Gunsmoke (1955–1975): Season 2, Episode 17 - Sins of the Father - full transcript

Big Dan Taggitt, a mountain man, signs up for a room at the Dodge House for he and his wife. Everything is fine until Mr. Dobie finds out his wife is an Indian. Not just any Indian...she is the daughter of Yellow Horse an Indian raider who had killed many settlers. Dobie riles the town up against them while Matt tries to keep the peace. Dobie's ranting eventually leads to violence.


Starring James Arness
as Matt Dillon.

Good morning.

How do, mister?

I'd like me a room
for a few days.

A double room.

A double, hm?

Well, I guess you can use one.
You're big enough.

It ain't that.

My wife's with me.

She's out in the wagon.
She'll be right in.

I see.

Would you like to sign the book?

I wonder if you'd oblige me,

Sure. Sure.

What's the name?


Big Dan Daggitt and missis.


All right, I'll-

I'll give you number eight.

It's right up there
at the top of the stairs.

Do you think
you can find it?

The number's right there
on the...


That's all right, mister.

My wife will know.

Hey, wait a minute.

You didn't tell me.


She's an Arapaho.

She's my wife.

Hey, wait a minute!

Wait a minute,

Doc, are you sure Mr. Dillon
ain't come by here yet?

Yes, I'm sure.

I told you, I've been
sitting right here over an hour.


Well, he could've come up
the other side of the street,

and you'd never seen him,

your nose stuck
in that paper there.

Yes, if he came up
the other side of the street,

I might have missed him.

Why don't you just
walk over to the office

and take a look
in there and see.

He just might be
sittin' in there.

Oh, I ain't gonna walk
clear up there.

Not unless'n I have to.

You're not, huh?

Well, you just got
a terrible, terrible problem.

How you gonna solve it?

Well, I'm just gonna
sit around here.

I mean, he's gotta come by here
sooner or later.

Yeah, I'll bet you do.
You'll sit right here.

You'll just- And somebody will
steal something in town.

Something will happen, and
you won't have any idea what-

What it is.
You- Somebody will-

You know, Doc,
this early-morning air

runs kinda cool and everything.

I mean, it makes you
a little bit sassy, don't it?

If you're gonna sit there,
I wish you'd be quiet.

I just had my breakfast.
I'm trying to read the paper.

Breakfast? You know, I could eat
breakfast all day, Doc.

Do you ever try taking a potato

and just slicing it
real thin-like,

and then just dumping
all of it

right in a big skillet
of hot grease

and just lettin' it fry?

Oh, that's good, Doc.
That really is.

If I ever have to open you up,
I'm gonna charge you double.

Double? Why?

I just know the way
your eyes light up

when anybody mentions
anything about food that you-

You must have two stomachs.

Two of everything.
You must have two livers.

Two gizzards.

All right, there you are.
There's Matt.

Now, you leave me alone,
will you? There he comes.

Oh, Mr. Dillon,
I been lookin' for you.

Where you been?
Why, is something wrong?

Well, I guess so.

Mr. Dobie's awful upset
about something in there.

He says he wants to see you.

All right.

Hello, Doc.

Morning, Matt.

Good morning, Mr. Dobie.

Sure been wanting
to see you, marshal.

Now, what's the matter?

You got a riot in here
or something?

There'll be a riot if you don't
get them people outta here.

Now, what people's that?

The Daggitts, that's who.

And who are the Daggitts?

"Big Dan" Daggitt,
he calls himself.

One of them mountain men.

Hunter or something.

One of them real hairy fellas.

He shouldn't be allowed
around other white men.

Why not?
What's he been doing?

He's been sittin' up there
in my hotel room.

I let him in before I knew.

Knew what?

You'll see for yourself.

You know, marshal,
I don't have to let nobody

stay in my hotel,
unless I want 'em to.

No, I guess not, if you got
a good enough reason.

I got plenty of reason.

Three people have already
threatened to move out.

Sounds like he's got a box
of rattlesnakes in there

or something.
It's worse than that.

I brought Marshal Dillon
with me this time, Daggitt.

Dobie here wanted me to come up
and have a talk with you.

Well, come on in.

Well, you're right
about one thing, Dobie.

He sure enough
is a big man.

A man can't help being big.

No offense.

There's been times when
I wish I was smaller myself.

Not that I can't move as fast as
any man, but I'm easier to see.

That's the only
bad part.

Tell me, what seems to be
the trouble

between you and Dobie?

It ain't my trouble, marshal.

Nothing seems to be wrong here
that I can see, Dobie.

It ain't him.

It's his wife.

