Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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Childless and poor, farmer Caleb feels like a failure, and his wife assures him he is one. Caleb moves into town to seek some meaning in his life, and soon finds himself--a man who doesn't wear a gun--challenged to a duel.


Harry Harris


Paul Savage




Episode complete credited cast:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Burt Reynolds ... Quint
John Dehner ... Caleb
Dorothy Green ... Julie
Lane Bradford ... Lige
Anne Loos Anne Loos ... Dorcas (as Ann Loos)
Dabbs Greer ... Mr. Jonas
George Selk ... Moss Grimmick
Vicki Cos Vicki Cos ... Betsy (as Vickie Cos)
Christopher Barrey Christopher Barrey ... George
Dennis Robertson ... Stable Boy
Ted Jordan ... Chad
Glenn Strange ... Sam


Caleb, not happy with his life as a dirt farmer, wants to count for something. Trying to tell Matt that he admires him for his accomplishments, he's away escorting a prisoner to be hanged whose brother has vowed to kill him when he returns. Written by DrDOS

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Did You Know?


Actor John Dehner as Caleb states that he is an old man at 43, but the actor was actually 48 at the time of filming. See more »


Boss's Billiards is to the right of Matt's office. Recently, for several episodes, that location has been a barber shop and Boss's Billiards was somewhere else. See more »


The Old Gray Mare
Performed by unseen pianist in Long Branch Saloon
[background music]
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The ending is worth the watch- Excellent show
31 December 2012 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

In this excellent story we have a couple living on the prairie but having a hard time at things. Caleb and Dorcas Marr are trying to make a meager living out of dry soil. They take their potatoes into town and only get $20 for the entire load. They were wanting much more but settle for the small amount. And from the beginning you can tell that Dorcas is staying with the meek and mild Caleb just because of the marriage.

Meanwhile Marshal Dillon is taking Chad Follet to Hays City to hang. But outside the office Chad's brother Lige is awaiting. He tells the Marshal that he will never let his brother hang and Matt has to beat him up on the street and place him in jail with Lige saying he will kill the Marshal first chance he gets. All this happens in front of Caleb and he feels like he wish he could be someone like Matt Dillon.

Later Caleb tells his wife that he may move into Dodge. She replies that he is a failure here so he will be a failure in Dodge. He goes anyway and is excited to see city life. He goes to the Long Branch and is talking to a saloon girl named Julie when Lige comes in trying to take Julie with him. The meek Caleb stands up to him before Kitty gets involved but the word around town is that Caleb face-downed Lige. Caleb is liking the talk.

The next day Lige comes face to face with Caleb in the street of Dodge where everyone gathers. The crowd thinks that Caleb is going to fight Lige but they are disappointed to find out that Caleb seems afraid and apologizes for his actions. Now he is back feeling like a failure.

Matt returns from Hay City and is talking with Caleb. Lige comes out of the shadows with a gun pointed at the Marshal. With Caleb looking on shots will be fired.

This is an excellent written script. Plenty of action and plenty of fine acting. Actually was very surprised and very entertained at the way the show ended which always makes for good conversation. A fine episode you will enjoy.

PS- You also get a very well trained dog in this episode.

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28 March 1964 (USA) See more »

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Mono | Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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