies as Shorty Kellems.
24916"Lacey"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteJanuary 13, 1962 (1962-01-13)

A young farm girl has a heated argument with her disapproving father concerning her boyfriend and when pa turns-up dead, she takes the blame.

Guest Cast: Jeremy Slate (as Jess), Sherry Jackson (as Lacey Parcher), Dorothy Green (as Ellen), Sarah Selby (as Ma Smalley), Oliver McGowan (as Cyrus) and Nora Hayden (as Bessie)
25017"Cody's Code"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonJanuary 20, 1962 (1962-01-20)

No good deed goes unpunished when a middle-aged man hides a wounded fugitive in the house that he's building for his young and pretty fiancé.

Guest Cast: Gloria Talbott (as Rose), Anthony Caruso (as Cody), Wayne Rogers (as Brack), Robert Knapp (as Dukes), Ken Becker (as Koger), Ollie O'Toole (as Postmaster) and Robert Gravage (as citizen)
25118"Old Dan"Andrew V. McLaglenKathleen HiteJanuary 27, 1962 (1962-01-27)

The good folks of Dodge bent over backwards to help a charming and loveable old drunk change his ways.

Guest Cast: Edgar Buchanan (as Dan), William Campbell (as Luke), Philip Coolidge (as Lem), Dabbs Greer (as Mr. Jonas), Hugh Sanders (as Thede), Dorothea Neumann (credited Dorothy Neumann as Mrs. Bales) and Joe Haworth (as Gates)
25219"Catawomper"Harry HarrisStory by : James Favor
Screenplay by : John Meston
February 10, 1962 (1962-02-10)

A spoiled overindulged young woman grows tired of the way her boyfriend treats her and proceeds to make him jealous by entertaining other suitors.

Guest Cast: Dick Sargent (as Bud), Sue Ane Langdon (as Kate), Frank Sutton (as Olie), Roy Wright (as Bert), Robert Brubaker (as Lt.), Harold Innocent (as George), Quentin Sondergaard (credited Quintin Sondergaard as Hank), Warren Vanders (as Pete), Joe Devlin (as Jester), Jay Overholts (as Sgt.) and Robert Gravage (as Wit)
25320"Half Straight"Ted PostJohn MestonFebruary 17, 1962 (1962-02-17)

Matt is stalked by a hired killer.

Guest Cast: John Kerr (as Lute), J. Edward McKinley (as Hatcher), Elizabeth MacRae (as Fanny), William Bramley (as Browder), Howard Culver (as Howard) and Lee Sabinson (as barkeep)
25421"He Learned About Women"Tay GarnettStory by : John Rosser
Screenplay by : John Meston
February 24, 1962 (1962-02-24)

Matt goes after a band of comancheros who raided a camp and kidnapped a girl.

Guest Cast: Claude Akins (as Solis), BarBara Luna (credited Barbara Luna as Chavela), Ted de Corsia (as Garvy), Robert J. Wilke (credited Robert Wilke as Ab Rankin), Miriam Colon (as Kisla), Jeff DeBenning (credited Jeff De Benning as Red), Susan Petrone (as Ru), Val Ruffino (as guard), Andy Romano (as Jose), Joe Ferrante (credited Joseph Ferrante as Juan) and Mike De Anda (credited Miguel d'Anda as Pepe)
25522"The Gallows"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonMarch 3, 1962 (1962-03-03)

Matt is certain that the man he's taking to the gallows, who's been convicted of murder, is innocent.

Guest Cast: Jeremy Slate (as Pruit), Joseph Ruskin (as Judge), Robert Stevenson (credited Robert J. Stevenson as Ax), Richard Shannon (as Gamer), James Nusser (as Louie Pheeters), Orville Sherman (as Sheriff), William Challee (as Feist), Nancy Walters (as Gal), Ollie O'Toole (as Milt) and Bob Gravage (credited Robert Gravage as Hangman)
25623"Reprisal"Harry HarrisJohn MestonMarch 10, 1962 (1962-03-10)

A woman plots her revenge on Matt for killing her husband in a gunfight.

Guest Cast: Dianne Foster (as Cornelia), Jason Evers (as Ben), Tom Reese (as Wellman), Brad Trumbull (as Ives), George Lambert (as Orem), Grace Lee Whitney (as Pearl), Joe Di Reda (credited Joe deReda as Blake), Billy Hughes (as Tommy), Harold Innocent (as teller), Harry Antrim (as Mr. Botkin), Gene Benton (as Green) and Joe Devlin (as Dan Binny)
25724"Coventry"Christian NybyJohn MestonMarch 17, 1962 (1962-03-17)

A man and his expectant wife are stranded on the prairie and Dean Beard is unwilling to help them, especially since he has been ostracized after being acquitted of murder.

Guest Cast: Joe Maross (as Beard), Don Keefer (Rankin), Paul Birch (as Jessie), Mary Field (as Clara), John Harmon (as Judge), Helen Wallace (as Hedda), George Selk (as Moss Grimmick), James Anderson (as Hager), Harold Innocent (as Mr. Botkin), Buck Young (as Carl) and William Boyett (as Harry)
25825"The Widow"Ted PostJohn DunkelMarch 24, 1962 (1962-03-24)

A widow (Joan Hackett) arrives in Dodge to collect the remains of her husband, who was killed in an Indian massacre.

Guest Cast: Joan Hackett (as Mady Arthur), Alan Reed Jr. (as Corp. Jennings), J. Edward McKinley (as Emil), Alexander Lockwood (as Colonel), Rodd Redwing (as Little Bear), Howard Culver (as Howard) and Robert Brubaker (as Jim Buck)
25926"Durham Bull"Harry HarrisStory by : Jack Shettlesworth
Screenplay by : John Meston
March 31, 1962 (1962-03-31)

A gang's luck turns around when they come to Dodge.

Guest Cast: Andy Clyde (as Henry), Ricky Kelman (as Little Bit), John Kellogg (as Silva), Gilbert Green (as Rudd), George Keymas (as Polk), Will Corry (as Wade), Ted Jordan (as Kearny), Richard Keene (as Dan Binny), Hank Patterson (as cowboy), George Selk (as Moss Grimmick), Howard Culver (as Howard), Ted Jacques (as brakeman) and Roger Torrey (as Downey)
26027"Wagon Girls"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonApril 7, 1962 (1962-04-07)

Matt meets a mail-order bride on the prairie who claims that she is trying to run away from a ruthless wagon master.

Guest Cast: Constance Ford (as Florida), Ellen Burstyn (credited Ellen McRae as Polly), Arch Johnson (as Feester), Joan Marshall (as Emma), Kevin Hagen (as Bowman), William Schallert (as Capt. Grant), Ben Wright (as Sgt. Pickens), Dabbs Greer (as Mr. Jonas), Rayford Barnes (as Lee), Joseph V. Perry (credited Joseph Perry as Harve), William Wellman Jr. (as Pvt. King), Buck Young (as Cpl. Stone) and Gilman Rankin (as Chief Red Knife)
26128"The Dealer"Harry HarrisStory by : Les Crutchfield
Screenplay by : John Dunkel
April 14, 1962 (1962-04-14)

A woman resents her suitor more than ever when he kills her father in self-defense.

Guest Cast: Judi Meredith (as Lily), George Mathews (as Champ), Gary Clarke (as Johnny), Roy Roberts (as Billy), Baynes Barron (as Sheriff), Jess Kirkpatrick (as Barney) and Ted Jordan (as cheater)
26229"The Summons"Andrew V. McLaglenStory by : Marian Clark
Screenplay by : Kathleen Hite
April 21, 1962 (1962-04-21)

An outlaw kills his partner for a huge reward, except there was never a price in the first place.

Guest Cast: Bethel Leslie (as Rose Ellen), John Crawford (as Loy), Myron Healey (as Moseley), Robert Stevenson (credited Robert J. Stevenson as Cape), Cal Bolder (as Dawkins), Shug Fisher (as telegrapher), Michael Hinn (as Deputy), Cyril Delevanti (as Old), Percy Helton (as Duffer), Howard Culver (as Dobie) and William B. Corrie (as clerk)
26330"The Dreamers"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonApril 28, 1962 (1962-04-28)

A miner tries to use his new-found wealth to win over Kitty.

Guest Cast: Liam Redmond (as Cairn), J. Pat O'Malley (as Fogle), Valerie Allen (as Annie), Cece Whitney (as Julia), Gage Clarke (as Mr. Botkin), Shug Fisher (as Obie), Perry Cook (as barkeep) and Glenn Strange (as Sam)
26431"Cale"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteMay 5, 1962 (1962-05-05)

A young rider is wounded when he is suspected of being a horse thief's accomplice.

Guest Cast: Carl Reindel (as Cale), Peter Ashley (as Will), Joseph Hamilton (as Nick), Hank Patterson (as Hank Miller), Robert Karnes (as Sterret) and Glenn Strange (as Sam)
26532"Chester's Indian"Joseph SargentKathleen HiteMay 12, 1962 (1962-05-12)

While on a fishing trip, Chester shoots an Indian who was courting a white teenage girl, whom Matt tries to save from her ruthless father.

Guest Cast: Jena Engstrom (as Callie), Karl Swenson (as Adam), Eddie Little Sky (as Indian), Lew Brown (as Frank), Garry Walberg (as Simeon), Michael Barrier (as cowboy), Shug Fisher (as Obie) and Gene Benton (as waiter)
26633"The Prisoner"Andrew V. McLaglenRobert E. ThompsonMay 19, 1962 (1962-05-19)

A military prison escapee shows up in Dodge.

Guest Cast: Andrew Prine (as Billy Joe), Nancy Gates (as Sarah), Conrad Nagel (as Major), Ed Nelson (as Seth), Dabbs Greer (as Mr. Jonas), Rayford Barnes (as Jellicoe), William Phipps (as Ham), Charles Fredericks (as Hunk), William B. Corrie (credited William Corrie as waiter), Dorothea Neumann (credited Dorothy Neumann as Mrs. Pierson), Cathie Merchant (credited Cathy Merchant as Sally), Ollie O'Toole (as Postmaster), Chris Whitman (as Mrs. Thurmon) and John Close (as Turner)
26734"The Boys"Harry HarrisJohn MestonMay 26, 1962 (1962-05-26)

A snake-oil pitchman hatches a scheme to swindle the citizens of Dodge.

Guest Cast: Malcolm Atterbury (as Prof. Eliot), George Kennedy (as Hug), Harry Dean Stanton (credited Dean Stanton as Nate), Harry Swoger (as Hank Green), Gage Clarke (as Mr. Botkin), Michael Parks (as Park), Arthur Malet (as Farnum), Dabbs Greer (as Mr. Jonas), James Nusser (as Louie Pheeters), William Newell (as conductor), Joe Devlin (as Drummer), Hank Patterson (as Hank), May Heatherly (as Molly), Harp McGuire (as guard) and Hal Needham (as Ed)

Season 8 (1962–63)Edit

Thirty-eight one-hour black-and-white episodes
Producer: Norman Macdonnell; associate producer: Frank Paris
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Dennis Weaver (Chester), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty), Burt Reynolds (Quint Asper)[46]
Guest cast: In credits order

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2681"The Search"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteSeptember 15, 1962 (1962-09-15)

Matt encounters nothing but trouble when he crosses the prairie unarmed and without a mount in an attempt to save a paralyzed young stable hand who was thrown from his horse.

Guest Cast: Ford Rainey (as Tate), Virginia Gregg (as Ess Cutler), Carl Reindel (as Cale), Hank Patterson (as Hank Miller), Raymond Guth (as Sam Cutler), Leonard Nimoy (as Arnie), Mike Ragan (as Frank), Fred Coby (as Horn) and Mickey Morton (as Coot)
2692"Call Me Dodie"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteSeptember 22, 1962 (1962-09-22)

A naive and wide-eyed young woman escapes the cruel conditions at an orphanage and receives life lessons in Dodge.

Guest Cast: Joby Baker (as Ky), Diane Mountford (as Lady), Carol Seflinger (as Marth), Dennis Cross (as Norm), Buck Young (as John), Jackie Searl (credited Jack Searl as Floyd), Mary Patton (as Addie), Wallace Rooney (as Dan Binny), Dal McKennon (as Jake), Guy Wilkerson (as Waiter), Bob Hastings (as Whip), Nesdon Booth (as Bartender) and Kathleen Nolan (credited Kathy Nolan as Dodie)
2703"Quint Asper Comes Home"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonSeptember 29, 1962 (1962-09-29)

A half-Indian named Quint Asper vows revenge on all white men when a pair of drifters kill his father and threaten his mother.

Guest Cast: Burt Reynolds (as Quint), Angela Clarke (as Topsanah), Michael Keep (as Chief), Bill Zuckert (credited William Zuckert as Asper), Myron Healey (as Mike), Harry Carey Jr. (as Grant), Lane Bradford (as Bob), Earle Hodgins (as Dobie), Dabbs Greer (as Mr. Jonas), Robert Hinkle (as Cowboy), Foster Brooks (as Ed), Michael Barrier (as Brave), Henry Beckman (as Duff), John Vari (as Leader), James Doohan (as Davit), Ed Peck (as Semple), Robert Gravage (as Charlie) and Glenn Strange (as Sam)
2714"Root Down"Sobey MartinKathleen HiteOctober 6, 1962 (1962-10-06)

An attractive but conniving young lady lies to her indolent father and ruffian brother in a scheme to lure Chester into marriage.

Guest Cast: John Dehner (as Luke), Sherry Jackson (as Aggie), Robert Doyle (as Grudie), Howard McNear (as Howard), George Selk (as Moss Grimmick), Michael Carr (as Cowboy) and Ollie O'Toole (as Clerk)
2725"Jenny"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonOctober 13, 1962 (1962-10-13)

Matt has more than his hands full when a bank robber's girlfriend makes unwanted romantic overtures towards him.

Guest Cast: Ruta Lee (as Jenny), Ron Hayes (as Zel), Barry Russo (credited John Duke as Flack), James Nusser (as Louie Pheeters), Barry Cahill (as Chuck), Ken Hudgins (as Pete) and Montie Montana (credited Monte Montana Jr. as Joe)
2736"Collie's Free"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteOctober 20, 1962 (1962-10-20)

A man released from prison has trouble adjusting to a normal life, blaming Matt and the rancher he shot for eight years lost.

Guest Cast: Jason Evers (as Collie), Jacqueline Scott (as Francie), William Bramley (as Davis Henry), James Halferty (as Rob), Richard Bull (as Nort), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Dennis Cross (as Dutton), Mary Castle (as Saloon Girl), Orville Sherman (as Warden), Barry Cahill (as Abel), Henry Rowland (as Smithy) and Pat McCaffrie (as Barkeep)
2747"The Ditch"Harry HarrisLes CrutchfieldOctober 27, 1962 (1962-10-27)

Matt tries to prevent a range war when a female rancher following her father's dreams digs a trench to divert a creek which would cut off all the nearby homesteader's water supply.

Guest Cast: Joanne Linville (as Susan), Jay Lanin (as Trent), Christopher Dark (as Crider), Dehl Berti (as Waco), Hardie Albright (as Peckett), Ted Jordan (as Foreman), Gail Bonney (as Mrs. Hawkins) and Miguel deAnda (as Boss)
2758"The Trappers"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn DunkelNovember 3, 1962 (1962-11-03)

The friendship between two trappers is jeopardized when one, who admits he's a coward, abandons the other to die after being stabbed by an Indian during a struggle.

Guest Cast: Strother Martin (as Billy), Richard Shannon (as Tug), Doris Singleton (as Irma), Robert Lowery (as Idaho), Lane Chandler (as Luke), Chal Johnson (as Tom), Robert Brubaker (as Jim Buck) and Glenn Strange (as Sam)
2769"Phoebe Strunk"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonNovember 10, 1962 (1962-11-10)

A merciless mother and her four demented sons' prey upon frontier families on their travels west.

Guest Cast: Virginia Gregg (as Phoebe), Joan Freeman (as Annie), Don Megowan (as Oliver), Phyllis Coates (as Rose), Gregg Palmer (as Hulett), Harry Raybould (as Casper), Dick Peabody (as Simsie), John McLiam (as Sam Kinney), Phil Chambers (as Ned), Marilyn Harvey (as Mary) and Glenn Strange (as Sam)
27710"The Hunger"Harry HarrisJack CurtisNovember 17, 1962 (1962-11-17)

An abusive father, who resents his daughter's hunger for knowledge, beats and locks her in the cellar, and when Matt and Doc rescue her, she falls in love with her knight in shining armor.

Guest Cast: Elen Willard (as Althea), Robert Middleton (as Dorf), Joe Flynn (as Drummer), Linda Watkins (as Mrs. Dorf), Sarah Selby (as Ma Smalley), Dabbs Greer (as Mr. Jonas), Hampton Fancher (as Clem), Byron Foulger (as Dooley), Kelton Garwood (as Fred), Henrietta Moore (as Dolly), Robert McQuain (as Cowboy), Sue Casey (as Martha) and Glenn Strange (as Sam)

Note: This episode explores the phenomenon of transference, when a person becomes infatuated with their medical provider, therapist or rescuer.
27811"Abe Blocker"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonNovember 24, 1962 (1962-11-24)

Matt's friend, an old mountain man suffers a psychotic break and goes on a murder spree when civilization closes in on him.

Guest Cast: Chill Wills (as Abe Blocker), Wright King (as Bud), Dabbs Greer (as Mr. Jonas), Harry Carey Jr. (as Jake), Miranda Jones (as Mary), Robert Adler (as Emmett), Marshall Reed (as Sam Vestal), Lane Bradford (as Gant), Wallace Rooney (as Dan Binney), Chuck Roberson (as Joe) and Glenn Strange (as Sam)
27912"The Way It Is"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteDecember 1, 1962 (1962-12-01)

Kitty is at wit's end when Matt once more breaks a date with her, and in her haste to fill the void, finds a man who's more responsive to her needs.

Guest Cast: Claude Akins (as Ad), Garry Walberg (as Bent), Virginia Lee (credited Virginia Lewis as Annie), George Selk (as Moss Grimmick), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Duane Grey (as Rancher) and Bob Murphy (as Slim)
28013"Us Haggens"Andrew V. McLaglenLes CrutchfieldDecember 8, 1962 (1962-12-08)

Matt hunts down a vicious killer and is assisted by an unlikely source, the outlaw's nephew, who has his own score to settle with his uncle.

Guest Cast: Ken Curtis (as Festus), Denver Pyle (as Haggen), Elizabeth MacRae (as April), Billy Hughes (as Timmy) and Howard Wright (as Dietzer)

Notes: This is the first episode to feature Festus as a character, who's played by Ken Curtis. He would become a series regular starting in season nine.

Viewers learned in this episode that Festus had a twin brother named Fergus, and another brother named Jeff, who was apparently killed in an attempted stagecoach robbery.
28114"Uncle Sunday"Joseph SargentJohn MestonDecember 15, 1962 (1962-12-15)

Chester's crooked uncle comes to town with a pretty young lady on his arm with plans to rob the bank, but when a third offender enters the picture, all plans go sideways.

Guest Cast: Henry Beckman (as Uncle Sunday), Joyce Bulifant (as Ellie), Ed Nelson (as Burt Cury), Dabbs Greer (as Mr. Jonas), Gage Clarke (as Mr. Botkin), Wallace Rooney (as Dan Binney), Nora Marlowe (as Mrs. Perkins) and Glenn Strange (as Sam)
28215"False Front"Andrew V. McLaglenStory by : Hal Moffett
Screenplay by : John Meston
December 22, 1962 (1962-12-22)

A journalist bets a gambler that he can take a greenhorn that's never handled a gun out to Dodge, and with a little rumor mongering, have him pass as a gunslinger and not get killed in two weeks, but the gambler hedges his bet to influence the outcome.

Guest Cast: Andrew Prine (as Clay), William Windom (as Hill), Art Lund (as Heber), Charles Fredericks (as Senator), Shary Marshall (as Rita), Wallace Rooney (as Dan Binney), Robert Fortier (as Ray Costa), Brett King (as Hank), K.L. Smith (as Pete), William Bryant (as Joe), Roy Thinnes (as Harry) and Michael Mikler (as Bill)

Note: Sharp eyed viewers will catch the name on the delivery wagon driven by Andrew Prine's character Clay, which bears his name, "Prine & Co. Fine Groceries".
28316"Old Comrade"Harry HarrisJohn DunkelDecember 29, 1962 (1962-12-29)

An old ailing military General asks his best friend to locate his long-lost son, and what he finds is a likeable but illiterate and uncouth simpleton.

Guest Cast: Frank Sutton (as Billy), J. Pat O'Malley (as Gabe), Roy Roberts (as Mr. Dobie), Ralph Moody (as Kip), Vitina Marcus (as Missy), Wayne Heffley (as Lem), Wayne Treadway (as Mr. Green), John Reed King (as Townsman), Dick Whittinghill (as Jason), Billy Baucom (as Photographer), Norman Leavitt (as Orderly) and Ted Jordan (as Lounger)
28417"Louie Pheeters"Harry HarrisJohn MestonJanuary 5, 1963 (1963-01-05)

Louie is a witness to murder but believes it's only a dream, until he recognizes the culprit in the Long Branch and mindlessly informs him on what he saw.

Guest Cast: John Larkin (as Murph), Gloria McGehee (as Clara), James Nusser (as Louie Pheeters), Woodrow Parfrey (as Tom), Larry Ward (as Bart) and Ted Jordan (as Gus Thompson)

Note: This is the third and last Gunsmoke appearance and final career performance for American film and television actress, Gloria McGehee. She stepped away from acting in 1962 to manage the family's ranch. Sadly, Gloria passed away on May 4, 1964, in the same town that she was born, of an apparent heart attack at the age of 42.
28518"The Renegades"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonJanuary 12, 1963 (1963-01-12)

Quint saves an Army officer's daughter from white renegades who're running rampant near Dodge.

Guest Cast: Audrey Dalton (as Lavinia), Ben Wright (as Colonel), Jack Lambert (as Brice), Don "Red" Barry (credited Donald Barry as McIver), John Pickard (as Poole), Edward Faulkner (credited Ed Faulkner as Sergeant), Linda Hutchings (credited Linda Hutchins as Ruth), Bob Steele (as Sam Gordon), Alan Dexter (as Trask) and Joseph Bassett (as Leader)
28619"Cotter's Girl"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteJanuary 19, 1963 (1963-01-19)

A dying drunk tasks Matt with finding his daughter, a free and carefree spirit who makes the Marshal as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs.

Guest Cast: Mariette Hartley (as Clarey), Roy Barcroft (as Cotter), John Clarke (as Mackle), Jesslyn Fax (as Proprietress), and Sarah Selby (as Ma Smalley)
28720"The Bad One"Charles MartinGwen BagniJanuary 26, 1963 (1963-01-26)

A farmer's daughter raised in a convent refuses to identify a stagecoach robber, seeing only good in the outlaw, a decision she may soon regret.

Guest Cast: Chris Robinson (as Jett), Dolores Sutton (as Jenny), Booth Colman (as Gant), Dabbs Greer (as Mr. Jonas), Michael Mikler (as Cowpoke), Ken Kenopka (as Clancy), Gil Lamb (as Porter), Sue Casey (as Saloon Gal), Glenn Strange (as Sam) and Robert Gravage (as Telegrapher)

Notes: Four years separate the age of actors Booth Colman and Dolores Sutton, who play the father and daughter. Viewers also learn through dialogue within the episode that Matt describes himself as being "old enough to be her father", in reality James Arness is also only four years older than the actress playing Jenny.

Viewers will enjoy an exceptionally choreographed fight scene involving Quint in the Long Branch, so good that you don't notice it's a stuntman.
28821"The Cousin"Harry HarrisStory by : Marian Clark
Screenplay by : Kathleen Hite
February 2, 1963 (1963-02-02)

A just released convict, who as a boy hated Matt while growing up together on a Texas ranch, has an urgent need to size him up, but becomes torn between loyalty for the Marshal and his old gang of thieves.

Guest Cast: Michael Forest (as Chance), Gloria Talbott (as Hallie), John Anderson (as Cheevers), Joseph V. Perry (credited Joseph Perry as Moran), Lew Brown (as Gates), James Nusser (as Louie Pheeters), Jackie Blanchard (as Saloon Girl), George Selk (as Moss Grimmick), Helen Wallace (as Woman), James Drake (as Man) and Glenn Strange (as Sam)
28922"Shona"Ted PostJohn MestonFebruary 9, 1963 (1963-02-09)

An Indian squaw seeking medical attention is rebuffed by Dodge merchants and when Kitty steps in to help, three troublemakers incite an unruly mob to rid her from town, but one of the agitators initiates his own twisted plan.

Guest Cast: Robert Bray (as Gib Dawson), Miriam Colon (as Shona), John Crawford (as Torbert), Bart Burns (as Riser), Boyd Holister (credited Robert Palmer as Rud), Roy Roberts (as Mr. Dobie), Sarah Selby (as Ma Smalley) and George Selk (as Moss Grimmick)
29023"Ash"Harry HarrisJohn MestonFebruary 16, 1963 (1963-02-16)

An unlikely friendship develops between two hotheaded men who end-up becoming business partners, but when one suffers a blow to the head, his personality reverts back to the mean and loathsome buffalo hunter he once was.

Guest Cast: John Dehner (as Ben), Anthony Caruso (as Ash), Dee Hartford (as Tillie), Adam West (as Emmett), Sheldon Allman (as Murdock), William Fawcett (as Hawkins), Robert Bice (as Driver), Richard Bartell (as Harry), Michael Mikler (as Frank) and Glenn Strange (as Sam)
29124"Blind Man's Bluff"Ted PostJohn MestonFebruary 23, 1963 (1963-02-23)

Matt tracks a suspected murderer to Elkader, where he's lured into an alley and waylaid by three thugs, suffering a concussion and nearly blind he's rescued by the same man that he was chasing.

