Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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Susan Was Evil 

When a woman and Dillon's wounded prisoner fall in love, her selfish niece makes plans to turn him over to bounty hunters.


Bernard McEveety


William Keys


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Episode cast overview:
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Ken Curtis ... Festus
Buck Taylor ... Newly
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Art Lund ... Boswell
Katherine Cannon ... Susan (as Kathy Cannon)
George DiCenzo ... Newt (as George Di'Cenzo)
Henry Olek Henry Olek ... Sam
Kathleen Nolan ... Nellie
James Gammon ... Dudley
Robert Brubaker ... Murphy


As Nellie and her niece Susan are moving to St. Louis permanently, Matt Dillon brings in a wounded prisoner, Norman Boswell, for Nellie to patch up, thus delaying the move. Susan highly resents the intrusion in her plans. Nellie and Norman develop feelings for one another and plan to be married, while Susan schemes to turn Norman in for the reward. Written by richardann

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3 December 1973 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Susan: [Dudley is packing his things to leave] Dudley, where are you going?
Dudley: Away.
Susan: Yesterday, you said you had some money? And that you'd take me to the city? I'll go with you now.
Dudley: That was yesterday, Miss Susan. Today, I wouldn't have you on a whiskey bet.
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Susan was indeed evil
15 August 2012 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

The title of this show sums up this entire episode. It becomes apparent to everyone that Susan was indeed evil.

The plot of the show is that two women, that have been living at a way-station in the Kansas outback, decide to sell the house and move to the big city of St. Louis. Nellie Stuart is a mature women and aunt of the much younger Susan and they happen to be catching a stagecoach that very day to take them to St Louis. However, as they are loading the stage Matt Dillon brings a injured local prisoner to be treated for the wound. Nellie decides to delay the trip which is much to the displeasure of Susan.

While the prisoner, Norman Boswell, is being given care, Nellie begins to fall in love with the likable prisoner. And before to long, Nellie decides to remain with Boswell and not move to the city. This makes Susan so mad that she hires local roughs to kidnap Boswell and take him back to Arkansas for a $50 reward. But not too much later Matt Dillon stops the kidnap and reveals to Nellie the treachery that Susan tried to perform.

With a love-story that seems somewhat far-fetched, there was some good things about the show. One of the best scenes involves the handy-man named Dudley that has the last word after being cut-down many times by the nasty Susan. That scene, which needs to be seen, sums up this entire show.

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