Gunsmoke (1955–1975): Season 2, Episode 36 - Daddy-O - full transcript

Kitty's long-lost father, who abandoned her when she was a baby, shows up in Dodge, eager to take her back to New Orleans with him.


Starring James Arness
as Matt Dillon.

Well, morning, Chester.

Morning, Doc.

About time for that stage
to be pulling in, eh?

Well, by golly,
it's late again.

Yeah, I guess it is.

And what are you
waiting out here for? You-

You expecting a young lady

to come in on the stage
or something?

No, Doc.

Well, why not? You...

You're young and rosy and-

You know that I ain't waiting
for no girl.

I was just out here looking
for Mr. Dillon.

Oh, that's right. Matt's
coming in today, ain't he?

Well, he wired that he's leaving
Hay City three days ago.

Well, is he coming in
on the stage?

Well, not if he can get out
of it he ain't.

You know how he feels
about stages.


Well, he's sure going
to be surprised.

Yeah. Oh.

Oh, you mean about Ms. Kitty?

Yeah. He sure is, ain't he?

I mean, what do you say
about that?

Well, I don't know.

Chester! He's here.

By golly, Doc.

Hello, Mr. Dillon.


How are you?

Sure glad to see you back,
Mr. Dillon.

Good to be back.
I'll tell you.

Golly, you've been gone
three weeks.

Yeah, I thought I was going
up there for one trial

and it turned out
I had to stay for two.

Well, I knew it was something.

Well, you had a nice long
horseback ride out of it.

Hell, if you think
it was so nice

maybe I'll arrange
to take you along next time.

Well, that would take
a little bit more arranging

than I think you're capable of,
young fellow.

I expect you're right.

Well, then what's
been going on around here?

Anybody get shot or-

Oh. Oh. I almost forgot.
Come here.

Look up there, will you?


That sign over-
Over the Long Branch there.

Read it.
Read what it says.


Russell and Pence proprietors.

Do you mean Kitty?


She and Bill Pence are partners.

She bought a half interest
in the place

and they're running it together.

Well, I'll be doggoned. Wow.

Where did she get
that kind of money?

Oh, she's been saving her money.
She's smart.

She saved it a long time.
You can do it, I guess.

If you just take a notion.

I guess maybe we all ought to do
a little more of that, huh?

Mr. Dillon,

she's been waiting real proud
for you.

Oh, she has, huh?

I'll put your horse up for you.

All right, Chester.

Well, what do you think of it?

That is pretty fine, Doc.
You know?

Well, I guess I better get some
of this dust off

before I meet the, uh,
influential citizens, huh?

Well, hello, marshal.

Hey, there, Matt.

Well, I hear you're
a big business woman now.

That's right.

Well, that's wonderful.
Congratulations, Bill.

I hope you both make a million.

Oh, thanks, Matt.

If the price of whiskey hasn't
gone up, I'll buy you a drink.

Oh, it's gone down.
The first one's on the house.

I've got to give her credit.

We're making more money
than ever.


Well, come on in, Cuthbert.

Ms. Kitty,

telegram's come
for you down to the depot.

For me? Well, thank you.

Fellow said maybe I'd get
a dime if I brought it to you.

Here. That's better than a dime.

Give him a dime too, Bill.

Here you are, Cuthbert.

Gee. Thanks, Mr. Pence.

Russell and Pence, huh?

Yep. I'm the only man in town
with a female partner.

I mean, uh, a lady partner.

Oh, no.

What's the matter?

Excuse me.

What's that all about?

Well, I've got no idea, marshal.

She wasn't expecting
any news I know of.

Well, she sure got some.

I'll see in a minute.

Come on in, Matt.

What's the trouble?
Anything I can help you with?

No. No, thanks.

It's not bad news.

What is it?

It's my father.

Your father?

Yeah, he's- He's coming here
to Dodge tomorrow.

Well, I thought your father
was lost or something.

Well, I've never seen him.

He deserted my mother
in New Orleans

a few months after I was born.

Yeah. I remember
you told me that.

Well, then I must have
told you about-

Well, about how he was a gambler
and worked on the river boats.

My mother always said
that he was a-

A very charming man.

The funny thing about it is

that she never held it
against him, his deserting her.

She just accepted it
as the way he was.

I think in-

In a strange sort of way, that-

Well, that she was proud of him.

Well, how do you feel
about him, Kitty?

