Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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The Iron Blood of Courage 

William Talley is a very unusual breed of gunfighter. He is well-educated, married and father to a poetry-spouting teenage daughter. That doesn't stop an association of ranchers around ... See full summary »

Director:

Gunnar Hellström

Writer:

Ron Bishop
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Ken Curtis ... Festus
Buck Taylor ... Newly (credit only)
Lloyd Bochner ... Burdette
Eric Braeden ... Talley
Patti Cohoon-Friedman Patti Cohoon-Friedman ... Ronilou (as Patti Cohoon)
Miriam Colon ... Mignon
Gene Evans ... Shaw Anderson
Mariette Hartley ... Ellie Talley
John Milford ... Hutchinson
Bing Russell ... Rolfing
Robert Karnes ... Chandler
John Baer ... Nichols
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William Talley is a very unusual breed of gunfighter. He is well-educated, married and father to a poetry-spouting teenage daughter. That doesn't stop an association of ranchers around Dodge from hiring him to kill a rival rancher with his own lofty ideals, but it does lead the rivals into an unusual alliance. Written by Peter Harris

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 1974 (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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A gunfighter wants to change for his daughter's sake
6 February 2013 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

The main character, William Talley, is a different kind of gunslinger that the usual written villain. Instead of a man living day-to-day riding the range, Talley is a well-dressed family oriented man that seems to want the best for his daughter. But Talley is also a gunfighter and provides his services for the right amount of money.

In Dodge there is a man named Shaw Anderson that is a stubborn rancher that will not let local farmers use water on his land. With a possibility of losing all their livelihood to a drought, a farmer's coalition sets out and hires Talley to gun down Anderson.

But now Talley's priorities have changed. He has a young daughter that he adores and a wife that loves him. He knows if he continues with his gunfighting that he will not be around to see his daughter grow.--Shaw Anderson is a stubborn hard-head man. But he also has a wife that tries mightily to get him to see other points of view. Can either man change his ways before it is too late.

The episode has nothing that really stood out above others but it was a nice watch. The script was interesting and the interchange between characters entertaining. Nice watch.


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