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10 September 1955 (USA) See more »
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Marshal Matt Dillon keeps the peace in the rough and tumble Dodge City. Full summary »
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Nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Another 15 wins & 20 nominations See more »
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Cast

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James Arness ... Matt Dillon (635 episodes, 1955-1975)

Milburn Stone ... Doc (604 episodes, 1955-1975)

Amanda Blake ... Kitty (568 episodes, 1955-1974)

Ken Curtis ... Festus / ... (304 episodes, 1959-1975)

Dennis Weaver ... Chester (290 episodes, 1955-1964)
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Series Directed by
Andrew V. McLaglen (96 episodes, 1956-1965)
Harry Harris (65 episodes, 1961-1966)
Ted Post (56 episodes, 1956-1963)
Bernard McEveety (52 episodes, 1967-1975)
Vincent McEveety (45 episodes, 1965-1975)
Gunnar Hellström (33 episodes, 1967-1975)
Charles Marquis Warren (26 episodes, 1955-1956)
Robert Totten (25 episodes, 1966-1971)
Jesse Hibbs (20 episodes, 1958-1961)
Richard Whorf (18 episodes, 1957-1961)
John Rich (14 episodes, 1957-1969)
Irving J. Moore (14 episodes, 1966-1974)
Philip Leacock (12 episodes, 1969-1972)
Mark Rydell (10 episodes, 1964-1966)
Marc Daniels (10 episodes, 1965-1967)
Arthur Hiller (9 episodes, 1959-1960)
Joseph Sargent (8 episodes, 1962-1965)
Robert Stevenson (6 episodes, 1956)
Buzz Kulik (5 episodes, 1957-1959)
Allen Reisner (5 episodes, 1965-1967)
Herb Wallerstein (5 episodes, 1971-1972)
Victor French (5 episodes, 1974-1975)
Christian Nyby (4 episodes, 1956-1964)
William D. Russell (4 episodes, 1957)
Dennis Weaver (4 episodes, 1961)
Jerry Hopper (4 episodes, 1963-1964)
Michael O'Herlihy (4 episodes, 1964-1974)
Richard C. Sarafian (4 episodes, 1965-1968)
Paul Stanley (4 episodes, 1971-1972)
Alf Kjellin (4 episodes, 1972-1973)
Seymour Berns (3 episodes, 1958-1959)
Gerald Mayer (3 episodes, 1960-1961)
Jean Yarbrough (3 episodes, 1960)
Tay Garnett (3 episodes, 1961-1966)
John English (3 episodes, 1963)
Robert Butler (3 episodes, 1967-1972)
Marvin J. Chomsky (3 episodes, 1968-1969)
James Sheldon (2 episodes, 1957-1965)
Louis King (2 episodes, 1957)
R.G. Springsteen (2 episodes, 1959)
Sobey Martin (2 episodes, 1962-1963)
William Conrad (2 episodes, 1963-1971)
Joseph H. Lewis (2 episodes, 1965)
Alvin Ganzer (2 episodes, 1966-1968)
Bernard L. Kowalski (2 episodes, 1966)
Herschel Daugherty (2 episodes, 1968-1969)
Leo Penn (2 episodes, 1968-1969)
 
