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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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Known For

Gunsmoke Writer
(1955-1975)
Gunsmoke Writer
Hec Ramsey Writer
(1972-1973)

Filmography

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  Gunsmoke (TV Series) (based on the radio series created by - 635 episodes, 1955 - 1975) (written by - 105 episodes, 1957 - 1965) (story by - 103 episodes, 1955 - 1959) (teleplay by - 48 episodes, 1959 - 1963) (screenplay by - 39 episodes, 1955 - 1958) (story and screenplay by - 2 episodes, 1955)
- The Sharecroppers (1975) ... (based on the radio series created by - uncredited)
- Manolo (1975) ... (based on the radio series created by - uncredited)
- The Busters (1975) ... (based on the radio series created by - uncredited)
- I Have Promises to Keep (1975) ... (based on the radio series created by - uncredited)
- Hard Labor (1975) ... (based on the radio series created by - uncredited)
  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)
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 1992 Gunsmoke: To the Last Man (TV Movie) (this film is dedicated to the memory of)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

In addition to his work on "Gunsmoke," he also contributed scripts to radio shows such as "Lux Radio Theatre," "The Bakers' Theatre of Stars," "The Black Book," "Fort Laramie," and "Escape." He served as editorial supervisor on the radio series "Romance." See more »

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Bette Ford  (divorced) | See more »
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Personal Quote:

On "Gunsmoke" - "If I had known it would last this long, I would never have created the darn thing." See more »

Trivia:

Meston's birthplace of Pueblo is mentioned in many of his scripts, with characters either coming from it or (most often) headed for it. See more »

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