Well, I don't know.

Same as my mother I guess.

And you say
he's coming here tomorrow?

Yeah, on the afternoon stage.


Oh, would you, uh-

Would you go with me
to meet him? I-

I feel kind of scared.

Sure. I'll go with you.


Do you think he'll really
be on it?

Sure. Sure,
he'll be on it, Kitty.

Now, the thing for you
to do is just keep calm.

How will I recognize him?

I don't even know
what he looks like.

Well, he'll look like you.

Oh, sure.

Well, I mean-
Uh, through the eyes.

Or the hair will be or-

Well, something. It's-

Thank you.


I'm looking
for a Ms. Kitty Russell.

There she is.

I'm Kitty.

You're beautiful.

I knew you would be beautiful.

Thank you.

I know how you feel, child.

But we'll get acquainted.

We're going
to be great friends, Kitty.


I mean, of course.

Uh- Um-

This is Marshal Dillon.

Marshal, it's a pleasure
to meet you.

Well, it's pleasure to meet you,
Mr. Russell.

And, uh, Chester Goode.

How do you do?

Well, Kitty, I- I want
to meet all of your friends.

Sure. Certainly.

I've got a wonderful idea.

I'll give a dinner tonight.

I trust there's someplace here-

Some restaurant
where you can accommodate us.

Oh, yeah, yeah. Just down the
street, Delmonico's.

It's the best we've got.

If you want to I could go down
there and tell 'em just what-

Uh, Chester. Chester, uh-
What you want and the way-

Well, I was just trying to help,
Mr. Dillon.

Well, look, uh,
if you really want to help

maybe you can find
Mr. Russell's bags for him, huh?

Oh, no.
Oh, yeah.

No, I can find 'em.
I can take it myself.

Well, that was very kind of him.



Won't dinner like that
be kind of expensive?

Kitty, my child,
expense is no matter.

I own a very prosperous freight
business in New Orleans now.

I have for sometime.

Oh, that's wonderful.

So will you invite
your friends for me?

Yes, if you like.

Well, how many
shall I tell them to expect?

Well, uh, they'll
be Matt here and, uh,

Chester and-
And Doc Adams, of course. And-

Well, I guess that's all.

Well, now, wait a minute, uh-

What about Bill Pence?

After all, you know,
he's a partner of yours now.


Oh, it's nothing.

What are you talking about?

Mr. Russell, your daughter here

is half owner of the goingest
saloon in Dodge city.

Kitty, is this true?

Yes, it is.

You in the saloon business?

Well, an unmarried woman has

to earn a living somehow. And-

Well, I'm earning
a darn good one.

Of course, of course.

Well, we can talk
about all of this later on.

Tonight we celebrate.

Well, I found them, Mr. Russell.

I can show you
to your hotel now.

Thank you, Chester.
I need some rest.

Kitty, there'll be plenty
of time to talk.

It's best that
we get acquainted slowly.

Don't you think?

So, shall we say 8:00 tonight
at Delmonico's?

Fine, Mr. Russell.
Marshal, I'll meet you there.

I'll be looking forward to it.
You just follow me and I'll-

I'll show you Delmonico's
on the way to the hotel.

Fine, Chester.

Excuse me, please.

Well, kitty.

So that's my father, huh?

He's quite a gentlemen, huh?


I need a drink.

Come on.

Mr. Russell, I'll tell you,

I don't know when
I've been so good.

Well, I want to thank you for
recommending the place, Chester.

Oh, that's all right.

Of course, I don't guess it's
as good as what you're used to.

You know,
being from New Orleans and all.

Ms. Kitty was telling us how you
eat good, you know, down there.

What's matter with Kitty?

She doesn't seem
to be enjoying herself a bit.

Well, maybe she's a little shy.

Shy? Kitty?
That's nonsense.


Get your glass.
Here comes another toast.

Gentlemen, let's drink.

Let's drink a toast to my
new partner Ms. Kitty Russell.

And to her old man.


I mean her father.

And to their happy reunion.

And to their very happy reunion.

And may they have a lot more
of them from now on.

Forever and forever and forever.

Thank you.
Thank you very much.

Here's to Ms. Kitty.

Oh, thank you, Chester.

Well, thank you very much,

It's the happiest day
of my life.


To my daughter.

The best of the Russells.

The proud Russells.

To Kitty.

Thank you.

