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Old Comrade 

The "town fool" has a chance to change his life when he learns that a famous general, now on his deathbed, believes him to be his long-lost son.


Harry Harris


John Dunkel


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Dennis Weaver ... Chester
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Frank Sutton ... Billy
J. Pat O'Malley ... Gabe
Roy Roberts ... Mr. Dobie
Ralph Moody ... Kip
Vitina Marcus ... Missy
Wayne Heffley ... Lem
Wayne C. Treadway Wayne C. Treadway ... Mr. Green (as Wayne Treadway)
John Reed King John Reed King ... Townsman
Dick Whittinghill ... Jason
Bill Baucom Bill Baucom ... Photographer (as Billy Baucom)
Norman Leavitt ... Orderly


The "town fool" has a chance to change his life when he learns that a famous general, now on his deathbed, believes him to be his long-lost son.

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Release Date:

29 December 1962 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Chester (Dennis Weaver) tells Matt, Kitty and Doc that the celebration for Billy will be held at the "Sutton" place. Billy is played by actor Frank Sutton. See more »

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This story did not play out well on the screen
30 November 2012 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

General Kip Marston is a Civil War hero who is getting old and approaching death. He asks an old friend, Colonel Wilson, if he will ride to Dodge and bring his half-Indian son he abandoned many years ago to see him. His last wish is to apologies to his son for leaving him and not returning. He has been told that his son is living in Dodge and now goes by the white name of Billy Touker.

When Wilson gets to Dodge he sees that Billy (Frank Sutton) is mentally slow. In fact he is the town joke. But Wilson is determined to bring Billy to meet his General Marston and have a nice family moment.

However all the excitement was too much for the mentally slow Billy. But when Wilson tells him that he would be arrested if he did not go meet Marston, Billy then accepts making the trip. But Matt tells him that he really did not have to go with Wilson which causes more confusion for the hapless Billy.

General Marston then decides to go ahead and make the trip to Dodge to see his son. But as you already know things do not go as planned. Much to the pleasure of nearly everyone involved.

To see Frank Sutton playing a fool just did not go well in making this show entertaining. For some reason he does not project warm tender feeling for a person playing a retarded character. Someone else in that role would have made the viewer feel more respect and tenderness for character plus would have been more entertaining. This story really did not play out well on the screen.

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