Blue Heaven Full Episode – Gunsmoke, Season #10, Episode #01
Gunsmoke followed the adventures of Marshal Matt Dillon (played by James Arness) for 20 seasons. The series was known for its realism, often depicting the brutal realities of frontier life. Gunsmoke was among the many Western shows to describe the West as it was, paving the way for other Westerns that would follow. Among the many episodes of Gunsmoke include Blue Heaven, directed by Michael O’Herlihy and written by Les Crutchfield. This episode started season 10, airing on September 26, 1964.
A runaway kid searches for his mother, who, later in the story, is shown to have a drinking problem. On his way, he encounters a wanted fugitive who insists on disguising themselves as a father and son to mislead people looking for them. While in Dodge, the wanted man expresses his hopes to prove his innocence against the murder and robbery allegations, relying on the sympathetic Festus and Marshal Matt Dillon.
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Gunsmoke Blue Heaven Cast
The following cast members acted in the Gunsmoke episode, Blue Heaven:
- James Arness as Matt Dillon
- Milburn Stone as Doc
- Amanda Blake as Kitty
- Ken Curtis as Festus
- Kurt Russell as Packy
- Tim O’Connor as Kip
- Diane Ladd as Elena
- Karl Swenson as Tabe
- John McLiam as Stableman
- Eddie Hice as Duster
- Ernie Anderson as Man
- Jan Merlin as Ed Sykes
- Oscar Blank as Townsman (uncredited)
- Bill Borzage as Townsman (uncredited)
- Dee Cooper as Townsman (uncredited)
- Jane Crowley as Townswoman (uncredited)
- Jimmie Horan as Townsman (uncredited)
- Mike Morelli as Townsman (uncredited)
- Arnold Roberts as Townsman (uncredited)
- June Smaney as Townswoman (uncredited)
- Mabel Smaney as Townswoman (uncredited)
- Glenn Strange as Sam (uncredited)
- Sid Troy as Townsman (uncredited)
- Glen Walters as Townswoman (uncredited)
Full Story Line for Blue Heaven
Kip Gilman, a wanted fugitive from East Texas, hides as Tabe Morley and his men look for him. Doubting Gilman would head to Dodge City, the group heads the opposite way to see if Gilman would make it through to Arizona Territory.
Gilman emerges from hiding and finds a kid eating and taking his belongings. While returning the saddlebag he took, Gilman takes the gun from the kid’s pocket. Gilman finds the gun empty and with a jammed cylinder. The kid tells him that it’s good enough for bluffing. He initially refuses to reveal his name, claiming he’s wanted. Gilman confesses he’s just about the same. Once comfortable, the kid introduces himself as Packy Kerlin, and Gilman tells Packy to call him Slim.
Packy denies running away from his aunt and uncle and clarifies that he’s heading to Dodge City to find her mother. When he was about to leave, Gilman suggested they pose as a father and son to escape from the people after them. Packy agrees, especially since they’re driving a rig to Dodge, which is better than walking.
Festus finds Gilman getting one of the wanted posters near Marshal’s office. Upon hearing Festus mention the surname Haggen, Gilman asks him if he’s a relative of Catfish Haggen. Festus tells him that he’s his second cousin in his great-aunt. To his delight, Gilman introduces himself as Slim Kerlin, Catfish Haggen’s old bunking buddy. Gilman also presents Packy as his son. Festus asks Gilman to return the poster he got, as the Marshal will find it suspicious if there’s at least one missing on the board. Festus returns the flyer, unable to recognize that the wanted man is Gilman.
Gilman tells Packy to head to a store and buy himself candy as he and Festus go to the Long Branch Saloon. However, Packy slipped by saying “sir” before correcting himself and calling Gilman “Pa.” Festus immediately realized this, so Gilman confesses all his lies but states that he did raft logs with Catfish Haggen. Gilman also reveals that the man in the poster was him.
After Festus introduced Gilman to Doc and Kitty, Gilman asked if Kitty about Elena Kerlin’s whereabouts. Gilman tells Kitty that Elen gets her mail delivered in Dodge in the care of the Long Branch Saloon. Although hesitant, Kitty reveals that Elena used to work at the saloon for a month or two over a year ago, then sends someone to get her mail once in a while. Kitty also tells him he’ll likely find Elena at Rat Hole Alley, south side across the tracks.
