The Meredith Smith

The Meredith Smith

Air Date: October 31, 1965

Written by: Lois Hire

Directed by: John Florea

Guest Stars: Anne Helm (Callie), Robert Colbert (Ace), Strother Martin (Little Meredith), Robert Sorrells (Swanson), Eddie Firestone (Mr. Potts), Winnie Coffin (Widow Smith)

Ben needs to decide who is the true heir to a massive fortune – with consequences that would affect the Ponderosa.

Trivia: This is Strother Martin’s second of four appearances in the series. Strother Martin collaborated with friend and filmmaker J.D. Feigelson on dialog in the screenplay for cult film Dark Night of the Scarecrow. Feigelson was writing the the film to star Strother, but before it could be set for production he passed away. Actor Charles Durning replaced Martin in the lead role of Otis P. Hazelrigg. One of memorable lines in the film was Strother Martin’s contribution: “He’s thirty-three years old, Mrs. Ritter, he’s physically mature.”