Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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I Have Promises to Keep 

An aging pastor is determined to erect a church for the Indians on the reservation but is met with bigotry from the citizens of a nearby town.

Director:

Vincent McEveety

Writers:

William Putman (teleplay by), Earl W. Wallace (teleplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Ken Curtis ... Festus
Buck Taylor ... Newly (credit only)
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
David Wayne ... Reverend Byrne
Tom Lacy Tom Lacy ... Reverend Atkins
Ken Swofford ... Dunbar
Fran Ryan ... Hannah
Ted Jordan Ted Jordan ... Burke
Ken Renard ... Tonkowa
Trini Tellez Trini Tellez ... Meala
John Wheeler John Wheeler ... Waiter
Ed McCready Ed McCready ... Freight Agent
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Storyline

Festus, out on patrol meets an aging traveling preacher who wants to build a church for Indians on their small reserve. The whites in the nearby town are furious and torch the building (Festus fires two shots from a revolver at the escaping arsonists). The preacher vows to try again and again - despite a heart condition that is about to kill him. Written by Peter Harris

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Genres:

Western

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Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 1975 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This episode's title may be derived from the last stanza of Robert Frost's poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening": "The woods are lovely, dark, and deep, / But I have promises to keep, / And miles to go before I sleep, / And miles to go before I sleep." See more »

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Review of "Promises to Keep"
26 July 2018 | by housechorefarmSee all my reviews

With the excellent cast of Gun smoke, Wayne adds the punch to put this episode over the top with his experience and timed delivery. Ken Curtis provides the whipped creme on top since he had, by 1975, his own ability as the hillbilly deputy. The other character actors put this episode in the category of excellent.


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