Series Writing credits
Norman MacDonnell (635 episodes, 1955-1975)
John Meston (635 episodes, 1955-1975)
Charles Marquis Warren (635 episodes, 1955-1975)
Les Crutchfield (57 episodes, 1955-1967)
Calvin Clements Sr. (43 episodes, 1964-1974)
Kathleen Hite (42 episodes, 1957-1965)
Jim Byrnes (34 episodes, 1968-1975)
Paul Savage (27 episodes, 1963-1975)
John Dunkel (25 episodes, 1955-1967)
Marian Clark (21 episodes, 1959-1963)
Clyde Ware (17 episodes, 1965-1967)
Ron Bishop (15 episodes, 1967-1974)
Herbert Little Jr. (13 episodes, 1956-1957)
David Victor (13 episodes, 1956-1957)
Jack Miller (13 episodes, 1970-1973)
Hal Sitowitz (12 episodes, 1966-1975)
Sam Peckinpah (11 episodes, 1955-1958)
William Kelley (9 episodes, 1969-1972)
Harry Kronman (7 episodes, 1965-1973)
Preston Wood (7 episodes, 1966-1970)
Earl W. Wallace (7 episodes, 1974-1975)
Gil Doud (5 episodes, 1956-1957)
Richard Carr (5 episodes, 1965-1969)
Paul F. Edwards (5 episodes, 1970-1973)
Tom Hanley (4 episodes, 1956-1966)
Antony Ellis (4 episodes, 1963-1968)
Shimon Wincelberg (4 episodes, 1964-1974)
Calvin Clements Jr. (4 episodes, 1966-1971)
Arthur Rowe (4 episodes, 1968-1969)
Richard Fielder (4 episodes, 1969-1974)
Winston Miller (3 episodes, 1956)
Frank Paris (3 episodes, 1961-1964)
John Mantley (3 episodes, 1964-1974)
Robert Lewin (3 episodes, 1965-1966)
William Blinn (3 episodes, 1967-1971)
Herman Groves (3 episodes, 1969-1975)
Howard Dimsdale (3 episodes, 1969-1974)
Arthur Browne Jr. (3 episodes, 1969-1970)
Jess Carneol (3 episodes, 1969-1970)
Kay Lenard (3 episodes, 1969-1970)
Donald S. Sanford (3 episodes, 1970-1971)
William Keys (3 episodes, 1973-1974)
Daniel B. Ullman (2 episodes, 1956-1966)
William F. Leicester (2 episodes, 1956-1957)
Hal Moffett (2 episodes, 1961-1962)
John Rosser (2 episodes, 1962-1963)
Gwen Bagni (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
John Kneubuhl (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
George Eckstein (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
William Putman (2 episodes, 1965-1975)
Frank Q. Dobbs (2 episodes, 1965-1966)
Gustave Field (2 episodes, 1965-1966)
Robert C. Stewart (2 episodes, 1965-1966)
Scott Hunt (2 episodes, 1965)
Beth Keele (2 episodes, 1965)
James Landis (2 episodes, 1966-1967)
Charles Joseph Stone (2 episodes, 1967-1972)
Don Ingalls (2 episodes, 1967)
Ron Honthaner (2 episodes, 1968-1972)
Jack Turley (2 episodes, 1968-1969)
Robert Vincent Wright (2 episodes, 1971-1974)

Series Produced by
Norman MacDonnell .... producer / associate producer (356 episodes, 1955-1965)
John Mantley .... executive producer / producer / ... (223 episodes, 1965-1975)
Ron Honthaner .... associate producer (96 episodes, 1971-1975)
Joseph Dackow .... producer / associate producer (90 episodes, 1967-1971)
Leonard Katzman .... producer (84 episodes, 1970-1974)
Philip Leacock .... producer / executive producer (82 episodes, 1964-1967)
James Arness .... associate producer / executive producer (55 episodes, 1959-1964)
Frank Paris .... associate producer (54 episodes, 1961-1965)
Charles Marquis Warren .... producer (52 episodes, 1955-1957)
John G. Stephens .... producer (11 episodes, 1975)
Arthur Marks .... producer (2 episodes, 1967)
 
Series Original Music by
Leon Klatzkin (77 episodes, 1966-1971)
John Carl Parker (45 episodes, 1967-1974)
Fred Steiner (28 episodes, 1959-1965)
Rudy Schrager (10 episodes, 1964-1965)
Morton Stevens (10 episodes, 1965-1971)
René Garriguenc (7 episodes, 1959-1962)
Harry Geller (7 episodes, 1965-1971)
Jerry Goldsmith (6 episodes, 1960-1966)
Wilbur Hatch (6 episodes, 1960-1964)
Richard Shores (6 episodes, 1964-1972)
Jerrold Immel (6 episodes, 1972-1975)
Leith Stevens (5 episodes, 1960-1962)
Bruce Broughton (5 episodes, 1973-1975)
Lyn Murray (4 episodes, 1960-1966)
Nathan Scott (4 episodes, 1960-1964)
Van Cleave (4 episodes, 1961-1963)
Bernard Herrmann (3 episodes, 1961)
Tommy Morgan (3 episodes, 1962-1964)
Lucien Moraweck (2 episodes, 1960-1961)
Franz Waxman (2 episodes, 1966)
Jack Hayes (2 episodes, 1971)
Leo Shuken (2 episodes, 1971)
Martin L. Klein (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
 
