Gunsmoke/The Predators

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The Predators
Season 17, Episode 20
Airdate January 31, 1972
Production Number 1615-0518
Written by Calvin Clements
Directed by Bernard McEveety
Produced by Leonard Katzman
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The Predators is the twentieth episode of the seventeenth season of Gunsmoke, and the five hundred fifty-ninth episode overall.

Starring: James Arness (Marshal Matt Dillon)

with Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty) (credit only), Ken Curtis (Fetus), Buck Taylor (Newly) (credit only)

Special Guests: Claude Akins (Howard Kane), Jacqueline Scott (Abelia), Jodie Foster (Marieanne), Brian Morrison (Jonathan)

and George Murdock (Cole Matson)

Tom Brown (Ed O'Connor), Mills Watson (Currie), Lew Brown (Smith), Read Morgan (Brown), Glenn Strange (Sam), Ted Jordan (Burke)


Plot Overview

Gunman Howard Kane is trailing the Lazy L cattle drive to Dodge City, swearing to get revenge on his traitorous ex-partner Jack Cole, who is riding on the drive under a different name. While around Dodge, he is staying at the home of Abelia Johnson and her two kids, who Kane had earlier saved from a wild dog being hunted by Festus, Sam and Burke for attacking livestock in the area.


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