Guest Cast: Will Hutchins (as Billy Poe), John Alderson (as Canby), Crahan Denton (as Walker), Judson Pratt (as Dano), Herbert Lytton (credited Herbert C. Lytton as Hays), Natalie Norwick (as Maid), Leonard Stone (as Davey), Michael Mikler (as Cowboy), John Rodney (as Barkeep), Gregg Palmer (as Wells), Darlene Fields (as Saloon Girl), I. Stanford Jolley (as Harry), Ted Jordan (as Pete) and Hank Ladd (as Dave)

Note: Viewers may confused the title of this episode with the similar titled "Blind Man's Buff" from season 17 episode 22 (February 21, 1972).
29225"Quint's Indian"Fred Jackman, Jr.Story by : Marian Clark
Screenplay by : John Meston
March 2, 1963 (1963-03-02)

The town turns on Quint, who's accused of horse theft, a story perpetuated by two scheming saddle tramps.

Guest Cast: Will Corry (as Stope), Patrick McVey (as Houser), James Brown (as Feeney), James Griffith (as Bettis), James Nusser (as Louie Pheeters), Michael Hinn (as Jake Sooner), Michael Keep (as Leader), Mark Murray (as Jimmy), Raymond Guth (as Grissom), Ruth Phillips (as Mary), Roy Engel (as Syker), Shug Fisher (as Barkeep), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Eddie Little Sky (as Brave) and Mathew McCue (as Waiter)
29326"Anybody Can Kill a Marshal"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteMarch 9, 1963 (1963-03-09)

A pair of outlaws with plans to rob the bank, need the Marshal out of the way and hire a somewhat stoic drifter to kill Matt.

Guest Cast: Milton Selzer (as Painter), Joyce Van Patten (as Molly), James Westerfield (as Cleed), Warren Stevens (as Lucas), James Nusser (as Louie Pheeters), Howard McNear (as Howard), Brenda Scott (as Betsy), George Selk (as Moss Grimmick) and Tom Lutz (as Cowboy)
29427"Two of a Kind"Andrew V. McLaglenMerwin GerardMarch 16, 1963 (1963-03-16)

Two Irishmen, who absolutely hate each other are involved in a dangerous feud, and when a villainous land-grabber maneuvers to acquire their properties, they must somehow join forces.

Guest Cast: Richard Jaeckel (as O'Ryan), Michael Higgins (as Finnegan), Kent Smith (as Bealton), Earle Hodgins (as Judge), Ben Wright (as Harris), Garry Walberg (as Anson), John Mitchum (as Wills), Glenn Strange (as Sam) and Bee Tompkins (as Girl)

Note: Last career acting credit for Earle Hodgins, who would pass away on April 14, 1964, of a heart attack in Hollywood, California.
29528"I Call Him Wonder"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteMarch 23, 1963 (1963-03-23)

An orphaned Indian boy latches onto an unemployed cattle drover and both suffer bigotry when they come to Dodge.

Guest Cast: Ron Hayes (as Jud), Sandy Kenyon (as Docker), Edmund Vargas (as Wonder), Harry Bartell (as Colonel), Leonard Nimoy (as Holt), Duane Grey (as Keogh), Bill Zuckert (credited William Zuckert as Enoch), Gilman Rankin (as Waiter), Eddie Little Sky (as Charlie), George Selk (as Moss Grimmick) and Alex Sharp (as Cook)
29629"With a Smile"Andrew V. McLaglenStory by : Bud Furillo & George Main
Screenplay by : John Meston
March 30, 1963 (1963-03-30)

A powerful rancher exhausts every avenue to stop the hanging of his cowardly son, and when the prospects look bleak, concocts a plan to prove his bravery.

Guest Cast: James Best (as Dal), R.G. Armstrong (as Major), Sharon Farrell (as Lottie), Linden Chiles (credited Lindon Chiles as Pat), Dick Foran (as Sheriff), Dan Stafford (as Kelly), Robert Stevenson (credited Robert J. Stevenson as Foy), Gilman Rankin (as Waiter), James Nusser (as Louie Pheeters) and Jay Della (as Cowboy)
29730"The Far Places"Harry HarrisJohn DunkelApril 6, 1963 (1963-04-06)

A demanding mother pressures her son to live out her dreams and ignore his, by leaving the harsh life of farming behind.

Guest Cast: Angela Clarke (as Carrie), Rees Vaughn (as Jeff), Bennye Gatteys (as Millie), Dennis Cross (as Colley), Orville Sherman (as Wib), Richard Jury (as Humphreys) and Sailor Billy Vincent (as Client)
29831"Panacea Sykes"William ConradKathleen HiteApril 13, 1963 (1963-04-13)

Difficult days lay ahead for Kitty when a conniving woman who had a hand in raising her, comes to Dodge for a visit.

Guest Cast: Nellie Burt (as Panacea), Dan Tobin (as Foote), Charles Watts (as Little), Charlie Briggs (as Driver), John Clarke (as Young Man), Jan Brooks (as Ethel), George Selk (as Moss Grimmick), James Nusser (as Louie Pheeters), Carl Prickett (as Agent), Charles Seel (credited Charles Seal as One), Robert Nash (as Two), John Lawrence (as Other), Lindsay Workman (as Agent) and Ollie O'Toole (as Telegrapher)

Note: First of two episodes directed by William Conrad, who played the role of Matt Dillon on the radio version of Gunsmoke from 1952-1961.
29932"Tell Chester"Joseph SargentFrank ParisApril 20, 1963 (1963-04-20)

Chester promises to keep a bigamist's secret, but the man doesn't believe him and makes plans to ensure his story stays hidden.

Guest Cast: Lonny Chapman (as Wade), Mitzi Hoag (as Polly), Lew Brown (as Nace), Jo Helton (as Wendy), Sara Taft (as Tao), Robert Gibbons (as Donahue) and Ray Galvin (as Barkeep)
30033"Quint-Cident"Andrew V. McLaglenKathleen HiteApril 27, 1963 (1963-04-27)

A recently widowed woman becomes infatuated with Quint and when he spurns her advances, she accuses him of a heinous crime.

Guest Cast: Mary LaRoche (credited Mary La Roche as Willa), Ben Johnson (as Ben Crown), Don Keefer (as Nally), Catherine McLeod (as Lizzie) and Ollie O'Toole (as Telegrapher)

Note: The actors playing husband and wife, Don Keefer and Catherine McLeod were married in real life.
30134"Old York"Harry HarrisJohn MestonMay 4, 1963 (1963-05-04)

Matt crosses paths with an old friend who saved his life years ago and now believes he can take advantage of their friendship.

Guest Cast: Edgar Buchanan (as York), Michael Constantine (as Baca), H.M. Wynant (as Sage), Robert Knapp (as Clayton), Dabbs Greer (as Mr. Jonas), Roy Roberts (as Mr. Botkin), Edward Madden (as Taylor), Howard Culver (as Clerk), Dorothea Neumann (credited Dorothy Neumann as Mrs. Finney), Lou Krugman (as Barkeep), Don Spruance (as Jim) and Robert S. White (as Milt)

Notes: The viewer learns the exact date of the series in this episode, May 8, 1875, written on a telegram sent by Matt.

We also learn through dialogue within the episode that Matt's age is 35. He states in a scene from the past that he was eighteen while living in Red Water, Texas in 1858, and when the segment comes current, a superimposed caption reveals Dodge, 17 years later.
30235"Daddy Went Away"Joseph SargentStory by : John Rosser
Screenplay by : Kathleen Hite
May 11, 1963 (1963-05-11)

Chester helps a widow and her daughter establish a dressmaking business in Dodge and when he begins to have feelings for her, he discovers that her husband is very much alive.

Guest Cast: Mary Carver (as Lucy), William Schallert (as Jess), Morgan Brittany (credited Suzanne Cupito as Jessica) and Dabbs Greer (as Mr. Jonas)

Note: Viewers may observe a high-wheel bicycle known as a penny-farthing being rode through town in the final scenes, it may be a couple of years before its time since the high-wheeler wasn't imported until 1877, and U.S. production didn't begin until 1878.
30336"The Odyssey of Jubal Tanner"Andrew V. McLaglenPaul SavageMay 18, 1963 (1963-05-18)

The lives of a Civil War veteran and a saloon girl converge when both cross paths with the same brutish buffalo hunter.

Guest Cast: Beverly Garland (as Leah), Peter Breck (as Jubal), Denver Pyle (as Aaron), Kevin Hagen (as Hobie), Gregg Palmer (as Fletcher), George Selk (as Moss Grimmick) and Hal Needham (as Cowboy)

Note: The title of this episode, "The Odyssey of Jubal Tanner", was also used for S1E5 of The Big Valley (1965). Paul Savage was the writer in both installments and Peter Breck had starring roles in each, the lead character here and Nick Barkley in the latter.
30437"Jeb"Harry HarrisPaul SavageMay 25, 1963 (1963-05-25)

A wandering farm boy finds an abandoned horse and sells it to his newfound friend, events that lead to deadly consequences.

Guest Cast: Emile Genest (as Chouteau), Roy Thinnes (credited Roy Thinnis as Ab), James Hampton (credited Jim Hampton as Jeb), William Dennis Hunt (credited William Hunt as Codge), Duane Grey (as Thad), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Rand Brooks (as Man), Dennis Cross (as Brave) and Buck Young (as Andy)
30538"The Quest for Asa Janin"Andrew V. McLaglenPaul SavageJune 1, 1963 (1963-06-01)

Matt must act fast when he begins a long trek to capture a woman killer before his friend, whose been convicted of the crime, is hanged.

Guest Cast: Anthony Caruso (as Macklin), Richard Devon (as Janin), Jack Lambert, (as Scotsman), George Keymas (as Pardee), Joseph Sirola (as Leroy), James Nusser (as Louie Pheeters), Gene Darfler (as Dave), Harry Carey Jr. (as Colridge), Lane Chandler (as Warden), Edward Faulkner (credited Ed Faulkner as Deputy) and Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez (credited Pedro Gonzalez-Gonzalez as Bartender)

Season 9 (1963–64)Edit

Thirty-six one-hour black-and-white episodes
Producer: Norman Macdonnell; associate producer: Frank Paris
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Dennis Weaver (Chester), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty), Ken Curtis (Festus), Burt Reynolds (Quint Asper)[47]
Guest cast: In credits order

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3061"Kate Heller"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteSeptember 28, 1963 (1963-09-28)

An elderly woman running a stagecoach relay station tends to a seriously wounded Matt and remains remarkably strong and resilient when she realizes who shot the Marshal.

Guest Cast: Mabel Albertson (as Kate), Tom Lowell (as Andy), Betsy Jones-Moreland (as Tess), Harry Bartell (as Gus), Robert Knapp (as Driver), Ted Jordan (as Bo) and Duane Grey (as Shotgun)
3072"Lover Boy"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonOctober 5, 1963 (1963-10-05)

A charming ladies' man with a history of jilting women romances the young wife of an elderly rancher and convinces her to embrace a disturbing plan to alibi his killing and free her from her marriage.

Guest Cast: Sheree North (as Avis), Ken Curtis (as Kyle), Alan Baxter (as Ab), Carol Byron (as Terry), Richard Coogan (as Luke) and Allan Hunt (as Boy)

Note: Last episode in which Ken Curtis appears as a character other than Festus.
3083"Legends Don't Sleep"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteOctober 12, 1963 (1963-10-12)

An infamous gunman returns to his aunt's home after five years in prison and yearns to go straight but he meets resistance when he's run-ragged by those who know of his reputation.

Guest Cast: Scott Marlowe (as Britt), William Talman (as Race), Hope Summers (as Jen), James Nusser (as Louie Pheeters), Robert Bice (as Filler), Alan Dexter (as Grosset), Kenneth Konopka (credited Ken Kenopka as Barkeep) and Don Haggerty (as Sheriff)
3094"Tobe"John EnglishPaul SavageOctober 19, 1963 (1963-10-19)

A decent hard-working farmer troubles multiply after he loses his land and then falls in love with the new saloon girl whose troubled past shatters his life.

Guest Cast: Harry Townes (as Tobe), Mary LaRoche (as Mae), Philip Abbott (as Frank), L. Q. Jones (as Skinner), Sarah Selby (as Ma Smalley), Harry Dean Stanton (credited Dean Stanton as Young Man), Bud Osborne (as Man), John Newton (as Cowman) and S. John Launer (as Townsman)

Note: First appearance by Chester in the last seven episodes. He hasn't been seen since S8E35 "Daddy Went Away". No explanation was ever given for Dennis Weaver's absence.
3105"Easy Come"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonOctober 26, 1963 (1963-10-26)

An unsuspecting and mild-mannered cowboy transform into a violent psychopath with no conscience as he commits one heinous act after another.

Guest Cast: Andrew Prine (as Sippy), Carl Reindel (as Calhoun), George D. Wallace (credited George Wallace as Tobin), Dave Willock (as Clerk), Charlie Briggs (credited Charles Briggs as Riley), Orville Sherman (as Wib Smith), Chubby Johnson (as Barr), David Manley (as Parks), Sam Edwards (as Morff), K.L. Smith (as King), James Nusser (as Louie Pheeters), Dallas Mitchell (as Cowboy), Shug Fisher (as Harry) and Peggy Rea (as Lady)
3116"My Sister's Keeper"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteNovember 2, 1963 (1963-11-02)

A grief-stricken widower gets a job as a hired hand for two sisters.

Guest Cast: Nancy Wickwire (as Nell), James Broderick (as Pete), Jennifer Billingsley (as Leah), Gage Clarke (as Mr. Botkin), Fred Coby (as Barkeep), Lisa Seagram (Saloon Girl) and Glenn Strange (as Sam)
3127"Quint's Trail"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteNovember 9, 1963 (1963-11-09)

Quint guides a family on a hazardous trail to Oregon.

Guest Cast: Everett Sloane (as Cyrus), Sharon Farrell (as Belle), Shirley O'Hara (as Florie), Don Haggerty (as Clardy), George Selk (as Moss Grimmick) and Charles Seel (as Finch)
3138"Carter Caper"Jerry HopperJohn MestonNovember 16, 1963 (1963-11-16)

A man gets beaten up for trying to steal another man's horse and plots his revenge.

Guest Cast: Jeremy Slate (as Billy), William Phipps (as Stark), Anjanette Comer (as Cara), Rayford Barnes (as Flack), I. Stanford Jolley (as Mims), Barney Phillips (as Smith), George Selk (as Moss Grimmick), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Michael Fox (as Waiter), William Fawcett (as Turner), Jacque Shelton (as Carter) and Dennis Cross (as Bud)
3149"Ex-Con"Thomas CarrJohn MestonNovember 30, 1963 (1963-11-30)

An ex-convict comes to Dodge with the intention of shooting Matt dead.

Guest Cast: Jeanne Cooper (as Lily), John Kellogg (as Leo), Richard Devon (as Pitts), Howard Wendell (as Judge), Roy Roberts (as Mr. Bodkin), Raymond Guth (as Clabe), Harry Lauter (as Kelly) and Tommy Alexander (as Kid)

Note: This episode was pre-empted due to the coverage of the Assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.
31510"Extradition (Part 1)"John EnglishAntony EllisDecember 7, 1963 (1963-12-07)

Matt tracks an accused murderer to Texas.

Guest Cast: Gilbert Roland (as Lt. Julio Chavez), Gene Evans (as Charlie Hacker), Anna Navarro (as Marguerita), Alex Montoya (as Captain Diaz), Walter Burke (as Willie Kearns), Miguel Landa (as Rivera), Pepe Hern (as Miguel), Lisa Seagram (as Girl) and Ricky Vera (as Boy)
31611"Extradition (Part 2)"John EnglishAntony EllisDecember 14, 1963 (1963-12-14)

Matt, the murderer, and the lieutenant ride back to the border -- followed by bandits.

Guest Cast: Gilbert Roland (as Lt. Julio Chavez), Gene Evans (as Charlie Hacker), Anna Navarro (as Marguerita), Alex Montoya (as Diaz), Rico Alaniz (as El Pinon), Miguel Landa (as Rivera) and Pepe Hern (as Miguel)
31712"The Magician"Harry HarrisJohn A. KneubuhlDecember 21, 1963 (1963-12-21)

A traveling medicine man is accused of cheating at cards.

Guest Cast: Lloyd Corrigan (as Jeremiah), Tom Simcox (as Tom), Barry Kelley (as Wells), Brooke Bundy (as Alice), Sheldon Allman (as Banks), Bill Zuckert (credited William Zuckert as Ned), James Nusser (as Louie Pheeters) and Ken Tilles (as Sy)
31813"Pa Hack's Brood"Jerry HopperPaul SavageDecember 28, 1963 (1963-12-28)

Pa Hack tries to get his daughter married to a successful rancher, so he can lead an idle life.

Guest Cast: Milton Selzer (as Pa Hack), Lynn Loring (as Maybelle), Marianna Hill (as Annie), George Lindsey (as Orville), James Hampton (credited Jim Hampton as Jeb), Russell Thorson (as Pa Willis), Charles Kuenstle (as Lonnie) and James Nusser (as Louie Pheeters)
31914"The Glory and the Mud"Jerry HopperGwen BagniJanuary 4, 1964 (1964-01-04)

A young man tries to make a name for himself as a fast draw when Matt turns him down as deputy.

Guest Cast: Kent Smith (as Dakota), Marsha Hunt (as Sarah), James Best (as Beal), Robert Sorrells (as Cloudy), Joseph Hamilton (as Dan Binney), Rickey Murray (as Young Buck) and Jenny Lee Arness (as Amy)
32015"Dry Well"Harry HarrisJohn MestonJanuary 11, 1964 (1964-01-11)

A married woman is having affairs with men much younger than her husband.

Guest Cast: Karen Sharpe (as Yuma), Ned Glass (as Ira), Tom Simcox (as Web), John Hanek (as Jeff), William Henry (credited Bill Henry as Dave) and Glenn Strange (as Sam)
32116"Prairie Wolfer"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn DunkelJanuary 18, 1964 (1964-01-18)

Someone or something is slaughtering cattle.

Guest Cast: Noah Beery Jr. (as Nate), Don Dubbins (as Wendt), Holly McIntire (as Sarah), Fred Coby (as Charlie), Glenn Strange (as Sam) and James Drake (as Dude)
32217"Friend"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteJanuary 25, 1964 (1964-01-25)

Matt heads to a nearby town to investigate a friend's death.

Guest Cast: Tom Reese (as Judd), Jan Shepard (as Marge), Ben Wright (as Father Tom), Butch Patrick (as Runt), George Keymas (as Gore), Ralph Moody (as Finley), Glenn Strange (as Sam) and Frank Kreig (as Barkeep)
32318"Once a Haggen"Andrew V. McLaglenLes CrutchfieldFebruary 1, 1964 (1964-02-01)

A friend of Festus is accused of murdering the man who bested them at poker.

Guest Cast: Slim Pickens (as Bucko), Elizabeth MacRae (as April), John Hudson (as Curly), Kenneth Tobey (as Fickett), Roy Barcroft (as Pop) and Howard Wendell (as Judge)
32419"No Hands"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonFebruary 8, 1964 (1964-02-08)

Doc is threatened by the Ginnis clan when he fails to respond quickly to their demands for treatment.

Guest Cast: Denver Pyle (as Pa), Strother Martin (as Timble), Kevin Hagen (as Emmett), Rayford Barnes (as Jess), Conlan Carter (as Ben), Wright King (as Lon), Orville Sherman (as Wib Smith), James Nusser (as Louie Pheeters), Shug Fisher (as Barkeep), Mark Murray (as Boy) and Glenn Strange (as Sam)
32520"May Blossoms"Andrew V. McLaglenKathleen HiteFebruary 15, 1964 (1964-02-15)

Festus' cousin Mayblossom comes to town to marry him because of a pact between their fathers.

Guest Cast: Lauri Peters (as Mayblossom), Charles H. Gray (as Lon), Richard X. Slattery (as Greer), Sarah Selby (as Ma Smalley) and Roger Torrey (as Feeder)
32621"The Bassops"Andrew V. McLaglenTom HanleyFebruary 22, 1964 (1964-02-22)

A family finds Matt and a prisoner handcuffed to one another - with the prisoner claiming to be the marshal.

Guest Cast: Robert J. Wilke (credited Robert Wilke as Kelby), Warren Oates (as Deke), Mickey Sholdar (as Tommy), James Griffith (as Harford), Eunice Christopher (credited Eunice Pollis as Mellie), James Nusser (as Louie Pheeters), Ollie O'Toole (as Telegrapher), Robert Bice (as Wilson), Glenn Strange (as Sam) and Patricia Joyce (as Donna Lee)
32722"The Kite"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonFebruary 29, 1964 (1964-02-29)

Matt must stop a killer from realizing his victim's daughter was a witness.

Guest Cast: Lyle Bettger (as Polk), Michael Higgins (as Cassidy), Allyson Ames (as Clara), Betsy Hale (as Letty), Sarah Selby (as Ma Smalley), Burt Douglas (as Bryan) and Glenn Strange (as Sam)

Note: Bissextile episode, meaning it is broadcast on Leap Year Day (February 29), which occurs only every four years.
32823"Comanches Is Soft"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteMarch 7, 1964 (1964-03-07)

After spending a wild night in Wichita, Quint & Festus deal with a saloon girl who claims they invited her to Dodge.

Guest Cast: Don Megowan (as Hardy), James Nusser (as Louie Pheeters), Richard Reeves (as Heavy), Nesdon Booth (as Barkeep), Harry Dean Stanton (credited Dean Stanton as Leader), Rex Holman (as Brother) and Kathleen Nolan (credited Kathy Nolan as Liz)
32924"Father's Love"Harry HarrisJohn MestonMarch 14, 1964 (1964-03-14)

A saloon girl spurns a man's advances in Wichita and moves to Dodge, where she becomes a respectable married woman, only to be confronted with her past when she discovers that her rancher husband is the nephew of the man she refused.

Guest Cast: Ed Nelson (as Tom), Shary Marshall (as Cora), Robert F. Simon (as Jesse), Anthony Caruso (as Joe), Edith Evanson (as Nell), Ben Wright (as Mr. Ross) and Hick Hill (credited Hickman Hill as Hank)

Note: The last of Ed Nelson's six appearances in the series.
33025"Now That April's Here"Andrew V. McLaglenLes CrutchfieldMarch 21, 1964 (1964-03-21)

The only ones who believe Festus' girlfriend April of witnessing a murder are the killers themselves.

Guest Cast: Elizabeth MacRae (as April), Royal Dano (as Bender), Hal Baylor (as Grody), Vic Perrin (as Argus) and Glenn Strange (as Sam)
33126"Caleb"Harry HarrisPaul SavageMarch 28, 1964 (1964-03-28)

Caleb Marr comes to Dodge in search of a meaningful life after finally acknowledging his failure at farming.

Guest Cast: John Dehner (as Caleb), Dorothy Green (as Julie), Lane Bradford (as Lige), Anne Loos (credited Ann Loos as Dorcas), Dabbs Greer (as Mr. Jonas), George Selk (as Moss Grimmick), Vicki Cos (credited Vickie Cos as Betsy), Christopher Barrey (as George), Dennis Robertson (as Stable Boy), Ted Jordan (as Chad) and Glenn Strange (as Sam)
33227"Owney Tupper Had a Daughter"Jerry HopperPaul SavageApril 4, 1964 (1964-04-04)

Owney Tupper starts behaving "responsibly" in order to retrieve his daughter from her aunt's custody.

Guest Cast: Jay C. Flippen (as Owney), Noreen Corcoran (as Ellen), Andrea Darvi (as Amity), James Seay (as Jay), Howard Wendell (as Judge), Orville Sherman (as Wib Smith), Hank Patterson (as Hank Miller), Dolores Quinton (as Clara), Vernon Rich (as Art), Berkeley Harris (as Mal) and Steve Gaynor (as Clay)
33328"Bently"Harry HarrisJohn A. KneubuhlApril 11, 1964 (1964-04-11)

Chester doubts a man's deathbed murder confession, so he sets out to find the real killer. Chester's last episode.

Guest Cast: Charles McGraw (as Calvin), June Dayton (as Emily), Gene Lyons (as Fletcher), Bill Erwin (as Ned) and Jan Clayton (as Clara Wright)
33429"Kitty Cornered"John BrahmKathleen HiteApril 18, 1964 (1964-04-18)

A rival saloon owner forces Kitty into a deadly competition.

Guest Cast: Jacqueline Scott (as Stella), Joseph Sirola (as Eddie), Vici Raaf (as Fay), Betty Keeney (as Aggie), Shug Fisher (as Obie) and Glenn Strange (as Sam)
33530"The Promoter"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonApril 25, 1964 (1964-04-25)

An ex-farmer decides to become a fight promoter to make his fortune.

Guest Cast: Vic Perrin (as Huckaby), Allen Case (as Lieutenant), Robert Fortier (as Sergeant), Don Collier (as Price), Larry J. Blake (credited Larry Blake as Shell), Peggy Stewart (as Daisy), Gregg Palmer (as Jake), Wilhelm von Homburg (as Otto), John Newman (as Towers), James Nusser (as Louie Pheeters), Shug Fisher (as Obie) and Hank Patterson (as Hank)
33631"Trip West"Harry HarrisJohn DunkelMay 2, 1964 (1964-05-02)

A timid bank clerk goes through a surprising change in personality when he is told he only has a short time to live.

Guest Cast: Herbert Anderson (as Elwood), Sharon Farrell (as Annie), H.M. Wynant (as Meade), Percy Helton (as Arbuckle), Vinton Hayworth (as Ramsay), Elizabeth Shaw (as Lucille), Henry Rowland (as Frank) and Angela Clarke (as Mrs. Crabbe)
33732"Scot Free"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteMay 9, 1964 (1964-05-09)

Rob Scot leaves his family and prepares to start a new life with Nora Brand – after they dispose of her husband's body.

