Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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Chester becomes engaged more or less accidentally, but he takes to heart his obligation to his betrothed, leaving his job with Mr. Dillon to devote himself to homesteading a barren quarter section.


Ted Post


Kathleen Hite




Episode cast overview:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Dennis Weaver ... Chester
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Sondra Blake ... Miss Daisy (as Sondra Kerr)
Earle Hodgins ... Tubby
Sarah Selby Sarah Selby ... Ma Smalley
Harold Innocent ... William
Arthur Peterson ... Arny (as Arthur Peterson Jr.)


A new girl in town is staying at Ma Smalley's. In the joy of "sparking" with the girl in a borrowed buggy, Chester inadvertently proposes. The girl admits openly that she came to Dodge to find a husband and whom should she find, right away, but Chester. If there's a hint of hesitation there, Chester overlooks it. He takes his responsibilities as a future husband seriously, staking his claim to an abandoned homestead and leaving his job with Mr. Dillon to devote himself to whipping the substandard land into shape. He builds a dugout single-handedly, wakes to find it flooded, and realizes that he has water in abundance to sell to parched settlers. He does a brisk business, filling many barrels, and what could be more logical than to hand his earnings to his betrothed for deposit in the bank in town. Written by Morganalee

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18 November 1961 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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One of Dennis Weaver's best performances.
14 November 2012 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

Perhaps I have felt the same feelings that Chester portrays that I found this episode to one of my most favorite in the entire series. Whatever the reason Dennis Weaver makes the episode unforgettable.

Chester is courting this young beautiful girl named Daisy Fair. Seems like both are a little naive with the world and appear to just love each others company.

When Chester asks for Daisy's hand in marriage, he begins to think where they will live. He buys a barren shack just outside town that has nothing but dry ground for as far as the eye can see not even a well. And as he tries to fix the shack, it falls down in a pile of rotting wood.

The next thing he does is dig a pit-house into the dirt to hopefully please Daisy. When Daisy sees the dug-out house she says in no uncertain terms that she would never live in that kind of house.

But when the hole in the ground produces water, she is 'all-in' as they collect money from the surrounding farmers for water. That is until the well runs dry and Chester goes to the bank to get a newer pump.

The actions after--- pulls at anyone's heartstrings. The world is not as safe as it was just earlier in the day. And with the last words of the episode "I'll fix you some fresh in the morning" ends one of the best acting jobs ever done by Dennis Weaver.

One of the better shows of the entire series.

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