Gilman and Packy head over to Elena’s house. They find her in no good condition, and when Gilman continues talking to her inside her house, he finds out she has a drinking problem. Gilman tries to knock some sense into her, reminding Elena that she has a son waiting for her.
Gilman tells Packy to wait until her mother calls him to go inside. He assures Packy that he’ll be fine, then heads back to Dodge City.
Meanwhile, Tabe Morley and his men have arrived in Dodge City. Upon seeing Gilman’s wanted poster, Tabe and Ed Sykes tell Marshal Matt Dillon that they were the men Gilman robbed and that he murdered the bookkeeper on their ranch. Tabe summarized what happened; Gilman was ready to go, then pulled and shot his gun at Sykes, and when Gilman rode out, Sykes found the bookkeeper dead on the floor. Tabe aims to see Gilman’s motive, considering he could always come to him for anything. Once Tabe and Sykes leave, Dillon asks Festus to find Gilman.
Festus tells Gilman that two men are looking for him, and another is watching him at the livery stable. Gilman thanks him for his help, then asks Festus to stay out of it.
Gilman returns to Packy, who tells him his mom got a visitor. Gilman asks Packy for a favor, telling him to look up a sawbones by the name of Doc Adams and ask Miss Kitty from the Long Branch Saloon for his office. Once Packy left, Gilman entered Elena’s house, knocking the visitor out so he could speak with Elena alone. Gilman introduces himself as Slim Kerlin, her husband. The drunk Elena tells him that her husband’s been dead for years, but Gilman sticks to his word, insisting she’s got a husband now.
Doc gave Elena a sedative to keep her asleep, then gave Gilman another to give her the next day. He also suggests Gilman get her something to eat, clean up the place, and give her the bath she needs. Gilman asks Doc if he knows a woman who could look after Elena, telling him that he’s willing to pay. Doc says yes, and agrees to send someone over as soon as possible.
Festus tells Dillon that Gilman swore that someone stacked those charges against him. Dillon tells Kitty that he’s surprised to see Elena still around Dodge, and Kitty couldn’t agree more. Kitty further tells him that Elena’s once sweet and pretty demeanor changed since those trail drivers trampled her and cut her face open.
Elena wakes up and finds her place fixed by Mrs. McGibbon, Gilman, and Packy. Sobered up, Elena finally recognized Packy, happy to see him and sorry for acting up to him.
Later, Gilman confesses that he’s a wanted man in East Texas and that turning him in would give her $5,000. Elena asks him the truth. Gilman tells her that Sykes’ boys jumped and opened fire on him. The following day, he found out that they had set him up, making him a wanted man for killing the bookkeeper and robbing the safe.
Sykes and Duster got information about Gilman’s whereabouts through a man tending to his horse in the livery stable. They head over to Elena’s house and ask for her husband. Sykes insists on entering the house, but the people outside are watching him, ready to make a move if they do anything to Elena.
Dillon asks Tabe for Sykes’ whereabouts and then hands a letter from the sheriff.
Meanwhile, Elena encourages Gilman to seek Dillon’s help and face the trial until he’s proven innocent. Gilman plans to run away and give Elena and Packy money to move out of town. However, Elena insists on helping Gilman. Suddenly, Sykes and Duster threw Packy’s jackknife, threatening Gilman to go out and face them.
Festus saves Gilman when Duster is about to shoot him from the roof. Dillon stops Sykes from shooting Gilman but refuses to drop his gun. Sykes shoots Dillon, and Dillon fires back, leading to Sykes’ death.
Dillon clears Gilman from the charges, stating the sheriff back in East Texas learned the truth. Gilman returns to his new family and starts a new life with them.
