Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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A Family of Killers 

Matt and U.S. Marshal Bob Hargraves team up to hunt a family of particularly sadistic outlaws.


Gunnar Hellström


William Keys


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Episode cast overview:
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Ken Curtis ... Festus
Buck Taylor ... Newly
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Glenn Corbett ... Hargraves
Anthony Caruso ... Elton Sutterfield
Mills Watson ... Crazy Charley
Morgan Paull ... Ham
Zina Bethune ... Jonnalee
George Keymas ... Tobin
Frank Corsentino ... Jacob
Stuart Margolin ... Brownie


Matt and U.S. Marshal Bob Hargraves team up to hunt a family of particularly sadistic outlaws.

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Release Date:

14 January 1974 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


At the start of the show, and in a night sequence at the two-thirds mark, the outlaws are shown hiding out on an obvious studio set (the night scene is on a set used for the cave in "The Disciple," among others). But for the final confrontation, the outlaws are camped in a clearing in a definitely outdoor forest (which allows Matt and Hargrave to sneak up on them behind trees). See more »

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After a fine start- it failed to continue
16 August 2012 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

In an episode that had such high hopes at the beginning- by the end of the show it had digressed into an uninteresting play with useless dialog. The story may have been good for a half hour show- but when the writers have to stretch the show out for the full hour- it loses any value and interest that may have been provided.

During the first part of the show we get a rowdy bunch of outlaws that will not stop for any type of law or lawman. It is headed by Elton Sutterfield (Anthony Caruso) that uses a heavy hand to keep the others in line. They have just murdered a deputy marshal in another district and now are in hiding in the area close to Dodge City.

US Marshal Hargraves (Glenn Corbett) is the one that had his deputy killed and is on the trail of the group of outlaws as he moves into Matt Dillon's territory. Matt agrees to go with Hargraves but it seems that Hargraves is more interesting in getting revenge than justice. And as the two set out on the trail of the criminals, Matt will have to keep his eye also fixed on Marshal Hargraves.

This is not a bad story as the two lawmen set out on horseback to areas outside Dodge. But from then on the story loses appeal with dialog repeating itself after every scene. It just failed to entertain.

Anthony Caruso did a fine job as the leader of the outlaws but there is not much else remarkable about the show. Not even with the young girl named Jonnalee that was passed around by the gang of outlaws for favors. Failed in many aspects.

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