Today’s pic takes another look at “Quaker Girl,” the second of two episodes of Gunsmoke in which Timothy appears. It was first broadcast on December 10, 1966. Opportunistic bad guys Dave Westerfeldt (Tom Reese) and Vern Morland (Ben Johnson) rely on their part-Indian tracker “Buster” Rilla to help them nab a killer.
Johnson and Timothy had previously both appeared in Marlon Brando‘s One-Eyed Jacks (1961), though not on-screen together. Johnson was certainly one of the greatest Western stars who ever lived. If he seemed like an authentic cowboy on-screen, that’s because he was one off-screen as well. He was ever at home in the saddle, having been discovered in 1940 in his home state of Oklahoma by Howard Hughes while he was a rodeo rider and ranch hand. Hughes hired him to run a herd of horses to California, Johnson ended up sticking around, and his Hollywood career began. He returned briefly to rodeo riding in 1953, but the pay in Hollywood was a lot better, so back he went. His father, Ben Johnson Sr., was also a champion steer roper and a legend in the rodeo world.
Today we take another look at John Flynn‘s The Outfit (1973). Ill-tempered thug Jake Menner is not too happy about Earl Macklin (Robert Duvall) interrupting his card game. I am not 100% certain who the actor sitting next to Timothy is.
Our pic today revisits “Quaker Girl,” the second of two Gunsmoke episodes in which Timothy appeared. It was first aired on December 10, 1966. Buster and I’m pretty sure that’s Dave (Tom Reese) are taking great pleasure in apprehending outlaw/sheriff’s deputy impostor Fred Bateman (William Shatner).
This episode was directed by the great Bernard L. Kowalski, one of the most talented and prolific producer/directors in television history. He directed Tim several times, and seemed willing to indulge him a bit as far as characterizations went. You know you’re in for some quality television when you see Kowalski’s name in the credits.