Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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In a situation much like the play referenced by the title, the children of two prominent families have fallen in love, though the patriarchs of both have forbidden they see each other. ... See full summary »


Ted Post


John Meston


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Episode cast overview:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Dennis Weaver ... Chester
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Robert Vaughn ... Andy Bowers
Barry Kelley ... Jake Pierce
Barbara Eden ... Judy Pierce
Robert McQueeney Robert McQueeney ... Pete Knight
Tyler McVey Tyler McVey ... Emmett Bowers
William McGraw William McGraw ... Ab Drain (as Bill McGraw)
Bill Erwin ... Preacher (as William L. Erwin)


In a situation much like the play referenced by the title, the children of two prominent families have fallen in love, though the patriarchs of both have forbidden they see each other. Dispite the girl's father having threatened the boy with death, the two run away, and go to Dodge City for Matt's help. He reluctantly does, though the father arrives soon afterward, warning that if he doesn't turn them over to him, he and his ranch hands will tear the town apart searching for them. Matt and Chester secretly have the young couple married and sent off in a stage coach, and delay the father back at his estate until he cools down, and finally accepts what has happened. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

9 November 1957 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title mentions Romeo, the ill-fated lover from William Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'. See more »


Hank and Andy Bowers are the only characters in this story that are named Bowers. But in the credits, Tyler McVey is credited as Emmett Bowers. Robert Vaughn was credited as Andy Bowers. Tyler McVey is old enough at the time of filming to be the man who played Hank. But, was credited as Emmett. See more »

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In the credits the character "Emmett Bowers" is listed. However during the entire episode he is referred to as Hank Bowers. See more »

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Robert Vaughn and Barbara Eden
2 March 2017 | by henryonhillsideSee all my reviews

I'm not a big "Gunnsmoke" fan, but here we have a young Robert Vaughn and Barbara Eden, about seven years before they hit their respective gold mines ("The Man From UNCLE" and "I Dream of Jeannie"), and they make this episode watchable (if, that is, you grew up with those two '60s shows as I did). Eden is amazing - she has the basic vibe here of a huge force of nature, a magnificent hurricane let's say. She gets the little things just right, like how she glances longingly after Vaughn after he leaves the room. She seems eager to spill out of the hokey gingham dress that they put her in, and inundate the town with her glorious self (maybe along the lines of Debbie Reynolds in "How the West Was Won," singing and dancing up a storm). Vaughn seems to be a tiny bit out of her league (i.e., below it) but that's a mere quibble on my part. So, yeah, this was an interesting show, helped along by the Shakespeare connection and Dennis Weaver as Chester.

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