Gunsmoke (1955–1975): Season 7, Episode 6 - Long, Long Trail - full transcript

A well-to-do young woman is determined to join her betrothed at an Army outpost. He was literally the boy next door. She's stubborn, and the trek is a dangerous one, so Matt decides to take her himself. Before they reach the end of their journey, the young lady, so devoted to her betrothed at the outset of her trip, may be losing her heart to the marshal.

Starring James
Arness as Matt Dillon.


Excuse me.

Excuse me.

This is the marshal's
office, isn't it?

Oh. Yeah.

And you're the marshal?

Oh, my goodness, no, no.

Uh, Mr. Dillon's
inside there working.

Oh. Well, if he's busy,
I'll come back later.

No. Heaven's no, no.

Just, uh, step right in.

Thank you.

Uh... Uh, Mr. Dillon?

You got a...

I'd always heard Dodge
City was a lively town.

Well, sometimes it is, ma'am.

And in between
times, you rest up.

Yeah, well, I guess
that's... about it.

Uh, Chester, uh...

Oh, uh, Mr. Dillon,
this here is...

I'm Sarah Drew, Marshal Dillon.

How do you do, Miss Drew?

Golly, I didn't quite get
your name out there.

That's Chester Goode, here.

How do you do, ma'am?

What can we do for you?

Get me to Fort Wallace.

Fort Wallace?

People do go there, don't they?

Well, I guess they do sometimes.

What I want to know is how...
The stage doesn't run there,

the army at Fort
Dodge can't help me.

Well... let me show
you on a map here.

Maybe that'll give
you a little better idea

of where you want to go.

Well, now, let's see.

Dodge City is, uh...

- Yeah.
- We don't have too many calls for...

All right. This is Dodge
City right in here, ma'am.

And Fort Wallace
is... right here.

Now, between Dodge
City and Fort Wallace

is 150 miles of open prairie.

Oh, it's real wild and barren.

Marshal Dillon, I've
come from Boston...

That's almost 2,000 miles.

That 2,000 miles is a whole
lot easier than this 150, ma'am.

I just supposed the
ranking civilian in the area

might help me.

Well, I'd like to.

That's an awfully rough
trip, even for a man.

Oh, it'll take an awful rugged
man to make that trip, ma'am.

And the happenstance
that I'm a woman

will keep me from going,
is that what you mean?

I'm afraid that's
about it, ma'am.

Unless you're
willing to wait around.

Every once in a while
there's a wagon train

comes through headed that way.

Is that the best
you can offer me?

That's about all there is.

I'll be at the Dodge House,
if you hear of a wagon party.

Or even a rugged man.

Well... hmm.

Wonder what she wants to go

traipsing clear out
to Fort Wallace for.

Yeah, she seemed in
an awful hurry, didn't she?

Y-You know, uh,

she was sure kind of a
purty little thing, wasn't she?

Yeah, she sure was.

You know, if she didn't have
quite so much smart about her,

why, I could see the advantage
of taking a small wagon party

and just going out
to Fort Wallace.


Doc, well, you could
at least look at it.

Well, all right, let me... Ooh!

Well, hold still.

Well, it's just a splinter.

Well, I know
that it's a splinter.

Well, it's not a
very big one, either.

Well, it sure is
big enough to hurt.

Well, go wash your hands

and soak 'em in hot water,
and take your pocketknife

- and cut it out.
- Well, I-I, uh...

kind of thought that maybe
a doctor ought to do it.

All right, come
on up to my office,

- and we'll use my pocketknife.
- Well, you ain't, uh,

you ain't gonna
charge me, are you?

I mean, you know, since
we just kind of met casually

- on the street.
- Oh, for heaven's sake.

Well, I-I don't think it'd
be very becoming of you.

Do you... do you have
any idea at all how...

incredible you are?

Well... well, thanks.

Chester, maybe you can help me.

Oh. Well, that kind of depends
on what you had in mind.

You're about the only
friend I've met here.

Uh... oh, uh, this here
is, uh, Doc Adams.

- Miss Sarah Drew.
- Nice to meet you, Doctor.

- Miss Drew.
- Uh, Doc was just saying

how that he was... gonna leave.

No, I wasn't.

Well, uh, all I
really want to know

is where I can buy
some cartridges.

Oh, oh, why, heck,
that there's no trick at all.

Uh, you just go down
there to the general store,

and you go in and
ask Mr. Jonas...

Or tell him, rather... That
you're a friend of mine

and that you want to
buy some cartridges.

I see it, Chester.
Thank you. Uh, Doctor.


Doc, did you hear what she said?

Yep, she said thank you.

No, I mean she
said "cartridges."

