Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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Long, Long Trail 

A headstrong young woman will undertake the long, dangerous journey to her fiancé's fort on her own if she must, so Matt nominates himself to escort her.


Andrew V. McLaglen


Kathleen Hite




Episode cast overview:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Dennis Weaver ... Chester
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Barbara Lord ... Sarah Drew
Mabel Albertson ... Gody Baines
Alan Baxter ... Lou Hacker
Peggy Stewart ... Fan Hacker
Robert Dix ... Jamie


A well-to-do young woman is determined to join her betrothed at an Army outpost. He was literally the boy next door. She's stubborn, and the trek is a dangerous one, so Matt decides to take her himself. Before they reach the end of their journey, the young lady, so devoted to her betrothed at the outset of her trip, may be losing her heart to the marshal. Written by Morganalee

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Release Date:

4 November 1961 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Matt calls the meal he and Sarah are eating "son-of-a-gun" stew. That's the polite term. It was commonly called "son-of-a-bitch" stew. It was basically "chopped calf", including the calf's marrow gut. See more »


Although not specifically stated in this episode, the main means of transportation to and from Dodge City in the period in which Gunsmoke was set was the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad (which reached Dodge in 1872. Sarah Drew arrives in Dodge and wants to travel cross-country to Fort Wallace, Kansas, which was served by the Kansas Pacific Railroad even earlier (1869). She could have taken the train to her destination and not gone through Dodge. See more »

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Long Long Trail
25 September 2014 | by keithdemondeSee all my reviews

I normally start writing a review and expound in detail my opinions, known facts, and final analysis so to speak. But after watching this episode i don't think i can write as much as i'm normally used to. This episode by far goes down as one of the BEST Gunsmoke episodes i have had the opportunity to watch. It appeared slightly predictable in the beginning but surprisingly saddening at the end. Barbar Lord was passionately moving from beginning to the end. This episode was scripted to express the reality of the old west and all that life can bring. I'm man enough to say that it brought a tear to my eye in viewing the tragic finale to this episode and all i wished for was some raw emotion from Matt upon losing his trail companion, but i quickly realized that the character of Marshall Matt Dillon is prone to be numb to love and loss. This episode in my opinion follows in a long line of well scripted, well acted, perfectly realistic & well toned to make this 60's television show well worthy of 10 stars and 100% certified Classic TV..I wrote more than i thought i would..again

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