Guest Cast: Patricia Owens (as Nora), Jay Lanin (as Rob), Jack Betts (credited Hunt Powers as Cowboy), Julie Sommars (as Gert), Anne Barton (credited Ann Barton as Millie), Harry Bartell (as Harper) and Robert Bice (as Jim)
33833"The Warden"Andrew V. McLaglenLes CrutchfieldMay 16, 1964 (1964-05-16)

Festus protects a young Indian maiden from a farmer who bought her from her father.

Guest Cast: George Kennedy (as Stark), Anthony Caruso (as Bull Foot), Julie Parrish (as Cool Dawn), Christopher Connelly (credited Chris Connelly as Trainey) and Ollie O'Toole (as Telegrapher)
33934"Homecoming"Harry HarrisShimon Bar-David[B]May 23, 1964 (1964-05-23)

The ex-husband of Hector Lowell's wife claims that the Lowells' home, land and business belong to him.

Guest Cast: Phyllis Coates (as Edna), Jack Elam (as Hector), Harold J. Stone (as Orval), Emile Genest (as Frisbie), Tom Lowell (as Ethan) and Howard Culver (as Clerk)
34035"The Other Half"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn DunkelMay 30, 1964 (1964-05-30)

A love triangle between a girl and twin brothers turns tragic.

Guest Cast: Lee Kinsolving (as Jess Bartell), Donna Anderson (as Nancy), Paul Fix (as Sam Bartell), Patric Knowles (as MacIntosh), Larry J. Blake (credited Larry Blake as Mr. Hoover) and David S. Cass Sr. (credited Dave Cass as Minister)
34136"Journey for Three"Harry HarrisFrank ParisJune 6, 1964 (1964-06-06)

A stranger accompanies two brothers on their trip to California.

Guest Cast: Mark Goddard (as Boyd), Michael J. Pollard (as Cyrus), William Arvin (as Adam), James Nusser (as Louie Pheeters), Margaret Blye (credited Margaret Bly as Girl) and Ollie O'Toole (as Telegrapher)

Season 10 (1964–65)Edit

Thirty-six one-hour episodes, black-and-white
Producer: Norman Macdonnell (episodes 342–348, 350, 352, 361, 367), Philip Leacock (episodes 349, 351, 353–360, 362–366, 368–377); associate producer: Frank Paris
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Milburn Stone (Doc), Ken Curtis (Festus), Amanda Blake (Kitty), Burt Reynolds (Quint Asper)[48]
Guest Cast: In credits order

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3421"Blue Heaven"Michael O'HerlihyLes CrutchfieldSeptember 26, 1964 (1964-09-26)

A young man and a fugitive team up as they run from their respective pursuers.

Guest Cast: Kurt Russell (as Packy), Tim O'Connor (as Kip), Diane Ladd (as Elena), Karl Swenson (as Tabe), John McLiam (as Stableman), Eddie Hice (as Duster), Ernie Anderson (as Man) and Jan Merlin (as Ed Sykes)
3432"Crooked Mile"Andrew V. McLaglenLes CrutchfieldOctober 3, 1964 (1964-10-03)

A girl's whip-wielding father does not approve of her romance with Quint.

Guest Cast: George Kennedy (as Cyrus), Royal Dano (as Praylie) and Katharine Ross (as Susan)
3443"Old Man"Harry HarrisJohn MestonOctober 10, 1964 (1964-10-10)

Matt must find out who killed Joe Silva when an old man is framed for the crime.

Guest Cast: Ned Glass (as Old Man), Robert Hogan (as Danny), Ed Peck (as Silva), Rayford Barnes (as Litton), Howard Wendell (as Judge), Al Schottelkotte (as Bailiff), Gilman Rankin (as Waiter), Bryan O'Byrne (as Clerk), Harry Bartell (as Sheriff), Arthur Peterson (credited Arthur Peterson Jr. as Doctor), Bob Gravage (credited Robert Gravage as Hangman) and Glenn Strange (as Sam)
3454"The Violators"Harry HarrisJohn DunkelOctober 17, 1964 (1964-10-17)

A man's scalping leads the citizens of Dodge to suspect the Indians of doing the deed.

Guest Cast: Denver Pyle (as Caleb), James Anderson (as Hewitt), Michael Pate (as Buffalo Calf), Amzie Strickland (as Mrs. Hewitt), Garry Walberg (as Scroggs), Lee Phillip Bell (credited Lee Phillip as Mrs. Bell), Douglas Kennedy (as Talbot), Martin Blaine (as Colonel) and Arthur Batanides (as Harv Foster)
3465"Doctor's Wife"Harry HarrisGeorge EcksteinOctober 24, 1964 (1964-10-24)

A new doctor arrives in Dodge and his wife starts a smear campaign against Doc Adams.

Guest Cast: Phyllis Love (as Jennifer), James Broderick (as Wes), Harold Gould (as Boake), Anne Barton (credited Ann Barton as Mrs. Boake), Helen Kleeb (as Mrs. Gort), James Nusser (as Louie Pheeters), Robert Biheller (as Jared), Dorothea Neumann (credited Dorothy Neumann as Old Woman), Howard Culver (as Clerk), Jewel Jaffe (as Martha Lou), Buck Young (as Carney) and Glenn Strange (as Sam)
3476"Take Her, She's Cheap"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteOctober 31, 1964 (1964-10-31)

A grateful family gives Matt their daughter to be his bride.

Guest Cast: Lauri Peters (as Allie), Malcolm Atterbury (as Duggan), Linda Watkins (as Ma), Willard Sage (as Mel), Harry Dean Stanton (credited Dean Stanton as Rainey), Mort Mills (as Loren) and Ray Lane (as Man)
3487"Help Me, Kitty"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteNovember 7, 1964 (1964-11-07)

Kitty and an unmarried expectant mother end up in the desert when bandits attack their stagecoach.

Guest Cast: Jack Elam (as Specter), Betty Conner (as Hope), James Frawley (as Furnas), Larry J. Blake (credited Larry Blake as Man), Joe Conley (as Carl), Burt Douglas (as Ed) and Peggy Stewart (as Nettie)
3498"Hung High"Mark RydellJohn MestonNovember 14, 1964 (1964-11-14)

A lawman-hater causes trouble for Matt and a retired marshal.

Guest Cast: Robert Culp (as Joe), George Lindsey (as Bud), Elisha Cook Jr. (credited Elisha Cook as George), Michael Conrad (as Dick), Edward Asner (as Sgt. Wilks), Scott Marlowe (as Tony Serpa) and Harold J. Stone (as Jim Downey)
3509"Jonah Hutchinson"Harry HarrisCalvin Clements, Sr.November 21, 1964 (1964-11-21)

After spending 30 years in prison, Jonah Hutchinson sets out to rebuild his ranching empire.

Guest Cast: Robert F. Simon (as Jonah), Richard Anderson (as Samuel), June Dayton (as Phoebe), Tommy Alexander (as Franklin), Claude Johnson (as Aaron), David Macklin (as Steven), Roy Barcroft (as Roy), William Fawcett (as Lefferts), Charles Seel (as Gorth), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Rocky Shahan (as Stage Driver), Jacque Shelton (as 2nd Rancher) and Jason Johnson (as 1st Rancher)
35110"Big Man, Big Target"Michael O'HerlihyJohn MantleyNovember 28, 1964 (1964-11-28)

Pike Beechum plots to off his lover's husband.

Guest Cast: J.D. Cannon (as Pike), Harry Lauter (as Leach), John McLiam (as Delphos), Frank Ferguson (as Enoch), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Mike Road (as Joe Merchant) and Mariette Hartley (as Ellie)
35211"Chicken"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonDecember 5, 1964 (1964-12-05)

A meek man is given credit for killing four outlaws.

Guest Cast: Glenn Corbett (as Dan), Gigi Perreau (as Lucy), John Lupton (as Carl), L.Q. Jones (as Brady), Lane Chandler (as Morgan), Dave Willock (as Becker), Lane Bradford (as Davis), Chubby Johnson (as Rogers), Roy Barcroft (as Roy), Michael Keep (as Willis), John Pickard (as Phelps) and Bob Steele (as Coe)
35312"Innocence"Harry HarrisJohn MestonDecember 12, 1964 (1964-12-12)

The hatred between two men is intensified by their affections for the same girl.

Guest Cast: Bethel Leslie (as Elsa Poe), Jason Evers (as Charlie Ross), Michael Forest (as Bob Sullins), Jacque Shelton (as Joe Rogers), Lee Krieger (as Carl Beck), Ric Roman (as Sims), Don Brice (as Cowboy #1) and Claude Akins (as Art McLane)
35413"Aunt Thede"Sutton RoleyKathleen HiteDecember 19, 1964 (1964-12-19)

Festus' aunt Thede and a young woman both seek to get married.

Guest Cast: Jeanette Nolan (as Aunt Thede), Dyan Cannon (as Ivy), Frank Cady (as Webb), James Stacy (as George), Howard McNear (as Howard), Hap Glaudi (as Townsman) and Jenny Lee Arness (credited Jenny Lee Aurness as Laurie)
35514"Hammerhead"Christian NybyAntony EllisDecember 26, 1964 (1964-12-26)

A wealthy gambler comes to Dodge to buy horses, leading rival traders to have a race to demonstrate the speed of their steeds.

Guest Cast: John Fiedler (as Fitch), Arch Johnson (as Ponder), Linda Foster (as Carrie), Chubby Johnson (as Wohaw), Donald Briggs (credited Don Briggs as Deggers), William Henry (as Feeney), Pete Dunn (credited Peter Dunn as Squatty), Tom Richards (credited Tommy Richards as Gambler), Ray Hemphill (as Tom), Gene Redfern (as Gambler), Bill Catching (as Stomp), Dan White (credited Daniel M. White as Attendant) and Chuck Hayward (as Cowhand)
35615"Double Entry"Joseph SargentLes CrutchfieldJanuary 2, 1965 (1965-01-02)

Brad McCain tries to take advantage of his friendship with Matt.

Guest Cast: Forrest Tucker (as Brad McClain), Mel Gallagher (as Yuma Joe), Roy Roberts (as Mr. Bodkin), Nora Marlowe (as Passenger), Lew Brown (as Pete Elder), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Fred Coby (as Wagoneer), Rudy Sooter (as Fiddler) and Cyril Delevanti (as Jake Bookly)
35716"Run, Sheep, Run"Harry HarrisJohn MestonJanuary 9, 1965 (1965-01-09)

A man causes trouble for a young couple when he buys a ranch from them and refuses to pay for a year.

Guest Cast: Burt Brinckerhoff (as Tom Stocker), James Nusser (as Louie Pheeters), Tom Fadden (as Lem Hubley), Ted Knight (as Bill Miller), Anne Barton (credited Ann Barton as Beth Miller), Arthur Malet (as Cox), George Keymas (as Harry Crane), Davey Davison (as Mary Stocker) and Peter Whitney (as Dan Braden)
35817"Deputy Festus"Harry HarrisCalvin Clements, Sr.January 16, 1965 (1965-01-16)

Festus, acting as Matt's deputy, learns that the drunken trappers he put in jail are his cousins.

Guest Cast: Don Beddoe (as Halligan), Shug Fisher (as Emery), Bill Zuckert (as Mr. Jacobsen), Michel Petit (as Glen), Royal Dano (as Lambert), Carl Reindel (as Dave Carson), Denver Pyle (as Claudius), Ken Mayer (as Tiplett), Glenn Strange (as Sam) and Harold Ensley (as Waiter)
35918"One Killer on Ice"Joseph H. LewisRichard CarrJanuary 23, 1965 (1965-01-23)

A bounty hunter talks Matt into protecting him and his prisoner from ambush.

Guest Cast: John Drew Barrymore (as Anderson), Richard Carlyle (as Carl), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Eddie Hice (as Frank), Dennis Hopper (as Billy Kimbo), Anne Helm (as Helena Dales) and Philip Coolidge (as Owney Dales)
36019"Chief Joseph"Mark RydellStory by : Thomas Warner
Teleplay by : Clyde Ware
January 30, 1965 (1965-01-30)

A desperately ill chief causes tension when he lodges in the Dodge House.

Guest Cast: Victor Jory (as Chief Joseph), Robert Loggia (as Lt. Cal Tripp), Michael Keep (as Yellow Bear), Dennis Cross (as Three Hand), Leonard Stone (as Mr. Wiley), Howard Culver (as Clerk), Joe Maross (as Charlie Britton) and Willard Sage (as Corly Watts)
36120"Circus Trick"William F. ClaxtonLes CrutchfieldFebruary 6, 1965 (1965-02-06)

Festus's girlfriend joins a circus troupe.

Guest Cast: Walter Burke (as Elko), Elizabeth MacRae (as April), Warren Oates (as Speeler), Isabel Jewell (credited Isabel Jewel as Madame Ahr), Ken Scott (as Eddie), Roy Roberts (as Mr. Bodkin), Roy Barcroft (as Roy) and Glenn Strange (as Sam)
36221"Song for Dying"Allen ReisnerHarry KronmanFebruary 13, 1965 (1965-02-13)

A carefree minstrel faces the wrath of the vengeful Lukens clan.

Guest Cast: Theodore Bikel (as Martin Kellums), Roger Ewing (as Ben Lukens). Lee Majors (as Dave Lukens), Russell Thorson (as Mace), Sheldon Allman (as Cory Lukens), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Robert F. Simon (as Will Lukens) and Ford Rainey (as Hode Embry)
36322"Winner Take All"Vincent McEveetyLes CrutchfieldFebruary 20, 1965 (1965-02-20)

Matt intervenes when an intese feud between the Renner brothers reaches its breaking point.

Guest Cast: Tom Simcox (as Curly), John Milford (as Pinto), Margaret Blye (credited Margaret Bly as Karen), H.M. Wynant (as Relko), Allen Jaffe (as Gunman), Ralph J. Rowe (as Stableman) and Nestor Paiva (as Barman)
36423"Eliab's Aim"Richard C. SarafianWill CorryFebruary 27, 1965 (1965-02-27)

Festus' nephew Eliab comes gunning for his right ear lobe.

Guest Cast: James Hampton (credited Jim Hampton as Eliab Haggen), Don O'Kelly (credited Donald O'Kelly as Dealer), Gregg Palmer (as Jake Craig), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Hank Patterson (as Hank), Larry Barton (as Citizen) and Dee J. Thompson (as Widow Pearl Winton)
36524"Thursday's Child"Joseph H. LewisRobert LewinMarch 6, 1965 (1965-03-06)

Doc falls for a woman (Jean Arthur) who's haunted by her past.

Guest Cast: Jean Arthur (as Julie Blane), Joe Raciti (as Vardis), Roy Barcroft (as Roy), Hank Patterson (as Hank), Suzanne Benoit (as Amy Blane), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Fred Coby (as Clint Marston) and Scott Marlowe (as Lon Blane)
36625"Breckinridge"Vincent McEveetyLes CrutchfieldMarch 13, 1965 (1965-03-13)

A lawyer from the east questions Matt's every move.

Guest Cast: John Warburton (as Judge Danby), Elisha Cook Jr. (credited Elisha Cook as Jocko Beal), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Hank Patterson (as Hank), Harry Harvey Sr. (as Old Man), Dorothea Neumann (credited Dorothy Neumann as Woman), Howard Culver (as Hotel Clerk), Jack Perkins (as Bully), Ben Cooper (as Breck Taylor) and Robert Sorrells (as Sled Grady)
36726"Bank Baby"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonMarch 20, 1965 (1965-03-20)

Bert Clum plots to rob pilgrim families in nearby camps.

Guest Cast: Jacques Aubuchon (as Bert), Gail Kobe (as Grace), Virginia Christine (as Bess), Hampton Fancher (as Milton), Roy Roberts (as Mr. Bodkin), Harry Carey Jr. (as Jim), William Boyett (as Harry) and Cliff Ketchum (as Teller)
36827"The Lady"Mark RydellJohn MantleyMarch 27, 1965 (1965-03-27)

A woman who used to be rich takes a job at the Long Branch while she and her niece are on their way to San Francisco.

Guest Cast: Eileen Heckart (as Hattie Silks), Walter Sande (as Charlie), Hank Patterson (as Hank), Glenn Strange (as Sam), James Nusser (as Louie Pheeters), Clifton James (as Sam Hare), Michael Forest (as Ray Pate), R.G. Armstrong (as Jud Briar) and Katharine Ross (as Liz Beaumont)
36928"Dry Road to Nowhere"Vincent McEveetyHarry KronmanApril 3, 1965 (1965-04-03)

Matt must find out why a gunman is stalking a temperance preacher.

Guest Cast: James Whitmore (as Amos Campbell), Read Morgan (as Pete Moreland), James Nusser (as Louie Pheeters), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Howard Culver (as Howie), John Saxon (as Dingo), Julie Sommars (as Bess Campbell) and L. Q. Jones (as Wally)
37029"Twenty Miles from Dodge"Mark RydellClyde WareApril 10, 1965 (1965-04-10)

A gang of outlaws abduct Kitty and her fellow stagecoach passengers.

Guest Cast: Darren McGavin (as Will Helmick), Everett Sloane (as Follansbee), Aneta Corsaut (as Eleanor Starkey), Tony Haig (as Johnny Hutton), Stafford Repp (as Otie Schaffer), William Fawcett (as Bert Fraley), Noam Pitlik (as Dobbs), Gerald S. O'Loughlin (as Grant Shay) and Val Avery (as Dorner)
37130"The Pariah"Harry HarrisCalvin Clements, Sr.April 17, 1965 (1965-04-17)

An immigrant's life improves when he kills an outlaw - at least for a while.

Guest Cast: John Dehner (as Paolo Scanzano), Steve Ihnat (as Ben Hooker), Tom Reese (as Wayne Hooker), Lee Van Cleef (as John Hooker), Don Keefer (as Newspaper Editor), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Donald Losby (as Thomas Scanzano) and Ilka Windish (as Rosita Scanzano)
37231"Gilt Guilt"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteApril 24, 1965 (1965-04-24)

Doc treats a woman and her son for scurvy.

Guest Cast: Jan Clayton (as Mary), Andrew Duggan (as Crail), Peter Brooks (as Sully), William Phipps (as Drifter), William Boyett (as Jake), James Nusser (as Louie Pheeters) and Roy Barcroft (as Roy)
37332"Bad Lady from Brookline"Michael O'HerlihyGustave FieldMay 1, 1965 (1965-05-01)

A woman tries to raise her son in Dodge after her husband is killed in a gunfight.

Guest Cast: Betty Hutton (as Molly McConnell), John Hubbard (as LaFarge), Jonathan Kidd (as Harper), Billy Bowles (as Willie McConnell), Ollie O'Toole (as Herb), Jan Peters (as Curley), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Eddie Hice (as Cowboy), Tom McCauley (as Ben) and Claude Akins (as Sy Sherne)
37433"Two Tall Men"Vincent McEveetyFrank Q. Dobbs & Robert Stewart, Jr.May 8, 1965 (1965-05-08)

Festus goes after the bandits who robbed and assaulted Doc.

Guest Cast: Harry Townes (as Abihu Howell), Jay Ripley (as Ned), Maurice McEndree (as Newspaperman), Preston Pierce (as Tommy), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Ben Cooper (as Breck) and George Lindsey (as Billy)
37534"Honey Pot"Harry HarrisJohn MestonMay 15, 1965 (1965-05-15)

Newcomer Ben Stack makes a play for saloon girl Honey Dare.

Guest Cast: Rory Calhoun (as Ben Stack), Dick Wessel (as Sol Durham), John Crawford (as Hal Biggs), Harry Bartell (as James Riley), Harry Lauter (as Gregory Bellow), Hank Patterson (as Hank), Roy Barcroft (as Roy), Charles Maxwell (as Hy Evers), Glenn Strange (as Sam) and Joanna Moore (as Honey Dare)
37635"The New Society"Joseph SargentCalvin Clements, Sr.May 22, 1965 (1965-05-22)

Matt faces fear and hostility in Ridge Town where he investigates an old murder case.

Guest Cast: James Gregory (as Scanlon, Sr.), Richard X. Slattery (as Coor), Sandy Kenyon (as Bennings), Lew Brown (as Eli Wall), Ian Wolfe (as Old Man Wall), Elizabeth Perry (as Vera Scanlon), Dennis Cross (as Aaron), Garry Walberg (as Roy), Victor Izay (as Depositor), Fred Coby (as Sy), Linda James (as Sue Ann), Jeremy Slate (as Tom Scanlon) and Jack Weston (as Wesley)
37736"He Who Steals"Harry HarrisJohn MestonMay 29, 1965 (1965-05-29)

A cowboy admires a buffalo hunter too much to admit that the buffalo hunter is also a thief.

Guest Cast: Russ Tamblyn (as Billy Waters), Roger Torrey (as Steve Hays), Lane Bradford (as Dan O'Hare), Will J. White (as Beckett), James Nusser (as Louie Pheeters), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Harold J. Stone (as Jeff Sutro), Len Wayland (as Jim Donner), Larry Ward (as Sid Perce) and Stanley Adams (as Charlie Rath)

Note: Final John Meston script.

Season 11 (1965–66)Edit

Thirty-two one-hour episodes, black-and-white
Producer: Philip Leacock; associate producer: John Mantley
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Ken Curtis (Festus), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty), Roger Ewing (Thad)[49]
Guest Cast: In credits order

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3781"Seven Hours to Dawn"Vincent McEveetyClyde WareSeptember 18, 1965 (1965-09-18)

A treacherous gang of outlaws take over Dodge.

Guest Cast: John Drew Barrymore (as Mace Gore), Michael Vandever (as Raider), Al Lettieri (credited Al Lettier as Smitty), Allen Jaffe (as Jack Dawn), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Charles Seel (as Barney), Morgan Woodward (as Deeks), Jerry Douglas (a Clark) and Johnny Seven (as Barens)
3792"The Storm"Joseph SargentPaul SavageSeptember 25, 1965 (1965-09-25)

A buffalo hunter is sentenced to be hanged for a murder he did not commit, the real culprits being the sons of Matt's old friend Adam Benteen.

Guest Cast: Forrest Tucker (as Adam Benteen), Willard Sage (as Cantwell), Mary Lou Taylor (as Hope Woodley), Lincoln Demyan (as Cowboy), Charles Seel (as Barney), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Steve Darrell (credited Steven Darrell as Judge), Stuart Margolin (as Sheriff), Victor Izay (as Bartender), Shug Fisher (as Hank Cooters), Rudy Sooter (as Rudy), Tim McIntire (as Claude Benteen), Richard Evans (as Ab Benteen), Ruth Warrick (as Clara Benteen) and Kelly Thordsen (as Mel Woodley)
3803"Clayton Thaddeus Greenwood"Joseph SargentCalvin Clements, Sr.October 2, 1965 (1965-10-02)

Thad Greenwood trails the four tough guys who caused his father to suffer a fatal heart attack.

Guest Cast: Jack Elam (as Sam Band), Allen Jaffe (as Webster), Glenn Strange (as Sam), William Henry (as Waiter), Paul Fix (as Greenwood, Sr.), Sherwood Price (as Frank Band), Robert Sorrells (as Zachary) and Roger Ewing (as Clayton Thaddeus Greenwood)
3814"Ten Little Indians"Mark RydellGeorge EcksteinOctober 9, 1965 (1965-10-09)

Matt must find out who hired the gunfighters that he has been facing in and out of Dodge.

Guest Cast: Nehemiah Persoff (as Jack Pinto), Rafael Campos (as Miguel Samando), Zalman King (as Billy Coe), Nina Roman (as Nancy), Stanja Lowe (as Neddie Cannon), Don Ross (as Lafe Cannon), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Warren Oates (as Al Tresh), John Marley (as Ben Pringle) and Bruce Dern (as Doyle Phleger)
3825"Taps for Old Jeb"James SheldonLes CrutchfieldOctober 16, 1965 (1965-10-16)

Prospector Jeb Carter hires a bodyguard to protect his gold after years of searching finally pay off.

Guest Cast: Ed Begley (as Jeb Crater), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Rudy Sooter (as Rudy), Wayne Rogers (as Stretch Morgan), Morgan Woodward (as Sholo), Arthur Batanides (as Feeter Kreb) and Don Keefer (as Milty Sims)
3836"Kioga"Harry HarrisRobert LewinOctober 23, 1965 (1965-10-23)

Kioga, a young and wounded Pawnee Indian, comes to Dodge City to hunt down the fur trader who killed his father and attacked his sister.

Guest Cast: Neville Brand (as Jayce McCaw), Roy Roberts (as Mr. Bodkin), John Hubbard (as Storekeeper), Hank Patterson (as Hank), Ken Renard (as Father Kioga), Howard Culver (as Howie), John War Eagle (as Katawa), Nina Roman (as Nancy), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Catherine Wyles (as Sister Kioga) and Teno Pollick (as Kioga)
3847"The Bounty Hunter"Harry HarrisPaul SavageOctober 30, 1965 (1965-10-30)

Bounty hunter Luke Frazer is drawn out of retirement to find the man who murdered a rich rancher's son.

Guest Cast: Robert Lansing (as Luke Frazer), James Anderson (as Hal), Hal Lynch (as Ken), Gregg Palmer (as Doak), Amber Flower (as Amy Jensen), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Charles Seel (as Barney Danches), Victor Izay (as Bartender), Jon Kowal (as Rancher), Jason Johnson (as Homesteader), Wright King (as Lon Jensen), Bert Freed (as Chris Thornton) and Lisabeth Hush (as Mal Jensen)
3858"The Reward"Marc DanielsGilbert Ralston, Scott Hunt & Beth KeeleNovember 6, 1965 (1965-11-06)

A convicted gold-mine swindler gets out of prison to resume mining with the money he is accused of stealing.

