29 September 2006 | ccthemovieman-1
Dunn, Dialog Make This Episode A Big Winner
Wow, what a pleasant surprise to see James Dunn, Academy Award winner and co-star of "A Tree Grows In Brooklyn" (1945). It's a bit of a shock to see Dunn about 15 years older. He looked it and sounded it, with a deeper voice than he had in the 1930s and '40s. He's still a fine actor, and shows it in here, playing a man who hires Josh to find his dead son.
"Gabe Henshaw" (Dunn) hasn't seen his son for four days and thinks he's dead. No one else in the town believes him, thinking the old man is off his rocker and the kid just split to get away from him. The sheriff warns Josh that the missing son's girlfriend's family might give him trouble. Randall goes to talk to her but the parents say she is sick in bed.
Randall meets back with "Gabe" at the local saloon and gives him his money back, saying he doesn't see evidence of foul play, himself. However, after leaving the saloon, he's threatened and told to leave town. Now, he believes there might be something to this claim by the father.
Randall decides to return to the girl's house to see once again if he can talk with her. She is out in front of her house and whispers to Josh that she isn't sick and to meet her at 9 o'clock in back of the school where they can talk privately and she'll tell him what's really going on. Josh is ambushed behind that school and beaten up by three men.
Randall then goes to work and the rest is very well done. It turns out there are many aspects to this short story. There is excellent dialog, perhaps the best I've seen so far in 23 episodes. An outstanding show.