Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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The Lost 

Kitty is lost and wandering countryside when she befriends a female child who has been living like a jungle girl for years in the wild, and then a family captures the girl and wants to use her in a freak show.

Director:

Robert Totten

Writers:

Jack Miller (teleplay by), Warren Vanders (story by)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Milburn Stone ... Doc (credit only)
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Ken Curtis ... Festus
Buck Taylor ... Newly
Mercedes McCambridge ... Rubilee Mather
Royal Dano ... Henry Mather
Laurie Prange ... Wild Child
Link Wyler Link Wyler ... Lamond Mather
Charles Kuenstle Charles Kuenstle ... Valjean Mather
Dee Carroll Dee Carroll ... Mrs. Grayson
Jerry Brown ... Abel Grayson
Peggy Rea ... Bess Roniger
Marie Mantley Marie Mantley ... Maria Roniger (as Maria Mantley)
Jon Jason Mantley Jon Jason Mantley ... Jon Roniger
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Storyline

After the stagecoach Kitty is riding in is wrecked in the middle of nowhere, she wanders the desert in a vain search for help. On her last legs, a feral child approaches her at first with trepidation until Kitty can demonstrate she is a friend. She finds a cabin inhabited by a family who explain that the feral girl is an "animal" who has a bounty on her head for stealing chickens. The family captures the girl and keeps her in a cage with the intentions of exhibiting for money as a wild animal. Matt and company finally find Kitty and the girl. Written by Peter Harris

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Genres:

Western

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Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 1971 (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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Trivia

According to a book on "Gunsmoke," Amanda Blake, who lived in Arizona and commuted to Hollywood to do the shows on an as-needed basis, was extremely upset at working on location, particularly doing most of her scenes in a desert summer under many layers of clothing. This started a feud between her and producer John Mantley which culminated in Blake's departure from the show three years later. See more »

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A Magnificent Performance by Ms. Laurie Prange
2 February 2019 | by jlthornb51See all my reviews

Gifted actress Laurie Prange gives a beautiful, deeply moving performance as a young feral girl who is brought to civilization from the badlands by Miss Kitty. The work of both Ms. Prange and Amanda Blake is extraordinary but it is Laurie Prange who proves beyond any doubt what a truly fine actress she is. This is some of her most memorable work and she is indeed unforgettable as she gives what is almost a performance of lifetime. If not for the many magnificent roles she brought to life, this would be the epitome of her career. Ms. Prange has always been superb and over the years has left her mark as an acclaimed actress. You will not experience her stunning portrayal here and not have your heart touched and your soul uplifted.


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