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Gunsmoke 

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Marshal Matt Dillon keeps the peace in rough and tumble Dodge City.
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Nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Another 15 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
James Arness ...  Matt Dillon 635 episodes, 1955-1975
Milburn Stone ...  Doc / ... 605 episodes, 1955-1975
Amanda Blake ...  Kitty / ... 569 episodes, 1955-1974
Ken Curtis ...  Festus / ... 306 episodes, 1959-1975
Dennis Weaver ...  Chester 290 episodes, 1955-1964
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Storyline

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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Western

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

10 September 1955 (USA) See more »

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Marshal Dillon See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Black and White (1955-1966)| Color (1966-1975)

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4:3
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The name of the restaurant in Dodge City was Del Monaco's. See more »

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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

Festus Haggen: Don't you think somebody oughta reckon with him, Matthew?
U.S. Marshal Matt Dillon: What did you say his name was again, Festus?
Festus Haggen: I think its Sinclair... Jack Sinclair.
U.S. Marshal Matt Dillon: He's got no left hand?
Festus Haggen: That's right. Anyways, don't you think somebody ought to go reckon with him?
U.S. Marshal Matt Dillon: No!
Festus Haggen: Why not, Matthew?
U.S. Marshal Matt Dillon: Because it was my bullet that took his hand!
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Matt Dillon was a hero in the truest since of the word.
26 October 2002 | by dhsmithSee all my reviews

Having Tivo (a system that records programs automatically) has re-introduced Gunsmoke to me. I was a young boy when it began in the 1950's. I loved the early shows. The 1962 shows are being aired on TV Land right now and I have about a dozen recorded for future viewing. I wanted to make an observation about James Arness's character, Matt Dillon. He was my hero growing up and watching the show. After seeing the shows again, 40 years later, I know why. Matt was justice. He meted out retribution to those who were evil. Here he was, standing 6 feet seven inches with a voice like God.

Watching Matt save the day in episode after episode made me realize how great it would to have a Matt around today: someone who would stand up to the bully, step in a wield his gun at the villains taking advantage of anyone in sight. I guess we all had heroes, but who could ever match James Arness. He was fair, gentle, understanding, but had the strength and skill to ward off any foe.

I miss Matt Dillon. We won't see his like again. Even Clint Eastwood, with his Dirty Harry justice, did not have the depth of Matt with his combination of gunplay and compassion.


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