Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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Gold Mine 

When Matt is too busy to escort Kitty to a gold mine she inherited, she travels there alone and meets with claim jumpers and other difficulties.


Abner Biberman




Episode cast overview:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Ken Curtis ... Festus
Roger Ewing ... Thad
Argentina Brunetti ... Louise Danby
Dort Clark ... Claims Clerk
John Harmon ... Hotel Clerk
Glenn Strange ... Sam
Russ Bender ... Sheriff
John Anderson ... Pa Gibbijohn
Paul Carr ... Jud Gibbijohn
Michael Vandever ... Eb Gibbijohn
Tom Nardini Tom Nardini ... Richard Danby


Kitty travels to Pick Axe to make claim to a gold mine left to her by a friend. When she arrives she is met with surly town folk and claim jumpers. With help of Thad and a local boy who is mute, she hopes to save what she sees as her retirement future. Written by DrDOS

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Release Date:

25 December 1965 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Kitty Russell states that Thad is 6' 4" but Roger Ewing who plays Thad is listed as 6' 5 1/2". See more »

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rubber-stamp storytelling
6 January 2015 | by grizzledgeezerSee all my reviews

This is definitely one of "Gunsmoke"'s lesser episodes. Way lesser -- very un-Gunsmokey, a "desperation" episode. I suspect it's a first draft, knocked out over a long weekend. It shows about as much originality as a rubber stamp -- and less wit.

It apparently never occurred to the writers that Kansas was hardly known for its gold mines. And as far as I know, the gold in gold mines is usually embedded in a quartz matrix, requiring a stamp mill for extraction. But who cares about historical accuracy?

John Anderson makes another one of his appearances in what must have been a hundred TV Westerns. (My favorite John Anderson moment comes in "The Rifleman", when he's mauled by a stunt man in a bad bear costume.)

Some of Pickaxe's buildings more resemble the Southwest than Kansas. And as it has a house of ill-repute, why is Kitty so overwhelmingly attractive? It must be her insistence on dressing like Jennifer Marlowe. Who in their right mind would visit a gold mine dressed like that?

There are two good moments. When Matt asks Doc "Don't you have some patients to take care of, or uh maybe a sick cow, or sumpin'?" and Doc eyes Festus, Festus' reaction is priceless. And when Kitty says "If you say 'I told you so!', I'll never talk to you again!", Matt's reaction suggests that maybe it wouldn't be such a bad thing.

We also learn that Kitty, like Indiana Jones, is afraid of reptiles. In this case, lizards.

The whole thing is reminiscent of an "Adventures of Superman" episode. You should have no trouble deciding who's who.

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