Gunsmoke (1955–1975): Season 3, Episode 9 - Romeo - full transcript

In a situation much like the play referenced by the title, the children of two prominent families have fallen in love, though the patriarchs of both have forbidden they see each other. Dispite the girl's father having threatened the boy with death, the two run away, and go to Dodge City for Matt's help. He reluctantly does, though the father arrives soon afterward, warning that if he doesn't turn them over to him, he and his ranch hands will tear the town apart searching for them. Matt and Chester secretly have the young couple married and sent off in a stage coach, and delay the father back at his estate until he cools down, and finally accepts what has happened.

...starring James Arness
as Matt Dillon.

Here on Boot Hill

is the end of violence.

These men, brawling, fighting,

clawing their bloody way across
the frontier lie still now,

harmless as
the grass they feed,

empty and done.

The lives of most of 'em
are one long hate,

hate of other, better men,

hate of peace
and order and right.

Though it isn't always hate
that puts a man here.

Sometimes it's love...

love of a woman.

That, too,
can lead to violence,

and the end of violence.

I've seen it.

Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal.

? ?

Well, I'm here.

Say your piece.

I can say it short, Bowers.

You keep that son of yours
away from my daughter,

or I'll kill him.

You won't kill him.

But I've told him
to stay away from your girl.

I needn't tell you why.

Then we've got nothing
to talk about.


But there's one thing,
Jake Pierce.

If you was to harm him,
I'd kill you

and burn your house.

You always was
a night rider at heart.

We've talked enough.

I made it.

I told you I'd be here.

Hello, Judy.

It's sure good
to see you.

Been three whole days.

Sure nobody
followed you?

I didn't see anybody.

Stop worrying.

I got to worry.

You know what could happen.

It's already happened,

or we wouldn't have
to meet like this.


Hello, Miss Judy.

Who's he?

Pete Knight-
he rides for my pa.

Why don't you get out of
here and leave us alone.

I'm sorry,
but them ain't my orders.

What are your orders?

Find her and bring her in.

And bring you in, too,

if I found you.

You've got no right
to do anything with him.

I'll let your pa
worry about that,

Miss Judy.

What if I won't go?

You'll go.

Now, get on
your horse.

And don't figure
on running.

You wouldn't get 20 yards.

I guess we got
no choice.


I'll get your pa.

No, you won't-
I'll get him.

Well, we're here.


Where'd you find them?

By that little
wash there

a couple of miles
east, Mr. Pierce.

You can go now.

Yes, sir.

I ought to have you

That ought
to be easy.

Now, Pa, you stop it.

Too bad you ain't got a mother-
you wouldn't be like this.

My mother's gone, too,
Mr. Pierce.

I don't see that makes

no difference.

Nothing'd make no difference
to a son of Hank Bowers.

Why don't you and my father

fight out your troubles alone,
leave us be?

I'll let you be as long as
you stay away from my daughter.

But if I catch you again,
I'll shoot you myself.


Now, get out of here
while you can still walk.

Good night, Judy.

Good night, Andy.

You're not
gonna stop us.

I'll stop you if I
have to hire an army.

All you ever think
of is fighting!

No, I don't, Judy.

I'm a peaceful man,
left alone.

And I'll prove it.

I'll ride into Dodge
tomorrow and prove it.


You'll see.

Now, go to bed.

Oh, doggone it.

What's the matter?

Well, looks like

I'm just gonna have to up and
get married one of these days.

Chester, it can't
be that bad.

Well, it's coming
to it, I'll...


Hello, Jake.
Hello, Mr. Pierce.


What brings you
into Dodge?

You interested in
stopping a killing?


One. Maybe more.

What's on your mind, Jake?

Andy Bowers.

Hank Bowers' kid?

He ain't a kid
if he's old enough

to go sneaking around
after my daughter.

Now, look,
you and Hank Bowers

are the two biggest
cattlemen out here.

What do you have
to be enemies for?

There's room enough
for both of you.

There ain't room enough
in the whole United States

for me and Hank Bowers.

You know what'll happen
if you shoot that kid?

That's why I want you
to put him in jail.

Put him in jail?
What for?

Let him cool off
for a while-

he'll forget about Judy.

Jake, you don't actually
think I'd put him in jail

just 'cause you don't
like him, do you?

