Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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An outlaw named Talbot falls in love with the widow of a man he was forced to kill in self-defense.


Vincent McEveety


Jim Byrnes


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Ken Curtis ... Festus
Buck Taylor ... Newly
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Anthony Zerbe ... Talbot
Salome Jens ... Katherine
Peter Jason ... Pope
Bill Williams ... Red
Ken Swofford ... Harkey
Robert Donner ... Brown
Robert Totten Robert Totten ... Eli
Glenn Strange ... Sam
Ted Jordan Ted Jordan ... Burke
Charles Wagenheim Charles Wagenheim ... Halligan


Eli Snider (Robert Totten, doing his last "Gunsmoke" in a small role), a not-so-gentleman farmer, chambers a round into his rifle to back-shoot Talbot, a gentlemanly visitor who had just done Eli's wife a small favor. Warned by the sound of the rifle cocking, Talbot whirls around with a revolver and fires. Eli fires into the sidewalk and falls dead upon his gun. The stunned Talbot fully expects to get put away, but to his surprise Katherine clears him in a hearing. The grateful Talbot starts to pay court to Katherine and soon falls genuinely in love with her. But one part of Talbot's story is missing -- he was in Dodge in the first place to case the bank for robbing it, and his comrades don't intend to let his newfound mission deter them from theirs. Written by Peter Harris

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26 February 1973 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Anthony Zerbe and Salome Jens are real life brother-in-law and sister-in-law to each other, as Zerbe married Jens' sister Arnette in 1962. See more »

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Well acted and entertaining show
22 January 2013 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

Anthony Zerbe is outstanding as a man called Talbot that has to kill a man in self defense and then falls for the widow. It is not as clear as the last sentence but the story provides a great episode for the viewers.

Eli Snider is a rough and jealous husband to a humble wife named Katherine. When Talbot is nice to Katherine, Eli gets jealousy in his head and cock his rifle. Talbot swirls around and shoots Eli killing him. And because of the testimony of none other than Katherine, Talbot is released.

Katherine then has to find some type of work to support herself. She first tries to be a drinking girl at the Bull's Eye Saloon. This does not work out and she is fired the same evening. Talbot just so happens to see Katherine and helps her into getting a room at the Dodge House. Us viewers can tell that there is starting to be a relationship between Katherine and Talbot.

But there is a reason that Talbot has come to Dodge. He is there to case the bank and report back to his two fellow members with plans on robbing the bank. Now with Talbot wanting to run off with Katherine, it will be a bad situation when Katherine overhears that Talbot is planning to rob the bank. She tells him that if he robs the bank she will never go with him.

Talbot tells his other members he wants out of the robbery but they have a plan that will make him a part of the situation no matter what he says or thinks.

At first I thought this was going to be a poor offering of a show but this turned into an exciting action packed show. Well acted and well played. Good Watch!!

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