Series Cinematography by
Fleet Southcott (216 episodes, 1955-1963)
Monroe P. Askins (127 episodes, 1967-1973)
Harry Stradling Jr. (86 episodes, 1964-1967)
Frank V. Phillips (51 episodes, 1963-1965)
Edward R. Plante (24 episodes, 1974-1975)
Ernest Miller (11 episodes, 1955-1956)
Ted D. Landon (5 episodes, 1973-1974)
Neal Beckner (4 episodes, 1966-1967)
Mack Stengler (3 episodes, 1955)
Robert Pittack (3 episodes, 1963)
John M. Nickolaus Jr. (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
Charles F. Wheeler (2 episodes, 1967-1971)
 
Series Film Editing by
Albrecht Joseph (154 episodes, 1958-1967)
Otto Meyer (126 episodes, 1959-1967)
Gerard Wilson (69 episodes, 1967-1975)
Leslie Vidor (61 episodes, 1955-1959)
Howard A. Smith (55 episodes, 1965-1975)
Thomas J. McCarthy (41 episodes, 1968-1974)
Donald W. Ernst (23 episodes, 1968-1970)
Sam Gold (12 episodes, 1957-1959)
Harry Coswick (10 episodes, 1957-1958)
Bill Mosher (8 episodes, 1967-1968)
Michael Luciano (6 episodes, 1956-1957)
Grant K. Smith (6 episodes, 1967-1968)
Michael Pozen (5 episodes, 1957-1958)
Carroll Sax (5 episodes, 1974)
Linda Schlesinger (3 episodes, 1971-1975)
Roland Gross (3 episodes, 1971-1974)
Tom Stevens (2 episodes, 1974)
 
Series Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster (319 episodes, 1955-1964)
Pam Polifroni (182 episodes, 1966-1975)
James Lister (118 episodes, 1959-1966)
 
Series Art Direction by
Albert Heschong (141 episodes, 1961-1973)
Joseph R. Jennings (109 episodes, 1967-1975)
Nicolai Remisoff (70 episodes, 1955-1957)
Walter E. Keller (52 episodes, 1959-1961)
James Dowell Vance (38 episodes, 1963-1972)
James W. Sullivan (26 episodes, 1957-1958)
William Craig Smith (25 episodes, 1969-1973)
John B. Goodman (19 episodes, 1966-1967)
Raymond Beal (16 episodes, 1965-1966)
Malcolm C. Bert (5 episodes, 1965)
Marvin J. Chomsky (4 episodes, 1966-1967)
Gibson Holley (3 episodes, 1965)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Herman N. Schoenbrun (356 episodes, 1959-1975)
Raymond Boltz Jr. (36 episodes, 1957-1959)
G.W. Berntsen (33 episodes, 1956-1958)
Charles Vassar (23 episodes, 1959-1960)
 
Series Makeup Department
Glen Alden .... makeup artist (414 episodes, 1955-1975)
Pat Whiffing .... hair stylist (263 episodes, 1955-1967)
Gertrude Wheeler .... hair stylist (70 episodes, 1968-1973)
Newton Jones .... makeup artist (57 episodes, 1968-1970)
Helen Young .... hair stylist / makeup artist (41 episodes, 1967-1969)
Irving Pringle .... makeup artist (40 episodes, 1970-1972)
Esperanza Corona .... hair stylist (35 episodes, 1971-1975)
Cherie Banks .... hair stylist (24 episodes, 1970-1971)
Ken Chase .... makeup artist (10 episodes, 1972-1973)
George Lane .... makeup artist (9 episodes, 1971-1974)
Kay Shea .... hair stylist (7 episodes, 1965-1966)
Betty Pedretti .... hair stylist (7 episodes, 1965)
Newt Jones .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1968)
Florence Bush .... hair stylist (2 episodes, 1965)
 
