Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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My Father, My Son 

Fast gunman Jim Barrett kills a man in self defense. Now the man's father and brothers are gunning for him, in addition to a young man who wants Barrett dead for a different reason.


Robert Totten


Hal Sitowitz


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Ken Curtis ... Festus
Roger Ewing ... Thad
Jack Elam ... Jim Barrett
John McLiam ... Doherty
Glenn Strange ... Sam
Billy Halop ... Bartender
Scott Hale Scott Hale ... Gunsmith
James Nusser James Nusser ... Louie Pheeters
Teno Pollick Teno Pollick ... David Barrett
Lee Van Cleef ... Ike Jeffords
Charles Kuenstle Charles Kuenstle ... Bernie Jeffords
Del Monroe Del Monroe ... Will Jeffords


Fast gun Jim Barrett shoots Joey Jeffords in self defense so his whole family bands together seeking retribution. When another young man shows up in town wanting to kill Jim too, several folks do their best to ensure he doesn't wind up just like Joey. Written by DrDOS

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Release Date:

23 April 1966 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Jack Elam and Lee Van Cleef were also in High Noon and Kansas City Confidential. See more »


Sam: Hey, where are you fellows heading out to?
Festus: Were fixin to go out and shoot us a mess of prairie chickens for supper.
Sam: Yum, I haven't had a good prairie chicken dinner in I don't know when.
Festus: You ain't? Well Sam I tell you what you do. You just set your mouth, get you bib on, stoke-up the fire cause were fixin to have us a prairie chicken supper.
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Tragic Tale of Regret Falls Short of Premise
5 July 2019 | by wdavidreynoldsSee all my reviews

Jim Barrett is a tired gunslinger who cannot escape his past, as much as he wants to. When he kills the young, loud-mouthed, brash Joey Jeffords--played by a young Zalman King, who would go on to long a career in erotic, soft-core films--in a fair gun fight, a series of events are set in motion that are bound to end in tragedy.

Throughout the episode, we learn a lot about Barrett's regrettable past while Pa Jeffords rounds up his clan to find Barrett and exact revenge for Joey's death. We never learn much about Jeffords and his family, other than they are all ornery and determined to avenge Joey's death.

This episode features another outstanding cast, particularly with Jack Elam's Jim Barrett character and Lee Van Cleef as the Jeffords patriarch, although as another reviewer suggested, Van Cleef is pretty much wasted here. Tino Pollick is good in his role as David.

The problem with this episode is that it is predictable and weak on substance, despite having two different story arcs. The Jeffords clan never seems particularly menacing. One has to wonder how they managed to survive as long as they have given their arrogance and oddball sense of justice. David's hatred for Jim Jeffords seems a bit contrived, given the circumstances. The ending is quite predictable by the time we arrive there.

Elam's performance here is the highlight, and it elevates the episode somewhat. He does a great job at eliciting a certain level of sympathy for his character, although we know he is just reaping what he has sown during his career. He knows he has no future, and he fully accepts his regrettable past.

This is another episode where the stories could have been part of any western. The Dodge City regulars are merely side players, and, once again, Matt has to leave town to attend to other duties. The premise of the episode was promising enough, but the poor script doesn't live up to the promise.

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