Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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A young wife miscarries when Doc Adams must tend to a wounded killer instead of making a house call. The killer will probably hang, because Doc's witness to his murdering a local ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Ken Curtis ... Festus
Joe Don Baker ... Tom Butler
Eunice Christopher Eunice Christopher ... Sara Butler
Buck Taylor ... Newly
John Pickard ... Forbes
James Nusser James Nusser ... Louie Pheeters
Jack Lambert ... Garth
Dennis Cross Dennis Cross ... Jinks
I. Stanford Jolley ... Jeb Perkins
Glenn Strange ... Sam Noonan
Ted Jordan Ted Jordan ... Nathan Burke
Charles Wagenheim Charles Wagenheim ... Halligan


A young wife miscarries when Doc Adams must tend to a wounded killer instead of making a house call. The killer will probably hang, because Doc's witness to his murdering a local card-player celebrating winning a big pot. As the only physician in the area, Doc's over-committed, but the young woman's husband, a short-sighted farmer with a bad temper, can't accept the loss. Written by David Stevens

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10 February 1969 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Not to be confused with episode 7/23 of the same name. See more »

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Interesting script that holds the viewers attention the entire time
4 October 2012 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

Doc Adams has a dilemma in which a murderer has been shot and a local townswoman is having a baby. Doc Adams delays his visit to the expecting mother and stays with the murderer. The women has a miscarriage and the father of the dead baby is livid.

Tom Butler (Joe Don Baker)is the father that learns that Doc Adams attended to the murderer instead of being by the side of his wife Sarah. When he sees Doc Adams in town he physically assaults Doc and makes threats about his abilities as a doctor.

Even though Doc Adams feels bad about the situation nothing can change the facts. But the murderer, which is mending at Doc's office, decides to kill Doc and hits him over the head. About the same time Tom Butler, who feels bad about the assault, come to talk with Doc. Ms Kitty opens the door to see Tom standing over Doc's body. Tom flees with the entire town pursuing him.

The townsfolk chase Tom back to his house and set fire to the residence. They drag Tom out of the house not knowing that Sarah is in the basement. With Matt, knowing the truth, approaches the scene will he be able to save Tom from a lynching or Sarah from the fire.

This is one of the better scripts that holds the viewers attention at all times. A good episode that includes the entire cast.

NOTE- When Tom, after learning Doc stayed with the murderer, pushes Doc into some boxes-- it is VERY clear that a body double was standing in for Doc. When the hat comes off it appeared to be a teenager standing in for Ole Doc.

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