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"Gunsmoke" Matt Gets It (TV Episode 1955) Poster

(TV Series)

(1955)

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The cast and crew had gathered at the home of James Arness to watch the series premiere. They were not told in advance about the special introduction from John Wayne. Arness stated on the DVD commentary that he was very honored that his good friend, Wayne took the time to do this for him.
John Wayne appeared in the beginning to introduce the series. He was also originally offered the role of Matt Dillon but turned it down. And he recommended James Arness for the role.
A wanted poster on the wall in Matt Dillon's office reads: "William H. Bonney wanted for murder". William Bonney was also known as 'Billy the Kid'.
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According to James Arness on the DVD commentary, this was the first episode shown, but it was actually the second episode that they filmed.
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From Episode 1, The title sequence (In the outside street, replaced by one with a painted backdrop in later seasons) shows Matt with his back to the camera vs a Black hatted villain. 12 seconds into the title sequence you can clearly see Matt draw before the villain. Later seasons new sequence has the villain clearly draw 1st.

Incidentally, Physicist Niels Bohr came up with a theory: the one who draws second moves faster because he reacts without thinking. Psychologists at Birmingham University found Bohr was right, at least to a point. Volunteers averaged 10% faster when they drew second over first. Andrew Welchman's study found that while a gunslinger moved faster when they drew second, the difference was on average only 21 milliseconds - too slow to beat someone who had already pulled a gun.

It appears to be accuracy, not who drew 1st that decides the victory.
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The series "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" (first broadcast on September 6, 1955) was the first TV Western series written for adults, preceding the longer-running Gunsmoke (first broadcast on September 10, 1955) by four days.
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Close examination of Mr. Dillon's gun belt will show that the top edge of his holster may be 3 to 4 inches below the lower edge of his belt. But the top of the pistol grip is even the bottom edge of his belt. It would not be possible to have his holster 12 to 15 inches his waist. He would not be able to keep his pistol belt up it would continue to fall off.
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For much of the first year's dramas, Matt Dillon wears his holster at least twelve to fifteen inches below the waist; in later teleplays the position of the holster has changed (permanently) to even with the waist.
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The IMDb title page repeats many of the KEYWORDS items for many teleplays following this one, with a large number of words inapplicable for that particular drama.
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