Hooray for Kitty.

Oh, thank you.

I got that all over the table.

You know,
you ought to lock those two

in the same cell tonight.

They deserve each other.

Yeah, I think you're right, Doc.

Proud Russells?

Too proud to be
in the saloon business.

Now, Kitty.
We'll settle all of that later.

All right.

Well, I'm afraid
I've got to be going.

But the evening just started.

Well, it's started
at the Long Branch too.

I won't be
much help tonight, Kitty.

Oh, it's all right, Bill.
You stay and have a good time.

Kitty, I don't like you
going out in the street

at this hour of the night alone.
I'll go with you.

No, Mr. Russell. It's all right.
I'll walk her back.

I have to make the rounds
of the town anyway.

Well, if you must leave,
I'll stop by

and say goodnight later on
this evening, then, Kitty.

That would be fine.

Goodnight, Kitty, Matt.
Goodnight, Doc.

Goodnight, Chester.
Thank you for a good party.

Not at all. Thank you.


Now, Dr. Adams,

why don't you come over here
and sit next to me?

We'll do some nice,
real drinking. Bring your glass.


Thank you. There we are.

Oh, now, now, now-

Now, wait a minute.
You two just wait a minute.

You don't want to do that.
What's the matter?

Well, now, that- That stuff
there will make you feel bad.

Well, it was, uh,
a nice party, huh?

Yeah, fine.

What's the matter, Kitty?

Is it his not wanting you
to be in the saloon business?

Oh, he'll get used to it,
I guess.

Or maybe I've just got
to get used to having a father.

Yeah, you know, you, uh,
haven't made him overly welcome.

Well, maybe I haven't decided
yet whether he's welcome or not.

Look, Kitty,
it's none of my business.

I don't mean to interfere.

That's all right, Matt.
I understand.

Anyhow, we'll
see soon enough, huh?



Morning, gentlemen.


What's she mad at us for?

She's not mad at us, Chester.

Well, what's the matter
with her then?

Well, I don't know.

But we'll find out soon enough.


I enjoyed that ride, Kitty.

Thanks for coming along.



it's going to take a little time

for us to get
to know each other,

for us to understand each other.


I- I don't mean
to hurry things.

I... You know what I mean.

But you don't want a daughter
of yours running a saloon.

It isn't right, Kitty.

You're not that kind of woman.

Oh, well,
what kind of woman am I?

I've neglected you, I know.

But you are still a lady.

Am I?

Well, of course, you are.

And you're going to remain one.

It's a good thing I came here
when I did.

Well, it just so happens,
your too late.

I'm not quitting for you
or for anybody else.

I had it too rough to give up
everything now that I've got-

I've got a chance to live
decently and to be somebody.

But I can
take care of you, Kitty.

I've told you
about my freight business.


You offer me help the first time
in my life I don't need it.

Well, I've got
to change my clothes now.

No, wait.
I'll take you to your room.

I'm safe here.

People know me.

Now you can take the rig.
Thank you.


Hello, Mr. Russell.

I hope I'm not bothering you.

Not at all.
Would you like to sit down.

No. No, thank you. I've been
sitting the last hour or two.

Oh, what were you doing?
Looking the country over?

Well, yes, partly.

But I wanted to Kitty alone

so that I could have
a little talk with her.

What's on your mind,
Mr. Russell?

Marshal, I need your help.

My help?
With Kitty.

Now, she might listen to you.

It's for her own good, marshal.

Between the two of us, we might
be able to convince her of that.

I don't know. Kitty's
a pretty strong minded woman.

I know. I know.

That's why I need your help.

Well, I'd like to help you,
Mr. Russell, but, uh-

I think it's up to Kitty
to do what she wants.

Well, surely you agree
that running a saloon

is no business for a lady.

Oh, I don't know.
I don't think people around here

think any less of her.

As a matter of fact,
they're kind of proud of her.

Yeah. Then you-

You won't help.

No, I'm afraid not, Mr. Russell.

This is one thing
that you and Kitty

will have to settle yourselves.

You're quite right, marshal.

I appreciate your frankness.

Buy you a drink?

No, thanks. I've got a lot
of work to do. Tonight maybe.

That'll be my pleasure.

Good day.


Oh, thanks, Bill.

Good evening, Kitty.

Evening, Matt.

Mr. Russell.
Well, sit down, marshal.

Join us in a drink.

