Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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Thirty a Month and Found 

Three cattle drivers find competition with railroads is forcing them out of business, and 2 of them mistakenly turn to crime for a temporary fix.


Bernard McEveety


Jim Byrnes


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Episode cast overview:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Milburn Stone ... Doc (credit only)
Ken Curtis ... Festus
Buck Taylor ... Newly (credit only)
Gene Evans ... Will Parmalee
Nicholas Hammond ... Doak Noonan
Van Williams ... Quincy
Ford Rainey ... Storekeeper
Kim O'Brien Kim O'Brien ... Katherine
David Brian ... Tait Cavanaugh
Victor Izay ... Bull
Hal Baylor ... Railroader
Bonnie Jedell Bonnie Jedell ... Delilah
Henry Kendrick ... Sheriff (as Henry Max Kendrick)


The coming of the railroads vastly altered the cattle business, soon rendering cross-country trail drives unnecessary. Three cowboys, led by Will Parmalee, find the new West inhospitable to itinerant cattle drovers. Trouble seeks them out, and Matt Dillon finds himself on the opposite side of the law from his longtime friend Will. Written by richardann

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Release Date:

7 October 1974 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonoita, Arizona, USA See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Will Parmalee and gang, along with Matt and Festus, stop off at a town named North Fork. Unlike the fictional Northfork, New Mexico in the series The Rifleman (1958), this North Fork is likely to be based on one of the real life North Forks. This may be the one that was located at one time in Oklahoma since Parmalee and gang were coming from Kansas and heading towards Texas. North Fork, Oklahoma is no longer in existence. It was covered by Eufaula Lake. See more »


Tait Cavanaugh: A man won't go along with the railroads he's finished. In a few short years there won't be no such thing as a trail drive. We gotta face that.
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Great episode, possibly the best!
15 October 2016 | by beaconbSee all my reviews

I remember seeing this back when it aired. I was watching an older episode of Gunsmoke today and wondered about it, and was able to find it by searching "Doak, Gunsmoke, IMDb" on Google. After all those decades, I still remembered the character's name! This episode could have been a full-length movie; the story was that good! This review is based on a 40+ year memory, so it's possible if I saw it again, I would change my mind. I have to pump up the number of lines to make the review minimum, so I'll add a few more comments. It was a great story about the end of the western cowboy era. Still not enough lines; arghh! I think this will do it.

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