Full Script and Dialogue of Blue Heaven
♪♪ (horse whinnies) ♪♪ (horse whinnies) Easy, now. Do you hear? Come on, boy. (clucking tongue) Come on. Come on. (horses approach) That map show the trail forking here? Yeah. Yeah, here it is. Let me see what goes where. The left fork goes to Pawnee Crossing. The other one keeps bearing to the right and ends up in Dodge City. Well, he's been steering clear of towns. I doubt he'd head for Dodge. Looks more and more like he's trying to make it through to Arizona Territory. Let's go. (clanking) Hold it there! Where the blazes did you come from, anyhow? No place. I-I was just passing through is all. I figured these had just been left there. No use seeing 'em go to waste. You know, a man kind of gets hungry on the trail. - What do you got here? - You give me that back! - It's my gun! Give it back to me! - Oh, come on. What for, now? Wait a minute. Hold on. - It's my gun! Give it... - Hold on there, now. Trying to get yourself killed? Thing ain't got no firing pin, no loads in it. Got a jammed cylinder. It's all right for bluffing. Bluffing the undertaker maybe. Where'd you come from, anyway? What's your name? I ain't asking you any questions, am I? Well, now. Ah, guess you're a much tougher customer than I figured. I'm wanted, if that's what you mean. Is that so? That makes two of us. I figured you was on the run. Why don't you give me that coffeepot and skillet out of those saddlebags? I reckon you know where to find 'em. My name's Packy. Packy Kerlin. Packy, eh? Well, you can call me... Slim. Sure can break your back on a no-good farm like this. My aunt and uncle got a place just like it out in the Arizona Territory. Now, you're not running away from your folks, are you? Aunt and uncle ain't folks. My pa, he's a long time dead. I never even knowed him. He was a soldier for the cavalry. Oh, that right? What about your ma? She left there about two years ago and went to Dodge City. She sends us money sometimes, but I'm going there to find her and to stay with her. I guess she's about the prettiest woman that ever lived. Why, sure. I'm much obliged to you, Mr. Slim, but I better get a move on. Uh, hey, wait a minute. Wait a minute. Uh... I've kind of got me an idea. - Oh? - Yeah. Like as not, now, your aunt and your uncle kind of turned you in as a runaway and they got the law out after you, huh? Well, I mean, the law's after me, too, along with a lot of other folks. But they're looking for a lone man and a lone boy. You know, separate. - Yeah. - They wouldn't be looking for a pa and his young'un who was traveling together and driving a rig here. Heck, it'd be no chore at all to patch this thing up. Good enough to get into Dodge at least. Are you going to Dodge, too? Well, I wasn't, but, you know, plans change. Well, what do you think about it? It's all right with me if it's all right with you. It's better than walking. Tell you, Matthew, that times is a-changing. And the thing is that they're a-changing for the worse, too. That so? Well, of course it is! There ain't nothing never happens in this town no more. Leastwise, nothing worth walking across the street and shaking a stick at. You can't deny that. Festus, I was called up three times during the night last night, and I really need some sleep. I mean, is that possible? Try my best not to bother you none. There you are, just what I been a-talking about. Them's the only kind that ever comes to Dodge anymore. Bunch of clodhopping, sodbusting, dang homesteaders and their squally young'uns. ♪♪ See you directly, Matthew. Hey! Hold up there. You collecting souvenirs, are you? Are you a lawman? Lawman? The last feller that called a Haggen a lawman is buried right up yonder on Boot Hill. Haggen, you ain't any kin to Catfish Haggen, are you? Catfish? He's only my dear beloved second cousin on my great-aunt lonely Bridget's side once removed. You know Catfish, do you? Know him? Him and me log-rafted on the downed end of the Missouri for two whole seasons a while back. Why, Catfish and me is old bunking buddies. Festus Haggen! Kip Gil... Uh, Slim Kerlin, I mean. I'm real proud to meet a cousin of old Catfish! Any friend of Catfish is a friend of Festus. Yeah, this here's my son, Packy. Howdy, Packy. Sure the spitting image, all right. Oh, Matthew, this here's Slim Kerlin. Uh, Slim, this is the marshal, Matthew Dillon. - How do? - How do? You two sound like you know each other. Not exactly. Slim here's a buddy of my cousin Catfish on the old river barges. Well, you probably have a lot to talk about, then. I'll see you later. I'm gonna get some coffee. Give me that poster or he'll miss it sure as you're a foot high. The marshal ain't like the lawmen you're used to, probably. This here'un's real smart. He miss this poster, he'd be onto something, sure as shooting. Who's this? Friend of yourn? Nah, just somebody I thought I recognized. Well, the first thing we got to do is get your rig over to the