Gunsmoke

Deputy Festus

Season 10, Ep 17, Aired 1/16/65
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  • Episode Description
  • Three trappers are partying down at the Long Branch when one of them decides to drink an entire bottle of whiskey without drawing a breath. The celebrating gets out of hand when a fight ensues between a trapper and local Dave Carson. Matt breaks the fight up and jails the trappers for busting up the saloon. Needing to go to Hayes City, Matt asks Festus to watch the jail and let the trappers out in the morning. As it turns out, one of the trappers is Festus' cousin Claudius Haggen. Claudius convinces Festus to let them out of jail with the promise to get their horses and immediately leave Dodge. While Festus is releasing the trappers Dave Carson, while working for Moss Grimmick, gets into an argument with local resident Halligan over a broken bridal. Halligan pushes Dave and he falls and hits his head on a wagonwheel. As the trappers approach to get their horses they find Dave and decide to run, for fear of being accused because of the earlier fight Claudius had with Dave. Mr. Halligan goes to Festus and tells him he saw the trappers kill Dave. Festus takes off after the trappers and brings them back to Dodge. As they ride up to the jail Matt tells Festus that Dave didn't die, but couldn't remember exactly what happened the night before. After letting the trappers go Festus puts it together that Halligan lied to him about seeing what happened. When he goes to arrest Halligan he opens fire on Festus. Matt then shows up and Halligan surrenders to him.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Burt Reynolds

    Quint

  • Ken Curtis

    Festus

  • Dennis Weaver

    Chester

  • Roger Ewing

    Thad

  • Buck Taylor

    Newly O' Brien

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • "The way they've been drinking, marshal, I wouldn't light a match around them." -Sam

    Notes (1)

    • Festus calls Matt's horse by name: Buck.

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