No, thanks.
I'm just making my rounds.

I don't want to bother you.

Come on.
We've got something to tell you.


Well, all right,
in that case I'll, uh-

Sit down.

Thank you.

No. No, thanks. I'm not much
of a wine man, Mr. Russell.

Just as you say, marshal.

Well, you want to hear the news?

Yeah, what is it?

I'm leaving.
I going back to New Orleans.

I decided this afternoon.

Do you mean that?

Bill Pence is buying back
my share of the place for cash.

We had a long talk
this afternoon, marshal.

Kitty finally made up her mind.

She's going to do what's right.

I'm going to put the money in my
father's freight business, Matt.

We're going
to be great partners, we two.

And I'm mighty proud
of my daughter.

You know, he's right, Matt.

This isn't any place for a lady.

This is my last night
in any saloon ever.

Your last night?

Well, there's no sense
in putting it off.

We're going to leave tomorrow.

Oh, that reminds me.
Our tickets.

Will there be anybody at
the stage office at this hour.

There's always somebody there.

Well, if you'll excuse me.
I'll take care of it.

I'm a proud man.

Proud and happy man.

So he finally
convinced you, huh?

Well, he's a pretty smart talker
when he really tries.

Yeah, I guess he is.

What's the matter, Matt?
Don't you like him?

It doesn't matter whether
I like him or not, Kitty.

The point is, I don't trust him.

Now, we're getting someplace.


I don't trust him either.

And I'm going to need your help.

Let's go someplace
where we can talk, huh?

All right.

Well, marshal.

Hello, Russell.

Good morning, sir.

Where's Kitty?

Well, she insisted
on meeting me here.

She wanted to do her business
at the bank with Bill Pence

alone for some reason.

I don't know.

That may be just
because it's the last time

she'll be transacting
any business on her own.

I certainly hope so.

No woman should be
in business anyway.

Especially Kitty.

You know, she trusts people
too much, Mr. Russell.

They take advantage of her.

Not anymore. I can assure you.

I hope she'll be safe carrying
all that money.

I don't think anybody would be
up to rob her in broad daylight.

Oh, but they would at night, hm?

Well, you know, Mr. Russell...

there are some men who would
do anything for a dollar.

Night or day.


I told you she'd be here.

You know, I don't think anybody
would ever bother her.

She's pretty well liked
around Dodge, you know.

By a lot of people.

Yes, yes. Of course.

In fact, uh-

I think people would take it
pretty personal

if anything bad
ever happened to her.

No matter who did it.

Yes, I- I'm sure.

Excuse me, marshal.

Good morning.
You're late, Kitty

Well, the stage hasn't left yet.

No, but we better
be getting a seat.

All right.

Hello, Kitty.

Good morning, Matt.

Don't you have
a bag of any kind?

Oh, my bag's all taken care of.

No. I mean a handbag.
You're not carrying anything.

No, I'm not.

What about the money?

Did you get it?

No, I didn't.


Well, I changed my mind
at the last minute.

What do you mean?

Well, I got thinking
about it last night

and I decided I might as well
leave it right here

in the Long Branch
with Bill Pence.

It's a good investment and-

Well, I can always come back
and sell out if I ever need to.

Now, look, here, Kitty.

I'm deciding everything
for you from now on.

Well, we'll talk about it
on the stage. Come on.


No. We don't go
until you get that money.

Which is it you really want?

Me or the money?

That isn't the question.

You just do as I say.

You haven't changed a bit,
have you?

Mother always said
you'd never change.

And she was right.

Don't tell me you own a
freight business in New Orleans.

That's enough, Kitty.


You stay out of this, marshal.

She's my daughter.

And you're
just another man to me.

And a crook besides.

You'll be sorry for this, Kitty.

I'd be even sorrier
if I let you steal my money.

It's all right, Kitty.

I think he understands now.

You're in this together.

You had it all planned,
didn't you? Didn't you?

Hey! Anybody going
on this stage better get in.

I'm pulling out!

Well, Russell...

You've played it
pretty smart so far.

Don't disappoint us now.

See it through, huh.

Play it all the way.

For Kitty's sake.

Please, father.

Please, get on that stage.

Leave me at least
that much pride.




Goodbye, father.



Come on, Kitty.

Ho! Hyah!

Well, you were right
about him, Kitty.

Sure, I was right.

Because he's proud.

All us Russells are proud.

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