Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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Zavala 

Matt pursues the Rawlins gang into Mexico to the village of Zavala. Here he meets Paco and his widowed mother. Paco's father had been killed when he stood up to outlaws intimidating the ... See full summary »

Director:

Vincent McEveety

Writer:

Paul Savage
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Ken Curtis ... Festus
Miriam Colon ... Amelita Avila
Jim Davis ... Ben Rawlins
José Chávez José Chávez ... Jurato
Rico Alaniz ... Blacksmith
Jonathan Goldsmith ... Alex Rawlins (as Jonathan Lippe)
Rex Holman ... Smitty
Robert Sorrells Robert Sorrells ... Oakes
Warren Vanders Warren Vanders ... Densen
Manuel Padilla Jr. ... Paco Avila
Larry D. Mann ... Bakman
David Renard ... Mexican Policeman
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Matt pursues the Rawlins gang into Mexico to the village of Zavala. Here he meets Paco and his widowed mother. Paco's father had been killed when he stood up to outlaws intimidating the people of Zavala. In his whole life, the only strong willed people Paco had ever seen were outlaws. He first thinks of Matt as such a person, until Matt tells him that he's not there to kill the Rawlins' but to arrest them. "But only outlaws ever come to Zavala." Paco is fascinated with the fact that Matt is a US Marshal. In an unusual episode of Gunsmoke an unlikely relationship develops amongst the trio, Paco, his mother, and Matt. Paul Savage later adapted this episode into made for TV movie "Cutter's Trail" where Manuel Padilla Jr. reprises his role as Paco. Written by Steve Sassi

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Western

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Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 1968 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Manuel Padilla, Jr. who played Paco and Miriam Colon were both in Scarface. Ms. Colon played Al Pacino's mother and Manuel Padilla, Jr was "kid number 2". See more »

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As Good As It Gets
20 January 2015 | by championbc-99-5005See all my reviews

I was disappointed with season 13; lots of episodes that went nowhere. So far, season 14 has been a breath of fresh air, and "Zavala" is a prime example.

I don't need to say a lot about the episode itself. There are already two really good reviews here that give you a taste of it without any spoilers.

This was the first time, I think, that the "Gunsmoke" theme music was re-edited and turned into some sentimental background music during two special scenes. I really like that.

Matt is seen as a hero and a good man, who can be a gentleman with an abused woman, and a real father figure with a young boy.

This episode is the reason I like to watch "Gunsmoke." If I wanted to get someone else interested in this series, "Zavala" would be what I recommended them to watch.


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