Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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The Wiving 

Three saloon girls are kidnapped in Dodge by 3 men who want to marry them, and oddly enough, the women do start to fall in love.


Victor French


Earl W. Wallace


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Episode cast overview:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Ken Curtis ... Festus
Buck Taylor ... Newly (credit only)
Harry Morgan ... Jed Hockett
Karen Grassle ... Fran
John Reilly ... Ike
Linda Sublette Linda Sublette ... Emily
Herman Poppe ... Luke
Michele Marsh ... Sarah
Dennis Redfield ... Shep
Fran Ryan ... Hannah
Robert Brubaker ... Floyd
Rod McGaughy ... Cowboy #1
Bobby Clark Bobby Clark ... Cowboy #2 (as Bobby E. Clark)


A seriocomic (and uneasy) episode where a overmodulated farmer (Harry Morgan with a huge fake beard) decides his three sons all need wives. So he orders them to go get some, and bring one back for himself. The boys swing on down into Dodge City to find women -- and stop at the Long Branch. Not only do they "rustle" three saloon girls (including one right out of bed in long-john underwear), but they take the Long Branch's new owner, Hannah Cobb (Fran Ryan in her first appearance) with them. Then the boys (and the man, who's Hannah's age) try to "court" their unwilling guests. This was the second episode filmed for the final season and was meant as a stand-alone, but drew so much fan mail that a sequel, "Brides and Grooms" (with Morgan and Ryan returning but a different group of young men and women in the younger roles) was commissioned and filmed as the next-to-last episode of the season. Written by Peter Harris

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bound and gagged | abduction | See All (2) »







Release Date:

14 October 1974 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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1.33 : 1
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First show to introduce Hannah (Fran Ryan) as new owner of the Long Branch. See more »

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Not that bad...consider the era
27 August 2011 | by uber_geekSee all my reviews

Yes in our modern age this story is totally unbelievable as is the musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, which this was obviously taken from.

But neither is it realistic (as portrayed in many period westerns) that prostitutes in a saloon were all young, pretty things that some guy would rescue and marry. Most were older, homely and poor, without family to care for them. They were often alcoholics or drug addicts, not unlike today, abused by men, carrying diseases and selling their bodies to pay for a flop house bed or another drink. But who's going to watch a series that shows that? So some of you need to lighten up. Back when this show first aired, girls weren't as jaded as today and still believed that a prince might show up and take them away. So I'm not really surprised that this episode was popular back then, although the tale seems unrealistic and corny now. Also, keep in mind with the makeup and the sets, the age of digital TV has spoiled the illusion.

This was an okay, light-hearten romp, although having Amanda Blake gone really makes the show moot. What's the point when there's no flirtation between Matt and Kitty?

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