Guest Cast: James Whitmore (as Jim Forbes), Berkeley Harris (as Farmer), Julio Medina (as Pedro), Norman Burton (as Ed), Sue Collier (as Bar Girl), Roy Roberts (as Mr. Bodkin), Glenn Strange (as Sam), James Nusser (as Louie Pheeters), Gilman Rankin (credited Gil Rankin as Hank Purvis), David Ladd (as Brian Forbes), Peter Whitney (as Jason Holt) and Fred J. Scollay (as Clint Fisher)
3869"Malachi"Gary NelsonWilliam PutmanNovember 13, 1965 (1965-11-13)

Town drunk Malachi Harper poses as marshal just to impress his brother.

Guest Cast: Harry Townes (as Malachi Harper), Robert Sorrells (as Bar Cowboy), Rex Holman (as Shobin), Woodrow Chambliss (as Knowles), Joey Wilcox (as Boy), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Hank Patterson (as Hank), James Nusser (as Louie Pheeters), Jack Elam (as Del Ordman) and Edward Andrews (as Ethan Harper)
38710"The Pretender"Vincent McEveetyCalvin Clements, Sr.November 20, 1965 (1965-11-20)

The Dano brothers return home from prison to a dying mother and a bitter father.

Guest Cast: Tom Simcox (as Frank Dano), Tom Skerritt (as Edmund Dano), Athena Lorde (as Mrs. Dano), Harry Davis (as Daniels), Gregg Palmer (as Sheriff Jackson), Sam Edwards (as Stage Driver), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Rudy Sooter (as Rudy), Julie Sommars (as Elsie Howell) and Nehemiah Persoff (as Mr. Dano)
38811"South Wind"Allen ReisnerJack BartlettNovember 27, 1965 (1965-11-27)

A 12-year-old boy goes into hiding after witnessing his father's murder.

Guest Cast: Michael Witney (as Cavalry Captain), Ryan Hayes (as Wade Bonney), Gregg Palmer (as Blacksmith), Bruce Dern (as Judd Print), Pat Cardi (as Homer Bonney), Robert Random (credited Bob Random as Verlyn Print) and Michael Davis (as Coy Print)
38912"The Hostage"Vincent McEveetyStory by : Joe Ann Johnson
Teleplay by : Clyde Ware
December 4, 1965 (1965-12-04)

Four convicts take Matt hostage on their way to Mexico.

Guest Cast: Darren McGavin (as Lon Gorman), Vito Scotti (as Torreon), Willis Bouchey (as Sheriff Hockley), Charles Seel (as Barney), I. Stanford Jolley (as Sheriff Foley), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Tom Reese (as Wade Keys) and Simon Oakland (as Carl Mandee)
39013"Outlaw's Woman"Mark RydellClyde WareDecember 11, 1965 (1965-12-11)

Matt is surprised to see that the fleeing train robber he shot is a woman.

Guest Cast: Lane Bradbury (as Allie Sommers), Gene Tyburn (as Eddie), Ted Jordan (as Hank Wheeler), Peggy Rea (as Dress Shop Owner), Roy Barcroft (as Jonas), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Lou Antonio (as Harve Kane), Lonny Chapman (as Dove Bailey) and Vincent Beck (as Coley Martin)
39114"The Avengers"Vincent McEveetyDonn MullallyDecember 18, 1965 (1965-12-18)

A judge and his two sons plot their revenge when they suspect Festus and Kitty of murdering a member of their family.

Guest Cast: James Gregory (as Judge Calvin Strom), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Olan Soule (as Barber), Ed McCready (as Freight Agent), John Saxon (as Cal Strom, Jr.) and Les Brown Jr. (as Mark Strom)
39215"Gold Mine"Abner BibermanScott Hunt & Beth KeeleDecember 25, 1965 (1965-12-25)

Kitty travels alone to the rough mining town of Pickaxe to claim a gold mine, meeting the eccentric Gibbijohn family and a deaf-mute boy.

Guest Cast: Argentina Brunetti (as Louise Danby), Dort Clark (as Claims Clerk), John Harmon (as Hotel Clerk), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Russ Bender (as Sheriff), John Anderson (as Pa Gibbijohn), Paul Carr (as Jud Gibbijohn), Michael Vandever (as Eb Gibbijohn) and Tom Nardini (as Richard Danby)
39316"Death Watch"Mark RydellCalvin Clements, Sr.January 8, 1966 (1966-01-08)

Matt attempts to protect wounded outlaw Johnny Drago from a pair of bounty hunters.

Guest Cast: Albert Salmi (as Holly), Patricia Quinn (credited Ariane Quinn as Amy Boyle), Charles Wagenheim (as Halligan), Robert Foulk (as Fields), Karl Lukas (as Williams), Steve Gravers (as Wales), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Howard Culver (as Hotel Clerk), Sam Flint (as Jake), Rudy Sooter (as Bartender), Frank Silvera (as John Drago), Richard Evans (as Austin Boyle), Willard Sage (as Walker) and Alfred Ryder (as Flint)
39417"Sweet Billy, Singer of Songs"Alvin GanzerGustave FieldJanuary 15, 1966 (1966-01-15)

Festus' nephew Billy comes to Dodge to find a wife.

Guest Cast: Robert Random (credited Bob Random as Sweet Billy), Diane Ladd (as Lulu), Judy Carne (as Pearl), Woodrow Chambliss (as Waiter), Shug Fisher (as Emery), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Alice Backes (as Widow Folsome), Brooke Bundy (as Orabelle), Royal Dano (as Lambert) and Slim Pickens (as Pony Beal)
39518"The Raid (Part 1)"Vincent McEveetyClyde WareJanuary 22, 1966 (1966-01-22)

A band out of outlaws terrorize Dodge.

Guest Cast: Gary Lockwood (as Jim Stark), John Kellogg (as T.R. Stark), Percy Helton (as Mr. Early), Preston Pierce (as Jeff Fraley), Ted Jordan (as Shiloh), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Edmund Hashim (as Johnny Barnes), Dee Pollock (as Tom Carlyle), Roy Engel (as Sheriff), Tony Haig (as Billy), Olan Soule (as Barber), Charles Seel (as Barney), Michael Fox (as Hotel Clerk), Arthur Peterson (as Banker), Gregg Palmer (as Bartender), Jeremy Slate (as Web Fraley), Jim Davis (as Clell Williams), Richard Jaeckel (as Pence Fraley), Michael Conrad (as Cash McLean) and John Anderson (as Les McConnell)

Note: This episode boasts a Franz Waxman score.
39619"The Raid (Part 2)"Vincent McEveetyClyde WareJanuary 29, 1966 (1966-01-29)

The outlaws take Doc hostage after they rob the bank and set Dodge on fire.

Guest Cast: Gary Lockwood (as Jim Stark), John Kellogg (as T.R. Stark), Percy Helton (as Mr. Early), Preston Pierce (as Jeff Fraley), Ted Jordan (as Shiloh), Glenn Strange (as Sam), William Fawcett (as 1st Stage Man), James Nusser (as Louie Pheeters), Leonard P. Geer (credited Leonard Geer as 1st Posse Man), Phil Chambers (as 2nd Stage Man), Fred Coby (as 3rd Stage Man), Jeremy Slate (as Web Fraley), Jim Davis (as Clell Williams), Richard Jaeckel (as Pence Fraley), Michael Conrad (as Cash McLean) and John Anderson (as Les McConnell)

Note: Franz Waxman score.
39720"Killer at Large"Marc DanielsCalvin Clements, Sr.February 5, 1966 (1966-02-05)

Festus flees Dodge after killing a medicine-show sharpshooter in a gunfight.

Guest Cast: Geraldine Brooks (as Esther Harris), Stuart Erwin (as Doc Brown), Tim O'Kelly (as Sandy), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Hardie Albright (as Storekeeper), Gilman Rankin (as Horse Trader), Cyril Delevanti (as Grandpa Harris), Craig Huxley (credited Craig Hundley as James), John Pickard (as Gabin), Hagan Beggs (credited Jim Beggs as Jace), Robert Ballew (as Grange), Jonathan Goldsmith (credited Jonathan Lippe as Ira) and Morgan Jones (as Coor)
39821"My Father's Guitar"Robert TottenHal SitowitzFebruary 12, 1966 (1966-02-12)

A wandering guitarist believes his father's guitar is more valuable than a person's life.

Guest Cast: Beau Bridges (as Jason), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Robin Blake (as Mattie), Louis Massad (as Cowboy), Steve Ihnat (as Jack), Charles Dierkop (as Dan), Dub Taylor (as Sonny Starr) and William Bramley (as Jed Woodard)
39922"Wishbone"Marc DanielsPaul SavageFebruary 19, 1966 (1966-02-19)

Matt goes after three bandits who robbed a stagecoach and killed the driver and guard.

Guest Cast: Billy Beck (as Tonkins), Michael Fox (as Buffalo Hunter), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Natalie Masters (as First Gossip), Joan Granville (as Second Gossip), Lew Gallo (as Spellman), Victor French (as Travers) and Lyle Waggoner (as Aikens)
40023"Sanctuary"Harry HarrisCalvin Clements, Sr.February 26, 1966 (1966-02-26)

A bank robber takes refuge in a church where he holds the pastor and two women hostage.

Guest Cast: Sean Garrison (as Rev. John Porter), Jack Grinnage (as Gorman), Martin Priest (as Baker), Charles Wagenheim (as Halligan), Marcia Blakesley (as Mrs. Ayers), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Howard Culver (as Howie), Woodrow Chambliss (as Hotel Porter), Joan Blackman (as Phyllis Bowmen), Virginia Gregg (as Miss Howell), Larry Ward (as Ayers) and Richard Bradford (as Paul Wiley)
40124"Honor Before Justice"Harry HarrisStory by : Frank Q. Dobbs & Robert Stewart, Jr.
Screenplay by : Frank Q. Dobbs
March 5, 1966 (1966-03-05)

John Two-Bears is sentenced to death by the Osage Council for a murder he did not commit.

Guest Cast: France Nuyen (as Sarah), Ralph Moody (as Joseph-Walks-In-Darkness), George Keymas (as Thunder Man), Ken Renard (as Indian Blacksmith), Richard Gilden (as Little Walker), James Almanzar (as Barking Dog), Ted Jordan (as Indian Policeman), Michael Ansara (as Grey Horse), Barton MacLane (as Herkimer Crawford), Harry Bartell (as Elias Franklin) and Noah Beery Jr. (credited Noah Beery as John-Two-Bears)
40225"The Brothers"Tay GarnettTom HanleyMarch 12, 1966 (1966-03-12)

Matt captures a young criminal named Billy after a robbery goes wrong, who must endure Matt's moralizing while waiting to be broken out of jail by his outlaw brother and hero Ed.

Guest Cast: Scott Marlowe (as Ed), Robert L. Crawford Jr. (credited Bobby Crawford as Billy), Eddie Firestone (as Carl Wilkins), Kathryn Harrow (as Ellen Crandall), Roy Roberts (as Mr. Bodkin), James Nusser (as Louie Pheeters), Sailor Vincent (credited William Sailor Vincent as Peter Sommars), Tom Reese (as Okie), Warren Vanders (as Wat), Edmund Hashim (as Durgen), Joseph Hoover (as Dave Crandall) and Solomon Sturges (credited Mark Sturges as Will Taylor)

Notes: For this show only, to more easily film the jailhouse break-in/shoot-out, the back door of Matt's office is now directly on the back wall of the jail cell area. In the next show, the original cell is back in its place. Also in this episode, there is a cell across from the one Billy is in. Usually, it is a blank wall, on the other side of which is Matt's cot.

This is the fourth and final appearance of Scott Marlowe, all different characters.

This is the first of two episodes named "The Brothers" along with the second which was formerly named "Incident at Sayville Junction" from season 18.
40326"Which Doctor"Peter GravesLes CrutchfieldMarch 19, 1966 (1966-03-19)

Buffalo hunters kidnap Doc and Festus.

Guest Cast: R.G. Armstrong (as Argonaut), Gregg Palmer (as Herk), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Shelley Morrison (as Addie), George Lindsey (as Skeeter), Elisabeth Fraser (as Daisy Lou) and Claire Wilcox (as Piney)

Note: This episode was directed by James Arness' younger brother Peter Graves, just prior to his finding fame as Jim Phelps on Mission: Impossible.
40427"Harvest"Harry HarrisLes CrutchfieldMarch 26, 1966 (1966-03-26)

Ben Payson's daughter Betsy falls in love with one of the Scottish homesteaders who have threatened to take her family's land.

Guest Cast: James MacArthur (as David McGovern), Alma Platt (as Gran MacArthur), Ted Jordan (as Leemer), Fred Coby (as Marty), George Kennedy (as Ben Payson), Karl Swenson (as Ian McGovern) and Lesley Ann Warren (as Betsy Payson)
40528"By Line"Allen ReisnerLes CrutchfieldApril 9, 1966 (1966-04-09)

Despite his illiteracy, Festus becomes a reporter for Dodge's newspaper, The Dodge City Clarion.

Guest Cast: Chips Rafferty (as Angus McTabbott), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Gertrude Flynn (as Essie Benlan), Dorothea Neumann (credited Dorothy Neumann as Customer), Adrienne Marden (as Townswoman), John Francis (credited Johnny Francis as Store Clerk), Fletcher Fist (as Cowboy), Denver Pyle (as Clab Chummer), Dabbs Greer (as Jonas), Ted de Corsia (as Merl Benlan), Maudie Prickett (as Mrs. Preeker), and Stefan Arngrim (as Jock)

Notes: George Sowards last of 32 uncredited appearances, mostly as a townsman.

Last of 71 appearances for Mathew McCue with 68 being uncredited. He appeared as Joe the waiter at Delmonicos, townsman or barfly. Sadly, Mathew would pass away the day after this episode aired on April 10, 1966, at the age of 70.
40629"Treasure of John Walking Fox"Marc DanielsStory by : Leo Bagby
Teleplay by : Clyde Ware
April 16, 1966 (1966-04-16)

John Walking Fox's $50 gold piece starts gold fever in Dodge City and makes the man a target of robbers.

Guest Cast: Leonard Nimoy (as John Walking Fox), Ted Gehring (as Holtz), Tom McCauley (as Banjo), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Kelton Garwood (as Percy Crump), Howard Culver (as Howie), Richard Webb (as Aaron Tigue), Lloyd Gough (as Jacob Beamus) and Jim Davis (as Gainer)

Note: Last of four appearances by Leonard Nimoy. The other three are, A Man a Day (1961), The Search (1962) and I Call Him Wonder (1963). In just five months, he begins playing the iconic role of Spock in the 1966-1969 NBC American science fiction television series, Star Trek.
40730"My Father, My Son"Robert TottenHal SitowitzApril 23, 1966 (1966-04-23)

Fast gunman Jim Barrett kills a man in self-defense. Now the dead man's father and his brothers are gunning for him.

Guest Cast: Jack Elam (as Jim Barrett), John McLiam (as Doherty), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Billy Halop (as Bartender), Scott Hale (as Gunman), James Nusser (as Louie Pheeters), Teno Pollick (as David Barrett), Lee Van Cleef (as Ike Jeffords), Charles Kuenstle (as Bernie Jeffords), Del Monroe (as Will Jeffords), James Gammon (as Arnie Jeffords) and Zalman King (as Joey Jeffords)

Notes: This is the last of four episodes for Lee Van Cleef.

Just before the end scene in the Long Branch, there is a wet street scene showing the Dodge House with horses tied at railings and people crossing the street in both directions. This scene has been shown in several episodes as filler, or as a transitional scene.
40831"Parson Comes to Town"Marc DanielsVerne JayApril 30, 1966 (1966-04-30)

A stranger wearing a murdered preacher's coat causes tension in Dodge when he announces his intention to watch someone die.

Guest Cast: Sam Wanamaker (as Asa Longworth), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Howard Culver (as Howie), Hank Patterson (as Hank), Kelton Garwood (as Percy Crump), Ted Jordan (as Burke), Woodrow Chambliss (as Lathrop), Charles Wagenheim (as Halligan), Elizabeth Rogers (as Hostage), Joan Granville (as Mother), Kevin Burchett (as Boy), Lonny Chapman (as Sipes) and John McLiam (as Dougherty)
40932"Prime of Life"Robert TottenDaniel B. UllmanMay 7, 1966 (1966-05-07)

Young Kyle Stoner is a fast gun involved with a pair of thieves who beat up Festus.

Guest Cast: Douglas Kennedy (as John Stoner), Lyn Edgington (as Wilma), Cal Naylor (as Brad), Barbara Wilkin (as Woman), Glenn Strange (as Sam), James Nusser (as Louie Pheeters), Ted French (as Barkeep), Jonathan Goldsmith (credited Jonathon Lippe as Kyle Stoner), Joe Don Baker (as Woody Stoner), Martin West (as Jack Brown) and Victor French (as Joe Smith)

Note: Final black-and-white episode.

One-hour color eraEdit

Seasons 12 - 20
1966/67 through 1974/75
226 one hour color episodes
(All two or three-parters counted as two or three individual hour-long episodes)

Season 12 (1966–67)Edit

Twenty-nine one-hour color episodes
Executive producer: Philip Leacock; producer: John Mantley
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Ken Curtis (Festus), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty), Roger Ewing (Thad)
Guest cast: In credits order
Note: CBS cancelled the series due to low ratings. However, letters of protest and pressure from his wife persuaded William S. Paley, the network's chief executive, to reinstate Gunsmoke for a thirteenth season.[50][51]

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4101"Snap Decision"Mark RydellRichard CarrSeptember 17, 1966 (1966-09-17)

Matt turns in his badge after being forced to kill a horse thief who was once his friend.

Guest Cast: Sam Gilman (as Gilcher), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Hank Patterson (as Hank), Howard Culver (as Howie), Orville Sherman (as Preacher), Claude Akins (as Marshal Clint Tucker), Michael Strong (as Shaver) and Michael Cole (as Kipp)
4112"The Goldtakers"Vincent McEveetyClyde WareSeptember 24, 1966 (1966-09-24)

An outlaw brings his cohorts to Dodge to melt down the shipment of gold they have stolen.

Guest Cast: Martin Landau (as Britton), William Bramley (as Jake Struck), Glenn Strange (as Sam), John Boyer (as Warner), Woodrow Chambliss (as Garvey), Charles Wagenheim (as Halligan), Ted Jordan (as Burke), Roy Jenson (as Troy), Brad Weston (as Jenkins), Charles Francisco (as Kale), Michael Greene (as Holcroft) and Denver Pyle (as Caleb Nash)
4123"The Jailer"Vincent McEveetyHal SitowitzOctober 1, 1966 (1966-10-01)

The powerful matriarch of the Stone family plots her revenge on Matt for having her husband hanged six years ago.

Guest Cast: Bette Davis (credited Miss Bette Davis as Etta Stone), Bruce Dern (as Lou Stone), Robert Sorrells (as Mike Stone), Zalman King (as Jack Stone), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Tom Skerritt (as Ben Stone) and Julie Sommars (as Sara Stone)

Note: In 1997, TV Guide ranked "The Jailer" as episode No. 28 on its "100 Greatest Episodes of All Time" list.[52]
4134"The Mission"Mark RydellRichard CarrOctober 8, 1966 (1966-10-08)

While in Mexico, Matt has his badge, horse and prisoner stolen by Americans.

Guest Cast: Rafael Campos (as Young Soldier), Robert Tafur (as Colonel Romero), Ruben Moreno (as Captain), Michael Abelar (credited Mike Abelar as Soldier), Bert Madrid (as Blacksmith), Robert Random (credited Bob Random as Reb Jessup), Robert F. Simon (as Colonel Amos Jessup), Steve Ihnat (as Ashe), Warren Oates (as Lafe), Arch Johnson (as Sgt. Macklin) and Jim Davis (as Jim Basset).
4145"The Good People"Robert TottenJames LandisOctober 15, 1966 (1966-10-15)

Matt uses a bounty hunter's guilty conscience to find the men responsible for lynching a suspected rustler.

Guest Cast: Steve Gravers (as Jed Bailey), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Charles Wagenheim (as Halligan), Kelton Garwood (as Percy Krump), Ted Jordan (as Burke), Woodrow Chambliss (as Lathrop), Clyde Howdy (as Henry Biggs), Frederic Downs (as Judge Evans), James O'Hara (as Sutton), Allen Case (as Gabe Rucker), Tom Simcox (as Seth Rucker), Shug Fisher (as Silas Shute) and Morgan Woodward (as Ben Rucker)
4156"Gunfighter, R.I.P."Mark RydellStory by : Michael Fisher
Screenplay by : Hal Sitowitz
October 22, 1966 (1966-10-22)

An injured gunslinger is hired to kill Matt but reconsiders when a Chinese woman tends to his wounds.

Guest Cast: Darren McGavin (as Joe Bascome), France Nuyen (as Ching Lee), Don Hanmer (as Barber), H.T. Tsiang (as Ching Fa), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Allen Emerson (as Burt), Stefan Gierasch (as Mark Douglas) and Michael Conrad (as Paul Douglas)
4167"The Wrong Man"Robert TottenStory by : Robert Lewin
Screenplay by : Clyde Ware
October 29, 1966 (1966-10-29)

A farmer is charged with murder after the card shark who won his money dies from the blow he delivered.

Guest Cast: Carroll O'Connor (as Hootie Kyle), Glenn Strange (as Sam), James Almanzar (as Morell), Mel Gaines (as Squeak), Gilman Rankin (as Purvis), Victor Izay (as Dutch), Terry Frost (as Stage Driver), Kevin O'Neal (as James Kyle), Charles Kuenstle (as Wilton Kyle), Clifton James (as Tenner Jackson) and James Anderson (as Harmon)
4178"The Whispering Tree"Vincent McEveetyCalvin Clements, Sr.November 12, 1966 (1966-11-12)

An ex-convict returns home to try to find the money he buried eight years ago but he's being hounded by his former partner and a Sheriff with knowledge of the crime.

Guest Cast: John Saxon (as Virgil Stanley), Donald Losby (as Bryant), Christopher Pate (as Curtis), Rex Holman (as Garr), Allen Jaffe (as Ryan), Roy Barcroft (as Roy), Ted Jordan (as Burke), Fred Coby (as Station Attendant), Kathleen O'Malley (as Mother), Stephen McEveety (as Boy), Lane Chandler (as Guard), Jacqueline Scott (as Ada Stanley), Edward Asner (as Redmond) and Morgan Woodward (as Earl Miller)
4189"The Well"Marc DanielsFrancis CockrellNovember 19, 1966 (1966-11-19)

When Dodge is struck by a drought, Festus looks for water and Matt uses a rainmaker to give the townspeople hope.

Guest Cast: Elizabeth Rogers (as Mrs. Davis), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Woodrow Chambliss (as Lathrop), Charles Wagenheim (as Halligan), Ted Jordan (as Burke), Ted Gehring (as Boyd), Karl Lukas (as Lake), Pete Kellett (as Monk), Robert Ballew (as Tim Grady), Madgel Dean (as Mother), Guy Raymond (as Dr. Tobias), Joan Payne (as Janie) and Lawrence P. Casey (credited Lawrence Casey as Jim Libby)
41910"Stage Stop"Irving J. MooreHal SitowitzNovember 26, 1966 (1966-11-26)

Doc takes a stand against bandits and an abusive husband at a stage stop.

Guest Cast: John Ireland (as Jed Coombs), Michael Vandever (as Lingo), Sid Haig (as Wade Hansen), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Andy Albin (as Charlie Woodson), Anne Whitfield (as Loro Coombs), Joseph Ruskin (as Curt Hansen), Steve Raines (as Driver) and Jack Ging (as Simon Dobbs)
42011"The Newcomers"Robert TottenCalvin Clements, Sr.December 3, 1966 (1966-12-03)

An immigrant must decide whether to pay off a blackmailer who claims to have seen the immigrant's son commit murder.

Guest Cast: Daniel Ades (credited Daniel Addis as Vasquez), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Larry Aten (credited Laurence Aten as Joey), John Pickard (as Vigilante), Karl Swenson (as Lars Karlgren), Jon Voight (as Petter Karlgren), Robert Sorrells (as Handley), Ben Wright (as Birger Engdahl), James Murdock (as Pony) and Charles Dierkop (as Silvee)
42112"Quaker Girl"Bernard L. KowalskiPreston WoodDecember 10, 1966 (1966-12-10)

After being deputized, Thad takes a murderer across the plains and deals with outlaws giving chase.

Guest Cast: William Shatner (as Fred Bateman), William Bryant (as Kester), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Joseph Breen (as George), Anna Karen Morrow (credited Anna Karen as 1st Woman), Nancy Marshal (as 2nd Woman), Patricia Quinn (credited Ariane Quinn as Cora Ellis), Liam Sullivan (as Benjamin Ellis), Warren Vanders (as John Thenly), Ben Johnson (as Vern Morland), Timothy Carey (as Charles "Buster" Rilla) and Tom Reese (as Dave Westerfeldt)
42213"The Moonstone"Richard A. CollaPaul SavageDecember 17, 1966 (1966-12-17)

An ex-criminal fears that a conflict involving his girlfriend, brother and old partner will reveal his past.

Guest Cast: Mike Kellin (as Chad Timpson), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Ted Jordan (as Burke), Fred Coby (as Rankin), Jeff Pomerantz (credited as Jeff Palmer as Todd), Tom Skerritt (as Orv Timpson), Gail Kobe (as Madge) and Warren J. Kemmerling (credited Warren Kemmerling as Del Phillips)
42314"Champion of the World"Marc DanielsLes CrutchfieldDecember 24, 1966 (1966-12-24)

An ex-prize fighter and a con artist conspire to persuade Kitty into selling the Long Branch.

