Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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The Prodigal 

A notorious outlaw was shot in the back, fatally, before Matt could arrest him. The large bounty on the man's head was never collected. Now a "crusading" newspaper reporter is trying to ... See full summary »

Director:

Bernard McEveety

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
Ken Curtis ... Festus Haggen
Lew Ayres ... Jonathan Cole
Charles Robinson ... Amos Cole
Richard Evans ... William Cole
Lee Krieger ... Eli
Lamont Johnson Lamont Johnson ... Stoner
Kelly Thordsen ... Regal
Ted Gehring ... Lemuel
Glenn Strange ... Sam
Charles Wagenheim Charles Wagenheim ... Halligan
James Nusser James Nusser ... Louie Pheeters
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Storyline

A notorious outlaw was shot in the back, fatally, before Matt could arrest him. The large bounty on the man's head was never collected. Now a "crusading" newspaper reporter is trying to goad the dead man's two young sons into a showdown with Matt Dillon, who would have been legally enjoined from getting the bounty money because of his lawman status and thus is the main suspect in the shooting. Written by Peter Harris

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Genres:

Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1967 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Although he received no on screen credit, this show was the final appearance of Roger Ewing as Thaddius 'Thad' Greenwood. On fact , he only appears very briefly. The show was to have been the last for season 12 (1966-1967) but did not air that spring. It was also to have been the end of these series but Gunsmoke was instead renewed. Ewing left television acting for good 3 years later. See more »

Goofs

As the stagecoach comes into town, it is pulled by four chestnut sorrels with light manes and tails, but when it arrives at the station a minute later, the horses are dark bays with black manes and tails. See more »

Quotes

[the spokes on Doc's buggy are loose]
Dr. Galen 'Doc' Adams: How much is it going to cost me to have 'em fixed?
Festus Haggen: Shouldn't 'mount t'much; fifty cents'll do... Soakin' in the crik a few hours'll swell them spokes back tight as pin feathers on a prairie chicken's rump.
Dr. Galen 'Doc' Adams: Soakin' in the crik?
Festus Haggen: Sure.
Dr. Galen 'Doc' Adams: And while you're sitting there, letting the wheels soak, I suppose you'll do a little fishing?
Festus Haggen: Now that you mention it...
Dr. Galen 'Doc' Adams: So I end up paying you fifty cents to fish.
Festus Haggen: Well, Doc, I'm gonna have t'dig me some worms, catch me some ...
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Must watch
20 April 2018 | by martinxperry-14868See all my reviews

Outstanding episode. One ov the best of the entire series,


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