He don't like my wife, marshal,
'cause she's an Injun.

That ain't it. What do I care
whether she's an Indian?

Where is she?

In the other room.

Well, go get her.

Dobie, do you know
what I can do

with the fingers of this hand,
just the fingers?

Don't forget I got
the marshal with me.

I'll use the other hand on him

if he starts
orderin' me about too.

Now hold on here.

We're not gonna get anywhere
with that kind of talk.

Marshal, you look like you'd be
pretty good

with that gun of yours.

But I killed a mountain lion
with this knife.

I ain't scared of any man alive,
and not many ghosts.

What a savage.

Oh, I didn't come here
to fight you, Daggitt.

I just came here to find out
what the trouble was.

If it has something
to do with your wife-


There, marshal. Look.

If it's me they're talking
about, why didn't you call me?

Got nothing
to do with you.

Dobie here is trying
to order me around.

I only asked you
to bring her in here

so the marshal could see her.

Well, now he's seen her.

What's all the fuss about?

You're playin' dumb,
ain't you, Daggitt?

Would you answer a question,

Not from him.

From me?

Where'd you meet Mrs. Daggitt?



I'm a mountain man,

I never been
on the prairie before.

Well, uh, what were you doing
in Denver, Mrs. Daggitt?

I was sent there four years ago
to get an education.

My father was a chief, marshal.

What chief?

His name was
Yellow Horse.

That's worse.
That's the worst yet.

I don't understand.
What's this about?

Two years ago, the Arapahos
raided through this country.

A lot of settlers
were killed,

and Yellow Horse
was their leader...

till he got killed.

Why, I never heard that.
Is it true?

I don't know.
I only heard he was dead.

Well, what difference
does it make?

She wasn't on them raids.

Well, of course she wasn't.

But there's still a lot
of high feeling around here

against the Arapahos.

We won't stand for 'em in Dodge.

Now, just a minute, Dobie.

You can't blame her
for something

she had nothing
to do with.

I'd blame that whole tribe,

especially her father.

And I won't stand
for her being here.

She's probably
as murderous as he was.


I'd like to apologize
to your wife here

for bothering her at all.


That's right.

Come on.
Let's get outta here.

No, you gotta throw 'em out.

You know, Dobie,
I'm like Mr. Daggitt here.

I guess I don't
take orders very well.

All right, marshal.

If the law won't help me-

And the law won't help you.

And you're not gonna do
anything by yourself, either.

Now let's go.

Now listen.

Listen to me.

You all remember the raid.

You all remember
Yellow Horse.

Well, don't you realize
this is his daughter?

She's staying right here
in this town.

All of you had
a relative or friend killed,

or mighty near it,
by them murderers.

All of us did.

Now, you think that over.

I don't see
why you stand for it.

What do you figure
to do about it, mister?

Well, I don't know,
but we ought to do something.

Well, that Dobie,
he just won't give up,

will he, Mr. Dillon?

I don't like
the look of that at all.

Neither do I.

He's gonna keep on

till he 'causes
some kind of trouble.

You mark my words.

Ain't there nothing
you can do to stop him?



For an Injun,
she's a looker.

She's a murdering Arapaho.


Well, marshal.

I thought I told you
not to start anything.

This is a free country.
A man can speak his mind.

Now, those two people are gonna
leave town in a day or two,

and there's no point in
stirring up any kind of trouble.

Now you men break it up
and move along.

Go on. Get movin'.

All right, that's you too.
Go on.


why don't you try minding
your own business for once.

That's good advice, marshal.

Why don't you take it.

Oh, that stubborn fool.

He will never change his mind.

Yeah, some people
are like that, Chester.

And that Mrs. Daggitt.

She seems so real nice too.

Well, lookie there.

I wonder what they're
goin' into Jonas' store for.

You think they're gonna
buy her a dress or something?


Which reminds me, Mr. Dillon.

You mind stoppin' in there
for a minute?

All right.

I wanna get
a little string tie for Sunday.

Oh, hello, Miss Kitty.

Hi, Chester. Hello, Matt.

Hello, Kitty.

Ties are right over here,
Mr. Dillon.

I won't be a minute. Heh.

Well, you're getting
as bad as Chester,

buying clothes all the time.

As Chester?

Matt, if Chester's
always buying clothes,

how is it ever since
I've know him

he's always worn
that same pair of pants?

Well, he just takes
good care of 'em, I guess.

Sees that they don't get torn.

If they ever did,
he'd have to go to bed.

How do you like this?

Well, it's all right
if you like it.

Say, where's Jonas?

Oh, he's out back
with Daggitt and his wife,

showin' 'em something.