Series Production Management
Robert M. Beche .... production manager (201 episodes, 1963-1970)
Glenn Cook .... production manager / production supervisor (74 episodes, 1955-1959)
Paul Nichols .... production manager (55 episodes, 1970-1975)
Dewey Starkey .... production supervisor (52 episodes, 1959-1961)
Howard Joslin .... unit production manager (23 episodes, 1959-1960)
Ron Honthaner .... post production executive (10 episodes, 1969)
Abby Singer .... production manager (10 episodes, 1974)
Jack Aldworth .... production manager (9 episodes, 1975)
Gordon A. Webb .... production manager (6 episodes, 1972-1975)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Nichols .... assistant director (90 episodes, 1964-1975)
Robert M. Beche .... assistant director (88 episodes, 1957-1971)
Glenn Cook .... assistant director (68 episodes, 1955-1957)
Wes McAfee .... assistant director (56 episodes, 1961-1964)
Al Kraus .... assistant director (41 episodes, 1966-1969)
Christopher N. Seiter .... assistant director (40 episodes, 1964-1971)
Robert L. Rosen .... assistant director (39 episodes, 1962-1970)
Gordon A. Webb .... assistant director (23 episodes, 1972-1974)
Nathan Barragar .... assistant director (21 episodes, 1958-1959)
Martin Cohan .... assistant director (14 episodes, 1969-1970)
Robert Shue .... assistant director (13 episodes, 1969-1973)
Don Torpin .... assistant director (11 episodes, 1973-1974)
Howard Joslin .... assistant director (9 episodes, 1956-1958)
W.B. Eason .... assistant director (8 episodes, 1957-1958)
Robert Webb .... assistant director (7 episodes, 1974-1975)
Max Stein .... assistant director (5 episodes, 1971-1972)
Bob White .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1971-1973)
Clancy Herne .... assistant director / second assistant director (3 episodes, 1969-1970)
Austen Jewell .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1971)
William D. Faralla .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1956)
Jack Voglin .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1957-1958)
 
Series Art Department
Clem Widrig .... property master (284 episodes, 1959-1972)
Mike Gordon .... property master (83 episodes, 1955-1959)
Craig Binkley .... assistant property master / property master / ... (66 episodes, 1970-1974)
Ted Cooper .... property master (33 episodes, 1957-1959)
Paul Sylos .... set designer (21 episodes, 1958-1959)
Earl W. Huntoon Jr. .... property master (19 episodes, 1972-1975)
Howard Cole .... property master (3 episodes, 1972)
 
Series Sound Department
Vernon W. Kramer .... sound mixer / production sound mixer (188 episodes, 1960-1969)
Jack A. Finlay .... sound effects editor / sound effects supervisor (125 episodes, 1965-1975)
Gene Eliot .... sound effects editor / sound effects editor: 1959-1965 (118 episodes, 1959-1965)
Andrew Gilmore .... production sound mixer / sound mixer (92 episodes, 1969-1973)
Joel Moss .... sound re-recording mixer / rerecording / ... (50 episodes, 1960-1963)
Jerry Rosenthal .... sound effects supervisor / supervising sound effects editor / ... (41 episodes, 1970-1972)
Alan Bernard .... production sound mixer / sound mixer (24 episodes, 1974-1975)
Terrance Emerson .... sound cable man (6 episodes, 1968)
Coye Vanover .... production sound mixer (4 episodes, 1973)
 
Series Special Effects by
Louis DeWitt .... special photographic effects (2 episodes, 1958)
Jack Rabin .... special photographic effects (2 episodes, 1958)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Louis DeWitt .... optical effects / special photographic effects (81 episodes, 1955-1958)
Jack Rabin .... optical effects / special photographic effects (81 episodes, 1955-1958)
 
Series Stunts
Alex Sharp .... stunt double: James Arness / stunt double: Douglas Kennedy / ... (10 episodes, 1957-1968)
Bobby Somers .... stunts (8 episodes, 1972-1973)
Jimmy Noel .... stunt double: Milburn Stone / stunts (7 episodes, 1967-1974)
Whitey Hughes .... stunts (6 episodes, 1966-1974)
Hal Needham .... stunt double: Burt Reynolds / stunt double: Michael Higgins / ... (4 episodes, 1963-1964)
Jack N. Young .... stunts (3 episodes, 1956-1957)
Chick Sheridan .... stunt double: Chill Wills / stunt double: Jim Davis (2 episodes, 1962-1971)
Bobby Clark .... stunts (2 episodes, 1968-1974)
Jesse Wayne .... stunt double: Charles Kuenstle (2 episodes, 1969)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Tom May .... grip (36 episodes, 1964-1965)
Bobby Jones .... gaffer (29 episodes, 1966-1967)
Michael D. O'Shea .... first assistant camera (25 episodes, 1967-1968)
Charles R. Young .... camera operator (21 episodes, 1974-1975)
Lloyd Ahern II .... assistant camera (10 episodes, 1966)
 
