No photo available. Represent John Meston? Add or change photos at IMDbPro
Up 67,924 this week

John Meston (1914–1979)

John Meston was one of radio and television's most important storytellers, and yet oddly enough his contributions are often overlooked today. He is the writer credited with creating "Gunsmoke," along with producer Norman MacDonnell, essentially starting the adult western on radio and television and setting the tone and style which would make both ... See full bio »


(age 64) in USA

Family Entertainment Guide

Check out IMDb's comprehensive Family Entertainment Guide for recommendations for movies and TV series for every age and every viewing platform.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

Projects In Development

Details only on IMDbPro »

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 781 people
created 05 Jun 2014

Do you have a demo reel?

Add it to your IMDbPage

Connect with IMDb

How Much Have You Seen?

How much of John Meston's work have you seen?

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

Known For


Jump to: Writer | Thanks
Hide Hide Show Show Writer (3 credits)
  Gunsmoke (TV Series) (based on the radio series created by - 635 episodes, 1955 - 1975) (written by - 106 episodes, 1957 - 1965) (teleplay - 48 episodes, 1959 - 1963) (story - 41 episodes, 1956 - 1959) (story and screenplay by - 40 episodes, 1955 - 1958) (story by - 23 episodes, 1955 - 1956)
- The Sharecroppers (1975) ... (based on the radio series created by - uncredited)
- Manolo (1975) ... (based on the radio series created by - uncredited)
- The Busters (1975) ... (based on the radio series created by - uncredited)
- I Have Promises to Keep (1975) ... (based on the radio series created by - uncredited)
- Hard Labor (1975) ... (based on the radio series created by - uncredited)
  Little House on the Prairie (TV Series) (story - 1 episode, 1975) (written by - 1 episode, 1975)
- Money Crop (1975) ... (story)
- Child of Pain (1975) ... (written by)
  Hec Ramsey (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1973) (written by - 1 episode, 1972)
- Mystery of the Yellow Rose (1973) ... (teleplay)
- Mystery of the Green Feather (1972) ... (written by)
Hide Hide Show Show Thanks (1 credit)
 1992 Gunsmoke: To the Last Man (TV Movie) (dedicatee)

Personal Details

Other Works:

Meston's script for the 1959 Gunsmoke episode "Jayhawkers" was published in an anthology of western stories called 'The Old West in Fiction,' 1961, edited by Irwin R. Blacker. See more »

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

On "Gunsmoke" - "If I had known it would last this long, I would never have created the darn thing." See more »


The 1992 CBS television movie "Gunsmoke: To the Last Man" is dedicated to his memory. See more »

Star Sign:


Message Boards

Recent Posts
Tribute to John Meston dougdoepke
John Meston's Grandson aaronsg-1
Discuss John Meston on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page