livery stable. Come on. All right, son, you run along down to the store and get yourself some candy, and I'll be along in a couple minutes. Yes, sir... Pa. All right, I'm not his pa... and my name ain't Kerlin. But I did raft logs with Catfish. That's good enough for me. Are you wanted bad, are you? You saw the poster, didn't you? You mean, that was you with all the...? Look, I'll tell you everything that you want to know, but later. First, I want to get this thing over with on account of the boy. All right, let's go. - Howdy, Doc. - Festus. - Kitty. - Hello, Festus. This here's my friend, Slim. He's looking for a girl. Is he, now? Aw, no, I-I mean a special girl. All the girls in Dodge are special. One way or another. I reckon you don't understand, miss. She must work here or something. Anyhow, she gets her mail delivered here in care of the Long Branch. Her name is Elena. Elena? Yeah, Elena Kerlin. And she's... she's about as pretty as they come. Uh, if that's any help to you. I'm sorry, mister. She doesn't work here. Then how'd she answer the letters that I sent here for her? - Is she...? - She was here. For a month or two over a year ago. She still sends somebody to get her mail every now and then. Look, miss, I'm sorry if I upset you, but I'd be most grateful if you could tell me where I can find her. I've heard she's living in Rat Hole Alley. That's south side, across the tracks. Much obliged to you. Is she, uh... some kin to you? Well, her and me used to be married, and, uh, I'm bringing our boy to see her. Well, Slim, uh, I'll be waiting here if you're of mind to come back directly. Ah, thank you, Festus. Well, right glad to have met you all. Is that the girl who...? It's the same girl, Doc. That poor devil's in for a shock. I'm looking for a Miss Elena Kerlin. How about, um, borrowing a dollar off you? Right straight over there. ♪♪ (knocks) WOMAN: Who's there? Oh, just a friend. I have no friends. Go away! Oh... Come on, Elena. Open up. Got to talk to you. Oh. I told you go away. Didn't I just say, "Go on, get out of here"? What's the matter, Ma? Are you sick? Who are you, anyhow? I'm a friend of your boy's here. I just helped to... help him find you. He's, uh, come here for a visit. Ain't you glad to see me, Ma? Honey? Just give Mama... a couple minutes. Mama don't feel so good. Mama's gonna... (Elena moans) (door closes) You stay here a minute. I want to talk to your ma. (grunts) What do you think you're doing?! Elena, how long you been living like this? If you don't like it, you can get out. I said get out! You better take another shot out of that before you throw it. Listen, you got to think up some kind of a story for that boy out there. What's it to you? Nothing. Give me that. You... you come back here! - Now, get off me. - You stop it, you fool! I need that! I need that! - Now, you listen to me! - (sobbing): I need that! What you need to do is to wash your face and-and-and... - pull yourself together! - (sobbing): I need that. You got a son out there who's waiting for his homecoming welcome. What do... what do you care? Well, I don't, but you ought to. Now, look, I'll have some grub sent over here to you. And here, here's some money. Now, that ought to be enough to take care of you for a couple or three weeks. If you don't drink it all up. (cries) You keep your money! You don't owe me nothing. I know I don't! And that boy, either. Because him and me's already finished our deal. Wait. Why, then, how come you're butting in? I'm not! Good luck. I think you'd better wait until she calls you before you go in. She ain't been feeling very well. What are you gonna do? Oh. Well, hang around town a few days. And move off, I reckon. You figure you throwed them off the trail? Oh, yeah. Lots of folks saw us come into town. Just another sodbuster and his young'un. I'll be all right. You will, too. Don't you worry none about it. You gonna find things real good for yourself. Sure, I will. She's my ma. Yeah. Yeah, that's right. (clicks tongue) Well... So long, Packy. You Marshal Dillon? That's right. What can I do for you? I'm Tabe Morley. And, uh, this is my partner Ed Sykes. We're hunting this man. Followed him all the way from East Texas. DILLON: Are you a lawman? MORLEY: Nope. DILLON: What are you... Bounty hunters? SYKES: We run cattle. Lots of cattle. Gilman was one of our hands. No, no. He was a great deal more than that. I practically raised that boy. His folks are very close friends of mine. I see. Well, uh, you figure he's in Dodge or something? Well, we just saw his horse in the livery stable. He was put in there yesterday, and the stableman can't seem to remember exactly who put him in. We got one of our boys watching the place in case he comes back. We thought maybe you could pry the stableman's memory if you was of mind to it. Well, I still don't understand. What's you men's part in this? We're the ones he robbed. Man he murdered was the bookkeeper on the