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The Drummer 

Dan Shay, a retired Cavalry Sergeant, comes face-to-face with his past as he meets a small Indian boy whose father was massacred in a US Cavalry raid.

Director:

Bernard McEveety

Writer:

Richard Fielder
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Ken Curtis ... Festus
Buck Taylor ... Newly (credit only)
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Victor French ... Daniel Shay
Fionnula Flanagan ... Sarah Morgan (as Fionnuala Flanagan)
Bruce Glover ... Enoch Brandt
Kiel Martin ... Ike Daggett
Brandon Cruz ... Jimmy Morgan
Glenn Strange ... Sam
Ted Jordan Ted Jordan ... Burke
Woody Chambliss ... Lathrop
Herb Armstrong ... Sayers
Hank Patterson ... Livery Man
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Dan Shay, a retired Cavalry Sergeant, comes face-to-face with his past as he meets a small Indian boy whose father was massacred in a US Cavalry raid.

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Genres:

Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1972 (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

The Rock Creek Massacre in this episode refers to the Sand Creek Massacre in Colorado on November 29, 1864. An estimated 500 native Americans were killed, with two thirds of them being women and children. See more »

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Features Little Big Man (1970) See more »

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Victor French's greates role
16 November 2018 | by martinxperry-14868See all my reviews

The story has been told by others, probably better than I could. Victor French has had dozens of appearances on multiple westers and he is a great actor. This episode elipses all of his other roles. Near the end he puts in one of the most heart bending scenes with an injured Cheyene boy. If you watch it and are not moved to tears, there may be no hope for you. This is one of the best episode ever filmed on Gunsmoke. Prepare to enjoy a very moving episode,


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