- Sure did.
- Well, don't you think

that I ought to tell Mr. Dillon

before she gets
herself in trouble?

Yeah, I do.

Uh, Chester?

What about your finger?

Oh, well, that's just
a little old splinter.


What in the world is she
shooting at, Mr. Dillon?

I don't know. Let's go find out.

Well, good morning.

You shooting at
anything in particular?

Those bottles... in particular.

And I haven't hit one yet.

I'm afraid I'm not
very good at it.

Well, listen, all-all you
need is for somebody

to show you a few pointers.

You know, somebody
that can teach you.

I'd be very grateful.

Oh-ho-ho, well, uh,
first of all, of course,

uh, you-you ought
get away from town

out there somewheres
where we'd be alone

so, you know,
nobody'd get hit. Heh.

Chester, you'd make two people
very happy if you'd help me.

Uh, uh, uh, two people?

Jamie and me. He
sent me this revolver

and told me I better
learn how to use it

before I got to Fort Wallace.

Uh, oh-ho, J-Jamie
told you that.

He said army wives
better know how to shoot.

Is that true, Marshal?

Well, it's, uh, it's
not a bad idea.

Well, uh... are you married?

I'm not yet. I'm going to be.

That's why I want to
get to Fort Wallace.

Jamie and I'll be married there.

Oh, uh, Jamie. S-Spoke for.

Yeah, well...

well, by golly, Mr. Dillon,
if you don't need me

for nothing around here, think
I'll get on back to the office.

Uh... uh... if-if I
run into anybody

that can, uh, give
you some pointers,

you know, have got the
time to teach you and all,

well, I'll... uh, I'll put
'em in touch with you.

Did I say something wrong?

Well, you said "Jamie."

I'm afraid I haven't said
very many right things.

Well, I guess I'll let you
get back to your practicing.

Marshal, I'm sorry about the way
I behaved yesterday afternoon.

- I wasn't very nice.
- Forget it.

My problems aren't
your responsibility.

Well, I just wish I could
do something to help you.

I'm lonely. Will you take
me to dinner tonight?

Sure, I'll be glad to.

Thank you.

I'm afraid it won't be too
much like Boston, though.

I don't expect it to be.

Let me see that gun of yours.

Yep, it's a nice little pistol.

You know, these light
ones are kind of tricky to aim.

Especially if your
target's a long way off.

And you really could make that

when you were
only ten years old?

Sure, and the coffee
and the biscuits, too.

What was it called again?

Son-of-a-gun stew.

I wouldn't want
to ask what's in it.

I'll tell you, you get pretty
hungry out there herding cows.

You'd eat almost anything.

Ten years old...

I was going to dancing school,

and giving tea-time readings
to Mother's patient friends.

That sounds like fun.

Oh, I hated it.

Father gave me a
pony about that time,

and every moment away
from Gerald was sheer torture.


The pony.

I thought Gerald was the most
beautiful name I'd ever heard.

Well, that shows the
difference between

Boston and the brush country.

My first pony was a
paint named Tortilla.

He used to like beans.

Oh, Jamie and I were always
finding stray animals or birds,

but I don't remember any
of them ever liking beans...

not like your Tortilla.

Jamie... that's your
Army Lieutenant

out there at Fort
Wallace, isn't it?

That's right... my fiancé.

Sounds like you've
known him a long time.

Oh, my goodness yes, ever
since we were both in prams.


Baby carriages.

You see, my family was
Army, too, for a while,

so Jamie and I practically
grew up together.

I think the first time I
asked him to marry me,

I was eight and he was 12.

He wasn't very impressed.

Well, I guess things
change, don't they?

Yes. Yes, they do.

Isn't it funny, Matt?

Boston seems like
such a long way off.

Like another world.

It is.

Yes. Yes, it is.

Hello, Matt.

Well. Hello, Sarah.

- How are you this morning?
- Just fine.

Hear you're going
on a little trip.

You must've been
talking to Chester.

Matt, Hays City is a lot nearer
Fort Wallace than Dodge City is.

Not for you, it isn't.

But surely I could
ride with you.

Sarah, believe me,
there's nothing I'd rather do

than to be able to get
you to Fort Wallace.

But it's just out
of the question.

But... you can't be serious.

Sarah, you don't know anything
about this country out there.

You can't tell by
looking at it on a map.

It's hard and it's dangerous.

The prairie is nobody's friend.

But you're my friend, Matt.

We'd be together.

I just couldn't take
that responsibility.

But I'm not your responsibility.

I wouldn't be.

Sarah, I'm not gonna take you.

And that's all there is to it.

I hope you choke on
that son-of-a-gun stew.