Guest Cast: Alan Hale Jr. (credited Alan Hale as Bull Bannock), Don Keefer (as Wally), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Ted Jordan (as Burke), Charles Wagenheim (as Halligan), Jane Dulo (as Cora Argyle), Arthur Peterson (as Drunk), Ralph J. Rose (credited Ralph Rose as Gopher Freely), Pete Kellett (as Mac), Troy Melton (as Zac), Don Tobin (as Professor), John McLiam (as Dougherty) and Gale Robbins (as Maude)
42415"The Hanging"Bernard L. KowalskiStory by : Calvin Clements, Jr.
Teleplay by : Calvin Clements, Sr.
December 31, 1966 (1966-12-31)

Matt must determine how and when the partners of a murderer he has in custody will make their move.

Guest Cast: Edmund Hashim (as Saline), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Hank Patterson (as Hank), Charles Wagenheim (as Halligan), Ted Jordan (as Burke), Byron Foulger (as Ollie), Tom Stern (as Billy Boles), Kit Smythe (as Ivy), Robert Knapp (as Warren), Henry Darrow (as Oro), Anna Navarro (as Maria), Larry Ward (as Preston), Morgan Woodward (as Beaumont) and Richard Bakalyan (as Teems)
42516"Saturday Night"Robert TottenClyde WareJanuary 7, 1967 (1967-01-07)

A cattle drive drover plans to free Matt's prisoner.

Guest Cast: Leif Erickson (as Virgil Powell), Louis Massad (as Bert), John Garwood (as Shep), Al Dunlap (as Herrick), Link Harget (as Lucky), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Clyde Howdy (as Ed Underwood), Frederic Downs (as Mr. Titus), Rudy Sooter (as Rudy), Victor French (as C.K. Ross), Dub Taylor (as Cook), James Almanzar (as Houndog), Lawrence Mann (as Chick) and William C. Watson (as Carl Craddock)
42617"Mad Dog"Charles R. RondeauJay SimmsJanuary 14, 1967 (1967-01-14)

Festus is mistaken for a hired gunman in the town of Bucklin.

Guest Cast: George Murdock (as Jim Travers), Butch Patrick (as Tom John), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Bert Madrid (as Townsman), George Lindsey (as Pinto Watson), Sam Reese (credited Sammy Reese as Buff Watson), Hoke Howell (as Roan Watson), Iggie Wolfington (as Mayor Juke Wheeler), Dub Taylor (as Bartender) and Denver Pyle (as Dr. Henry S. Rand)
42718"Muley"Allen ReisnerLes CrutchfieldJanuary 21, 1967 (1967-01-21)

A young outlaw has wounded Matt, but he's unable to finish him off because of his affections for a saloon girl.

Guest Cast: Lane Bradbury (as Lucky), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Ted Jordan (as Burke), Howard Culver (as Howie), Zalman King (as Muley), Anthony D. Call (credited Anthony Call as Pell), Marc Cavell (as Arky) and Ross Hagen (as Kay Cee)
42819"Mail Drop"Robert TottenCalvin Clements, Sr.January 28, 1967 (1967-01-28)

A young boy comes looking for his father unaware that he's a wanted outlaw.

Guest Cast: Eddie Hodges (as Billy Johnson), John Anderson (as Roberts), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Woodrow Chambliss (credited Woody Chambliss as Lathrop), Sarah Selby (as Ma Smalley), James Nusser (as Louie Pheeters), Steve Raines (as Steve), Ted French (as Jeb) and Bing Russell (as Walsh)
42920"Old Friend"Allen ReisnerClyde WareFebruary 4, 1967 (1967-02-04)

A Marshal from Arizona pursues the gang of outlaws who burned his town and ran off with his woman.

Guest Cast: Fritz Weaver (as Marshal Burl Masters), James Chandler (as Vern), Robert B. Williams (as Charley), William Benedict (as Gus), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Joe Haworth (as Drover), Kelton Garwood (as Percy Crump), Pete Dunn (as Willie), Delphi Lawrence (as Willa), Valentin de Vargas (credited Valentin deVargas as Cheeno), Carlos Rivas (as Trail), David Renard (as Boley) and Lew Brown (as Fret Smith)
43021"Fandango"James LandisDon IngallsFebruary 11, 1967 (1967-02-11)

A sheep rancher is stalking Matt and his prisoner, who killed a few of his ranch hands.

Guest Cast: Joe Higgins (as Smithy), Walter Baldwin (as Old Man), Fletcher Bryant (as Ben Tyson), Mario Alcalde (as Lorca), Diana Muldaur (as Laurel Tyson), Paul Fix (as Doc Lacey), Shug Fisher (as Chengra) and Torin Thatcher (as John Tyson)
43122"The Returning"Marc DanielsJames LandisFebruary 18, 1967 (1967-02-18)

An outlaw husband and his gang rob Dodge's freight office and leaves the money with his wife, which creates even greater problems.

Guest Cast: Lois Nettleton (as Amy Todd), Kenneth Mars (as Clyde Hayes), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Roy Barcroft (as Jonas), Ted Jordan (as Burke), Roy Roberts (as Mr. Bodkin), Billy Halop (as Barney), Troy Melton (as Barton), Michael Ansara (as Luke Todd), Steve Sanders (as Ethan Todd), Johnny Whitaker (as Shem Todd), Jonathan Goldsmith (credited Jonathan Lippe as Billy Judd) and Richard Webb (as Will Hayes)
43223"The Lure"Marc DanielsClyde WareFebruary 25, 1967 (1967-02-25)

Kitty is abducted by an outlaw who tries to turn his daughter against him to escape.

Guest Cast: Stephen McNally (as Dal Neely), Kim Darby (as Carrie Neely), Woodrow Chambliss (as Swiger), Len Wayland (as Station Master), Fred Coby (as Stage Driver), Ted Jordan (as Burke), Troy Melton (as Hennington), Michael Jeffers (credited Mike Jeffers as Bank Manager), Martin E. Brooks (credited Martin Brooks as Young), Val Avery (as Trent), Warren Vanders (as Boles), Paul Picerni (as McGee) and John Pickard (as Vanner)
43324"Noose of Gold"Irving J. MooreClyde WareMarch 4, 1967 (1967-03-04)

A state official uses Matt's friendship with an outlaw for personal gain.

Guest Cast: Steve Ihnat (as John Farron), Barton MacLane (as Willard Kerner), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Ted Jordan (as Burke), Charles Wagenheim (as Halligan), Jack Bailey (as Ben Leary), Harry Basch (as Milt Agnew), Robert B. Williams (as Sheriff Porter), Michael Preece (as Harry Barnes), Sam Gilman (as Jim Gunther), Vincent Gardenia (as Charles Shepherd) and Jan Shepard (as Edna Farron)
43425"The Favor"Marc DanielsDon IngallsMarch 11, 1967 (1967-03-11)

Kitty is torn between Matt and the man who once saved her life, a parolee whose making threats towards the Marshall.

Guest Cast: James Daly (as John Crowley), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Troy Melton (as Stage Driver), Shirley Wilson (as Townswoman), Fred J. Scollay (as Morgan Haley), William Bramley (as Adam Haley), Lew Gallo (as Kelly Bates) and Diane Ladd (as Bonnie Mae Haley)
43526"Mistaken Identity"Robert TottenPaul Savage and Les CrutchfieldMarch 18, 1967 (1967-03-18)

A fugitive learns that the unconscious man whose identity he's using is being brought in by Matt.

Guest Cast: Glenn Strange (as Sam), Albert Salmi (as Ed Carstairs), Hal Lynch (as Mel Gates), Ken Mayer (as Timmons), Sam Melville (as Dunster) and Ted Jordan (as Burke)
43627"Ladies from St. Louis"Irving J. MooreClyde WareMarch 25, 1967 (1967-03-25)

A group of nuns bring their injured protector to Dodge, without mentioning he is a former criminal.

Guest Cast: Claude Akins (as Worth Sweeney), Henry Darrow (as Segurra), John Carter (as Doyle), Vic Tayback (as Gaines), Ralph Roberts (as Williams), Lew Brown (as Outlaw), Lois Roberts (as Sister Louise), Venita Wolf (as Sister Margaret), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Ted Jordan (as Burke), Josephine Hutchinson (as Sister Ellen), Aneta Corsaut (as Sister Ruth) and Kelly Jean Peters (as Sister John)
43728"Nitro! (Part 1)"Robert TottenPreston WoodApril 8, 1967 (1967-04-08)

A gang hires a drifter to mix nitroglycerin for them.

Guest Cast: James Nusser (as Louie Pheeters), Robert Rothwell (as Joe Keller), Dub Taylor (as Farnum), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Gene O'Donnell (as Express Manager), Pete Kellett (as Cowboy), Carl Pitti (as Gambler), John Breen (as Waiter), David Canary (as George McClaney), Bonnie Beecher (as Anne Gilchrist), Tom Reese (as Ben Stearman) and Eddie Firestone (as Red Bailey)
43829"Nitro! (Part 2)"Robert TottenPreston WoodApril 15, 1967 (1967-04-15)

The drifter hired by the gang mixes one last batch of nitroglycerin.

Guest Cast: James Nusser (as Louie Pheeters), Dub Taylor (as Farnum), Robert Rothwell (as Joe Keller), Scott Hale (Dying Man), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Howard Culver (as Hotel Clerk), David Canary (as George McClaney), Bonnie Beecher (as Anne Gilchrist), Tom Reese (as Ben Stearman) and Eddie Firestone (as Red Bailey)

Season 13 (1967–68)Edit

Twenty-five one-hour color episodes
Producer: John Mantley; associate producer: Joseph Dackow
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Ken Curtis (Festus), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty), Buck Taylor (Newly)
Guest cast: In credits order
Note: Gunsmoke began its thirteenth season in a new timeslot (Mondays at 7:30 PM eastern time). With this the series returned to being among the top ten highest rated programs, where it remained for the next six seasons.[53]

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4391"The Wreckers"Robert TottenHal SitowitzSeptember 11, 1967 (1967-09-11)

Kitty pins Matt's badge on an unconscious outlaw to protect the marshal from a holdup gang.

Guest Cast: Warren Oates (as Tate Crocker), Charles Seel (as Eli), Warren Vanders (as Reb), Trevor Bardette (as Clete Walker), Rex Holman (as Frankie), James Almanzar (as Indio), Gene Rutherford (as Jud), Charles Kuenstle (as Luke), Edmund Hashim (as Monk Wiley), James Nusser (as Louie Pheeters), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Ted Jordan (as Burke), Lew Brown (as Ben Paisley), Charles Wagenheim (as Halligan), Joe Haworth (as Townsman), Bobby Clark (credited Bobby E. Clark as Stage Attendant), Jerry Brown (as Shotgun Rider), Joe Yrigoyen (credited Joe Yrigoyen Sr. as Stage Driver) and Bob Duggan (as Man)
4402"Cattle Barons"Gunnar HellströmClyde WareSeptember 18, 1967 (1967-09-18)

Cattle barons fight over a large herd.

Guest Cast: Forrest Tucker (as John Charron), Robert J. Wilke (as Luke Cumberledge), John Milford (as Blair Smith), Lew Brown (as Frank Holtz), Robert Sampson (as McKenny), Brad Johnson (as Laskin), Fred Coby (as Tooley), Woodrow Chambliss (as Lathrop), James Nusser (as Louie Pheeters), Charles Wagenheim (as Halligan), Stephen Liss (credited Steven Liss as Boy), Mike Howden (as Drover), Clyde Howdy (as Cowboy) and Hank Wise (as Townsman)
4413"The Prodigal"Bernard McEveetyCalvin Clements, Sr.September 25, 1967 (1967-09-25)

A journalist looking for a sensational story talks Matt into reopening a murder case, where the Marshal finds himself the prime suspect.

Guest Cast: Lew Ayres (as Jonathan Cole), Charles Robinson (as Amos Cole), Richard Evans (as William Cole), Lee Krieger (as Eli), Lamont Johnson (as Stoner), Kelly Thordsen (as Regal), Ted Gehring (as Lemuel), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Charles Wagenheim (as Halligan) and James Nusser (as Louie Pheeters)
4424"Vengeance (Part 1)"Richard C. SarafianCalvin Clements, Sr.October 2, 1967 (1967-10-02)

A drifter seeks revenge against a rancher and his men when they kill his brother and severely injure his father.

Guest Cast: James Stacy (as Bob Johnson), John Ireland (as Parker), Kim Darby (as Angel), Buck Taylor (as Leonard Parker), Paul Fix (as Sloan), James Anderson (as Hiller), Royal Dano (as Rory Luken), Victor French (as Eben Luken), Sandy McPeak (credited Sandy Kevin as Floyd Binnes), Glenn Strange (as Sam), James Nusser (as Louie Pheeters), Ted Jordan (as Burke), Rudy Sooter (as Rudy) and Morgan Woodward (as Zack Johnson)
4435"Vengeance (Part 2)"Richard C. SarafianCalvin Clements, Sr.October 9, 1967 (1967-10-09)

A drifter refuses Matt's help and chooses to exact revenge his way, with no regards to who he hurts.

Guest Cast: James Stacy (as Bob Johnson), John Ireland (as Parker), Kim Darby (as Angel), Buck Taylor (as Leonard Parker), Paul Fix (as Sloan), James Anderson (as Hiller), Royal Dano (as Rory Luken), Victor French (as Eben Luken) and Morgan Woodward (as Zach Johnson)
4446"A Hat"Robert TottenRon BishopOctober 16, 1967 (1967-10-16)

A stray bullet from a cattle baron ruins the hat of a frontiersman, setting off a chain reaction of violence and retribution.

Guest Cast: Chill Wills (as Red Conniston), Tom Simcox (as Jed & Ben Conniston), Robert Sorrells (as Louieville), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Ted Jordan (as Burke), Hank Patterson (as Hank), Scott Hale (as Clem), Gene O'Donnell (as Waiter), Bill Erwin (as Townsman), Ed McCready (as Villager), Lee de Broux (credited Lee DeBroux as Cowpuncher), Don Happy (as Storekeeper), Shirley Wilson (as Wife), Gene Evans (as Clint Sorils) and H.M. Wynant (as Martin Brewer)
4457"Hard Luck Henry"John RichWarren DouglasOctober 23, 1967 (1967-10-23)

Festus goes to Pratt County with his clumsy cousin "Hard-Luck" Henry, to determine how a chest of gold should be divided among the Haggen clan.

Guest Cast: John Astin (as Hard-Luck Haggen), Royal Dano (as Jefferson Dooley), Ken Drake (as Sheriff), Michael Fox (as Jed Walsh), Mary Lou Taylor (as Martha Walsh), Bobby Riha (as Charlie Walsh), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Ted Jordan (as Burke), Anthony James (as Reb Dooley), Jon Shank (credited John Shank as Truly Dooley), Charles Kuenstle (as Homer Haggen), Bo Hopkins (as Harper Haggen) and Mayf Nutter (as Heathcliff Haggen)
4468"Major Glory"Robert TottenStory by : Clyde Ware and Richard Carr
Teleplay by : Richard Carr
October 30, 1967 (1967-10-30)

A pair of Army deserters wait for the perfect opportunity to murder their Sergeant, whose been riding roughshod over them.

Guest Cast: Carroll O'Connor (as Major Vanscoy), Lawrence Mann (as Lanny), Don G. Ross (as Cobb), Cal Naylor (as Corporal), Chris Stephens (as Corporal of Guard), Russ Siler (as Guard) and William L. Sumper (as Soldier), Victor French (as Sgt. Spear), Robert F. Lyons (as Maxwell) and Link Wyler (as Doak)
4479"The Pillagers"Vincent McEveetyCalvin Clements, Sr.November 6, 1967 (1967-11-06)

A gang of outlaws kidnap Newly and Kitty based on their assumption that he's a doctor.

Guest Cast: John Saxon (as Pedro Manez), Vito Scotti (as Savrin), Paul Picerni (as Ganns), William Bramley (as Turner), Buck Taylor (as Newly O'Brian), Allen Jaffe (as Johns), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Harry Harvey Sr. (as Eli), Ted Jordan (as Burke) and Joseph Schneider (as Juan)
44810"Prairie Wolfer"Robert ButlerCalvin Clements, Sr.November 13, 1967 (1967-11-13)

While Festus is acting Marshal, a desperate pair of trappers steal $20,000 from a fur trader who refused to buy their worthless pelts.

Guest Cast: Jon Voight (as Cory), Lou Antonio (as Rich), Kelly Jean Peters (as Adele), Charles McGraw (as Dolen), I. Stanford Jolley (as Grandpa), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Ted Jordan (as Burke) and Matt Emery (as Trail Boss)
44911"Stranger in Town"E. Darrell HallenbeckStory by : Emily Mosher and John Dunkel
Screenplay by : John Dunkel
November 20, 1967 (1967-11-20)

A hired killer is distracted by his wife and a son that he never knew.

Guest Cast: Pernell Roberts (as Dave Reeves), Jacqueline Scott (as Anne Madison), R.G. Armstrong (as Carl Anderson), Henry Jones (as Harvey Cagle), Eric Shea (as Billy Madison), Billy Halop (as Bartender), Jon Kowal (as Shamrock Casey), Jerry Catron (as Victim), James Nusser (as Louie Pheeters), Glenn Strange (as Sam) and Kerry MacLane (as Spud)
45012"Death Train"Gunnar HellströmKen TreveyNovember 27, 1967 (1967-11-27)

The passengers of a railroad car are quarantined for a fever that could spread.

Guest Cast: Dana Wynter (as Isabel Townsend), Morgan Woodward (as Harl Townsend), Norman Alden (as Purlie Loftus), Buck Taylor (as Newly), Mort Mills (as Jack Marple), Ed Bakey (as Reverend Bright), Zalman King (as Willy Groom), Sam Melville (as Zack Hodges) and Trevor Bardette (as Conductor)
45113"Rope Fever"David AlexanderChris RellasDecember 4, 1967 (1967-12-04)

A Sheriff enjoys his new-found glory when he puts Festus in jail on a trumped-up murder charge.

Guest Cast: Ralph Bellamy (as Sheriff Bassett), Anna Lee (as Amy Bassett), George Murdock (as Bret Gruber), Sam Gilman (as Bates), Buck Taylor (as Newly), Ken Mayer (Shad), Hal Baylor (as Luke Summers), Dennis Cross (as Zeb Butler), Ted Gehring (as Keno), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Hank Patterson (as Hank) and Gertrude Flynn (as Townswoman)
45214"Wonder"Irving J. MooreStory by : Mary Worrell and William Blinn
Screenplay by : William Blinn
December 18, 1967 (1967-12-18)

Matt helps an Indian boy reunite with a drifter whose being badgered by a pair of disgruntled brothers.

Guest Cast: Richard Mulligan (as Jud Pryor), Norman Alden (as Deke Franklin), Warren Berlinger (as Ed Franklin), Jackie Russell (as Annie Franklin), Fay Spain (as Willy), Ken Swofford (as Bo Warrick) and Tony Davis (as Wonder)

Note: This episode is a poor rewrite of S8E28, "I Call Him Wonder".
45315"Baker's Dozen"Irving J. MooreCharles Joseph StoneDecember 25, 1967 (1967-12-25)

Doc fights to keep three orphaned babies from being separated.

Guest Cast: Peggy Rea (as Mrs. Roniger), Harry Carey Jr. (credited Harry Carey as Will Roniger), Harry Lauter (as Henry Rucker), Mitzi Hoag (as Clara Remick), Ed McCready (as Fred Remick), Buck Taylor (as Newly), Sam Greene (as Robber), James Nusser (as Louie Pheeters), Denver Pyle (as Judge Blent), Ted Jordan (as Burke), Phyllis Coghlan (as Old Lady), Charles Wagenheim (as Halligan), Tyler MacDuff (as Bailiff), William Murphy (as Monk), Dana Dillaway (as Mary), Keith Schultz (as Timothy) and Gary Grimes (as Bede)
45416"The Victim"Vincent McEveetyStory by : Hal Sitowitz
Screenplay by : Arthur Rowe
January 1, 1968 (1968-01-01)

Matt comes to the aid of a Sheriff in a nearby town to help fend off a lynch mob.

Guest Cast: James Gregory (as Wes Martin), Beverly Garland (as Lee Stark), Cliff Osmond (as Bo Remick), John Kellogg (as Sheriff Joe Wood), Kevin Hagen (as Judge Josh Pike), Warren Vanders (as Lefty), Edmund Hashim (as Brock), Roy Jenson (as Crow), Willis Bouchey (as Jim Stark), Gregg Palmer (as Deputy Reed) and Tim O'Kelly (as Billy Martin)
45517"Dead Man's Law"John RichCalvin Clements, Jr.January 8, 1968 (1968-01-08)

Matt is seriously injured in a shoot-out outside of Dodge, and in his absence a group of vigilantes run rampant in town.

Guest Cast: John Dehner (as Sam Wall), Gunnar Hellström (as Eriksson), Buck Taylor (as Newly), Eddie Little Sky (as The Indian), Craig Curtis (as Sonny), Ralph Manza (as Marco), Gregg Palmer (as Fry), Robert Brubaker (as Head Wrangler), Steve Raines (as Trail Boss), Baynes Barron (as Newt), Alex Sharp (as Rustler), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Ted Jordan (as Burke), Woodrow Chambliss (as Lathrop), James Nusser (as Louie Pheeters), Hank Patterson (as Hank) and Kelton Garwood (credited Jonathan Harper as Percy Crump)
45618"Nowhere to Run"Vincent McEveetyStory by : Robert Totten
Screenplay by : Ron Honthaner
January 15, 1968 (1968-01-15)

A pair of teenage thieves' hamper the rescue of their partner, who fell into a well, for fear that he'll give them up.

Guest Cast: Mark Lenard (as Ira Stonecipher), Ilka Windish (as Vera Stonecipher), Bob Random as (Bishop), J. Robert Porter (as Mark Stonecipher), Buck Taylor (as Newly), Dan Ferrone (as Honker), Tom Brown (as Ed O'Connor), Michael Burns (as Dale Stonecipher), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Harry Harvey Sr. (as Storekeeper), William Tannen (as John Hirschbeck), Ted Jordan (as Burke), Woodrow Chambliss (as Lathrop), James Nusser (as Louie Pheeters) and Charles Wagenheim (as Halligan)
45719"Blood Money"Robert TottenHal SitowitzJanuary 22, 1968 (1968-01-22)

A gunfighter's father despises his son's profession and purposely disables his shooting hand, and now he must defend himself from three avenging gunman.

Guest Cast: Nehemiah Persoff (as Alex Skouras), Anthony Zerbe (as Nick Skouras), Donna Baccala (as Elenya Skouras), Buck Taylor (as Newly), James Anderson (as Jesse Hill), Hank Brandt (as Hank), Mills Watson (as Brent), Kelton Garwood (credited Jonathan Harper as Percy Crump), Howard Culver (as Howie), Michelle Breeze (as Saloon Girl), Glenn Strange (as Sam), James Nusser (as Louie Pheeters), Troy Melton (as Jake Walker) and Lee de Broux (as Stu Radford)

Note: This episode should not be confused with S3E3 with the same title.
45820"Hill Girl"Robert TottenCalvin Clements, Sr.January 29, 1968 (1968-01-29)

Newly stops a young back-hills girl who's trying to escape an abusive relationship involving her half-brothers from stealing his horse and little do they know, when he takes her to Dodge, the half-crazed brothers follow.

Guest Cast: Lane Bradbury (as Merry Florene), Victor French (as Roland), Anthony James (as Elbert), Buck Taylor (as Newly), Dabbs Greer (as Jonas), Glenn Strange (as Sam) and Ted Jordan (as Burke)

Notes: This is the first of four episodes featuring the Merry Florene character story. The others in the series are, S14E4 "Uncle Finney", S14E18 "Goldtown" and S15E8 "The Still".

Last episode Dabbs Greer guest stars in the role of shopkeeper Wilbur Jonas. He will appear in one more segment, S19E22 "Cowtown Hustler" as Joe Bean.
45921"The Gunrunners"Irving J. MooreHal SitowitzFebruary 5, 1968 (1968-02-05)

A trapper attempts to mete out justice to Army deserters who injured his adopted Indian son.

Guest Cast: Michael Constantine (as Noah Meek), Jim Davis (as Jubal Gray), Dick Peabody (as Patch), James Griffith (as Wade Lester), John McLiam (as Bender), Dan Ferrone (as Tahrohon), Lane Bradford (as Reese), X Brands (as Singleton) and Glenn Strange (as Sam)
46022"The Jackals"Alvin GanzerCalvin Clements, Jr.February 12, 1968 (1968-02-12)

Matt heads down into Mexico to capture a man who plotted the murder of his old friend and mentor.

Guest Cast: Paul Richards (as Mel Deevers), Tige Andrews (as Santillo), Felice Orlandi (as Emilio), Ward Wood (as Bates), Michael Vandever (as Poorly), Alex Montoya (as Bandito), David Renard (as Policeman), Martin Garralaga (as Older Padre), Rico Alaniz (as Young Padre), Jorge Moreno (as Perino), Ruben Moreno (as 2nd Bandito), Ellen Davalos (as Wife), Olga Velez (as Juanita), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Carmen Austin (as Mexican Girl) and Joe De Santis (as Sheriff Mark Handlin)
46123"The First People"Robert TottenCalvin Clements, Sr.February 19, 1968 (1968-02-19)

A politically ambitious Indian Agent falsely accuses Matt of participating in a murder committed on the reservation.

Guest Cast: Gene Evans (as Thomas Evans), Todd Armstrong (as John Eagle Wing), James Almanzar (as Mako), Jimmy Lydon (credited James Lydon as Baines), Jack Elam (as William Prange), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Richard Hale (as White Buffalo), Eddie Little Sky (as Indian Policeman) and Bill Erwin (as Captain)
46224"Mr. Sam'l"Gunnar HellströmHarry KronmanFebruary 26, 1968 (1968-02-26)

A water-witcher offers hope to ranchers and farmers when Dodge is struck by a drought.

