Gunsmoke

The Angry Land

Season 20, Ep 18, Aired 2/3/75
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  • Episode Description
  • Matt takes a young orphan Bessie Sutherland after her parents were killed on the prairie, to live with her Aunt Rachel. Rachel tells Matt that because of the devastating experiences that she has had, does not want to take in her niece, besides she wants to sell her land.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Buck Taylor

    Newly O' Brien

  • James Arness

    Matt Dillon

  • Milburn Stone

    Doc

  • Glenn Strange

    Bartender

  • Bernard McEveety

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (5)

    • Bessie: I grew up on a farm. I can milk a cow. I can feed the livestock. I can pick corn. I can even put up jams and preserves. Ma taught me. Rachel: Bessie, would you stay?

    • Matt: You know something Bessie? Your Aunt Rachel needs you just as much as you need her. She just doesn't realize it yet.

    • Matt: But you're her only kin. Now it was my duty to bring her here, but that's where my responsibility ends.

    • Bessie: She doesn't say much. Mom used to say 'Aunt Rachel could prattle on like rain on a roof'.

    • Rachel: Is he dead? Matt: Yeah. Rachel: Oh thank God! Thank God he's dead!

    Notes (1)

    • Matt is the only 'regular' appearing in this episode.

    Trivia (1)

    • Early in the episode we see a grave marker for Rachel's son that reads 1868-1871. Later in the episode we find out that Rachel's son would have been four, meaning that this episode takes place in 1872.

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