I'm a pretty important
citizen in Kansas, Marshal,

and I run things my way.

Yeah, but you don't run the
United States Government, Jake,

and you don't run me.

Well, I tried.

Now there's
gonna be trouble.

Maybe there's gonna
be a lot of trouble.

Mr. Dillon, you-you
really don't think

that he means to shoot
that boy, do you?

I don't know.

Well, I sure don't like
the sound of it at all.

Neither do I, Chester.

You know, those two men
could start a regular war

around here if they wanted to.

Oh. Mr. Dillon, guess
who I just seen.

Who's that?
Andy Bowers.

He's down there
at Jonas's store.

Well, at least Jake Pierce

hasn't shot him yet,
then, anyway.

Oh, that'd be a doggone
shame if he did.

I mean, Andy's such
a nice fella and all.

Listen, Chester,
go down and tell Andy

I want to talk to him
for a minute, will you?

Oh, oh, all right.

Oh. Morning, Doc.

Uh, uh...

Well, hi, Matt.

Oh, hello, Doc.

Hey, you better get
saddled up, boy-

your whittling
days are over.

What are you
yammering about now?

Sitting there taking
it easy like that

when the whole blame
countryside's going to war.

You ought to be
ashamed of yourself.

What do you mean?

I just came back
from Hank Bowers'.

That whole place looks like
an armed camp out there today.

They got men carrying rifles and
sentries posted and everything.

Does Hank Bowers
think that Judy Pierce

is gonna come over
and steal Andy or something?

Well, no- what happened was,
a couple of Pierce's boys

took a shot at two
of Bowers' riders.

They said they were off
their home territory

or some such a fool
thing like that.

Anyway, they're
fixin' to do battle.

Well, I don't know
what I can do, Doc.

Knowing those two, it'd be a waste
of time trying to talk to 'em.

Yeah, I know.

They're two of the
most bullheaded men

I ever met in my life.

Here he is,
Mr. Dillon.

Hi, Doc, Marshal.

You want to see me,

Well, yeah, Andy.

I hear there's a regular war
about to break out

over you and
Judy Pierce here.

Sure ain't good, Marshal.

Looks pretty hopeless.

Well, what do you
mean it's hopeless?

Well, looks like I better stop
trying to see her, that's all.

Well, what kind
of talk is that?

Well, I-I don't want
to stop, Doc.

Well, then don't stop.

For heaven's sakes,
where's your spunk?

Your get-up-and-go?

My gosh, you love
her, don't you?

'Course I love her.

Well, then if you're gonna
let a couple of cantankerous,

selfish old men beat you out of
her, why, you don't deserve her.

What she wants is
a man, that girl,

not some whimpering little
boy that'll run and hide

every time there's
any trouble.

Now, just wait
a minute, Doc...

Now, you know that's
the truth, and it is.


they're never gonna
let us get married.

Well, what have they
got to do with it, son?

Who's getting married,

you or them?

I know. I... I mean,
I thought about running off.

Never said nothing
to Judy about it, though.

Well, don't talk about
it at all, just do it.

By golly, if she won't run away and
marry you, then she don't love you

as much as you think she
does. Now, hold on, Doc.

Maybe you're right, Doc.

What do you think, Marshal?

Well, Andy, I don't know.

This is something
I can't decide for you.


Yeah, that's right.

That's my business.

Mine and Judy's.

Well, I'll...
I'll see you later.

Sure fixed
that up good.

Well, I think he's gonna
do it, don't you?

I don't know
if he's gonna do it,

but I'll tell you
one thing.

If he does, I know
a broken-down, romantic,

old country croaker
we can blame it on.

Oh, pshaw.

You want him to get married
just as much as I do.

Besides, it's about time

you started earning
your money around here.

Well, he'll do that,
that's for sure,

if you got anything
to do with it.

Let me know
how it comes out.

Yeah, yeah, I'll
let you know, all right.


it's been a pretty
quiet night,

ain't it, Mr. Dillon?


At least nobody has lost
their temper so far.


What in the
world was that?

Hello, Marshal,


Hope we didn't
scare you.

Come on in.

What are you two
doing here?

Well, I got word
to Judy,

and she sneaked off
and met me.

Doc was right, Marshal,
she wanted to go.

Oh, of course I did.

Well, that's fine,
but, uh, what...

what are you doing here?
We're being followed.