Series Casting Department
Frank Kennedy .... extras casting: locations (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alexander Velcoff .... costumer / wardrobe (353 episodes, 1959-1975)
Robert O'Dell .... wardrobe (53 episodes, 1956-1959)
John E. Dowsing .... wardrobe (49 episodes, 1955-1957)
Thelma Milborn .... costumer / costumes (32 episodes, 1961-1964)
Ruth Stella .... costumer (18 episodes, 1960-1961)
Aida Swinson .... costumer (8 episodes, 1973-1975)
Ethel Shaw .... costumer (7 episodes, 1961)
Angela Alexander .... costumer (2 episodes, 1959)
 
Series Editorial Department
Fred W. Berger .... supervising editor / supervising film editor (118 episodes, 1955-1959)
 
Series Music Department
Rex Koury .... composer: theme music (635 episodes, 1955-1975)
Gene Feldman .... music editor / supervising music editor (420 episodes, 1959-1973)
Carl Fortina .... musician: accordion soloist (355 episodes, 1955-1964)
Glenn Spencer .... composer: theme music (84 episodes, 1955-1966)
Leon Klatzkin .... conductor (50 episodes, 1966-1971)
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (39 episodes, 1955-1956)
Herschel Burke Gilbert .... music supervisor / conductor (15 episodes, 1964-1965)
John Carl Parker .... conductor (12 episodes, 1968-1974)
Fred Steiner .... conductor (11 episodes, 1960-1965)
Morton Stevens .... music supervisor / conductor (11 episodes, 1966-1967)
Harry Geller .... conductor (6 episodes, 1965-1971)
Robert Takagi .... supervising music editor (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
Lud Gluskin .... conductor (4 episodes, 1960-1962)
Leith Stevens .... conductor (3 episodes, 1960-1962)
Wilbur Hatch .... conductor (3 episodes, 1961-1964)
Nathan Scott .... conductor (3 episodes, 1961-1964)
Jerry Goldsmith .... conductor (2 episodes, 1960)
Lyn Murray .... conductor (2 episodes, 1961-1966)
Van Cleave .... conductor (2 episodes, 1961-1962)
Bernard Herrmann .... conductor (2 episodes, 1961)
 
Series Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver (12 episodes, 1973-1975)
 
Series Other crew
George Walsh .... announcer (596 episodes, 1956-1975)
Edle Bakke .... script supervisor (175 episodes, 1961-1970)
Mary Chaffee .... script supervisor (113 episodes, 1955-1959)
Paul Savage .... story consultant / executive story consultant (86 episodes, 1966-1969)
Herbert DuFine .... assistant to producer / assistant to producers (81 episodes, 1964-1969)
Lloyd Nelson .... script supervisor (77 episodes, 1970-1975)
Adele Cannon .... script supervisor (55 episodes, 1959-1961)
Ron Honthaner .... post production executive / assistant to producer (53 episodes, 1968-1971)
Paul F. Edwards .... assistant story consultant (51 episodes, 1970-1973)
Calvin Clements Sr. .... executive story consultant (45 episodes, 1969-1971)
Jack Miller .... executive story consultant (45 episodes, 1971-1975)
Jim Byrnes .... assistant story consultant (41 episodes, 1968-1970)
Frank Paris .... assistant to producer (40 episodes, 1960-1961)
John Mantley .... story consultant / script consultant (13 episodes, 1964-1965)
Erika Wernher .... script supervisor (6 episodes, 1969-1971)
Calvin Clements Jr. .... executive story consultant (5 episodes, 1969-1970)
Michael Kennedy .... production assistant (5 episodes, 1974)
Gana Jones .... script supervisor (3 episodes, 1961)
Eleanor H. Donahoe .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 1957-1958)
Ralph Helfer .... animal supervisor: Gentle Jungle / animal supervisor: Gentle Jungle [us] (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
Joyce King .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 1973)
Ed Knight .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 1973)
Jimmy Noel .... stand-in: Milburn Stone (2 episodes, 1974)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Marshal Dillon" - USA (rerun title)
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Runtime:
USA:30 min (1955-1961) (233 episodes) (including commercials) | USA:60 min (1961-1975) (402 episodes) (including commercials)
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Color:
Black and White (1955-1966) | Color (1966-1975)
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Trivia:
James Arness received his draft notice in 1943 and trained at Camp Wheeler, Georgia, before shipping out for North Africa. He was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division in time for the invasion of Anzio. Ten days after the invasion, Arness was severely wounded in the leg and foot by machine-gun fire. His wounds: he lost part of his foot: it plagued him the rest of his life. The injury 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 giving out. The wounds resulted in his medical discharge from the army. He received the Bronze Star; the Purple Heart; the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three bronze campaign stars; the World War II Victory Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge for his serviceSee more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Matt is called a US Marshal. Kansas became a state in 1861, more than a decade before the series is set. There was only one US district court in Kansas and one marshal assigned to it, plus a number of deputy marshal. All deputies would be based in Hays, the capital, not towns like Dodge. And deputies would enforce federal laws and court orders, and capture federal fugitives. They would not have state or local jurisdiction (like breaking up fights in the Long Branch). At the time of the series Dodge had a town marshal, and a county sheriff with jurisdiction outside the town limits.See more »
Quotes:
[the teaser of the very first episode, "Matt Gets It."]
John Wayne:Good evening. My name's Wayne. Some of you may have seen me before. I hope so. I've been kicking around Hollywood a long time. I've made a lot of pictures out here. All kinds. Some of them have been westerns and that's what I'm here to tell you about tonight...
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41 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
Not only a good Western,but action drama at its best, 30 April 2002
Author: raysond from Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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(Dennis Weaver from 1955-1964 for 290 episodes),Quint Aspen(Burt Reynolds from 1962-1965 for 50 episodes),Festus Hagen(Ken Curtis from 1964-1975 for 304 episodes),Thad Greene(Roger Ewing from 1965-1967 for 51 episodes)and Newly O'Brian(played by Buck Taylor from 1967-1975 for 174 episodes). It also had Matt Dillon's love interest Miss Kitty(Amanda Blake from 1955-1974 for 568 episodes)and the resourceful medical physician Doc Adams(Milburn Stone),and Sam (Glenn Strange from 1961-1975 for 238 episodes),and Miss Hannah(Fran Ryan from 1974-1975 for 26 episodes. Amanda Blake left the series at the end of the show's 19th season and was replaced by Fran Ryan in the final season). Only actors James Arness and Milburn Stone remained with the series as the only cast members that stayed throughout it's 20-year run.

