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Robber Bridegroom 

Financially desperate Jack Fitch robs a stagecoach and abducts passenger Laura Church, unaware that she is "engaged" to an unscrupulous businessman who threatened to ruin her father if he did not agree to the marriage.

Director:

Richard Whorf

Writer:

John Meston
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Dennis Weaver ... Chester
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Donald Randolph Donald Randolph ... Reeves
Frank Maxwell ... Stage Driver
Burt Douglas Burt Douglas ... Jack Fitch
Jan Harrison ... Laura
Dan Sheridan Dan Sheridan ... Hank
Clem Fuller ... Joe
Tex Terry Tex Terry ... Pete
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Storyline

Financially desperate Jack Fitch robs a stagecoach and abducts passenger Laura Church, unaware that she is "engaged" to an unscrupulous businessman who threatened to ruin her father if he did not agree to the marriage.

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Genres:

Western

Certificate:

TV-G
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 1958 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Per the title, The Robber Bridegroom is a Grimm Brothers' fairy tale. See more »

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The two stage drivers were veteran character actors Dan Sheridan as Hank and Clem Fuller as Joe. This was the only role had among his thirty-three Gunsmoke where he didn't play Clem the bartender, using his real first name. The cast of characters for this 1958 episode list him as Joe. It was his first Gunsmoke appearance. James Arness calls him Jed on three occasions, not Joe. Dennis Weaver also addresses him as Jed. See more »

Quotes

Marshal Matt Dillon: Well, why don't you make your patients pay in advance?
Doc Adams: Gosh, the condition most of my patients arrive in, they'd bleed to death while I was making change.
Marshal Matt Dillon: Well, a lot of 'em do, anyway, don't they?
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Can I Pay You Off with a Wife
6 August 2007 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Promising beginning generates some suspense that, nonetheless, reaches a rather limp conclusion. Masked robber holds-up stage and kidnaps fetching blonde girl. Meanwhile, her overbearing older fiancé awaits her arrival in Dodge and vows revenge when he learns the news. It turns out, however, that the fiancé took possession of her as payment on a debt, while she really can't stand him. Also, the kidnapper turns out to be a frustrated young rancher down on his luck, but with plans for a ranch and a home with the stolen money. You can guess where this leads, but how exactly will it get there.

Biggest flaw is failure to follow up on Reeves' (fiance's) growing feud with Matt since his part is played with effective menace. More confrontations would have added more suspense. Also, the girl playing Laura has trouble expressing any kind of emotion and thus flattens out a key role. In passing-- the frequent references to Pueblo (Colorado) in this script and many others is no accident. It's writer Meston's home town.


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