Gunsmoke

Season 7 Episode 10

Indian Ford

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Aired Unknown Dec 02, 1961 on CBS
6.6
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Mountain man Gabe Trumbull reports to Matt that he saw a young, "fair," white woman squawing for an Indian buck on the prairie. The description matches local girl Mary Tabor, carried off a year earlier during an attack on a stagecoach. When Matt finds that Army Captain Benter, a real Indian hater, is put in charge of the trading party to get Mary back, he decides to go along. Once contact is made with the tribe Matt interviews Mary to find that she's not so anxious to return to her father. Spotted Wolf, the Indian who purchased Mary from the Cheyenne war party that attacked the stage, does not wish to trade her away, either. Captain Benter then ups the stakes by offering Chief Lone Eagle 20 rifles and ammunition for hunting if he'll turn over the girl. Mary then heads for home with Matt and the Cavalry detachment. Spotted Wolf, however, is not content to let the woman he loves go.moreless

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  • Starts off a bit slow, but when Spotted Wolf comes into the picture things liven up. Fun early 60's stereotypes abound...

    7.5
    The outdoor locations are great. Shadows are almost non-existent due to the cloudy day. The slight wind on some shots adds to authenticity. Some fake sets show, like trees casting abnormally long shadows. Mary is a little too dramatic, and cultured. It would have been more believable if she had been the daughter of a cattle baron instead of a simple commoner, who sold everything he had to get her back. You wonder about her relationship with her father with her decision to return to the Indians. After sitting through the whole story, to have Spotted Wolf put down by the Cavalry after Matt was going to allow Mary to return to the Indian, well, it was a slight buzz kill.moreless
Anthony Caruso

Anthony Caruso

Lone Eagle

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R.G. Armstrong

R.G. Armstrong

Captain Benter

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Lane Chandler

Lane Chandler

Trumbull

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Glenn Strange

Glenn Strange

Sam (uncredited)

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