He sure is a buffalo,
that man.

Isn't he, though?

His wife's
a beautiful little thing.

Yeah, she is.

Now, Matt...

Well, I guess
he can't be all brute,

or a girl like that
never would've married him.

Yeah, too bad, uh,

Dobie can't see it that way.

Oh, Dobie's just
not thinkin' straight.

where's Jonas?

Oh, he's out back, Rodin.


Here he comes.

Hey, Jonas,
I need some shoe nails.

Be right with you,

I'm in a hurry.

Eh, this won't take a minute.

I ain't waitin'
while you sell beads to her.

What's she doin' here, anyway?

She's got just much right here
as you have, Rodin.

An Arapaho woman?

You throw her outta here,
or I will.

This here woman's my wife.

Your wife?

You'll have to
throw me out too.

Now, look,
I didn't mean nothing.

If you don't mean nothing,
don't talk.

Sure. Sure.

It's your business.

W-what do I care?
Even if you do care,

you shouldn't say nothing
out loud.

I ain't sayin' nothing.

I gotta go now.

how do, marshal?

I didn't know you was here.

You handled that
real fine, Daggitt.

Well, I can't fight
every man in the world.

No, you sure can't.

And I don't aim to try,

if they don't push me too far.

Has, uh, Dobie been
leavin' you alone?

Well, excepting
for the talk.

But we're leaving town
in a day or two,

back to Colorado.

Oh, marshal, you come up
for supper with us 'fore we go.

Rose here would like that.

Fine. It'll be a pleasure.

Come on, Chester.

Now, Mr. Jonas,
would you put this on my bill

until the first of the month?

All right.

Thank you.

You know,
I wonder where Doc is.

He ain't come in
for his morning coffee yet.

He ain't down in his office,

I been there.

He had a call out at
the Duke place last night,


Somebody sick?

Well- Heh.

-he doesn't usually
get many social calls.

Well, I-
I was gonna give him one.

I'll tell him that.
He'll really appreciate it.

See who that is, will you?

Well, it ain't Doc,
that's for sure.

He wouldn't even
bother to knock.

Oh, hello, Dan.

I'm kinda worried, marshal.

Well, what's the matter?
It's Rose.

I can't find her nowhere.

Can't find her?
What do you mean?

Well, I ain't seen her
since 4:00 this morning.

I feel like a fool, comin' here
and telling you this.

But I was hopin' you and Chester
would help me look for her.

I've been everywhere.

Well, sure, we'll help you
look for her.

It ain't like Rose
to go off like that.

Not here with all this talk.

Rose wouldn't do that.

Where'd you see her last?
In our room.

I woke up real early
and I couldn't sleep.

I got dressed and went down
on the street to walk around.

I didn't want to bother her.

I was only gone an hour,

but I just never
should've left her.

Didn't you try asking
anybody at the hotel?

See if they'd seen her?
There weren't nobody there.

Not when I went out
nor when I come in.

Well, where could she have gone
at that hour of the morning?

She couldn't have gone nowhere,
not Rose.

That's why I'm worried.

Well, come on.
Let's start looking.

Well, I don't know, Mr. Dillon.
She just ain't anywheres.

Did you talk to Dobie?

Yeah, yeah.
He hasn't seen a thing, either.

Daggitt, isn't there anything
else you can tell us at all?

No, marshal, nothing.

That's Rose.
That's Rose in that buggy.


Rose, what are you doing there?
We've been looking everywhere.


Well, get down.
Carry me, Dan.

Yes, you'll have to carry her.

And just carry her right on up
to my office there.

Oh, Rose, what happened to you?
Where have you been?

What happened, Doc?

You just better let her
tell you, Matt.

Chester, will you take care
of my rig for me, please?

Uh, yeah.

All right. Now, Rose, I-

I want you to
just lie back down there.

Tell your whole story.

Marshal Dillon
is gonna be interested.

All right.

Now, go on.

Well, Dan had gone out
to take a walk,

and somebody came from behind

and tied a bandanna
over my face.

I never should have
left you alone.

It wasn't your fault.

Go on, Rose.

It was two men.

They never said a word
the whole time.

They never talked once.

They took me out
and tied me onto a horse,

and led it out
onto the prairie.

Well, why didn't you
yell or something?

Oh, I fought.

I fought, Dan.

Yes, I know,
but why didn't you yell?

Injun women
don't yell.

They finally stopped and...

untied me
and took me off the horse.

Tore my moccasins off.

And hit me some.



rode off.

I got the bandanna off,
but they were out of sight.

I never did get a look at them.