Well, I don't suppose
there's any point in my asking

what you're doing out here.

Matt, this is no caprice.

I'm not a giddy, flighty woman!

I've got to get to Fort Wallace!

And if trailing after you is

the only way
to do it, I'll do it!


All right, we go
to Fort Wallace.


Someone live here?

Well, somebody used to.


Hello! Anybody home in there?

Matt! Matt Dillon!


Sonny, you ol' water moccasin!

Come on. Give you ol' ma a hug!


Gody, you look just fine.

I am fine!

You don't get no littler,
and I don't get no prettier!

Say, Gody, I got...

Ho! If you got any
flab on you, son,

we'll take it off.

You'll go on routine for a spell
and let the sun buy you some.

- I tell you what,
fix you up a pie.

Gody, wait a minute!
Just a second now.

Well, I got somebody over
here I want you to meet.



Gody, this is...

Glory be, sonny, you
brought me a bride.

No, nothing like
that I'm afraid.

This is Sarah Drew. I'm
taking her to Fort Wallace.

I don't care where you're
taking her, she's pretty.

Sarah, this is Gody Baines.

How do you do, Mrs. Baines?

Come on down here.
Let me take a look at ya.

Well, not flab enough on
ya, but, my, you are pretty.

Thank you.

Well, I better, I better
be getting some supper.

My boys never had give
me any warning, you know.

They just, they just show up.

Oh, you, you are a pretty thing.

She is amazing.

Yeah, Gody's quite a woman.

Why do you call her "Gody"?

It's the only name
I know for her.

But she calls you "sonny"?

Well, everybody who comes
by here belongs to Gody.

You'll probably be
her daughter now.


I hope you don't mind
staying here for the night.

I wouldn't miss it.

What was that?

That was your supper.

Wake up, sonny.

Did you bring me
any licorice root?

Oh, yeah, yeah, I sure did.

I was gonna give it to you.

There you are.

You full of prunes, you know?

- Both of ya.
- What do you mean?

You're carrying her to another
man so's they can marry.

That your story, sonny?

It's the truth.


Well, got no
reason to lie to you.

Ain't me you're
lying to, it's yourself.

Now, Gody, I told you,
she's going to Fort Wallace

to marry an army lieutenant.

Now that's all there is to it.

Sonny, I've been living

by my wits and my
instincts this long time.

There's a pull between
you two. A body can feel it.

You know what I think?

I think you've been living
alone on this prairie too long.

You're just beginning
to see and hear

a lot of things that
aren't there, that's all.

You think I got the
cabin fever, do ya?

Prairie fever's more like it.

You can't fool me, sonny, me
and Mr. Baines had it same way.

First time I seen him,

it like to drew me
clean across the room.

Married him the same night.

Gody, I...

You young 'uns today, you
stand on too much ceremony.

You don't know the
first thing about living.

You act like it's something

that starts in the
future somewheres.

All right, Gody, okay I
thank you for the advice,

but it's getting awful late,

and I got to get up
early in the morning.

Now if you don't mind, I'd
kind of like to get some sleep.

All right, but you
mark what I said,

and you mark me good.


Here, let me have that a second.

I'll tell you what you do.

You can wrap this
around your neck.

It'll help keep you cool
while we're riding, see?

Is that a law of the prairie...

take care of you own neck?

That's one of 'em.

Gody told me she had
quite a talk with you last night.

Yeah, as a matter
of fact, she did.

She certainly is a woman of
strong convictions, isn't she?

Well, if you ask me, I think
she's been living alone too long

out there in that prairie.

Do you really think so?

- What is it?
- Prairie fire.

Wait here.

Sarah, there's some
cover up under those rocks.

Get up there fast.

Hoo! Hyah! Hah!

Come on.

What do we do, Matt?!

Nothing much we can do.

Stay as low as possible.


Try to breath as easy
and slow as you can.


Oh, Matt!


Matt... Easy now.

How do you feel?

It was terrifying.

I thought the fire
would consume us.

It's all over now.
The fire's gone.

Here. Now, just
take a little bit.

What causes a
prairie fire, Matt?

Sometimes the
prairie just explodes.

And other times?

Well, don't worry
about the other times.

You just try to get some rest.

You saved my life.

We were just lucky.

The wagon.

Yeah, it's burned.

That was our food,
supplies, everything.

It wasn't us.

I don't understand you.

Doesn't anything
ever bother you?

Don't you feel?

Let me tell you
something, Sarah.

Right now I feel alive.

I'm sorry, Matt.

What do we do now?

Well, there's a
settlement up ahead.

Soon as you're rested
enough to walk, we'll start out.

Do you think the
horses got away?

I don't know.



Come on.

