Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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Aunt Thede 

Festus's ornery aunt arrives, squats on a piece of land, sets up a still, and comes to the rescue of a pair of star-crossed lovers.

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Sutton Roley

Writer:

Kathleen Hite
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Episode cast overview:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Ken Curtis ... Festus
Jeanette Nolan ... Aunt Thede Haggen
Dyan Cannon ... Ivy Norton
Frank Cady ... Webb Norton
James Stacy ... George
Howard McNear ... Howard Rudd
Hap Glaudi Hap Glaudi ... Townsman
Jenny Lee Arness Jenny Lee Arness ... Laurie (as Jenny Lee Aurness)
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Festus's ornery aunt arrives, squats on a piece of land, sets up a still, and comes to the rescue of a pair of star-crossed lovers.

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Western

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Three of the cast members in this episode also appeared in the radio version of "Gunsmoke" as regulars: Howard McNear (as Doc), Jeannette Nolan, and Frank Cady. See more »

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When Festus and Aunt Theda enter the general store Festus puts his hand in the area where glass should be to stop the door. See more »

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Rather Lame Episode
30 October 2013 | by rbirdsSee all my reviews

The above review quite adequately describes the episode. However, I find the humor of the rather broad Western fashion of humor (numerous fights without any lasting damage, faux authentic rustics uttering humorous regional observations) that wears thin quickly.

Festus plays such a character but he remains Matt's foil rather than the primary thematic thrust of an entire episode. It runs a bit thin for an entire episode, however.

For some reason the music was particularly irritating. Perhaps because it complimented the humorous rustic theme.

There remains underneath the humor is the often-used trope of abused women. Gunsmoke was one of the first series to highlight powerless women abused by men whose only source of power was their gender.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1964 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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