by Bruce
(San Mateo, Ca.)

Festus was always my favorite, from when he first met Mr. Dillon on his (Festus') hog farm until he eventually left the show. After Festus left both Newly (Buck Taylor) and Quint (Burt Reynolds) became Matt's deputy marshall. First Newly then later Quint. Ken Curtis also appeared as a guest character (not in his Festus persona) in several other episodes of Gunsmoke, usually as a good guy.

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