Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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A faith healer shows up in Dodge City and is challenged by the skeptics, including Doc.


Alf Kjellin


William Kelley


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Episode cast overview:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Ken Curtis ... Festus
Buck Taylor ... Newly (credit only)
Richard Kiley ... Bohannan
Linda Marsh ... Lydia Walden
Vincent Van Patten ... Heck Walden
Ed Bakey Ed Bakey ... Stackpole
Helen Kleeb ... Dorcas Wentzel
Regis Cordic ... Reverend (as Rege Cordic)
Ted Jordan Ted Jordan ... Burke
Glenn Strange ... Sam
Woody Chambliss Woody Chambliss ... Lathrop


A faith healer shows up in Dodge City and is challenged by the skeptics, including Doc.

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Release Date:

25 September 1972 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Scriptwriter William Kelley won a Spur Award from the Western Writers of America for this episode. See more »

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The way the episode ends is worth the watch in this excellent story
3 June 2013 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

This is perhaps the best written and best acted episode in the entire collection of the series as a faith healer rides into Dodge. This may not be the most interesting subject for some viewers but if you watch you will be rewarded with a fine moral and heart-warming story that makes this episode an excellent watch.

Richard Kiley plays Bohannan who is the faith healer that makes people believe that he can heal people by laying hands on them in God's name. This does not set too well with Doc Adams because he believes that Bohannan is using people for his own publicity. But in town there just happens to be this young boy named Heck Walden that has just developed symptoms of a bone disease that killed his father. The prognosis for the child is death.

Now there is conflict between Doc Adams and Bohannan when the mother (as any parent would do) asks Bohannan to heal her son even if it cost her money. Her child, Heck, as always wanted to see the mountains and his mother wants him to live long enough to experience life. With all this going on around the boy, us viewers will know that we have experienced a special show by the time the episode ends.

This is a powerful and surprising episode that does not follow the normal route for the suggested plot. With some of the best acting, that really brings the characters to life, this episode was entertaining to the very end. Even if the plot does not excite you viewing interest, the way the show ends is worth the watch. Excellent show.

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