Gunsmoke (1955–1975)

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Marshal Matt Dillon keeps the peace in the rough and tumble Dodge City.

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 Matt Dillon / ... (635 episodes, 1955-1975)
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 Kitty / ... (568 episodes, 1955-1974)
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 Chester / ... (290 episodes, 1955-1964)
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Marshal Matt Dillon is in charge of Dodge City, a town in the wild west where people often have no respect for the law. He deals on a daily basis with the problems associated with frontier life: cattle rustling, gunfights, brawls, standover tactics, and land fraud. Such situations call for sound judgement and brave actions: of which Marshal Dillon has plenty. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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According to a TV Guide article published in the August 23, 1975 issue (just before the show left the air), 26 actors screen-tested for the role of Matt Dillon. William Conrad (voice of radio's Matt Dillon) was one, but didn't look the part. Raymond Burr sounded great, but according to producer-director Charles Marquis Warren: "he was too big; when he stood up his chair stood up with him" (Burr later lost considerable weight to play Perry Mason)). John Pickard almost made it, but did poorly in a love scene with Kitty (he later guest-starred a few times in various roles). Warren and producer Norman MacDonnell stoutly denied that they even considered major film star John Wayne - but they went with James Arness, who looked and sounded a LOT like Wayne. When Arness was reluctant to take the role, Wayne persuaded him and even agreed to introduce the first episode. See more »

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U.S. Marshal Matt Dillon: [to any man seemingly planning to go gunning for somebody.] If you're gonna to use that gun, you better start on me.
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The Old Trail
by Rex Koury and Glenn Spencer
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Not only a good Western,but action drama at its best
30 April 2002 | by (Chapel Hill,North Carolina) – See all my reviews

For the 20 years that it ran on CBS,"Gunsmoke" was the essential Western to watch. Not only it was about a Marshal who retain law and order in Dodge City in the 1800's,but set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Kansas frontier. The stories kept its viewers on edge no matter what its characters were going through as Matt Dillon(played by James Arness) kept the peace alongside his deputies Chester Goode(played by Dennis Weaver from 1955-1963),Quint Aspen(played by Burt Reynolds from 1961-1964),Festus Hagen(played by Ken Curtis from 1963-1975),and Newly(played by Buck Taylor from 1967-1975). It also had Dillon saving Miss Kitty(Amanda Blake)for great danger in some of the episodes which in some sparked a love interest. It may have been cancelled,but CBS executives saved the series in the late 1960's as it switched from Saturday nights(where it ran for 10 years including the extension to an hour format in 1961,and in 1965 which the show made the transition to color) to Monday nights(where it stayed until the show's final episode in 1975,marking the end of the TV western) outdoing its precessdor Bonanza,which was on a rival network for an astounding 14 seasons.

The series afterward spawn three Gunsmoke TV movies that followed and there will be a fourth installment of the series which CBS is producing. Kudos to James Arness,the true Marshal Dillon. Catch the episodes(some of the color and black and white installments)on TV Land!!!


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