We got to hide out

You'll help
us, won't you?

You've got to help us.

All right, but, Judy,
this is a family matter.

I can't mix in this.

They catch us now,

we're never gonna
get away again.

Well, I know, but you still
can't stay here, Andy.

Well, Mr. Dillon, maybe I better
just lock that outside door.

Just in case.

You say you're
being followed?

Yeah, Judy's pa and
a couple of his boys.

We lost them
a few miles back,

but they're bound
to ride on into Dodge.

What did you do
with your horses?

Out back. I got to
get rid of them, too.

Look, kids, I think
your best bet

is to get back on those
horses and go home.

Marshal, do you know
what my pa will do

if he catches us now?

I know what I'm saying.

He'll kill Andy.

He'll kill
him, Marshal.

yeah, I guess you're right.

There's no
stopping it now.

I know my pa
better than you do.


That Doc opens up
his big mouth

and I wind up right in
the middle of this thing.

You know, you kids got
me in a mess.

He's right, Judy. We can't
get him mixed up in this.

But he's the only man
around here we can trust.

I know, but we can't
put all this on him.

Come on, I'll
think of something.

We better get going
before they get here.

Oh, excuse me.

It's locked, Mr. Dillon.


wait a minute.

Chester, look, you and
Andy get those two horses

and get them over
to Moss Grimmick's stable

and tell Moss to hide
them somewhere.

Andy's horses?

Yeah, and then you better
get up in the loft.

Well, that's fine,
but what about Judy, Marshal?

Well, I'll try to find
someplace to hide Judy.

Then you're going
to help us, Marshal?

Yeah, I'm going
to help you.

But I don't know who's
going to help me.

Come on, you
better get going.

Don't worry,
it'll be all right.

Don't worry about me.

Come on, we haven't
got much time.

Who does this room
belong to, Marshal?

Well, it belongs
to a friend of mine.

A girl.


Hello, Matt.

Hello, Kitty.

We've been
waiting for you.

Judy, this is Kitty Russell.

Judy? Not Judy Pierce?

That's right, Kitty.
I'm glad to know you.

Well, I'm glad
to know you.

Not that I expected
that we'd ever meet.

Oh, why not?

Kitty, you got
to help us out.

Do you know Andy Bowers? Yeah.

Well, he and Judy are going
to run away together. Oh?

But she's got to have
some place to stay

until Andy
gets into town.

Can she use your room?

Well, sure she can.

But you mean
eloping, don't you?

That's right, Kitty.

And we're going
to make it, too.

Sure you are.

You're welcome to stay here
just as long as you need to.

Nobody will
look for you here.

That's real kind
of you, Kitty.

Well, I like the idea of
people wanting to get married

as much as you
and Andy do.

Well, I think
I'll be going.

You don't need me
anymore here.

I'll go with you, Matt.
I got to get back to work.

Work? Where do you work?
At the Long Branch.

Really? Gee, I wish
I could go with you.

It's not much fun.

You stay here and
get some sleep,

and I'll be back
in a couple of hours.

I'll bring you
something to eat. How's that?

I'll be waiting
for you, Kitty.

You're a nice
girl, Judy.

Thank you, Marshal.
Thanks for everything.

Sure, Judy.

Come on in and have
a drink, Matt.

All right, maybe I will.
It'll do you good.

We weren't doing
much business when I left.

Well, you are now.

Who's that third man?
I never saw him before.

Ab Drain.

Who is he?

Jake's gone
and hired himself a gunman.

A pretty good one, too.

I might have known.

You better stay here
and stay out of the way, huh?

Don't worry.

Evening, Jake.

We've been looking
for you, Marshal.

Hello, Ab.

Where's my daughter?


Now, don't lie
to me, Marshal.

You know
where she is.

You gonna tell me?

Is that why
you brought him along, Jake?

So you can push people around

more than ever?

Never mind him.

I never have.

You'll get it
someday, Marshal.

Maybe I'm the one
who'll give it to you.

Shut up, Ab.

I don't want
no fighting right now.

Pete here saw Judy
and that rotten Bowers kid

right around back
of your office, Marshal.

All right, Jake,
they were in my office.

Where is she?

Jake, why don't you
and Hank Bowers

call this whole thing off

before there's a lot
of useless bloodshed?

