Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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The Lost 

Kitty is lost and wandering countryside when she befriends a female child who has been living like a jungle girl for years in the wild, and then a family captures the girl and wants to use her in a freak show.


Robert Totten


Jack Miller (teleplay by), Warren Vanders (story by)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Milburn Stone ... Doc (credit only)
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Ken Curtis ... Festus
Buck Taylor ... Newly
Mercedes McCambridge ... Rubilee Mather
Royal Dano ... Henry Mather
Laurie Prange ... Wild Child
Link Wyler Link Wyler ... Lamond Mather
Charles Kuenstle Charles Kuenstle ... Valjean Mather
Dee Carroll Dee Carroll ... Mrs. Grayson
Jerry Brown ... Abel Grayson
Peggy Rea ... Bess Roniger
Marie Mantley Marie Mantley ... Maria Roniger (as Maria Mantley)
Jon Jason Mantley Jon Jason Mantley ... Jon Roniger


After the stagecoach Kitty is riding in is wrecked in the middle of nowhere, she wanders the desert in a vain search for help. On her last legs, a feral child approaches her at first with trepidation until Kitty can demonstrate she is a friend. She finds a cabin inhabited by a family who explain that the feral girl is an "animal" who has a bounty on her head for stealing chickens. The family captures the girl and keeps her in a cage with the intentions of exhibiting for money as a wild animal. Matt and company finally find Kitty and the girl. Written by Peter Harris

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13 September 1971 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to a book on "Gunsmoke," Amanda Blake, who lived in Arizona and commuted to Hollywood to do the shows on an as-needed basis, was extremely upset at working on location, particularly doing most of her scenes in a desert summer under many layers of clothing. This started a feud between her and producer John Mantley which culminated in Blake's departure from the show three years later. See more »

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A different kind of story that will be appealing to most.
12 October 2013 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

You do get one of the best stagecoach wrecks in this episode as Kitty is making her way back to Dodge when the stage breaks away from the team sending the passenger compartment over the cliff and down an large embankment. The driver take a nose dive into the ground (nice work by the stunt guy) and Kitty comes crawling out of the overturned stage trying to make her way to civilization.

As she make her way through the lonely desert, she comes across a 'wild girl'. We learn later that the girl has been living in the desert for some time and is believed to have appeared when a fever broke out in a town killing most, if not all, of the residence. The wild girl, played nicely by Laurie Prange, helps Kitty arrive at a farm house that is occupied by some hillbillies.

The hillbillies have been trying to capture the wild girl and believe that Kitty will be bait to lure the girl into their cage and to sell her to traveling circus show. Only Matt, that has been searching for Kitty, will be able to stop the act but only if they can find where Kitty's location.

This is a different kind of story that we are accustom from the series. But the story held up well supported mainly by the fine acting. The ending is about as nice as could be written as we get the sweet Peggy Rae saying "Children ain't no problem Ms Kitty, they just need to be loved." Nice watch.

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