Out of the 635 episodes that "Gunsmoke" produced,the series premiered on September 10,1955 with the episode "Matt Gets It". From September 10, 1955 until June 17, 1961 there were 233 half-hour black and white episodes. On September 30,1961 the show expanded to a hour long format that produced 176 episodes in black and white until May 7,1966. Then on September 17,1966 the show evolved from 11 seasons in black and white to color for 266 episodes until the final episode of the series on March 31,1975. During the first few seasons of "Gunsmoke" the show was in the top ten of the Nielsens becoming a huge Saturday night prime time favorite between 1955-1961 where the show became a phenomenon. By 1967, in it's 13th season, CBS made the decision to move the series from Saturday nights to Monday nights where it was back at the top of the ratings,due to a new audience and a earlier time slot. Between Seasons 13 thru 20 saw "Gunsmoke" surging back into the Top Ten of the Nielsens becoming one of the top five shows on television between 1967-1975.

The astounding success of "Gunsmoke" spawned seven Prime-Time Emmy nominations during it's run winning four Prime-Time Emmys in 1958(Best Dramatic Series);1959(Best Supporting Actor-Dennis Weaver);1968(Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role-Milburn Stone);1970(Outstanding Achievement in Film Editing). "Gunsmoke" was nominated for four Golden Globes with actress Amanda Blake for Best Actress in a Dramatic Series three times in 1970,1971 and 1972. Golden Globe nominated also when to Milburn Stone for Best Supporting Actor in a Dramatic Series in 1972. Golden Globe nominations also went to Ken Curtis and James Arness as well. When "Gunsmoke" ended it's run in 1975 it marked the end of the television Western...an astounding feat that when it was on the air during the early-1970's it surpass it's rival "Bonanza" which was already off the air two years earlier. When it was abruptly canceled on March 31,1975(with the final episode of the series "The Sharecroppers") the cast had no warning and learned their fate from media outlets. On September 8, 1975 the two shows that replaced the long-running "Gunsmoke" were two spinoffs of CBS' "Mary Tyler Moore Show" which were "Rhoda",and "Phyllis" that were placed on it's prime- time Monday night schedule. James Arness reprised the role of Marshal Dillon for six made for television movies based on "Gunsmoke" that aired on CBS between 1987 and 1994 featuring the original cast that includes Ken Curtis, Amanda Blake and Buck Taylor.

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