I ain't even
listening to you.

All right, then I think
you better take your gunman

and get out of here.

That's about enough.

You can't bluff me, Ab.

I'm not bluffing, Marshal.

Cut it.

Told you I don't want
no fighting- not yet.

But I'm telling you
this, Marshal.

I'm going back to the ranch,

and Judy's there in two hours

or I'm coming in here
with every man I've got.

And you know
what I'll do.

Don't be a fool, Jake.

Two hours, Marshal.

Let's go.

Let's go, Ab!

Well, you got rid
of him.


Yeah, but they're coming
back in two hours

with a whole army.

Oh, no.


Look, you go over
and get Judy,

and have her down at
Moss Grimmick's stable

in half an
hour, will you?

All right,
we'll be there.


What's the stage
doing, Kitty?

Looks to me like it's
getting ready to leave.

At this time of night?

Marshal Dillon gets
some strange ideas sometimes,

but good ones.

Hello, Miss Kitty.

Judy, they got
the stage ready.

They're fixing
to move us west.

You mean they're
doing it just for us?

Well, they were leaving
in the morning anyway,

so the marshal got Chester
to get them up.

We're going now.
That's wonderful.

Come on, we can
hide back here

if anybody comes along.

Where's Matt?

Oh, here he comes.

Hello, Kitty.

Madam, Chester. Hello, Preacher. Hello.

Are you about ready, Jim? Be
just a couple minutes, Marshal.

Where's the horse?

Well, Moss was
saddling him up in there.

I'll... I'll go see
if I can find him.

Well, tell those two to get
ready, will you? Oh, yes, sir.

She is in there, isn't she? She's here.

I hope you

what this is all
about, Marshal.

Well, Preacher,
there's nothing wrong

with young people
getting married, is there?

No, no, of
course not.

Oh, well, hello,
Judy, Andy.

So you two want
to get married, huh?

Yes, sir.

It's all right,
isn't it, Preacher?

Well, so far as I know,
but, uh...

can't we do it
right here?

No time for that-
come on, get aboard.

Oh, all right.

Marshal, I...
I don't know

how I can thank you. No
time, Andy, get on, boy.

Good-bye, Kitty.

Good luck, Judy.

All right, Jim, the
preacher's horse

is tied on back there.

I won't stop
till I'm sure we're clear.

See you later, Marshal. Okay.

Giddyap! Go!



Well, what do
you do now?

Well, if I can just stall
Jake off till morning,

he'll never catch up
with those two.

How are you
gonna do that?

Let's ride out to Jake's.

Maybe we can think
of something on the way.

You've been here
four hours, Marshal.

Yeah, I know, Jake.

It's full daylight.

I'm getting tired
of this, Marshal.

I think he's lying to us.

I never did get it straight
why Chester's

bringing her back.

Because I wanted
to get out here, Jake,

before those two hours were up.

You said that before.

That don't explain nothing.

Come in.

Pete, you stay outside.

Close the door.

Where's Judy?

Where is she?

I wouldn't know
where she is, Mr. Pierce.


What are you saying?

Well, I'm saying
the truth.

Is this a trick?

Yeah, Jake.

Yeah, it's a trick.

Judy's a long
way from here.


Tell me where she is
or, by heaven, I'll kill you.

Wait a minute.

This is my job.

Stay out of this, Drain. No.

You couldn't take him.

Now, don't make me
kill you, too, Jake.

Mr. Pierce!

Get out of here.

I'll call you
when I want you.

Get out!

Where's he going,
Mr. Dillon?

I don't know, you...
you better stay here.

She's not coming
back, Jake.

She'll be back.

Why don't you face it?

You drove them away.

No... no, th-that's
not true.

You and Bowers both.

You know, I don't blame them
for running away.

They wouldn't have been
any good if they hadn't.

You helped them.

Sure, I helped them.

You and Bowers have been
so busy hating each other

you haven't been any good
to anybody at all,

your own kids.


Let me tell you something.

They're married.



You think
about that one.



was it the preacher
married them?


They're really married then.

I'm going over
and tell Hank Bowers

right now.
You are?

Don't you think
he's got a right to know?


Sure, he has.

Wait a minute, Marshal.

You men stay here.

Let's go, Marshal.

Seems like maybe
Bowers and I

have got a lot in
common after all.