ranch. Man I'd had with me for 20 years. As a matter of fact, he was a very close friend of Gilman's. DILLON: How'd this happen? We, uh, just sold a big piece of land. Cash. $100,000. And, uh, it was in the ranch safe. And there was nobody there that night except the bookkeeper and Gilman. And round about midnight, Sykes here rode out from town. And Gilman was already saddled up and ready to go. And he wouldn't answer any questions. Just pulled his gun on Sykes and shot at him. Then he rode out. The bookkeeper was laying dead on the floor. Pistol-whipped. And the safe was empty. Well, all right, so the man did you harm. I still don't understand why you followed him all this way. Why didn't you just go back home and let the law handle this? That boy knew that he could come to me for anything he wanted within reason. Now, I want to know why he did it. You don't think we're gonna let that murdering sneak get away with it, do you? All right. I'll check into it. Good day, gentlemen. Thank you, Marshal. - Well, y'all... - Now, just a minute here. You wouldn't, by any chance, be heading down to warn anybody to stay away from the livery stable, would you? Oh, golly... Hey, Festus, I think your cousin Catfish has got some pretty rough friends. Matthew, I swear on my poor old ma's work-wore hands that the facts just ain't what them fellers said they are. I tell you, I'm just gonna send off a little telegram to the sheriff of Carver County, Texas and find out about that. Now, in the meantime, uh, your friends wouldn't, by any chance, be planning to leave town, would they? Oh, ain't none of my friends got an idea in their head like that. Good. Well, you just see that you keep them pure. And I'll tell you another thing. You know, shaving a man's beard off doesn't help to change his appearance very much. I'd still know you if you shaved yours off, you know. ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ (spurs jingling) Slim... Them's the two I told you about. Yeah, I know it is. They just been over at the marshal's office. Hmm. I gotta hit the trail out of here. Uh, there's a man watching for you at the livery stable. Then I reckon there's only about one thing I can do. I'm much obliged for all you've done for me, but you steer clear of this. You hear me? Why, hello, Packy. I didn't figure you'd come around. Well, I ch... (Elena laughing) ELENA: Now, you stop acting so silly. Mom's got somebody visiting. Look, will you do me a chore? Sure! You go into Front Street and look up a sawbones by the name of Doc Adams and tell him to come on out here right away. There's a lady called Miss Kitty in the Long Branch. She'll tell you where his office is. All right? Got that? Yes, sir. ELENA: What's the matter with you? You get out of here, before I... MAN: Hold on, now, mister! You've got a lot of nerve. Yeah? Who do you think you are, coming in here like this? (sighs) Well, I'll tell you who I am. My name is Slim Kerlin. I'm your husband. I don't... I don't have no husband. Been dead... for years. - Well, you've got one now, sweetheart. - (whimpers) And I'm him. So here's to matrimonial bliss. You think she's gonna be all right? Oh, sure, she will. He's been in there an awful long time. Well, sawbones always do that, because they figure then that you'll figure that they're worth the money. (door opens) I gave her a sedative, and that'll keep her asleep for about eight hours, something like that, and when she wakes up, you can give her another one, that's the same thing. But not over about three of those a day. Well, she ought to have some food. Some milk and eggs and soup and things, you know. I'll see she gets it. I left a list of things in there on that table that you can look at if you can find it in all that mess. We'll clean the place up, too. What she ought to have is a bath. Well, I was wondering, Doc, if maybe you might know of some woman that would be willing to come out here and stay with her for a few days. You know, sort of look after her, clean her up a bit, maybe... fix up her hair. Yeah, I know a woman like that, but she'll charge you. Well, I got money. You... send her over. All right. If you say so. Do you have any idea what you're letting yourself in for? Well, I'm obligated, Doc, sort of. See, me and her was married, and... well, uh, this here's my son, Packy. That's right. Yeah, well, um... good luck to you. Uh, Doc, will this, uh... this take care of your time and your trouble? Very generously, thank you. I sure hope things turn out all right for you. Thank you. You know, she never used to be like that. She must've been real sick. Yeah, she must've been. She don't even act like she knows me. Oh, sure, she knows you. You're gonna see a big difference in a couple of days. I hope so. You will. You wait and see. Now, come on. We got work to do. Kitty. - Festus. - Matthew. - Marshal. - KITTY: Hi, Matt. Excuse me. Gentlemen. We was wondering if you got a line on that fellow Kip