Guest Cast: Ed Begley (as Mr. Sam'l), Larry Pennell (as Ben Akins), Sandra Smith (as Marcie), Duke Hobbie (as Dave Akins), Buck Taylor (as Newly), Peter Mark Richman (credited Mark Richman as Norm Trainor), Tom Brown (as Ed O'Connor), Woodrow Chambliss (as Lathrop), James Nusser (as Louie Pheeters) and Ted Jordan (as Burke)
46325"A Noose for Dobie Price"Richard C. SarafianAntony EllisMarch 4, 1968 (1968-03-04)

Matt enlists the help of a former outlaw to find two condemned killers who escaped from jail.

Guest Cast: Chill Wills (as Elihu Gorman), Shug Fisher (as Dobie Price), Sheldon Allman (as Skeets Walden), Robert Donner (as Gil Boylan), E. J. André (as Joe Karcher), Rose Hobart (as Melanie Karcher), Hank Patterson (as Hank), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Owen Bush (as Jackson Narramore), Michael Greene (as Corny Tate), Ted Jordan (as Burke), Raymond Mayo (as Harry Walden), John (Bear) Hudkins (as Mick Smith) and Bob Herron (as Jabez)

Season 14 (1968–69)Edit

Twenty-six one-hour episodes, color
Producer / executive producer: John Mantley; associate producer: Joseph Dackow
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Ken Curtis (Festus), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty), Buck Taylor (Newly)[54]

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4641"Lyle's Kid"Bernard McEveetyCalvin Clements, Sr.September 23, 1968 (1968-09-23)

Matt intervenes when former lawman Grant Lyle (Morgan Woodward) plans to use his son Jeffery Lyle (Robert Pine) to settle a grudge against Hoxy who crippled Grant's hands (Joe De Santis).

Guest Cast: Charlotte Considine (as Iris), Buck Taylor, Jack Garvin (as Sam Melville), Ken Mayer (as Tuttle), James Nusser, Glenn Strange, Lew Palter (as Hillman), Mills Watson (as Drover), I. Stanford Jolley (as Attendant) and Jonathan Harper.
4652"The Hidecutters[55]"Bernard McEveetyJack TurleySeptember 30, 1968 (1968-09-30)

Matt joins a cattle drive to prevent violence between trail boss Amos McKee (Joseph Campanella) and a band of thieving hide-cutters.

Guest Cast: Cliff Osmond (as Chunk), Michael Burns (as Arlie Joe), Conlan Carter (as Bodiddly), Ken Swofford (as Sugar John), Eddie Firestone (as Weevil), Gregg Palmer (as Clete Davis), Steve Raines (as Lawson) and Mike Howden (as Colton).
4663"Zavala"Vincent McEveetyPaul SavageOctober 7, 1968 (1968-10-07)

A Mexican boy, Paco Avila (Manuel Padilla Jr.), has an ulterior motive for befriending Matt.

Guest Cast: Míriam Colón (as Amelita Avila), Jim Davis (as Ben Rawlins), José Chávez (as Jurato), Rico Alaniz (as Blacksmith), Jonathan Lippe (as Alex Rawlins), Rex Holman (as Smitty), Robert Sorrells (as Oakes), Warren Vanders (as Densen), Larry D. Mann (as Bakman), David Renard (as Mexican Policeman), Nacho Galindo (as Masseur) and Elizabeth Germaine (as Dorita).
4674"Uncle Finney"Bernard McEveetyCalvin Clements, Sr.October 14, 1968 (1968-10-14)

When Merry Florene's (Lane Bradbury) half-brothers, Roland (Victor French) and Elbert (Anthony James), return to Dodge to turn in their 103-year-old Uncle Finney (Burt Mustin) for fifty dollars, you know some shenanigans are afoot.

Guest Cast: Buck Taylor, Roy Roberts, Steve Raines (as Wagon Driver), James Nusser, John Dolan (as Frank), Monte Hale (as Bank Teller), Glenn Strange, Ted Jordan, Pete Kellett (as Joe) and Margaret Bacon (as Woman in Bank).

Notes: This is the second of four episodes featuring the Merry Florene character story.

Margaret Bacon appears in 20 episodes, 17 of which are without being credited as a Townswoman. This is the first of three episodes in which she is credited for her role.
4685"Slocum"Leo PennRon BishopOctober 21, 1968 (1968-10-21)

Bible-spouting, moonshine-swilling rancher, Noah Riker (Dub Taylor), threatens Matt after Matt's mountain-man friend Slocum (Will Geer) accuses Noah's son John (Steve Sandor) of cheating at poker, leading to John's death.

Guest Cast: Ross Hagen (as Luke Riker), James Wainwright (as Mark Riker), Lee Lambert (as Paul Riker), Mills Watson (as Peter Riker), James Nusser, Lew Brown (as 1st Cowboy), Charles Kuenstle (as 2nd Cowboy), Glenn Strange and Bill Erwin (as Judge).
4696"O'Quillian"John RichRon BishopOctober 28, 1968 (1968-10-28)

Matt is forced to protect Irish troublemaker O'Quillian (John McLiam) against cattle drovers Clay Tynan (Victor French) and Chickenfoot (Anthony James).

Guest Cast: Buck Taylor, James Nusser, Vaughn Taylor (as Judge Fletcher Anderson), Glenn Strange, Ken Drake (as Parker), Steve Raines (as Briggs), Roy Barcroft, Peggy Rea (as Rosey), Woodrow Chambliss, Ted Jordan and Iron Eyes Cody (as Indian).
4707"9:12 to Dodge"Marvin J. ChomskyPreston WoodNovember 11, 1968 (1968-11-11)

Matt and Doc have a tense train ride as they take a prisoner, Johnny August (Todd Armstrong), back to Dodge.

Guest Cast: Joanne Linville (as Elizabeth Devon), Robert Emhardt (as Conductor), Frank Marth (as Leitner), Harry Lauter (as Michael Drennan), Fred Coby (as Mokey), Lee de Broux (as Tim), Tom Waters (as Fox), Link Wyler (as Peter Frye), Harry Harvey Sr. (as Dispatcher), Bobby E. Clark (as Barstow), Troy Melton (as Miles), William Murphy (as Hugh), Rush Williams (as Williams), Dan Terranova (as Devlin), Ed Long (as Karns) and Pete Kellett (as Joe).
4718"Abelia"Vincent McEveetyCalvin Clements, Sr.November 18, 1968 (1968-11-18)

Outlaws use widow Abelia's (Jacqueline Scott) home as their hideout.

Guest Cast: Jeremy Slate (as Judd Ward), Tom Stern (as Tom Cole), Buck Taylor, Jack Lambert (as Gar), Gregg Palmer (as Wales), Mike Durkin (as Jonathan), Susan Olsen (as Marieanne) and Jack Chaplin (as Deeter Ward).
4729"Railroad!"Marvin J. ChomskyArthur RoweNovember 25, 1968 (1968-11-25)

Matt clashes with railroad boss Wes Cameron (Jim Davis) who is determined lay track across homesteader Jim Graham's (Shug Fisher) land.

Guest Cast: Ramon Bieri (as Forbes), Joy Jenson (as Larnen), Buck Taylor, James Nusser, Buck Holland (as O'Shay), Don Hanmer (as Lindsey), James McCallion as (Amos Billings).
47310"The Miracle Man"Bernard McEveetyCalvin Clements, Sr.December 2, 1968 (1968-12-02)

Irish drummer Bob Sulivan (Don Chastain) falls for the woman he intended to swindle, Lorna Wright (Sandra Smith).

Guest Cast: William Bramley (as Miller), Buck Taylor, Joseph Walsh (as Gerard), Bruce Watson (as Howard), Lisa Gerritsen (as Nettie), Margie DeMeyer (as Prudence), Kevin Cooper (as Jacob), John Crawford (as Drunk), Christopher Knight (as Boy), Glenn Strange, Ted Jordan and Charles Wagenheim.
47411"Waco"Robert TottenRon BishopDecember 9, 1968 (1968-12-09)

Fate seems to have other plans for Matt as he takes a prisoner, Waco Thompson (Victor French), back to Dodge.

Guest Cast: Louise Latham as (Polly Cade), Harry Carey Jr. (as Nathan Cade), Tom Reese (as Slick Regan), Joy Fielding (as Ann Cade), Mills Watson (as Hood), Lee de Broux (as Fuller), Pat Thompson (as One Moon), Liz Marshall (as Lillie), and Lawrence Mann (as Gamble).
47512"Lobo"Bernard McEveetyJim ByrnesDecember 16, 1968 (1968-12-16)

Matt and an old mountain man, Luke Brazo (Morgan Woodward), face off against angry cattlemen and greedy bounty hunters.

Guest Cast: Sheldon Allman (as Badger), Sandy Kenyon (as Catlin), Buck Taylor, Ken Swofford (as Guffy), Eddie Firestone (as Riney), David Brian (as Branch Nelson), Fred Coby (as Wes Flood), James Nusser and William Murphy (as Ethen).
47613"Johnny Cross"Herschel DaughertyCalvin Clements, Sr.December 23, 1968 (1968-12-23)

Newly intervenes when a pair of bounty hunters, Hodge (Dean Stanton) and Yates (John Crawford), attempt to kill desperado Johnny Cross (Jeff Pomerantz) who swears that he is innocent.

Guest Cast: Kelly Jean Peters (as Vera), Buck Taylor, Shug Fisher (as Franks), Charles Thompson (as Mr. Cross), Glenn Strange and Ted Jordan.
47714"The Money Store"Vincent McEveetyWilliam BlinnDecember 30, 1968 (1968-12-30)

Two children, Annie Jarvis (Pamelyn Ferdin) and Mike Jarvis (Eric Shea), rob a bank.

Guest Cast: Charles Aidman (as Ray Jarvis), William Schallert (as Ezra Thorpe), Virginia Vincent (as Louise Thorpe), Buck Taylor, Roy Roberts, Glenn Strange, and Ted Jordan.
47815"The Twisted Heritage"Bernard McEveetyStory by : Robert Heverly and Jack Turley
Screenplay by : Paul Savage and Arthur Rowe
January 6, 1969 (1969-01-06)

Kitty clashes with the tyrannical mother, Jessie Copperton (Virginia Gregg), of rancher Blaine Copperton (John Ericson) who Kitty rescued from a stagecoach robbery.

Guest Cast: David McLean (as Webb), Nora Marlowe (as Ma Dagget), Lisa Gerritsen (as Tracey Copperton), Conlan Carter (as Logan Dagget), Charles Kuenstle (as Elan Dagget), Richard O'Brien (as Simpson), Joshua Bryant (as Young), Steve Raines (as Driver #1), James Nusser, Robert Luster (as Cookie) and Robert Karnes (as Driver #2).
47916"Time of the Jackals"Vincent McEveetyStory by : Paul Savage
Screenplay by : Paul Savage and Richard Fielder
January 13, 1969 (1969-01-13)

Matt finds himself marked for death as he looks for a killer, Jess Trevor (Leslie Nielsen).

Guest Cast: Beverly Garland (as Leona), Edmund Hashim (as Tim Jackson), Buck Taylor, Kip Whitman (as Daggett), Charles Maxwell (as Del Rainey), Jonathan Lippe (as Lucas Brant), Robert Knapp (as Dan Foley), Sid Haig (as Cawkins), James Nusser, Glenn Strange, Ted Jordan and Art Stewart (as Trail Hand).
48017"Mannon"Robert ButlerRon BishopJanuary 20, 1969 (1969-01-20)

Gunfighter Mannon (Steve Forrest), a former Quantrill Raider, comes to Dodge to terrorize the townsfolk before facing Matt in a gunfight.

Guest Cast: Buck Taylor, Glenn Strange, James Nusser, Roy Barcroft, Charles Seel, Woodrow Chamblis, Tom Brown, Charles Wagenheim, Howard Culver, Michelle Breeze (as Chris), and Fred Dale (as Townsman).
48118"Gold Town"Gunnar HellströmCalvin Clements, Sr.January 27, 1969 (1969-01-27)

Merry Florene (Lane Bradbury) is back, along with her half-brother Elbert Moses (Anthony James) and cousin Smiley (Lou Antonio). Merry pesters Newly while the boys scam Dodge City with a salted gold mine.

Guest Cast: Harry Davis (as Shorty), Chubby Johnson (as Oldtimer), Buck Tayler, Paul Wexler (as Stone), Jack Searl (as Hale), Kathryn Minner (as Grandma), James Nusser, Pete Kellett (as 1st Spectator), Glenn Strange, Ted Jordan and Eve Plumb (as Sue).

Notes: This is the third of four episodes featuring the Merry Florene character story.
48219"The Mark of Cain"Vincent McEveetyRon BishopFebruary 3, 1969 (1969-02-03)

Ex-Union soldier and buffalo hunter Corley (Robert Totten), reveals the true identity of Timothy Driscoll (Nehemiah Persoff), who is Karl Martin Krag, the "Devil of Donneville", a former Confederate Commandant of a Civil War prison camp where hundreds died. Krag is haunted by his past, and now he, his family, his victims, the townsfolk, Matt, and the U.S. Attorney General must decide his ultimate fate.

Guest Cast: Louise Latham (as Louise), Robert DoQui (as Sadler), Buck Taylor, Kevin Coughlin (as Tom), Stanley Clements (as McInnery), Glenn Strange, Ted Jordan, James Nusser, Roy Barcroft and Olan Soule (as Waiter).

Notes: Previously, Robert Totten directed many, and had a hand in writing at least one, Gunsmoke episodes. Here, as an actor, he co-stars with Nehemiah Persoff.
48320"Reprisal"Bernard McEveetyStory by : Jack Hawn
Screenplay by : Jack Hawn and Paul Savage
February 10, 1969 (1969-02-10)

Doc must choose between delivering the baby of Sara (Eunice Christopher) and Tom Butler (Joe Don Baker), or saving the life of a murderer, Garth (Jack Lambert).

Guest Cast: Buck Taylor, John Pickard (as Forbes), James Nusser, Dennis Cross (as Jinks), I. Stanford Jolley (as Jeb), Glenn Strange, Ted Jordan, Charles Wagenheim, and Woodrow Chambliss.
48421"The Long Night"John RichStory by : Richard Carr
Screenplay by : Paul Savage
February 17, 1969 (1969-02-17)

A group of bounty hunters lead by Guerin (Bruce Dern) hold Kitty, Doc & Louie hostage, intent on getting even with Matt for a 10-year jail term, and denying them a $10,000 bounty on Ben Miller (Robert Totten) who killed the son of Henry Wade (Robert Brubaker) in a fair gunfight.

Guest Cast: Lou Antonio (as Mace), Susan Silo (as Rita Lane), Buck Taylor, James Nusser, Russell Johnson (as Diggs), Rex Holman (as Broker), Glenn Strange, Ted Jordan, Victor Tayback (as Rawlins), and Matt Emery (as Keever).
48522"The Night Riders"Irving J. MooreCalvin Clements, Sr.February 24, 1969 (1969-02-24)

Festus faces a group of renegades led by Judge Proctor (Jeff Corey) bent on regaining land they lost during the Civil War.

Guest Cast: Robert Pine (as Eliot Proctor), Bob Random (as Jay Proctor), Warren Vanders (as Williams), Robert Karnes (as Ross), Norman Alden (as Berber), Ed Bakey (as Farmer), Scott Hale (as Bernaby), James Nusser, Glenn Strange and Ted Jordan.
48623"The Intruder"Vincent McEveetyJim ByrnesMarch 3, 1969 (1969-03-03)

Festus seeks help for his prisoner Riley Sharp (Charles Aidman) at the home of Ellie (Gail Kobe) and Henry Decker (John Kellogg).

Guest Cast: Eric Shea (as Timmy), Ralph James (as Hall), Ted Jordan and Robert Gravage (as Ennis).
48724"The Good Samaritans"Bernard McEveetyPaul SavageMarch 10, 1969 (1969-03-10)

A family of former slaves gives Matt shelter when he is injured.

Guest Cast: Brock Peters (as Cato), Rex Ingram (as Juba), Robert DoQui (as Benji), Paulene Myers (as Mama Olabelle), Hazel Medina (as Erlene), Lynn Hamilton (as Reba), Sam Melville (as Croyden), Davis Roberts (as Ike), L. Q. Jones (as Kittridge), Pepe Brown (as Heck), Alycia Gardener (as Willa), Dan Ferrone (as Jeb) and John Brandon (as Timmons).
48825"The Prisoner"Leo PennCalvin Clements, Sr.March 17, 1969 (1969-03-17)

Kitty is left in charge of Steven Downing (Jon Voight) who is about to be hanged for the murder of Bob Mathison's (Kenneth Tobey) wife, but Kitty believes that he is innocent and refuses to let another sheriff (Paul Bryar) take him away.

Guest Cast: Ramon Bieri (as Jarvis), Ned Glass (as Pink Simmons), Buck Taylor, James Nusser, Glenn Strange, Tom Brown, Ted Jordan, David Fresco (as Barber) and Jan Peters (as Cardplayer).
48926"Exodus 21:22"Herschel DaughertyArthur RoweMarch 24, 1969 (1969-03-24)

Former lawman Frank Reardon (Steve Ihnat) goes after the men who murdered his wife, leading him into conflict with his friend Matt.

Guest Cast: William Bramley (as Cane), Kaz Garas (as Keith), Buck Taylor, Brandon Carroll (as Lloyd), Lane Bradford (as Bradford), James Nusser, Glenn Strange, Ted Jordan and Sarah Hardy (as Farm Girl).

Season 15 (1969–70)Edit

Twenty-six one-hour episodes, color
Executive producer: John Mantley; producer: Joseph Dackow
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Ken Curtis (Festus), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty), Buck Taylor (Newly)[56]

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4901"The Devil's Outpost"Philip LeacockStory by : Bob Barbash
Screenplay by : Bob Barbash and Jim Byrnes
September 22, 1969 (1969-09-22)

Wily outlaw Yancy Tyce (Robert Lansing) is determined to free his younger brother Cody Tyce (Jonathan Lippe) from Matt's custody.

Guest Cast: Karl Swenson (as McGruder), Sheila Larkin (as Abby Tilman), Ken Swofford (as Loomis), Warren Vanders (as Bo Harper), Val de Vargas (as Pacos), Charles Kuenstle (as Kelly), I. Stanford Jolley (as Tilman), Sabrina Scharf (as Lora), Troy Melton (as Mike Lennox), Joe Higgins (as George Miller), Sam Edwards (as Telegrapher), William Tannen (as Townsman), Joe Haworth (as Cowboy) and Ed Long (as Farley).
4912"Stryker"Robert TottenHerman GrovesSeptember 29, 1969 (1969-09-29)

Matt is headed for a showdown with marshal-turned-outlaw Josh Stryker (Morgan Woodward).

Guest Cast: Joan Van Ark (as Sarah Jean Stryker), Royal Dano (as Jessup), Mills Watson (as Reager), James Nusser, Andy Devine (as Jed Whitlow), Walter Sande (as Cal Hoskins), Glenn Strange, Ted French (as Dish) and Don Happy (Cowboy #1).
4923"Coreyville"Bernard McEveetyHerman GrovesOctober 6, 1969 (1969-10-06)

Two feuding women, Agatha Corey (Nina Foch) and Flo Watson (Ruth Roman), refuse to reveal the identity of the killer Matt is looking for.

Guest Cast: Kevin Coughlin (as Billy Joe Corey), Thomas Hunter (as Frank Corey), Bruce Glover (as Titus Wylie), Jo Ann Harris (as Ellie), John Schuck credited as John Shuck (as Amos Blake), James Almanzar (as Rankin), Bill Erwin (as Juror), Charles Fredericks (as Clel Wilson), Pete Kellett (as Guard #1), Bill Catching (as Guard #2) and Gary Combs (as Guard #3).
4934"Danny (AKA 'The Wake')"Bernard McEveetyPreston WoodOctober 13, 1969 (1969-10-13)

Ailing confidence man Danny Wilson (Jack Albertson) plans one last con, involving a "hit" on Matt, in order to ensure his very short-lived financial future.

Guest Cast: Vito Scotti (as Indiana), Frank Marth (as Ed Wickes), Rayford Barnes (as Carl Dahlman), Jonathan Harper, Scott Brady (as Heenan), Glenn Strange, Tom Brown, Woodrow Chambliss and Steve Raines (as Stage Driver).
4945"Hawk"Gunnar HellströmKay Lenard & Jess CarneolOctober 20, 1969 (1969-10-20)

Phoebe Clifford (Louise Latham) refuses to acknowledge that an Apache half-breed named Hawk (Brendon Boone) is her son.

Guest Cast: Hilarie Thompson (as Rachel Clifford), Michael-James Wixted (as Amos Clifford), Robert Brubaker (as Dave Clifford), X Brands (as Renegade Indian), Bill Hart (as Renegade #2), Hal Needham (as Renegade #3) and Glenn Randall, JR. (as Renegade #4).
4956"A Man Called Smith"Vincent McEveetyCalvin Clements, Sr.October 27, 1969 (1969-10-27)

Outlaw Will "Smith" (Earl Holliman) arrives at the home of widow Abelia (Jacqueline Scott) to get her to help him launder $10,000 in stolen gold coins.

Guest Cast: Val Avery (as Bull), Susan Olsen (as Marieanne), Mike Durkin (as Jonathan), Roy Roberts, Sid Haig (as Buffalo Hunter), William Fawcett (as Old Prospector), Ted Jordan and Margarita Cordova (as Saloon Girl).

Note: This is the second appearance of the character of Abelia and her two children, reprised by the same actors.
4967"Charlie Noon"Vincent McEveetyJim ByrnesNovember 3, 1969 (1969-11-03)

Comanches attack Matt, his prisoner Charlie Noon (James Best), an Indian widow (Míriam Colón) and her white stepson Jamie (Ronny Howard).

Guest Cast: Edmund Hashim (as Lone Wolf) and Kip Whitman (as Takawa).
4978"The Still"Gunnar HellströmCalvin Clements, Sr.November 10, 1969 (1969-11-10)

Merry Florene (Lane Bradbury) is back. This time she has a good job as an interim school teacher in Dodge. But when her half-brother Elbert Moses (Anthony James) and her Uncle Titus (Shug Fisher) arrive, she is again in danger of losing her job and her beau from her family's buffoonery.

Guest Cast: James Westerfield (as Franks), J. Edward McKinley (as Mr. Bishop), Ted Jordan, Trent Lehman (as Chester) and Glenn Strange.

Notes: This is the last of four episodes featuring the Merry Florene character story.
4989"A Matter of Honor"Robert TottenJoy DexterNovember 17, 1969 (1969-11-17)

The town drunk, Louie Pheeters (James Nusser), is accused of a murder he witnessed.

Guest Cast: John Anderson (as Jess Fletcher), Katherine Justice (as Lydia Fletcher), Tom Simcox (as C.V. Fletcher), Dan Ferrone (as Otis Fletcher), Richard Bakalyan (as Billy Holland), Walter Sande (as Cal Haines), Jack Bailey (as Judge Brooker), Glenn Strange, Lawrence Mann (as Prosecutor) and Bob Burrows (as Ranch Hand).
49910"The Innocent"Marvin J. ChomskyWalter BlackNovember 24, 1969 (1969-11-24)

Missionary teacher Athena Partridge Royce (Eileen Heckart) heads for her first assignment, days away from Dodge, completely oblivious of the dangers out in the wilderness. Festus takes it upon himself to help her along the way.

Guest Cast: Barry Atwater (as Yewker), Anthony James (as Loyal Yewker), Lee de Broux (as Zeal Yewker), Tom Nolan (as Sonny), Eddie Little Sky (as Indian Chief), Manuel Padilla Jr. (as Indian Boy), Robert B. Williams (as Phelps) and Rush Williams (as Stage Driver).
50011"Ring of Darkness"Bernard McEveetyArthur Dales[C]December 1, 1969 (1969-12-01)

Newly is captured, while farmer Ben Hurley (Tom Drake) faces a moral dilemma, stealing horses for a gang of outlaws to help his blind daughter, Susan (Pamela Dunlap)

Guest Cast: John Crawford (as Pinto), Rex Holman (as Carr), Anthony Caruso (as Gulley).
50112"MacGraw"Philip LeacockKay Lenard & Jess CarneolDecember 8, 1969 (1969-12-08)

Ex-gunslinger Jake McGraw (J. D. Cannon) has returned to Dodge after twenty years in prison and for some reason has taken an interest in a saloon hostess, Ella Horton (Diana Ewing), and a young cowboy, Dave Wilson (Michael Larrain).

Guest Cast: Sam Melville (as Garvey), Charles Kuenstle (as Wilkes), Ned Wertimer (as Jud Douglas), Ted Jordan, Glenn Strange, Tom Brown, Sid Haig (as Eli Crawford), Allan Jaffe (as Ed Crawford), Bobby Hall (as Hamilton) and Sam Edwards (as Barfly).
50213"Roots of Fear"Philip LeacockArthur Browne, Jr.December 15, 1969 (1969-12-15)

Dirt farmer Amos Sadler (John Anderson) and his kin plot to break into the bank when it's closed due to a panic.

Guest Cast: Louise Latham (as Emilie Sadler), Cliff Osmond (as Daniel Sadler), Warren Vanders (as Ridge Sadler), Walter Burke (as George Acton), Jodie Foster (as Susan Sadler), Roy Roberts, Ted Jordan, Arthur Peterson (as Judge Brooker), Tom Brown, Robert Karnes (as Charlie), Paul Micale (as Assistant Teller) and Hank Wise (as Townsman).
50314"The Sisters"Philip LeacockWilliam KelleyDecember 29, 1969 (1969-12-29)

A scoundrel, Pack Landers (Jack Elam), tries to con three nuns by using his own children as leverage.

