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John Dunkel (1915–2001)

John Dunkel was one of the handful of writers who greatly contributed to the story quality on both the radio and television versions of "Gunsmoke," submitting 25 scripts to the TV series alone. He started his career as a play reader at the Pasadena Playhouse in the 1930s before becoming a writer for CBS Radio in the 1940s. Like those other ... See full bio »

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Known For

Rawhide
Rawhide Writer
(1959-1965)
Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke Writer
(1955-1967)
Broken Arrow
Broken Arrow Writer
(1956-1958)
One Step Beyond
(1959)

Filmography

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 1978 Grandpa Goes to Washington (TV Series) (written by - 2 episodes)
- The Red Hot Gift (1978) ... (written by)
- The Leak (1978) ... (written by)
 1978 The Waltons (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- The Portrait (1978) ... (written by)
 1967-1969 The Virginian (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- A Touch of Hands (1969) ... (writer)
- Execution at Triste (1967) ... (writer)
 1969 Bonanza (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- The Deserter (1969) ... (story)
 1969 The Big Valley (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- A Passage of Saints (1969) ... (written by)
  Custer (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode, 1967) (written by - 1 episode, 1967)
- Pursued (1967) ... (writer)
- Suspicion (1967) ... (written by)
  Gunsmoke (TV Series) (written by - 10 episodes, 1961 - 1964) (screenplay by - 7 episodes, 1955 - 1957) (story and screenplay by - 6 episodes, 1955 - 1957) (story by - 1 episode, 1967) (teleplay by - 1 episode, 1967) (television story and teleplay by - 1 episode, 1962)
- Stranger in Town (1967) ... (story by) / (teleplay by)
- The Violators (1964) ... (written by)
- The Other Half (1964) ... (written by)
- Trip West (1964) ... (written by)
- Prairie Wolfer (1964) ... (written by)
 1966 The Monroes (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Court Martial (1966) ... (writer)
 1966 The Rounders (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Man of the Year (1966) ... (written by)
  Rawhide (TV Series) (written by - 14 episodes, 1959 - 1962) (writer - 8 episodes, 1959 - 1965) (story - 1 episode, 1961) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1961)
- The Pursuit (1965) ... (writer)
- The Spanish Camp (1965) ... (writer)
- Retreat (1965) ... (writer)
- The Winter Soldier (1965) ... (writer)
- Texas Fever (1965) ... (writer)
 1961 Dr. Kildare (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- For the Living (1961) ... (teleplay)
 1961 Gunslinger (TV Series) (teleplay & story - 1 episode)
- The Buried People (1961) ... (teleplay & story)
  The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (TV Series) (9 episodes, 1957 - 1960) (writer - 4 episodes, 1959 - 1960) (story and teleplay - 1 episode, 1958) (story - 1 episode, 1957) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1957)
- The Fanatic (1960)
- The Doctor (1960)
- The Judge (1960) ... (writer)
- China Mary (1960) ... (writer)
- The Scout (1960) ... (as John A. Dunkel)
  The Westerner (TV Series) (story - 1 episode, 1960) (written by - 1 episode, 1960)
- Mrs. Kennedy (1960) ... (story) / (written by)
  Laramie (TV Series) (teleplay - 3 episodes, 1959 - 1960) (story - 1 episode, 1960) (teleplay and story - 1 episode, 1959)
- The Long Riders (1960) ... (teleplay)
- Hour After Dawn (1960) ... (story) / (teleplay)
- The General Must Die (1959) ... (teleplay)
- Circle of Fire (1959) ... (teleplay and story)
 1960 Law of the Plainsman (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Show-Off (1960) ... (writer)
 1960 The Rifleman (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Day of the Hunter (1960) ... (writer)
  The Californians (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode, 1959) (story by - 1 episode, 1958) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1957)
- Guns for King Joseph (1959) ... (written by)
- Mr. Valejo (1958) ... (story by)
- Man from Boston (1957) ... (teleplay)
 1959 One Step Beyond (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Dream (1959) ... (writer)
  Broken Arrow (TV Series) (teleplay - 5 episodes, 1956 - 1958) (writer - 3 episodes, 1958)
- Old Enemy (1958) ... (teleplay)
- Power (1958) ... (writer)
- Turncoat (1958) ... (writer)
- War Trail (1958) ... (writer)
- Ordeal (1957) ... (teleplay)
 1958 Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- The Bravado Touch (1958) ... (teleplay)
 1956-1958 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series) (teleplay - 4 episodes)
- Bluebeard's Seventh Wife (1958) ... (teleplay)
- Bitter Parting (1957) ... (teleplay)
- Sometimes You Break Even (1957) ... (teleplay)
- Washington Incident (1956) ... (teleplay)
  Wagon Train (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode, 1958) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1957)
- The Gabe Carswell Story (1958) ... (writer)
- The Nels Stack Story (1957) ... (teleplay)
 1957 General Electric Theater (TV Series) (teleplay - 2 episodes)
- A Question of Survival (1957) ... (teleplay)
- Too Good with a Gun (1957) ... (teleplay)
  The Adventures of Jim Bowie (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes, 1957) (written by - 1 episode, 1956)
- The Intruder (1957) ... (writer)
- Osceola (1957) ... (writer)
- The Squatter (1956) ... (written by)
 1956 Cavalcade of America (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- Once a Hero (1956) ... (teleplay)
 1955-1956 Celebrity Playhouse (TV Series) (teleplay - 2 episodes)
- They Flee by Night (1956) ... (teleplay)
- Showdown at San Pablo (1955) ... (teleplay)
 1956 Steve Donovan, Western Marshal (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Unbranded (1956) ... (writer)
 1945 The Tiger Woman (play - as John A. Dunkel)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

His radio work included scripts for "Escape," "Fort Laramie," "Hallmark Hall of Fame," "Romance," "Suspense," and, of course, "Gunsmoke." See more »

Alternate Names:

John A. Dunkel
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