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Great Beginnings: Gunsmoke November 1, 2006

Posted by William Spear in >> Great Beginnings, >> Radio Drama.

Gunsmoke was a long-running Western drama that made the transition from radio to television. Created by director Norman MacDonnell and writer John Meston, the series took place in Dodge City, Kansas during the settlement of the American West.

The radio series first aired April 26, 1952 and ran until June 18, 1961 on CBS. William Conrad starred as Marshal Matt Dillon, Howard McNear as Doc Charles Adams, Georgia Ellis as Kitty Russell and Parley Baer as Dillon’s assistant Chester Proudfoot.

The acting, writing, directing and sound effects are noteworthy for all of radio drama not only Westerns. Each show started as follows:


ANNOUNCER: Gunsmoke … starring William Conrad. The transcribed story of the violence that moved west with a young America. And the story of a man who moved with it.

MATT DILLON: I’m that man, Matt Dillon. United States Marshall. The first man they look for and the last they want to meet.


Who would go looking for that kind of trouble? Iconic in radio and television, Lit Between the Ears salutes Gunsmoke.

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