Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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The Foundling 

When the parents of a daughter who was raped refuse to accept the girl's baby, Marshal Dillon must find a home for the child.


Bernard McEveety


Jim Byrnes


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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
Kay Lenz ... Lettie Graham
Bonnie Bartlett ... Maylee Baines
Donald Moffat ... Joseph Graham
Dran Hamilton ... Agnes Graham
Don Collier ... Eli Baines
Jerry Hardin ... Bob Ranger
Ted Jordan Ted Jordan ... Burke
Woody Chambliss Woody Chambliss ... Lathrop
Robert Brubaker ... Bartender


Marshal Dillon is forced to kill a man he knew personally, a farmer named Eli Baines, who had too much to drink. Shaken by the experience, Dillon heads out of Dodge City for a few days. On the trail he discovers a rape victim, named Lettie, and her newborn baby girl. When Lettie is well enough to travel, Dillon heads to her parents' farm, where her parents finally relent to take in the daughter they had sent away. Dillon is left with the task of finding a home for the baby girl. Back in Dodge City, Marshal Dillon entrusts the baby girl to Kitty Russell while he tries to find a home for the baby. At last he finds that Eli Baines' widow, Maylee, is eager to raise the baby. But by that time Kitty has grown so fond of the girl that she is willing to do whatever it takes to keep and raise her. Written by Christopher D. <>

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Release Date:

11 February 1974 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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1.33 : 1
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When Maylee goes into Kitty's room to see the baby, she is wearing gloves. When she reaches into crib to touch the baby, her hand is bare. When she stands up, she is wearing gloves again. See more »


Festus: [Festus making goo-goo sounds to baby only to turn around and see Doc] Why don't you let a fella know you're around? You come slipping up like a blamed old coyote through a fog.
Doc: What are you doing to that baby?
Festus: Well, I'm making her laugh!
Doc: Making her laugh? With an ugly face full of whiskers like that? You'll scare her to death!
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Good writing
14 September 2006 | by withersaSee all my reviews

I enjoyed "The Foundling" because it was a different story line than usual. Not only did it show "Kitty" in a different light, it showed us what could have happened in those days if this situation had come about. It showed the compassion for our fellow man (woman). This was not only the best way to go for the situation but the only way to go for the series. If "Kitty" had kept the baby so many of the story lines after this one would have to change. The Longbranch would have to be owned by someone else. Matt would not see Kitty as much because she would not be in the thick of things he would have to go to see her and that too would have to be another story line.

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