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Matt's Love Story 

Matt is shot and abandoned by a fugitive Les Dean, whom he was tracking. Matt's horse finds his way to the farm of young widow named Mike Yardner, who, with the help of her dog, finds Matt ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Ken Curtis ... Festus
Buck Taylor ... Newly (credit only)
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Michael Learned ... Mike Yardner
Keith Andes ... Hasty Starcourt
Jonathan Goldsmith ... Monte Rupert (as Jonathan Lippe)
William Schallert ... Judge Ray Cordelius
Victor French ... Les Dean
Glenn Strange ... Sam Noonan
Richard Lundin Richard Lundin ... Canoot
Steve DeFrance Steve DeFrance ... Mio (as S. Michael DeFrance)
Neil Summers ... Man


Matt is shot and abandoned by a fugitive Les Dean, whom he was tracking. Matt's horse finds his way to the farm of young widow named Mike Yardner, who, with the help of her dog, finds Matt and brings him to her farm. Matt is recovering, but he does not remember his past. Love is in the air. Separately, Les Dean makes a contract with Mike Yardner's corrupt neighbor to drive her out due to some water rights. The neighbor's words were "I don't like killings, but I've been around them." Les Dean visits Mike and Matt (who still does not recognize Les), but Les changes his mind about the contract and goes to return the deposit. That's when Matt regains his memory. Written by Thomas001

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24 September 1973 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Matt gets his only kiss in the whole series in this episode. See more »


Edited into Gunsmoke: The Last Apache (1990) See more »

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Matt's Love Story
14 February 2018 | by michaelcooke-87326See all my reviews

If there is ever a Love Story for the ages, this is it. For any dyed-in-the-wool Gunsmoke fan, this story puts a new spin on the oldest theme in the world. Matt and Kitty always had a "thing", but Matt was always too married to his work to be really serious. It takes amnesia to get Matt to be really serious about really one woman. This shows the inner Matt Dillon. He is compassionate, thoughtful, fearless and, yes, loveable. After a spell he shows how truly grateful he is for being cared for by anyone. Matt always had that side of him, however, he always had that badge to guide his true focus - his badge and the law.

Because of his focus on the badge, it took a blow to the head to find out what was really in Matt's heart. And Michael Learned, who else could play this part, was perfect in the part of Mike Yardner in this award winning episode. Parley Baer as Chester Wesley Proudfoot. After nurturing and helping and getting Matt back on his feet, she finds out who he really is. Her line at the very end "Its hard to find two good men and lose them both", will make you cry is revealing as we learn what we always knew throughout the story that Mike was a hard working, deeply committed person who has had some bad breaks. But you know she's gonna get through this heartbreak as well.

This, in my opinion, casting being so good, is why Gunsmoke ran for 20 years while others fell by the wayside. This and James Arness, who played the part consistently and professionally, gave its adoring fans something to store in their hearts. Gunsmoke always had a stellar cast from the originals, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake and Dennis Weaver. Even the smaller regulars were consistent and good. When they needed to add a cast member, they found the best in Bert Reynolds, Ken Curtis, Buck Taylor, Roger Ewing, James Nusser and Roy Roberts.

But along with the TV Gunsmoke fans, there were many old Radio Gunsmoke fans who were hoping the TV version would measure up to the radio version. Gunsmoke on radio also had a stellar cast with William Conrad as Matt, Parley Baer as Chester Wesley Proudfoot, Howard McNear as Doc Adams and Georgia Ellis as Kitty Russell.

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