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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 »


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  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)
  Gunsmoke (TV Series) (written by - 106 episodes, 1957 - 1965) (story - 64 episodes, 1955 - 1959) (teleplay - 48 episodes, 1959 - 1963) (story and screenplay by - 40 episodes, 1955 - 1958)
- He Who Steals (1965) ... (written by)
- Honey Pot (1965) ... (written by)
- Bank Baby (1965) ... (written by)
- Run, Sheep, Run (1965) ... (written by)
- Innocence (1964) ... (written by)
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 1992 Gunsmoke: To the Last Man (TV Movie) (dedicatee)

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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 »

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Our attempt to create as realistic and entertaining a program as possible is not, of course, the only one of its kind. But we did precede and were on the air, trying, before the release of such pictures as "High Noon" and "Shane. See more »


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

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