Stay here.

Did the prairie
fire do all this?

No, it was Indians... Cheyenne.


You mean Indians
burned this place?

I'm afraid so.

But the people...
Where are the people?

I don't know.


Stay here.

What are we going to do?

There's nothing to do.

But I've got to do something.

Get a hold of yourself.

If you want to do
something, you go over there,

get the canteens and
fill them at the well.

Now, go on.

Hey, Sarah.

Come on.

Now, look, this is not
going to do any good.


What good is there to do?

We can bury the dead.

Come on.


I'm sorry I behaved
like such a... woman.

A woman's supposed
to behave like a woman.

Where do we go from here?

Fort Wallace.

Hup. Hup.

Come on.



We'll rest here
and spend the night.

If you ordered me to ride
any more today, I'd mutiny.

Well, so would the horses.

Come on.

I don't suppose
there are any fish

in a small stream like this.

Oh, few sun perch, maybe.

Takes about 50 of
them to make a meal,

and they're sure not very tasty.

Where you going?

I'm going to go out and
find us something to eat.

Rabbit or something like that.

Shouldn't take long.

Now, look, you just stay

in the cover of
the trees, will you?


Matt, I thought you were dead.

So did the Indians.

Tell me what to do.

Tell me exactly what to do.

This arrow's got to come out.

We got to build a fire,
burn out the wound.

I'll tell you how.

We got to get back to cover.

Help me.

The fire's ready.

All right.

Let's get started.


I don't know if I can stay
conscious through this.

I may pass out.

And if I do,

you got to remember,
after the arrow comes out,

you have to burn the wound.

You have to burn it...
Do you understand?

Now, Sarah, this is up to you.

You're the only one.

All right, now, take hold of it.

Go on.

I got it out.

I got it out.

Matt, you've got to help me.

You've got to tell
me what to do for you.

You're too hot...
too much fever.

Let me try to get help.


No, you stay here.

But, Matt, you've
got to have help.

No, it's too dangerous
out there alone.

Stay. Stay here.


I have to go, Matt.

I pray you sleep
till I get back.





Bring me some water.

Can you help me?

That depends.

What she want, Lou?

Some kind of help.

Well, take her down
and bring her in.

Thank you.

You've come a ways?

A long ways.

But we've got to
get back to him.

He's hurt, and he's sick.

Her man's sick, she says.

We tend to her first.

You go see to her horse.

Played out, too.

Lou, you gone deaf?!

I thought I was the
last person on earth.

I've been riding since dawn.

You take a swallow or two.

Got soup on, some side meat.

I can't stay long. We've
got to get back to him!

What ails him?

He got hit with an arrow.

I got it out,

but the fever... he's just
burning to death with it.

He'll die on you,
you don't break it.

But I don't know how.

Lou knows.

Now, you get
some strength first.

If you could spare
a little for Matt.

He's hasn't had anything
to eat for almost two days.

You eat now.

Ain't no sense in
both of you dying.

Oh, he can't die.

He can't.

Hand-wringing ain't
gonna do no good.

And tears, neither.

You want to help him,

then get the strength to do it.

You go with her, Lou.

She cut an arrow out of him.

He's fevered, dying, likely.

Far away, is he?

I left him at dawn.

Sure it's all
right if I go, Fan?

You mind yourself, Lou Hacker.

And you mind
yourself all the way.


Hurry, please!

He's still breathing.

Big devil, isn't he?

Please help him!

You'd stand to be...

mighty grateful if
I was to help him.

Just... help him!

I'll fix a fire.


Matt, I'm back.

I brought help.


Feel better?

Yeah, I think so.

Your fever broke.

I'll get some soup.

Where'd you get that?

Never mind. Just drink.

I give it to her.

This man saved your life, Matt.

I'm much obliged to you.

She come begging.

You went for help?

I had to.

But I told you not to do that.

That was taking too
much of a chance.

It worked out, Matt.

You was a goner
when we come back.

Like I said... I'm much obliged.

Ain't you.

It's her that's obliged.


I'm... so sorry, Matt.

Sorry for what?

You saved my life.

There's so much...

So much I want to tell you.

Don't talk now.

I have to.

You have to know.

It's all I have left.

I knew it... before Gody.

I love you, Matt.

Every day...

Every wretched day on
the trail, I loved you more.

If I had time, you'd
love me, Matt.

I know you would.

But there isn't
any... more time.


I thank you for all
that you did for her,

for coming on to
the fort to get me,

bringing me back here.

We grew up together.

Same street, same block.

Can't remember not knowing her.

You didn't know her long?

No, only a few days.

But I know what you mean.

So long, Lieutenant.

Bye, Marshal.

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