In the world of Gunsmoke, just about every person that lived outside of the town was a nasty, vile, inbred, psychotic. Over and over again, when Dillon runs into people living in shacks out in the prairie, they are hostile, mean, angry, and usually pointing a gun at Dillon, or in some episodes shooting at him.
I wonder if that is what the people of the Old West were really like? I hope not. In this episode, cranky old John Carradine is featured as the angry Father of a typical idealistic 1950s/60s dopey teenager. The teenager is played by Daryl Hickman, who looks and acts like Wally from Leave it to Beaver. He falls in love with a gypsy whose family has their wagons parked on Carradine's land.
The gypsies want nothing to do with Hickman, Carradine wants to shoot the gypsies off his land, and Marshal Dillon wants law and order. Inevitably, as often happens in any Gunsmoke episode, the results are tragic. Gunsmoke did not have many happy endings.
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