Gilman. No, not since I talked to you the other day. Well, in a town this size, it appears to me you'd be able to find him in three days. Well, you two have been out looking for him, I presume? It ain't my town. No, that's right, it isn't. Well, I know one thing. If I'm ever wanted and I need a place to hole up, I'll come right here. Why don't you try that? Let's go, Sykes. I'll tell you one more thing. It's like I told you the other day: you leave Gilman up to the law. Law? (laughs) What law? He riles up easy, Marshal. Sykes there is a proudy one, Matthew. Yeah. Somebody told me that your friend Slim was holed up at Elena Kerlin's across the tracks. Well, I don't know. It is possible, Matthew. You... fixing to bring him in, are you? Well, I was trying to hold off till I heard from the sheriff down in Texas. See, once I take your friend into jail, these two can get extradition papers on him. There's nothing more I can do for him. Well, now, he swore up and down that these charges was stacked up agin him, Matthew, by somebody for some reason. Well, it's possible, Festus. Say, Kitty, I didn't know that Elena Kerlin was still around Dodge. This is as good a town as any to drink yourself to death in. I remember her when she first came to town. She certainly was a pretty, sweet girl then. Yeah, too sweet and too pretty. When those trail drivers fought over her and trampled on her and cut her face open, that was all. Just seems like some folks is born to lose. Others got to work at it. Well, how about your friend Slim? Where does he fit in that picture, Festus? Well, he ain't lost yet, Matthew. No. Not yet. (clucking) Oh... Mrs. McGibbon's been cracking the whip, huh? Yeah. She said it wouldn't hurt me none to learn how to peel spuds. I have to cook 'em, too! She ain't coming back till tomorrow. She show you how? Sure. Don't sound like no chore to me. All you do is put some water on 'em and boil 'em up. All we can do is hope for the best. Well... You, uh, going to rejoin the world of the living? I thought it was the lady who came in. No, she left for the day. Well... This place. What... I don't understand. Who did all this? (chuckles) Well... Mrs. McGibbon had some time on her hands. She... she, uh... fixed up these curtains, and... Packy and me, we handled the cleanup. Packy? Mmm. He's really... here? Why, sure. Hey, Packy? Come here a minute. - Ma! - Oh, Packy. Oh, Packy, Packy... Oh, Packy, I acted so bad to you. (sobs) Well, you were... you were sick, Ma. Nobody acts the same when they're sick. You know that. (laughs) Whoo! - Oh, have you grown! - Yeah. It's been a long time since... (chickens clucking) Oh, that old hen, it's gonna eat my spuds. Oh. All right. (exhales) (laughs) You been staying here? Yeah, yeah. I, uh... on the, uh... well, I've slept in worse beds. Oh. Why'd you do all this? You know I can't pay you. Well... ain't no reason to. Uh... You don't owe me anything. Why not? Well, because I needed a place to stay and a... a name to use. And you needed some help. So, as far as I'm concerned, we're even. (chuckles) Who are you? My name's Kip Gilman. I'm wanted for murder in East Texas. You can make yourself $5,000 just by turning me in. Who did you kill? Nobody. There's lots of people who'll tell you different. Well, then what happened? Well, I mean, how come you're wanted? Well... I was working for a couple of ranchers, Tabe Morley and his partner Sykes. Well, one night, there was a lot of money in the ranch safe. And the bookkeeper and me and Sykes, we was the only ones there. So Sykes comes out to the bunkhouse and he gives me this package to take into town. I get about three miles out of town when some of Sykes' boys jumped me. They opened fire on me. They was waiting there for me! I got clear of that, but I hid out that night. And the next morning, the word is out that I'm wanted for killing the bookkeeper and robbing the safe. Oh, that Sykes, he'd set me up good. That package he give me to take into town had $10,000 in bills in it, part of the money taken out of the safe. And then you ran away. I ran. Been running for three months. (humming) I always keep that door open during business hours. Oh, we'll open it pretty soon. I see that fella didn't come for his horse yet. No, no, ain't seen him. What was it you said his name was? He didn't say. I told you that before. Oh, that's right, you did, come to think of it. I was hoping maybe your memory had improved some. Well, I-I told you I don't remember much about that fellow. Wasn't paying much attention, I reckon. Hey, you better put that back. That belongs to Mr. Overton. You know, me and Duster was having a little talk before we came over here. And, uh, we got in a little argument. We was arguing about the best way to jog a man's memory. Now, I got one idea, Duster got another one. (humming) You know, you don't even look like the same woman. (laughs) I don't feel like the same one, either. Well, that's