Gunsmoke

Season 14 Episode 1

Lyle's Kid

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Aired Unknown Sep 23, 1968 on CBS
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Lyle's Kid
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Grant Lyle, a former lawman with crippled hands, brings his young gunfighter son to Dodge to settle the score with Hoxey, the man just released from prison who is responsible for his hands.

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  • A good "Gunsmoke" story that mines relationships and grey values rather than good vs. evil.

    7.3
    An aging lawman expects his farmer son to avenge the injury he suffered long ago.



    This is one of my favorite episodes of "Gunsmoke" and mainly for the simple but ironic story. Stealing most of the scenes is Charlotte (Considine) Stewart, who always seemed to do her best work on this show. She does a good job showing innocence at the same time that she has some steely resolve behind it all. Her courtship scenes here are sweet and the writing gives them enough time to develop.



    What I particularly enjoy about this installment is the family drama, the relationship of father and son, and the ultimate surprise that the vengeance could have no meaning as the original villain is so old and enfeebled he has no memory of his original act. Adding to the production are the usual comedy bits for Festus (he catches the wedding bouquet), Kitty (always advising young women on relationships), and Newly (who often seems to have to supply guns or ammunition to characters that intend to use them wrongly). Also nice is the fact that there are a lot of real outdoor shots, rather than soundstage scenes.



    A good story in the 60s drama format.moreless
Robert Pine

Robert Pine

Jeffery Lyle

Guest Star

Charlotte Stewart

Charlotte Stewart

Iris

Guest Star

Joe De Santis

Joe De Santis

Hoxy

Guest Star

Ken Curtis

Ken Curtis

Festus

Recurring Role

Buck Taylor

Buck Taylor

Newly

Recurring Role

Glenn Strange

Glenn Strange

Sam

Recurring Role

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    • The credits list Charlotte Considine playing "Iris" at the time she was married to actor Tim Considine. They would later divorce.

    • This episode began a new opening that would last from Season 14 (this one) through season 19. It featured Matt
      riding his horse instead of the shoot-out with the man in black. That was dropped because of the anti-violence
      movement on television of the early 1970's. Thist was replaced (Season 20 and the last) with a showdown with
      Matt and the man-in-black, which isn't a shoot-out because they don't fire their guns.

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