1960s: Hosted a collection of bloopers and outtakes from "Gunsmoke" and other programs, which was produced for a CBS Network affiliates meeting. This gag reel has been released on several blooper videos, though often without Arness' original deadpan introductions and commentary.
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"If they were man and wife, it would make a lot of difference. The people upstairs decided it was better to leave the show as it was, which I totally agreed with." - on why his Gunsmoke character, Marshal Dillon, never married Miss Kitty.
An infantry soldier during World War II, Arness took part in the landings at Anzio, Italy. It was during this battle that he was shot in the foot and wound up losing part of it, an injury that made it difficult for him to walk for extended stretches. When shooting movies or TV shows, any scenes that required extensive walking would be shot early in the morning, before his feet and knees started ...