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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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Gunnar Hellström

Writer:

Ron Bishop
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Episode cast overview:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Ken Curtis ... Festus
Buck Taylor ... Newly (credit only)
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
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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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Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 1973 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Mono

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Color

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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 »

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

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Where's Kitty?
1 February 2017 | by cheadwritesSee all my reviews

When Matt is shot by a fugitive he is hunting. He wakes up, in the house of a beautiful, and feisty, widow (Michael Learned) who's character is coincidentally named Mike.

They fall in love. Okay, this is where I have a problem.

Amnesia, or no, why is it the producers of Gunsmoke, pussyfooted around with the romantic relationship between Matt (James Arness) and Kitty Russell (Amanda Blake) for decades without there being some resolution between them?

Matt and Kitty never even share an on-camera kiss. There have been episodes where Matt shares an attraction with other women. There have been episodes where Kitty shares an attraction with other men. But none, where Matt and Kitty consummate (even verbally) their relationship to each other.

I'm a fangirl of Gunsmoke, especially the original half-hour segments, and the wonderful episodes written by the amazing Kathleen Hite, but darn't this is way too much foreplay.

So, As far as Matt's Love Story goes. I can't watch it without thinking about him "cheating" on Kitty. There, I've said it.


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