So I walked and walked

until I saw the doctor
coming toward me.

I don't think I could've walked
much farther.


Well, Dobie,
are you satisfied now?

I didn't have anything
to do with it.

Your big mouth did.


Rose, are you sure
that you didn't see any of 'em,

or hear their voices?

No, but I did hear them walk.

Everybody has a different walk.

Did you recognize 'em
from their walk?


It wasn't Dobie
or anybody I know.

But I'll know them next time.

And we'll find them.

We'll set on the street
and listen till we find 'em.

And when we do,
I'm gonna cut 'em.

I'll cut 'em something awful
before I kill 'em.


You let Rose find 'em
if she can.

But then I'll take 'em.

They're mine, marshal.

They're just as much mine
as Rose is mine.

I wouldn't let nobody else
in the world touch her but me.

That would be murder,

Is that what you call it?

Dan, don't cause more trouble.

You fix her up, Doc.

Then we'll start listenin'.

That's as good a way
of huntin' as any.

You know, it's kinda creepy,
Mr. Dillon.

They've been sittin' like that
for three days.

Just sittin' and listenin'.

Not even lookin' much.

I know it.

The whole town's
talking about it.

But I guess
that's Dobie's doing.

He's the only one that could
have told anybody about it.

You know, it's almost as if
he warned them two men

to keep away.

Well, I almost wish he had,

Huh? Oh.

Oh, you mean 'cause you're
afraid Daggitt would kill 'em

and get into trouble.

Well, that's one reason,

unless we could stop him.

Yeah, well, what's the other?

Well, those two,
whoever they are,

might get tired of waiting

and decide to
do something about it.

You mean,
do something to her again?

It's possible.

Yeah, well, I-
I never thought of that.

I wish I could find
those two myself.

Well, I don't think
there's much chance of that.

No, I know there isn't.

But one of us has got to
stay here every minute,

as long as they're over here.

Yeah, I can see that.

Look, I'll stay first.
You go on back to the office.

Yeah. Well, all right.

Hello, Chester.

Oh, Mr. Dillon, you're back.

They gave up for the night, huh?

Yeah, they went
back up to their room.


Well, I guess they ought to be
safe enough there.

Yeah, I hope so.

Funny how tired
a man can get just sittin'.

But we'll keep at it.
I don't care how long it takes.

You're very tired,
aren't you, Dan?

Now, don't you
fret yourself about me.

But I do.

You haven't had any sleep
for so long.

I can go without it longer.

For me.

For me, will you rest?

I'm all right.

You can lie down in there
and you can still be close.

I won't be afraid.

Please, Dan.

You'll call me?

If I need you,
I'll call you.

Now, you go to sleep.


What is it?
What's the matter?

Please, will you run
to the doctor for me?

Quick, before he closes?

What for?

I feel dizzy.

Maybe you could get me
something. Some powders.

Well, I don't know nothing
about them things.

What would I tell him?

Just tell him
my head hurts again.

He'll know
what to give you.

Well, all right.

Come in.

Don't you think you oughta be
turnin' in, Mr. Dillon?

That was a shotgun,
wasn't it?


It sounds like
it came from the Dodge House.

Come on.

All right. Everybody
get outta the way here.

Get outta the way.

Now, everybody stay outside.

I'll take the gun,
Mrs. Daggitt.

Were those men
coming after you?

You know who they are,

Well, no, I-I don't.

I seen 'em around,
but that's all.


Why didn't you tell me?

Why did you send me away?

I couldn't let you hang
for what happened to me, Dan.

Why, I'd have
gladly hung for it.

It's better
than you goin' to jail.

I won't mind.

I won't let them
do it to you.

It ain't fair.

Don't you try and take her,

Don't you try.

I'm not gonna
take her, Daggitt.

What do you mean?

Look here at these men.

They had a rope and a gag
all fixed for her mouth.

They were coming for her.

It's a pure case
of self-defense.

They had a wagon
waiting at the back door.

I seen it, but I-
I didn't think.

Oh, marshal,
I've been a fool.

Marshal, there's something
I wanna say.

What's that?

I didn't know
those men,

but I seen 'em.

I seen 'em that day
when I talked like I did.

They listened to me
and they heard me.

I don't feel
very proud.

You're the one that should be
going to jail, Dobie.

You know that,
don't you?

That's what
I'm tryin' to say.

Most of what has happened,
ma'am, has been my fault.

The killings and all.

I feel like hiding.

Mr. Dobie...

Yes, ma'am?

I'm not blaming you
for what happened.

I'm not blaming anyone.

Thank you, ma'am.

Come on, Chester.