Guest Cast: Lynn Hamilton (as Mother Tabitha), Gloria Calomee (as Sister Charles), Susan Batson (as Sister Blanche), CeCe Whitney (as Ivy Landers), Chris Hundley (as Toby) and Erica Petal (as Gail).
50415"The War Priest"Bernard McEveetyWilliam KelleyJanuary 5, 1970 (1970-01-05)

Drunken cavalry Sergeant Holly (Forrest Tucker) pursues Apache warrior/priest Gregorio (Richard Anderson) who took Kitty hostage.

Guest Cast: John Crawford (as Amos Strange), Sam Melville (as Lt. Snell), Richard Hale (as El Cuerno), Glenn Strange, Link Wyler (as 1st Sentry), Tom Sutton (as 2nd Sentry), Pete Kellett (as Shotgun) and Vincent Deadrick (as 1st Trooper).
50516"The Pack Rat"Philip LeacockStory by : Arthur Browne, Jr.
Teleplay by : Arthur Browne, Jr. and Jim Byrnes
January 12, 1970 (1970-01-12)

A young thief, Sancho (Manuel Padilla Jr.), gets caught by Matt while the marshal is transporting a prisoner, Sam Danton (William C. Watson), to Fort Union.

Guest Cast: Heidi Vaughn (as Martha Mason), Loretta Swit (as Belle Clark), Glenn Strange, Woodrow Chambliss, Robert Brubaker (as Jake Hawkins), Robert Rothwell (as Shotgun), Tom Sutton (as Shockley) and Bill Catching (as Trapp).
50617"The Judas Gun"Vincent McEveetyHarry KronmanJanuary 19, 1970 (1970-01-19)

Hired gunman Boy Avery (Ron Hayes) changes the balance of power in a family feud between Noah Haimes (Richard Slattery) and Clete Bolden (Sean McClory), threatening the happiness of their children, Cully Haimes (Peter Jason) and Janie Bolden (Laurie Mock).

Guest Cast: Glenn Strange, Tom Brown, Margarita Cordova (as Bar Girl), William Fawcett (as Liveryman), Brad David (as Teddy) and Ralph Neff (as Town Bum).
50718"Doctor Herman Schultz, M.D."Bernard McEveetyStory by : Benny Rubin
Teleplay by : Calvin Clements, Sr.
January 26, 1970 (1970-01-26)

Hypnotist Dr. Herman Schultz (Benny Rubin) bamboozles Dodge residents by using his skill to steal money that is destined for the freight office.

Guest Cast: Ted Jordan, Glenn Strange, Howard Culver and Pete Kellett (as Stoney).
50819"The Badge"Vincent McEveetyJim ByrnesFebruary 2, 1970 (1970-02-02)

It's the last straw for Kitty. After Matt is shot by two robbers, she boards up the Long Branch and leaves Dodge for Ballard, Oklahoma, only to get caught up in that town's corruption. Kitty and her new business partner Claire Hollis (Beverly Garland) must then deal with the town's "Papa" Steiffer (Henry Jones).

Guest Cast: John Milford (as John Dawson), Jack Lambert (as Locke), Roy Jenson (as Keller), James Nusser, Glenn Strange, Mary Angela (as Bea), John Flinn (as Worden), William O'Connell (as Jackson), Ted Jordan and Fred Coby (as Sloan).
50920"Albert"Vincent McEveetyJim ByrnesFebruary 9, 1970 (1970-02-09)

Bank teller Albert Schiller (Milton Selzer), loyal after 15 years, foils a robbery, but keeps some money for himself, only to wind up helping the robbers with their next attempt while they hold hostage his wife Kate Schiller (Patricia Barry) as leverage.

Guest Cast: L. Q. Jones (as Nix), Bob Random (as Tom Clark), William Schallert (as Jake Spence), Roy Roberts, Glenn Strange, Dorothy Neumann (as Emily Cushing) and Natalie Masters (as Mrs. Bodkins).
51021"Kiowa"Bernard McEveetyRon BishopFebruary 16, 1970 (1970-02-16)

Matt helps search for a group of Kiowa raiders, led by Quichero (Richard Angarola), who abducted rancher Ed Vail's (Victor French) daughter, Melissa Vail (Joyce Ames).

Guest Cast: Dub Taylor (as Rev. Finney Cox), John Beck (as Albert Vail), Lucas White (as Russ Vail), Jean Allison (as Martha Vail), Richard Lapp (as Tomani), Angela Carroll (as Indian Woman), Glenn Strange and Ted Jordan.
51122"Celia"Philip LeacockHarry KronmanFebruary 23, 1970 (1970-02-23)

Newly must prove that Celia Madden (Melissa Murphy) is a con artist bent on swindling his friend the blacksmith, Ben Sommars (Cliff Osmond).

Guest Cast: Frank Marth (as Martin Blake), Roy Roberts, George Petrie (as Carl), Charles Seel (as Barney), Steve Raines (as 1st Driver), Glenn Strange, Troy Melton (as 2nd Driver), Vincent Deadrick (as Cowboy #1) and Ace Hudkins (as Cowboy #2).
51223"Morgan"Bernard McEveetyKay Lenard & Jess CarneolMarch 2, 1970 (1970-03-02)

Outlaws led by Cole Morgan (Steve Forrest) take over Dodge with a Gatling gun to ambush Matt and the U.S. Army who are expected to arrive with a large shipment of gold.

Guest Cast: Charlotte Stewart (as Jenny), Hank Brandt (as Clint), Jonathan Lippe (as Carter), Mills Watson (as Greer), Ed Long (as Trent), James Nusser, Chareles Seel, Read Morgan (as Lieutenant), Jack Garner (as Telegrapher), I. Stanford Jolley (as Zack) and Fletcher Bryant (as Hawkins).
51324"The Thieves"Philip LeacockThomas ThompsonMarch 9, 1970 (1970-03-09)

Sam the bartender (Glenn Strange) takes an interest in trying to reform a juvenile delinquent on probation, Eric Tabray (Michael Burns).

Guest Cast: Royal Dano (as Gideon Hale), John Schuck (as Burt Tilden), Timothy Burns (as Billy Clarke), Bill Callaway (as Shuffles), James Nusser and Daphne Field (as Mrs. Hale).
51425"Hackett"Vincent McEveetyWilliam KelleyMarch 16, 1970 (1970-03-16)

Ex-convict Hackett (Earl Holliman) seeks revenge on Quentin Sargent (Morgan Woodward) who ran out on him during a robbery years ago.

Guest Cast: Jennifer West (as Geneva Sargent), Robert Totten (as Tully), Ken Swofford (as Bronk), Glenn Strange and Woodrow Chambliss.
51526"The Cage"Bernard McEveetyCalvin Clements, Sr.March 23, 1970 (1970-03-23)

Matt leads a posse to find gold thieves, using Roy Stewart (Steve Carlson) to find the rest of the gang, including their leader Benson (Gregg Palmer), and their gold fencer, Sanders (Paul Stewart).

Guest Cast: Ken Mayer (as Blake), Robert Swan (as Weden), Hank Brandt (as Luke Steward), Allen Jaffe (as Gresley), Jorge Moreno (as Alfonso), Laura Figueroa (as Maria), Joaquin Martinez (as Pepe), Renata Vanni (as Mr. Ramos), Ted Jordan, Pedro Regas (as Elderly Mexican) and Araceli Rey (as Elderly Mexican Woman).

Season 16 (1970–71)Edit

Twenty-four one-hour episodes, color
Executive producer: John Mantley; producer: Joseph Dackow (episodes 516–528), Leonard Katzman (episodes 529–539)
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Ken Curtis (Festus), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty), Buck Taylor (Newly)
Note: "Pike", the two-part episode that ended the season, was later developed into a spin-off series entitled Dirty Sally.[57][58]

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5161"Chato"Vincent McEveetyPaul F. EdwardsSeptember 14, 1970 (1970-09-14)

Matt heads to New Mexico to track down the wily killer Chato (Ricardo Montalbán) who has a knack for murdering lawmen.

Guest Cast: Míriam Colón (as Mora), Peggy McCay (as Mrs. Cooter), William Bryant (as Marshal Cooter), Rodolfo Hoyos (as Juanito), Robert Knapp (as Surgeon), Pedro Regas (as Old Man) and Jim Sheppard (as Case).

Note: "Chato" appears directly after "The Noose" as the second episode of "The Sixteenth Season" DVD.
5172"The Noose"Vincent McEveetyArthur Browne, Jr.September 21, 1970 (1970-09-21)

A stranger, Fred Garth (Tom Skerritt), bent on avenging his father's hanging captures Kitty, Festus, Doc, and Matt, and threatens to hang one of them.

Guest Cast: William Fawcett (as Nebs), Glenn Strange, Ted Jordan, Woodrow Chambliss and Hank Patterson.

Note: "The Noose" appears before "Chato" as the first episode of "The Sixteenth Season" DVD.
5183"Stark"Robert TottenDonald SanfordSeptember 28, 1970 (1970-09-28)

Bounty hunter Lewis Stark (Richard Kiley) blackmails his prisoner, Adam Bramley (Shelly Novack), whose father, John Bramley (Henry Wilcoxon), is a wealthy rancher.

Guest Cast: Suzanne Pleshette (as Glory Bramley), Rusty Lane (as Bo) and Bob Burrows (as Charlie).
5194"Sam McTavish, M.D."Bernard McEveetyBethel Leslie & Gerry DayOctober 5, 1970 (1970-10-05)

"Dr. Sam" (portrayed by Special Guest Vera Miles) answers Dr. Galen Adam's ad for a temporary replacement so that Doc can leave Dodge to attend a special honorary event for his benefactor from medical school. However, Doc is surprised and outraged when Dr. Samuel McTavish (so-named because her father wanted a boy) turns out to be a woman.

Guest Cast: Arch Johnson (as Barn Bascomb), Lisa Gerritsen (as Christina), Dee Carroll (as Ellen Bascomb), Amzie Strickland (as Minnie Carver), Tom Fadden (as Harley), Kathleen O'Malley (as Bridget O'Reilly), Glenn Strange, Harry Harvey Sr. (as Johnson), Read Morgan (as Dan Slade), Robert Rothwell (as Joe Slade), Lance Thomas (as Tom Slade) and Glenn Redding (as Frank O'Reilly).
5205"Gentry's Law"Vincent McEveetyJack MillerOctober 12, 1970 (1970-10-12)

Land baron Amos Gentry (John Payne) considers his family above the law when his two sons Colt (Peter Jason) and Ben (Robert Pine) accidentally hang a squatter, Orly Grimes (Shug Fisher) who was caught butchering their stock.

Guest Cast: Louise Latham (as Claire Gentry), Don Keefer (as Floyd Babcock), Darlene Conley (as Leelah Case), John Flinn (as Buel) and Robert Totten (as Abner).
5216"Snow Train (Part 1)"Gunnar HellströmPreston WoodOctober 19, 1970 (1970-10-19)

High in the snow-capped mountains, the Sioux take a trainload of passengers hostage, demanding two white men who sold them poisonous whisky. Matt must find the culprits before the passengers freeze to death.

Guest Cast: Eddie Applegate (as Al), Tim Considine (as Scott Coleman), Pamela Dunlap (as Ada Coleman), Dana Elcar (as Pennigrath), Roy Engel (as Tibbet), Gene Evans (as Billy), Eddie Firestone (as Hap), Ron Hayes (as Floyed Coleman), Clifton James (as Same Wickes), Richard D. Kelton (as Bud), Doreen Lang (as Mae), Ken Lynch (as Lucas), John Milford (as Clay Foreman), Anne Seymour (as Sara), Loretta Swit (as Donna), Richard Lapp (as Running Fox), X Brands (as Red Willow), and (as The Hunters) Ronald A. One Feather, Lemoyne L. LaPointe and Lemoyne M. Millard.

Note: End credits for the ensemble cast in this episode were presented in alphabetical order.
5227"Snow Train (Part 2)"Gunnar HellströmPreston WoodOctober 26, 1970 (1970-10-26)

High in the snow-capped mountains, the Sioux take a trainload of passengers hostage, demanding two white men who sold them poisonous whisky. Matt must find the culprits before the passengers freeze to death.

Additional Guest Cast: Bill Erwin (as Telegrapher).

Note: In this episode, rather than an alphabetical order, the end credits for the ensemble cast were presented as overlays during the epilogue to match the actors' names to their on-screen characters.
5238"Luke"Bernard McEveetyJack MillerNovember 2, 1970 (1970-11-02)

Outlaw Luke Dangerfield's (Morgan Woodward) dying wish is to see his daughter.

Guest Cast: Katherine Justice (as Doris Prebble), Anthony Costello (as Austin Keep), Rex Holman (as Moses Reedy), Glenn Strange, Howard Culver and Victor Izay (as Bull).
5249"The Gun"Bernard McEveetyDonald SanfordNovember 9, 1970 (1970-11-09)

St. Louis newspaperman Summer Pendleton (L. Q. Jones) exploits teenage bank clerk Randy Gogan (Kevin Coughlin) who killed a notorious gunfighter.

Guest Cast: Patricia Morrow (as Stella Felton), Sam Melville (as Wade Pasco), Ken Mayer (as Greenwood), Stanley Clements (as Ed Jacobi), Robert Phillips (as Vance Jessop), Ted Jordan, Jack Garner (as Kemble), Eric Chase (as Joseph), Jon Jason Mantley (as Tom), Marie Mantley (as Anne), Glenn Strange, Foster Brooks (as Sporting Gentleman #1), Frank Biro (as Sporting Gentleman #2), Henry Wise (as Townsman #1) and Bert Madrid (as Townsman #2).
52510"The Scavengers"Robert TottenJim ByrnesNovember 16, 1970 (1970-11-16)

A bounty is placed on Indians for allegedly massacring a group of pioneers, based on the story of a man, Piney Briggs (Yaphet Kotto), who stumbled upon their camp site.

Guest Cast: Cicely Tyson (as Rachel), Slim Pickens (as Colley), Roy Jenson (as Rath), Link Wyler (as Logan), Victor Holchak (as Lieutenant), James Almanzar (as Ogana), Eddie Little Sky (as Scarface), Victor Izay (as Barkeep), Glenn Strange, Ted Jordan, Jerelyn Fields (as Merrilee Biggs), Henry Wise (as Livery Man) and Steve Raines (as Driver).
52611"The Witness"Philip LeacockShimon WincelbergNovember 23, 1970 (1970-11-23)

Osgood Picket (Harry Morgan) kills one witness and threatens the family of another witness, Arnie Sprague (Tim O'Connor), to get his murderous son Ira Picket (Dack Rambo) released from custody.

Guest Cast: Barry Brown (as Jared Sprague), June Dayton (as Martha Sprague), Annette O'Toole (as Edda Sprague), I. Stanford Jolley (as Beecher), Ray Young (as Joseph), Herb Vigran (as Judge Brooker), Ted Jordan, Robert Swan (as Texan) and Glenn Strange.
52712"McCabe"Bernard McEveetyJim ByrnesNovember 30, 1970 (1970-11-30)

Matt's prisoner, gunfighter McCabe (Dan Kemp), is targeted by a lynch mob led by cattleman Clay White (David Brian) and his own teenage son Dobie (Mitch Vogel).

Guest Cast: Jim Davis (as Sheriff Shackwood), Jon Lormer (as Judge Clairborne), Robert Sorrells (as J.W. Hicks), Mills Watson (as Kipp), Lew Brown (as Weaver), Tani Phelps (as Ami), Marie Cheatham (as Abigail Hartly), Trevor Bardette (as Conductor), Tom Sutton (as Lennie) and Pete Kellett (as Bartender).
52813"The Noon Day Devil"Philip LeacockWilliam KelleyDecember 7, 1970 (1970-12-07)

A priest, Father Hernando Cantrell, tries to save his murderous twin brother Heraclio's soul. Both roles were portrayed by special guest, Anthony Zerbe.

Guest Cast: Warren Vanders (as Bone Cunningham), Ernest Sarracino (as Quito Vega), Anthony Cordova (as Brother Antonio), Pepe Callahan (as John Hike), Natividad Vacío (as Diego), Annette Cardona (as Rita), Fred Coby (as Doctor), Tony Davis (as Indian Boy), Julio Medina (as Rodriguez) and Bert Madrid (as Carlos).
52914"Sergeant Holly"Bernard McEveetyWilliam KelleyDecember 14, 1970 (1970-12-14)

Sgt. Holly (Forrest Tucker) sets out to find Willis Jeeter (Albert Salmi) who framed him for stealing an Army payroll.

Guest Cast: Victor Eberg (as Luke Pinero), Gregg Palmer (as Bodine), David Renard (as Chico Fuentes), Vito Scotti (as The Indian), Med Flory (as Corp. Steckey), Glenn Strange, Read Morgan (as Roy Gast), Bob Morgan (as Lomax) and Frank Hotchkiss (as Corp. Tuttle).
53015"Jenny"Robert TottenJack MillerDecember 28, 1970 (1970-12-28)

Jenny (Lisa Gerritsen) arrives at Dodge to be with her father who she has not yet met, not realizing he is the outlaw, Lucas Pritchard (Steve Ihnat), worth a bounty of $2,000 for robbery and assault.

Guest Cast: Rance Howard (as Judge Franklin), Glenn Strange, Ted Jordan, Steve Raines (as Ed Reilly) and Bob Burrows (as Driver).
53116"Captain Sligo"William ConradWilliam KelleyJanuary 4, 1971 (1971-01-04)

Retired whaler, Captain Aron Sligo (Richard Basehart) moves to Kansas and begins courting the widow Josephine Burney (Salome Jens), all the while dealing with some unscrupulous cattlemen.

Guest Cast: Royal Dano (as Watney), Stacy Harris (as Leonard), Robert Totten (as Blacksmith), Bobby Eilbacher (as Tim Burney), Geri Reischl (as Anne Burney), Matt Emery (as Trail Boss), Brian Foley (as Cowboy), Boyd "Red" Morgan (as Tanner), Glenn Strange, Fred Stromsoe (as Tobin), Troy Melton (as Rackley), Bob Herron (as Vern).
53217"Mirage"Vincent McEveetyJack MillerJanuary 11, 1971 (1971-01-11)

Festus comes back from a desert shootout with no memory of what exactly took place. Fearing that his son Adam (Kevin Burchett) was the one who was killed, Lemuel (John Anderson) and his remaining children, Tom (Gary Wood) and Elsie (Mary Rings) take Festus hostage until they can find Adam's remains.

Guest Cast: Bill Zuckert (as Hotel Clerk), Harry Raybould (as Maddox), Robert Knapp (as Deputy), Dan White (as Stocker).
53318"The Tycoon"Bernard McEveetyRobert Vincent WrightJanuary 25, 1971 (1971-01-25)

After coming into money, Festus falls prey, first to his unscrupulous partner Titus (Shug Fisher), and then to Ma Fowler (Nora Marlowe) who is husband-hunting for her daughter Dora Lou (Gwynne Gilford).

Guest Cast: John Beck (as Moody Fowler), James Minotto (as Amos Fowler), Herman Poppe (as Clarence Carver), Glenn Strange, Ted Jordan, Walker Edmiston (as Henry Folsom) and Charles Wagenheim (as Parson Mueller).
53419"Jaekel"Bernard McEveetyStory by : True Boardman & Thelma Boardman
Screenplay by : Calvin Clements, Sr.
February 1, 1971 (1971-02-01)

Pardoned convict Carl Jaekel (Eric Braeden) returns after eight years in prison to the woman, Beth Wilson (Julie Gregg), for whom he killed a romantic rival, despite that she is now married to another man, Norman Wilson (John Crawford), and has a daughter, Penny Wilson (Mia Bendixsen).

Guest Cast: Victor Tayback (as Dirks), Glenn Strange, James Chandler (as Warden), Scott Edmons (as Doctor), Bob Golden (as Guard) and Ted Jordan.
53520"Murdoch"Robert TottenJack MillerFebruary 8, 1971 (1971-02-08)

Aging lawman Lucas Murdoch (Jack Elam) sets out to get an outlaw gang led by Amos Carver (Jim Davis), unaware that his son Scott (Bob Random) is with them.

Guest Cast: Anthony Caruso (as Townsend), Clint Howard (as Lonny), Tom Waters (as Morris), Tim Burns (as Braly), Liz Marshall (as Ruth), Glenn Strange, Ted Jordan, Bobby Clark (as Gatlin) and Gary Combs (as Fairchild).
53621"Cleavus"Vincent McEveetyRichard ScottFebruary 15, 1971 (1971-02-15)

An unlucky fellow, Cleavus Lukens (Robert Totten), accidentally kills prospector Uriah Spessard (Arthur Hunnicutt), and then jumps his claim so that he will have enough money and prestige to court Kitty.

Guest Cast: William Challee (as Baylock), Robert Cornthwaite (as Clerk), Glenn Strange, Robert B. Williams (as Woody) and Henry Wise (as Waiter).
53722"Lavery"Vincent McEveetyDonald SanfordFebruary 22, 1971 (1971-02-22)

Troublemaker Keith Lavery (Anthony Costello), out on probation, reunites with his old gang, Clint (David Carradine) and Harry (Ken Swofford), but is torn between going with them or staying with his wife, April Lavery (Judi West).

Guest Cast: Karl Swenson (as Mr. Hubert), David Huddleston (as Arno), Glenn Strange, Chanin Hale (as Verna), Jack Perkins (as Trapper) and Hank Patterson.
53823"Pike, Part I (AKA 'Dirty Sally')"Bernard McEveetyJack MillerMarch 1, 1971 (1971-03-01)

Crusty old Sally Fergus (Jeanette Nolan) tries to nurse a wounded young outlaw named Cyrus Pike (Dack Rambo) back to health.

Guest Cast: Cliff Osmond (as Macomb), William Mims (as Hawkins), Jim Boles (as Sutro), Ross Hagen (as Hicks), Glenn Strange, Ted Jordan, Woodrow Chambliss, William Murphy (as Loomis), Jon Jason Mantley (as Billy), Maria Mantley (as Girl #1), John Puglia (as Boy #1), Susan Newmark (as Girl #2) and Billy McMickle (as Boy #2).

Note: This was the first of 3 episodes to feature the character Sally Fergus, known as "Dirty Sally".
53924"Pike, Part II (AKA 'Dirty Sally')"Bernard McEveetyJack MillerMarch 8, 1971 (1971-03-08)

Having taken a shine to Cyrus while tending to his wounds, Sally tries to persuade him not to steal anymore.

Note: This was the second of 3 episodes to feature the character Sally Fergus, known as "Dirty Sally".

Season 17 (1971–72)Edit

Twenty-four one-hour episodes, color
Executive producer: John Mantley; producer: Leonard Katzman; associate producer: Ron Honthaner
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Ken Curtis (Festus), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty), Buck Taylor (Newly)[59]

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5401"The Lost"Robert TottenStory by : Warren Vanders
Screenplay by : Jack Miller
September 13, 1971 (1971-09-13)

Kitty befriends a Wild Child (Laurie Prange) when she gets lost after a stagecoach accident, and together they try to survive until they can reach civilization.

Guest Cast: Mercedes McCambridge (as Mrs Mather), Royal Dano (as Henry Mather), Link Wyler (as Lamond Mather), Charles Kuenstle (as Valjean Mather), Dee Carroll (as Mrs. Grayson), Jerry Brown (as Abel Grayson), Peggy Rea (as Mrs. Roniger), Maria Mantley (as Maria), Jon Jason Mantley (as Jon) and Terri Lynn Wood (as Elsie)

Notes: This is the last episode to be directed by Robert Totten.
5412"Phoenix"Paul StanleyAnthony LawrenceSeptember 20, 1971 (1971-09-20)

Bank robber Phoenix (Glenn Corbett), set to be released from Leavenworth after serving his time, must decide whether or not he will kill ex-lawman Jess Hume (Gene Evans) for the $2,000 in gold double eagles that his cell-mate John Sontag (Ramon Bieri) offers, and Hume's beautiful young wife Kate (Mariette Hartley) only adds more incentive.

Guest Cast: Frank Corsentino (as Frank) and Ted Jordan (as Nathan Burke)
5423"Waste (Part 1)"Vincent McEveetyJim ByrnesSeptember 27, 1971 (1971-09-27)

Matt's search for outlaw Ben Rodman (Jeremy Slate) is interrupted by a search for the boy Willie Hubbard's (Johnnie Whitaker) mother Sarah, which leads them to a group of saloon girls crossing the badlands in Maggie Blaisedell's (Ruth Roman) wagon.

Guest Cast: Ellen Burstyn (as Amy Waters), Rex Holman (as Oakley), Ken Swofford (as Speer), Don Megowan (as Lucas), Shug Fisher (as Jed Rascoe), George Chandler (as Silas Hubbard), Don Keefer (as Drunk), Emory Parnell (as 1st Prospector), Lloyd Nelson (as 2nd Prospector), Lieux Dressler (as Victoria), Merry Anders (as Shirley), Claire Brennan (as Lisa) and Lee Pulford (as Orphan Girl)
5434"Waste (Part 2)"Vincent McEveetyJim ByrnesOctober 4, 1971 (1971-10-04)
Matt, the boy, Jed and the saloon girls get trapped in a deserted fort without any water, to play a waiting game with Ben Rodman's outlaws who will stop at nothing to get the gold Maggie is smuggling out to the prospectors who mined it.
5445"New Doctor in Town"Philip LeacockJack MillerOctober 11, 1971 (1971-10-11)

Dr. John Chapman (Pat Hingle) finds it hard to be accepted as he tries to fill in for Doc Adams, who felt the need to return to medical school after losing a patient.