good. (Elena humming) Some things don't change, though. You mean that scar? Nah, that don't harm you none. It harmed me enough to get me started. I couldn't face people looking the way I did without some kind of help. That's kind of a weak alibi, don't you think? What right have you got to talk? Well, you haven't faced things any more than I have. You run away! Yeah, maybe I do. That's what you're doing now. (sighs) That's what I been doing all my life, I reckon. Funny... you helped me out of my swamp, but I-I just can't find no way at all of helping you. Forget it. You don't owe me nothing. I wasn't thinking about owing. (knocking) Shh. Sykes and Duster... they're coming here. (knocking) Talk with them. What can I say to them? Lie to them. Anything you can think of. Your husband home, lady? What do you want with him? Well, uh, we're a couple friends of his. We want to talk to him about a horse. ELENA: He ain't home. I don't think you understood me. I said, uh, we're a couple of friends of his. We'll come in and wait. - Well, I said no. - Now, look, lady... Well, now, you look. Now, you make one move at me, and they'll tear you to pieces. All right, now, get out of here. I'll slip out of here right after dark. Fella come to the hotel, said you wanted to talk to me. Yeah, that's right. Where's you partner? I don't know. He's been off somewhere all day. What'd you want, Marshal? Well, I, uh... I just got a telegram from your sheriff in answer to the one I sent him. - Read it. - Mm-hmm. (clears throat) It's not possible. It's not possible. You think the sheriff's lying, do you? Oh, no, he's honest as the day is long, but, I, uh... I just can't believe this. Marshal, I gotta talk to you. Come in, Roy. ELENA: No sign of 'em? Just hope they're not still watching that livery stable. Running isn't the only way, you know? Look, we've been all through that. We could go to Marshal Dillon. And what, say, "Please send me back to Texas so they can hang me?" No. Have a trial and tell 'em your side of it. They don't want my side. They got one of their own. What's the good in running all your life? Now, look, it appears to me that you're worrying about an awful lot that don't count. Now, you're not gonna get in any trouble about this. You just tell 'em that I held a gun on you, that's all. That I made you go along, and they won't hurt you. Well, I didn't think they would. And I'll give you enough money to get out of this town and take the boy with you. Well, I don't want your money. I wanted to help you! I wanted you to see! Forget it. - (window breaks) - Oh! It's Packy's jackknife. Oh. That means they're not coming in after me again. I'm gonna have to go out to them. (revolver cylinder clicking) Wish me luck. I better leave this with you. I might drop it out there or something. Be careful. Listen, if I was careful, I'd crawl out that back window and I'd run like a deer. Take care of that boy. ♪♪ Sykes! Come on out where I can see you! ♪♪ Gilman! DILLON: Hold it! Stop right there! All right, now, drop the guns, all of you. Go on, Sykes. You're under arrest for murder. Are you all right? Yeah. Hey, Ma! Ma, look what I got! Where'd you get that? A man gave me five dollars for my old knife and told me to go buy a new one. He must have been crazy. Yeah, he was. You stay here with your ma now. You say he was wanted for murder? Gilman, you're in the clear. I checked with the sheriff back in East Texas. Some of his friends told the whole story. Well, I can't blame him for feeling bitter. I just hope he gets over it. He may. Or it can help. Golly be, well, he sure didn't learn much from cousin Catfish, did he? How's that? Well, you no more'n get him off of one hook, and he gets hisself right back on another one. Come on. Let's go home.
Behind the Scenes Trivia
Kurt Russell, the future lead star of the movie, The Thing, debuting in 1982, appears as a guest in this episode. On the other hand, The Thing from Another World, the original film that premiered in 1951, stars James Arness, who played The Thing.
Many residents in Rat Hole Alley, Dodge’s slum-like area across the tracks on the south side, were standing or sitting around whenever anyone went to Elena’s shack. Sykes and his partner, Duster, witnessed this when they came to Elena and threatened her. Seeing the potential danger, these residents began walking toward Elena’s shack to protect her. The situation made Sykes and Duster leave the place. However, when they returned, none of these people were present and threw Packy’s jackknife through the window after allegedly kidnapping him to force Kip to come out and face them.
The production used Walter Donaldson’s 1927 song “My Blue Heaven,” with lyrics written by George Whiting, as the basis for this episode’s title.
Towards the end, when Elena emerges from her shack and walks to the right, viewers can view the shadow of a boom mic on the building.
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