Gunsmoke

P.S. Murry Christmas

Season 17, Ep 15, Aired 12/27/71
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  • Episode Description
  • The meanest outlady in the US is coming to Dodge, at least that's what Festus has heard, but it's really Emma Grundy out to retrieve her seven orphans from Titus Spangler and take them back to the orphanage where they belong. The town finds it ludicrous that these children have never had a Christmas and plan on putting one on in the Long Branch. The problem arises when Mrs. Grundy arrives, and she has her own personal reasons for not giving the children Christmas. Kitty steps in to solve the problem single handedly and ends up messing things up worse than they were.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Buck Taylor

    Newly O' Brien

  • James Arness

    Matt Dillon

  • Milburn Stone

    Doc

  • Amanda Blake

    Kitty

  • William Kelley

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Festus: This (telegram) here's from the most fearsome outlady there is. Doc: Outlady? Festus: That's a she-male word for outlaw. The Reverend Marple told me that his own self.

    • Kitty: Merry Christmas, Cowboy. Matt: Merry Christmas, Kitty. - Matt & Kitty, just before THE KISS

    Notes (4)

    • Titus Spangler writes a note for Emma Grundy which reads "Dear Miss Grundy I.O.U 7 orphans. Titus Spangler". Then he writes into the wooden table "P.S. Murry Christmas".

    • Jack Elam, who portrayed Titus Spangler, was credited with a Special Guest Appearance.

    • This episode is loaded with future stars. Erin Moran (Happy Days), Willie Aames (Eight is Enough) and Jodie Foster (you name it, she's done it).

    • This is the one and ONLY time you'll see Kitty kiss Matt Dillon. It's on the cheek, but there in the Long Branch with cups of eggnog in hand, she forgets herself for a moment and plants one right on the cheek. He doesn't mind it a bit. P.S. Murry Christmas Gunsmoke fans...

    Trivia (1)

    • In the very last scene, as the camera pans the street outside the Long Branch, it's obviously a still shot. The snow is falling, but everything else, including the horses, are completely stationary.

    Allusions (1)

    • When Doc asks for Mary and Patricia's family name, the girls stammer a bit, then Mary answers, "Brady". This is probably a reference to the show, The Brady Bunch, then in its third season. Todd Lookinland, who portrayed Jake in this episode, is the brother of Mike Lookinland who portrayed Bobby Brady in The Brady Bunch.

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