Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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Newly falls in love with a young woman who is dying of leukemia. Later, Doc Adams offers to teach Newly how to become a doctor.


Alf Kjellin


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Episode cast overview:
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Ken Curtis ... Festus
Buck Taylor ... Newly
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Jess Walton ... Patricia
Ike Eisenmann ... Johnny
John Baer ... Johnny's father
Glenn Strange ... Sam
Ted Jordan Ted Jordan ... Burke
Gail Bonney ... Mrs. Peary
Donald Elson ... Brown
Richard Lundin Richard Lundin ... Stage Driver


Newly falls in love with a young woman who is dying of leukemia. Later, Doc Adams offers to teach Newly how to become a doctor.

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22 January 1973 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Two items- At the beginning of the show Newly, Patricia and Johnny are in a stagecoach. At times, outside the window, the scene never changes since the coach was not moving. During the tornado the trees in the distance are not moving to the mighty wind storm. See more »

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Excellent Acting, Excellent Script
14 September 2015 | by rhklwk-1See all my reviews

This is the second review of this episode and, to avoid repetition, I will incorporate most of what was written in that other review.

I found this to be a top notch episode from the 1972-73 season which, in my opinion, continued to reflect a general improvement in the show: better story lines, better script, and higher production values.

Newly did demonstrate that he knew how to act, and the scenes and the dialogue between Patricia and him are quite tender and quite believable.

I wish that this had been a two-part episode. The story is slightly compressed in the last fifteen minutes.

After Doc returned from his real-life heart ailment the previous season, his role began to expand, and he became a key ingredient in more episodes -- and it improved the series. I was particularly interested in hearing Doc say that he needed to take a blood sample, and seeing him examine the slide under his microscope gave us a window into the early study of hematology.

I think Sam the Bartender added much to the series over his 11-year run. I know that he is going to die in real-life in 1973, so I find myself looking at him carefully in the episodes that were filmed in the 1972-73 season. In this episode, shot most likely in late 1972, he does appear to have lost a little weight. Kudos to James Arness for keeping Glenn Strange on the payroll until Glenn could no longer go on.

It was nice to see the cast dressed in their Sunday best for the wedding.

I've bounced around in this review (see the earlier review for details). My intent here was to say that this is a very worthwhile episode, and the director did an excellent job in getting a good effort out of all the actors. Highly recommended!

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