Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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Prairie Wolfer 

Two fur trappers find their furs are worthless and their plan for moving westward are crushed. In a desperate move the two scheme a robbery with intentions of leaving for California. But things do not go as planned.

Director:

Robert Butler

Writer:

Calvin Clements Sr. (as Calvin Clements)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Milburn Stone ... Doc Adams
Amanda Blake ... Kitty Russell (credit only)
Ken Curtis ... Festus Haggen
Jon Voight ... Cory
Lou Antonio ... Rich
Kelly Jean Peters ... Adele
Charles McGraw ... Dolen
I. Stanford Jolley ... Grandpa
Glenn Strange ... Sam Noonan
Ted Jordan Ted Jordan ... Nathan Burke
Matt Emery Matt Emery ... Trail Boss
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Two fur trappers find their furs are worthless and their plan for moving westward are crushed. In a desperate move the two scheme a robbery with intentions of leaving for California. But things do not go as planned.

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 1967 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This episode is not to be confused with the Season 9 episode 13 of the same name. See more »

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A well acted and entertaining story
25 March 2013 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

Note-Not to be confused with a a 1964 Gunsmoke episode with the same title.

Two country boys have been in the outbacks collection wolf furs for about three months in order to cash in on a deal that the State of Kansas was offering. However during their three months in the prairie the State has rescinded the payment on furs and now the boys have some forty furs with no one wanting to buy.

The two boys, Cory and Rich, was going to use the money to take the family to California to start a new life. But now the only person that may purchase the furs is Dolen that owns the Fur trade business in Dodge. But the money he is going to give the boys will not even be enough for food, let alone a trip toward the west.

With cattlemen in the area willing to sell their buffalo hides, Dolan doesn't even have time to talk with the boys. And in a desperate move the two plan a robbery where they rob Dolan, take the money and also have an alibi for the time. Everything goes as planned.

With it looking like the boys are going to get away scot-free, Festus comes up and accidentally discovers that they are the robbers. But this places Festus's life in danger when the boys are determined to make it out of Kansas.

This episode, even with the aged plot, does a great job of holding the viewer's attention. The best compliment I can give is that the storyline flowed throughout the entire show. Beginning , middle and end were all entertaining in their own way. The problem is James Arness has one of those 'peek-a-boo' appearances in this episode. He is either off delivering paperwork or riding to a nearby town so he basically is a cameo guest in this episode. The show seemed better when Arness was always around.


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