Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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Festus's beautiful young cousin, whom he has not seen since she was a little one, arrives in Dodge to keep the pact her father made for her when she was a baby: to marry Festus.


Andrew V. McLaglen


Kathleen Hite


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Episode cast overview:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Burt Reynolds ... Quint
Ken Curtis ... Festus
Lauri Peters ... Mayblossom
Charles H. Gray ... Lon
Richard X. Slattery ... Greer
Sarah Selby Sarah Selby ... Ma Smalley
Roger Torrey ... Feeder


Festus married? At least that's what their fathers imagined it should be when she was born and after she growed up. When Mayblossom comes to Dodge to fulfill that promise, Festus has to figure out what he can do to marry her off as her fitting in appears to be a lot more work than he expected. Written by DrDOS

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Release Date:

15 February 1964 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Lauri Peters would make a second appearance on the show in the following season. There, she plays a young woman in Dodge looking to get married, only this time it will be to Matt Dillon. See more »

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A fun watch as Festus is becoming a member of the cast.
27 December 2012 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

This is one of those episodes that you are either going to like or dislike. Because I took this for a comedy, I found this one to be one that was excellent.

Festus's cousin Mayblossom arrives in Dodge and since both of their parents shook hands many years ago the two are bound for marriage on that handshake. Mayblossom is a young woman that is experiencing her first time in the big city. Everything is new to her and exciting.

However there is this one guy in town that takes advantage of Mayblossom which results in Festus taking the law into his own hands. Not to mention that another cousin wants to get Festus out of the way so that he will be the one that marries Mayblossom. It is a Haggen story as Festus has to deal with more than one situation.

It is a simple plot with a simple ending. But in the meantime we learn a lot about Festus and his respect for the Haggan name. Not necessarily a great show but one that will be remembered for the fun time had by all.--- Well, except for that sexual assault thing.

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