Guest Cast: Glenn Strange (as Sam), Ted Jordan (as Burke), Woodrow Chambliss (as Lathrop), Lane Bradford (as Dump Hart), Sarah Selby (as Ma Smalley), Lon Lormer (as Cody Sims) and Charles Wagenheim

Note: Milburn Stone was absent from seven episodes while recovering from heart surgery. This is the first of six episodes with Pat Hingle as the town doctor; he does not appear in "Trafton."
5456"The Legend"Philip LeacockCalvin Clements, Jr.October 18, 1971 (1971-10-18)

A young man, Travis Colter (Jan-Michael Vincent) starts to consider heading down the same path as his outlaw brothers, while his mother Beatrice Colter (Kim Hunter) tries to dissuade him.

Guest Cast: Greg Mullavey (as Virgil Colter), Richard D. Kelton (as Clayt Colter), Pat Hingle (as Dr. John Chapman), Ted Jordan (as Burke), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Michael Greene (as Slim), Lloyd Nelson (as Slater), Read Morgan (as Eddie), Bryan O'Byrne (as Mr. Palmer), Ken Mayer (as Farmer), Victor Izay (as Bull), Patrick Dennis-Leigh (as Prairie Scavenger), Red Currie (as Carrot) and Dick Cangey (as Workman)
5467"Trafton"Bernard McEveetyRon BishopOctober 25, 1971 (1971-10-25)

After shooting a priest who forgave him before dying, hardened outlaw Trafton (Victor French) finds compassion for his victims, which leads to his downfall.

Guest Cast: Sharon Acker (as Tereese Farrell), Paul Stevens (as Reverend English), Philip Carey (as Bannion), Marie Windsor (as Mary K.), Mike Mazurki (as Whale), Patti Cohoon (as Maria Farrell), Manuel Padilla Jr. (as Manuel), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Ted Jordan (as Burke), Clay Tanner (as Capps), Fred Stromsoe (as Prew) and Bill Catching (as Brant)
5478"Lynott"Gunnar HellströmRon BishopNovember 1, 1971 (1971-11-01)

Former lawman Tom Lynott (Richard Kiley) fills in for Matt after he is badly wounded, but Lynott's easygoing approach to the law puts Dodge City at the mercy of Talley (Anthony Caruso) and his cohorts.

Guest Cast: Peggy McCay (as Pene Lynott), Jonathan Lippe (as Wallace), Pat Hingle (as Dr. Chapman), Ken Lynch (as Rolling), Claudia Bryar (as Mauda Weaver), Eddie Quillan (as Barkeep), Tom Brown (as Ed O'Conner), Glenn Strange (as Sam), John Quade (as Shaw), Ted Jordan (as Burke), Al Wyatt (as Heavy #1) and Bobby Clark (as Heavy #2)
5489"Lijah"Irving J. MooreWilliam BlinnNovember 8, 1971 (1971-11-08)

Mountain man Lijah (Denny Miller) is accused of massacring farmers.

Guest Cast: Harry Townes (as Hale Parker), Erin Moran (as Rachel), William Wintersole (as Will Standish), Tom Brown, Woodrow Chambliss (as Lathrop), Pat Hingle (as Dr. Chapman), Lane Bradford (as Dump Hart), Howard Culver, Herb Vigran (as Judge Brooker), Pete Kellett (as Frank), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Charles Wagenheim, Ted Jordan (as Burke), Dan Flynn (as Tack) and Henry Wise (as Hank)
54910"My Brother's Keeper"Paul StanleyArthur Dales[C]November 15, 1971 (1971-11-15)

Festus tries to keep an old Sioux Indian (John Dierkes) alive, even though he wishes to die in peace.

Guest Cast: Pippa Scott (as Sara Mather), Malcolm Atterbury (as Cob), Charles McGraw (as Squawman), Pat Hingle (as Dr. Chapman), Dana Laurita (as Mandy), Ray Reinhardt (as Preacher), Sarah Selby (as Ma Smalley), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Charles Wagenheim, Red Morgan (as Kroll) and Donna DeLacey (as Woman)
55011"Drago"Paul StanleyJim ByrnesNovember 22, 1971 (1971-11-22)

Outlaw Hannon (Ben Johnson) murders Clara (Tani Phelps Guthrie) to steal her horse and severely injures her son Ruben (Mitchell Silberman), while their guest, a mountain-man/scout named Drago (Buddy Ebsen), is fishing. Matt deputizes Drago to join a posse under Newly, but Drago is out for vigilante vengeance and sets out ahead of the posse to hunt down and kill Hannon.

Guest Cast: Edward Faulkner (as Trask), Del Monroe (as Flagg), Rick Gates (as Gillis), Pat Hingle (as Dr. Chapman), Jim Skaggs (as Sheepherder) and Larry Randles (as Larry)
55112"The Bullet (Part 1)"Bernard McEveetyJim ByrnesNovember 29, 1971 (1971-11-29)

Doc Adams returns to dodge just as Matt is backshot by skinner Amos Potter (Norman Alden), but he is unable or unwilling to try to remove the bullet himself, as it is dangerously close to Matt's spine. Doc, Kitty, Festus and Newly load Matt onto a train bound for Denver where there is a surgeon that Doc trusts to remove the bullet. However, Jack Sinclair (Eric Braeden) and his gang complicate matters by stopping the train to rob an army gold shipment.

Guest Cast: Katherine Justice (as Beth Tilton), Robert Hogan (as Capt. Darnell), Warren Kemmerling (as Conductor), Sam Melville (as Nebo), John Crawford (as Blanchard), Harry Carey Jr. (as Kelliher), Jonathan Lippe (as Roper), Pepe Callahan (as Secos), Walter Sande (as Caldwell), Mills Watson (as Pony), Robert Sorrells (as Concho), Eddie Firestone (as Orely), Dan Ferrone (as Private), Sian Barbara Allen (as Allie Dawson), Harry Harvey Sr. (as Drummer), Pete Kellett (as Sergeant), Jon Kowal (as Dunn), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Ted Jordan (as Burke) and Denny Arnold (as Fireman)

Notes: This episode sees the return of Milburn Stone as the town doctor, and thus the departure of Pat Hingle.
55213"The Bullet (Part 2)"Bernard McEveetyJim ByrnesDecember 6, 1971 (1971-12-06)
Sinclair's gang delay Doc's and Matt's journey to Denver while they offload the army gold from the train to a wagon. Beth Tilton (Katherine Justice) plots to free herself from Pinkerton detective Caldwell's (Walter Sande) custody.
55314"The Bullet (Part 3)"Bernard McEveetyJim ByrnesDecember 13, 1971 (1971-12-13)
Festus and Newly try to delay Sinclair from leaving with the gold to give the Conductor (Warren Kemmerling) time to get the train moving towards Denver again. While Matt is unconscious, Kitty reveals her feelings towards Matt, summing up with "...after 17 years...it's the longest non-permanent relationship in history." Meanwhile, Father Sanchez (Alejandro Rey) encourages Doc to perform an emergency surgery on Matt to save the marshal's life
55415"P.S. Murry Christmas"Herb WallersteinWilliam KelleyDecember 27, 1971 (1971-12-27)

Drifter Titus Spangler (Jack Elam) and seven orphans find a way to melt the cold heart of the orphanage headmistress Emma Grundy (Jeanette Nolan) at Christmastime.

Guest Cast: Patti Cohoon (as Mary), Jodie Foster (as Patricia), Erin Moran (as Jenny), Josh Albee (as Michael), Brian Morrison (as Owen), Willie Aames (as Tom), Todd Lookinland (as Jake), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Jack Collins (as J. Stedman Edgedcomb), Ted Jordan (as Burke), Herb Vigran (as Judge Brooker), Sarah Selby (as Ma Smalley) and Maudie Prickett (as Mrs. Pretch)
55516"No Tomorrow"Irving J. MooreRichard FielderJanuary 3, 1972 (1972-01-03)

Homesteader Ben Justin (Sam Groom) is falsely accused and convicted of stealing horses, and then further accused of murder after breaking out of jail to be with his wife Elizabeth (Pamela McMyler) and newborn son.

Guest Cast: H.M. Wynant (as Morris Cragin), Steve Brodie (as Garth Brantley), Henry Jones (as J. Luther Gross), Richard Hale (as Old Luke Corbin), Herb Vigran (as Judge Brooker), Liam Dunn (as Eli Bruder), Robert Nichols (as Warden), Joe Haworth (as Rider), Leo Gordon (as Hargis), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Ted Jordan (as Burke), Dan Flynn (as Kyle Brantley) and Allan Fudge (as Bailiff)
55617"Hidalgo"Paul StanleyColley CibberJanuary 10, 1972 (1972-01-10)

Outlaws led by Mando (Alfonso Arau) shoot Matt and leave him to die in the desert of Chihuahua where he is found by a Mexican boy, Lucho (Fabian Gregory), the son of Agustin Hildago (Thomas Gomez), who helps Matt recover. Hildago's help puts his family, including his daughter Lucero (Linda Marsh), in danger of retaliation from Mando.

Guest Cast: David Renard (as Gorio), Edward Colmans (as Cuero), Stella Garcia (as Chona) and Julio Medina (as Fermin)

Notes: This is the final role for Thomas Gomez, who died before this episode aired.
55718"Tara"Bernard McEveetyWilliam KelleyJanuary 17, 1972 (1972-01-17)

The charming widow Tara Hutson (Michele Carey) plays Newly against gunman Gecko Ridley (L. Q. Jones) who is after $5,000 her husband stole before going to prison.

Guest Cast: Lawrence Delaney (as Roy Hutson), Ken Swofford (as Dirk), James McCallion (as Mr. Fletcher), Ken Mayer (as Pudge), Harry Hickox (as Bank Officer), John Dullaghan (as Bank Teller), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Ted Jordan (as Burke), Sarah Selby (as Ma Smalley), Natalie Masters (as Woman), Charles Seel (as Barney), Howard Culver, Gene Tyburn (as Shotgun), Don Pulford (as Young Man) and Denny Arnold (as Messenger)
55819"One for the Road"Bernard McEveetyJack MillerJanuary 24, 1972 (1972-01-24)

A drunk, Lucius Prince (Jack Albertson), escapes from his reproving daughter, Miss Elsie (Melissa Murphy), who wants to put her father in an institution. However, her fiancé Tom Rickaby (Victor Holchak) wants a quick and final solution. Sally Fergus (Jeanette Nolan) helps Lucius face up to the problem.

Guest Cast: Herb Vigran (as Judge Brooker), Glen Strange (as Sam), Ted Jordan (as Burke), Dorothea Neumann (credited Dorothy Neumann as Old Woman) and Jack Perkins (as Bouncer)

Note: This was the last of three episodes to feature the character Sally Fergus, known as "Dirty Sally".
55920"The Predators"Bernard McEveetyCalvin Clements, Sr.January 31, 1972 (1972-01-31)

A "mad" dog is killing cattle and sheep, while vengeful gunman Howard Kane (Claude Akins) sets out to kill Cole Matson (George Murdock), the man who shot him in the back four years ago. Abelia (Jacqueline Scott) tries to dissuade Kane, while her children Jonathan (Brian Morrison) and Marieanne (Jodie Foster) try to tame the dog.

Guest Cast: Tom Brown, Mills Watson (as Curry), Lew Brown (as Smith), Read Morgan (as Brown), Glenn Strange (as Sam) and Ted Jordan (as Burke)

Note: This is the third appearance of the character of Abelia, reprised by Jacqueline Scott, but the roles of both children are played by different actors than the first two appearances.
56021"Yankton"Vincent McEveetyJim ByrnesFebruary 7, 1972 (1972-02-07)

Saddle tramp Yankton (James Stacy) uses rancher Will Donavan's (Forrest Tucker) money to court his daughter, Emma (Pamela Payton-Wright), but her mother Henrietta (Nancy Olson) wants to take her to Europe instead.

Guest Cast: Woodrow Chambliss (as Lathrop), Ted Jordan (as Burke), Hank Patterson (as Hank), Margaret Bacon (as Dressmaker), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Tom Sutton (as Pete), Bill Hart (as Cowboy #1) and Bennie Dobbins (as Cowboy #2)

Note: Margaret Bacon appears in 20 episodes, 17 are uncredited as a Townswoman. This is the second of three episodes in which she is credited for her role.
56122"Blind Man's Buff"Herb WallersteinRon HonthanerFebruary 21, 1972 (1972-02-21)

Two bushwhackers, Charlie Clavin (George Lindsey) and Hank McCall (Charles Kuenstle), shoot and rob a man, causing him to lose his memory. The lonely widow Phoebe Preston (Anne Jackson) finds and takes care of the wounded amnesiac, calling him Jed Frazer (Victor French), her newlywed husband.

Guest Cast: Woodrow Chambliss (as Lathrop)

Note: Viewers may confuse the title of this episode with the similar titled "Blind Man's Bluff" from season 8 episode 24 (February 23, 1963).
56223"Alias Festus Haggin"Vincent McEveetyCalvin Clements, Sr.March 6, 1972 (1972-03-06)

A case of mistaken identity ensues when Festus is identified by a special agent for the governor, Doyle (Ramon Bieri), and by Rand (Booth Colman), as being Frank Eaton who is wanted for three murders, among other charges.

Guest Cast: Lieux Dressler (as Susie), Robert Totten (as Walker), Gregg Palmer (as Guthrie), William Bryant (as Bennett), Rayford Barnes (as Grebbs), Herb Vigran, Jon Lormer (as Judge Clayborne), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Ted Jordan (as Burke), Bill Erwin (as Bailiff), Tom McFadden (as Luke), Rusty Lane (as Sheriff Buckley), Ed McCready (as Scotty), Louie Elias (as Cowboy) and Lloyd Nelson (as Shorty)

Notes: Ken Curtis plays the roles of both Festus and Frank Eaton.
56324"The Wedding"Bernard McEveetyHarry KronmanMarch 13, 1972 (1972-03-13)

Donna Clayton (Melissa Newman) and Cory Soames (Sam Elliott) are determined to get married despite the objections of her father, Walt Clayton (Morgan Woodward).

Guest Cast: Lane Bradford (as Joe Eggers), Fran Ryan (as Mrs. Keller), James Chandler (as Reverend Keller), Larry Barton (as Townsman), George Wallace (as Sheriff Henning), Ted Jordan (as Burke), Byron Mabe (as Sandy Car), Troy Melton (as Pete Calder) and Jason Wingreen (as Dr. Cleery)

Season 18 (1972–73)Edit

Twenty-four one-hour episodes, color
Executive producer: John Mantley; producer: Leonard Katzman; associate producer: Ron Honthaner.
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty), Ken Curtis (Festus), Buck Taylor (Newly)[60]

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5641"The River (Part 1)"Herb WallersteinJack MillerSeptember 11, 1972 (1972-09-11)

Bank robbers led by Charlie Utter (Slim Pickens) chase Matt down Oregon's Rogue River to retrieve $24,000 that they robbed. Matt jumps into the river and is dragged on to a raft by orphans Hannah Kincaid (Patti Cahoon) and Tuttle Kincaid (Clay O'Brien) who are runaways from a workhouse. Together they head downstream.

Guest Cast: Jack Elam (as Pierre Audubon), Miriam Colon (as Paulette Duvalier), Roger Torrey (as Finn MacCool), Jerry Gatlin (as Lapin), Red Morgan (as Suggs), Pete Kellett (as Hodad), Jack Perkins (as Drunk), Lloyd Nelson (as Cardsharp), Don Megowan (as Lolo Grimes), Gene Tyburn (as Poe), Chanin Hale (as Apple Pie Lady), Pete Logan (as Addis), Ronald Manning (as Stinson) and Daniel J. Flynn (as Store Clerk).
5652"The River (Part 2)"Herb WallersteinJack MillerSeptember 18, 1972 (1972-09-18)

Matt and the runaways acquire two more passengers, Pierre Audubon and Paulette Duvalier, and must make it passed the rapids, and foil an ambush set up at "The Narrows" by Charlie Utter's gang, further on down Oregon's Rogue River, in order to reach the town of Piety.

Additional Guest Cast: Maudie Prickett (as Aunt Ida).
5663"Bohannan"Alf KjellinWilliam KelleySeptember 25, 1972 (1972-09-25)

Faith healer Bohannan (Richard Kiley) is asked by Lydia Walden (Linda Marsh) to cure her terminally ill son, Heck Walden (Vincent Van Patten).

Guest Cast: Ed Bakey (as Goody Stackpole), Helen Kleeb (as Dorcas Wentzel), Rege Cordic (as Reverend), Ted Jordan (as Nathan Burke), Glenn Strange (as Sam Noonan) and Woodrow Chambliss (as Lathrop).
5674"The Judgement"Philip LeacockShimon WincelbergOctober 2, 1972 (1972-10-02)

Gunman Musgrove (Ramon Bieri) plots revenge against Ira Spratt (William Windom) who turned him in as an Army deserter. When Ira escapes, Musgrove takes Gideon (Tim O'Connor) hostage and gives the town and Gideon's friends an ultimatum, threatening to kill Gideon if they do not hunt down and deliver Ira by eight o'clock.

Guest Cast: Mariette Hartley (as Fiona Gideon), Katherine Helmond (as Ena Spratt), Richard Kelton (as Ab Craddock), Jon Locke (as Orvale), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Ted Jordan (as Burke), Charles Wagenheim (as Halligan), and Melissa Gilbert (as Spratt's Child).

Note: This episode would be the first television appearance in which 9-year-old Melissa Gilbert was credited, two years before her 1974 role in Little House on the Prairie.
5685"The Drummer"Bernard McEveetyRichard FielderOctober 9, 1972 (1972-10-09)

Salesman Daniel Shay (Victor French) is forced to face his past and his victims, Sara Morgan (Fionnuala Flanagan) and Jimmy Morgan (Brandon Cruz), when Enoch Brandt (Bruce Glover) exposes him as the "Butcher of Rockcreek"

Guest Cast: Kiel Martin (as Ike Daggett), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Ted Jordan (as Burke), Woodrow Chambliss (as Lathrop), Herb Armstrong (as Sayers), Hank Patterson (as Livery Man) and Paul Sorensen (as Trent).
5696"Sarah (formerly 'The Liar')"Gunnar HellströmCalvin Clements, Sr.October 16, 1972 (1972-10-16)

Sara (Anne Francis), an old flame of Matt's gets him involved with stage robbers led by outlaw Pappy Quinn (Anthony Caruso).

Guest Cast: Jonathan Lippe (as Sonny), Michael Lane (as Digby), John Orchard (as Taylor), Kay E. Kuter (as Warren), Larry Duran (as Vesco), Ronald Engels (as Ronald Manning) and Alberto Pina (as Liveryman).
5707"The Fugitives"Irving J. MooreCharles Joseph StoneOctober 23, 1972 (1972-10-23)

Doc is kidnapped by fugitives from justice, led by outlaw Bede Stalcup (James Olson), and forced to save the life of Bede's brother, Danny Stalcup (Darrell Larson).

Guest Cast: Victor Tayback (as Bill Hankins), Russell Johnson (as Link Parrin), Troy Melton (as Curly Danzig), Glenn Strange and Ted Jordan.
5718"Eleven Dollars"Irving J. MoorePaul SavageOctober 30, 1972 (1972-10-30)

Festus sets out to settle an $11 estate for Charity Spencer (Diane Shalet), but it becomes more of a chore after he meets Sarah Elkins (Susan Oliver) and her two boys, Chad (Josh Albee) and Clay (Ike Eisenmann).

Guest Cast: E. J. André (as Jeb Spencer), Ted Jordan (as Nathan Burke), Roy Engel (as Sandor), Phil Chambers (as Beckwith), Charles Wagenheim, Sam Edwards (as 1st Wolfer), A.G. Vitanza (as 2nd Wolfer), Owen Bush (as Hotel Clerk), Gloria LeRoy (as Claire) and Tom Waters (as Bartender).
5729"Milligan"Bernard McEveetyRon BishopNovember 6, 1972 (1972-11-06)

Farmer John Milligan (Harry Morgan) joins a posse to track down bank robbers led by Jack Norcross (Joseph Campanella). When Norcross is shot in the back, the Milligan family are made pariahs, and John and his daughter Wendy Milligan (Patti Cohoon) are terrorized.

Guest Cast: Lynn Carlin (as Janet Milligan), Sorrell Booke (as Gerald Pandy), Scott Walker (as Mattis), John Pickard (as Bob Power), Lew Brown (as Reeves), Read Morgan (as Potter), Gene Tyburn (as Logan), Robert Swan (as Looter), Charles Macaulay (as Dofeny), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Ted Jordan (as Nathan), Todd Bass (as Tom) and Sammee Lee Jones (as Girl).
57310"Tatum"Gunnar HellströmJim ByrnesNovember 13, 1972 (1972-11-13)

Dying gunman Bodie Tatum (Gene Evans) endures a long, sad journey with his Cheyanne wife Kata (Ana Korita), and his estranged daughters, Maddy (Sandra Smith), Marion (Sheila Larken) and Gwenn (Jay MacIntosh), to be buried next to his wife in a town that doesn't want him there.

Guest Cast: Jeff Pomerantz (as Dirk Mitchell), Ken Tobey (as Ed Terrall), Lloyd Nelson (as Clergyman), Neil Summers (as Joe Beel), Robert Tindall (as Man #1) and Duncan Inches (as Man #2).
57411"The Sodbusters"Robert ButlerRon BishopNovember 20, 1972 (1972-11-20)

Sodbuster Clarabelle (Katherine Justice) fights cattle baron Lamoor Underwood (Morgan Woodward) for her water supply, with the help of gunfighter Pete Brown (Alex Cord).

Guest Cast: Dawn Lyn (as Maria), Leif Garrett (as John), Robert Viharo (as Dick Shaw), Richard Bull (as Deems), Joe Di Reda (credited as Joe di Reda as Navin), Colin Male (as Gene Hill), Jim Boles (as Kesting), Harrison Ford (as Print), Paul Prokop (as Dan), Norman Bartold (as Darga) and Evans Thornton (as Murphy).
57512"The Brothers (formerly 'Incident at Sayville Junction')"Gunnar HellströmCalvin Clements, Sr.November 27, 1972 (1972-11-27)

Ruthless outlaw Cord Wrecken (Steve Forrest) seeks revenge on Kitty for shooting his brother, Jay Wrecken (Angus Duncan).

Guest Cast: Joe Silver (as Beal Brown), Richard O'Brien (as Carter), Regis J. Cordic (as Sheriff Crane), Eddie Ryder (as The Undertaker), Edward Faulkner (as Drummer), Reid Cruickshanks (as Mr. Denton), Terry Wilson (as Liveryman), Danil Torpe (as Alf), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Ted Jordan (as Burke), Howard Culver (as Howie), John Harper (as Percy Crump), Nancy Fisher (as Flow), Jon Kowal (as Barfly Joe), Al Berry (as Barfly Bob), Daniel M. White (as Oltimer) and Phil Chambers (as Shotgun).

Note: This is the second of two episodes named "The Brothers" along with the first from season 11.
57613"Hostage! (formerly 'The Execution')"Gunnar HellströmPaul F. EdwardsDecember 11, 1972 (1972-12-11)

After Matt captures Vigil Connor (Marco St. John), one of the Dog Soldiers led by Jude Connor (William Smith), the rest of the gang shoot Festus and take Kitty hostage hoping to trade before Virgil is hanged. After a stay of execution is denied by the governor, Jude shoots Kitty for revenge.

Guest Cast: Geoffrey Lewis (as Lafitte), Nina Ramon (as Amy Lee), Glenn Strange, Ted Jordan, Woodrow Chambliss, James Chandler (as Governor), Hal Baylor (as Toke), Sandra Kent (as Martha) and Stafford Repp (as Sheriff Tanner).
57714"Jubilee"Herb WallersteinStory by : Jack Freeman
Screenplay by : Paul Savage
December 18, 1972 (1972-12-18)

Against the wishes of his wife, Bess Frye (Collin Wilcox-Horne), a poor farmer, Tuck Frye (Tom Skerritt) risks his farm and all his money to race his prized quarter horse, Jubilee.

Guest Cast: Alan Hale (as Dave Chaney), Scott Brady (as Ed Wells), Glenn Strange, Ted Jordan, Woodrow Chambliss, Lori Rutherford (as Annie Frye), Todd Cameron (as Caleb Frye) and Whitey Hughes (as Billy Banner).
57815"Arizona Midnight"Irving J. MooreDudley BromleyJanuary 1, 1973 (1973-01-01)

A midget, Arizona (Billy Curtis), rides into Dodge on a giant horse claiming he is a were-elephant who will turn into an elephant at midnight.

Guest Cast: Mills Watson (as Fred), Ken Mayer (as Ed), Stanley Clements (as Red), Glenn Strange (as Sam), Ted Jordan (as Burke) and Sandye Powell (as Beatrice).
57916"Homecoming (formerly 'The Visitors')"Gunnar HellströmCalvin Clements, Sr.January 8, 1973 (1973-01-08)

Cattle Rustler Rick Wilson (Richard Kelton) and younger brother Raymond (Robert Pratt) return to Dodge and, finding that their mother Anna (Lurene Tuttle) is dying, want to stay until the end. But their partner, gunman John Mophet (Stuart Margolin), facing the hangman's noose if he is found, is anxious to leave for Laredo. He takes Doc and Anna's neighbor Mrs. Bronson (Claudia Bryar) as hostages.

Guest Cast: Lynn Marta (as Prudence), Ted Jordan (as Burke) and Ivy Jones (as Martha Beal).
58017"Shadler"Arnold LavenJim ByrnesJanuary 15, 1973 (1973-01-15)

Former choir boy turned outlaw, Boone Shadler (Earl Holliman), condemned to hang, escapes prison and poses as a priest to retrieve $7,000 from a town that is now stricken with a plague, forcing him to keep up his disguise by helping those who are dying.

Guest Cast: Diana Hyland (as Dallas Fair), Denver Pyle (as Cyrus Himes), Linda Watkins (as Abb