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Gunsmoke was a long-running old-time radio and television Western drama program set in Dodge City, Kansas during the settlement of the American West. The radio show first aired on April 26, 1952 and ran until June 18, 1961 on the CBS radio network. The series starred William Conrad as Marshal Matt Dillon, Howard McNear as Doc Charles Adams, Georgia Ellis as Kitty Russell, and Parley Baer as Deputy Chester Proudfoot. Doc’s first name and Chester’s last name were changed for the television program. Gunsmoke was notable for its critically acclaimed cast and writing and is commonly regarded as one of the finest old time radio shows. Some listeners have argued that the radio version of Gunsmoke was far more realistic than the television program. Episodes were aimed at adults and featured some of the most explicit content of the day: there were violent crimes and scalping's, massacres and opium addicts. Miss Kitty’s occupation as a prostitute was made far more obvious on the radio version than on television. Many episodes ended on a down-note, and villains often got away with their crimes.

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    • 4.4 • 355 Ratings

Gunsmoke was a long-running old-time radio and television Western drama program set in Dodge City, Kansas during the settlement of the American West. The radio show first aired on April 26, 1952 and ran until June 18, 1961 on the CBS radio network. The series starred William Conrad as Marshal Matt Dillon, Howard McNear as Doc Charles Adams, Georgia Ellis as Kitty Russell, and Parley Baer as Deputy Chester Proudfoot. Doc’s first name and Chester’s last name were changed for the television program. Gunsmoke was notable for its critically acclaimed cast and writing and is commonly regarded as one of the finest old time radio shows. Some listeners have argued that the radio version of Gunsmoke was far more realistic than the television program. Episodes were aimed at adults and featured some of the most explicit content of the day: there were violent crimes and scalping's, massacres and opium addicts. Miss Kitty’s occupation as a prostitute was made far more obvious on the radio version than on television. Many episodes ended on a down-note, and villains often got away with their crimes.

    Jud's Woman | Gunsmoke (12-01-57)

    Jud's Woman | Gunsmoke (12-01-57)

    Original Air Date: December 01, 1957Host: Andrew RhynesShow: GunsmokePhone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars:• William Conrad (Matt Dillion)• Parley Baer (Chester)• Georgia Ellis (Kitty)• Howard McNear (Doc) Announcer:• George Walsh Producer:• Norman Macdonnell Music:• Rex Koury Exit music from: Roundup on the Prairie by Aaron Kenny https://bit.ly/3kTj0kK

    • 30 min
    Odd Man Out | Gunsmoke (11-24-57)

    Odd Man Out | Gunsmoke (11-24-57)

    Original Air Date: November 24, 1957Host: Andrew RhynesShow: GunsmokePhone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars:• William Conrad (Matt Dillion)• Parley Baer (Chester)• Georgia Ellis (Kitty)• Howard McNear (Doc) Announcer:• George Walsh Producer:• Norman Macdonnell Writer:• Les Crutchfield Editorial Supervisor:• John Meston Music:• Rex Koury Sound Patterns:• Ray Kemper• Bill James Exit music from: Roundup on the...

    The Queue | Gunsmoke (11-17-57)

    The Queue | Gunsmoke (11-17-57)

    Original Air Date: November 17, 1957Host: Andrew RhynesShow: GunsmokePhone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars:• William Conrad (Matt Dillion)• Parley Baer (Chester)• Georgia Ellis (Kitty)• Howard McNear (Doc) Special Guests:• Ben Wright• Lawrence Dobkin• Barney Phillips• John Dehner Producer:• Norman Macdonnell Writer:• John Meston Music:• Rex Koury Exit music from: Roundup on the Prairie by Aaron...

    • 30 min
    Gun Shy | Gunsmoke (11-10-57)

    Gun Shy | Gunsmoke (11-10-57)

    Original Air Date: November 10, 1957Host: Andrew RhynesShow: GunsmokePhone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars:• William Conrad (Matt Dillion)• Parley Baer (Chester)• Georgia Ellis (Kitty)• Howard McNear (Doc) Announcer:• George Walsh Producer:• Norman Macdonnell Music:• Rex Koury Sound Patterns:• Ray Kemper• Bill James Exit music from: Roundup on the Prairie by Aaron Kenny https://bit.ly/3kTj0kK

    Bull | Gunsmoke (11-03-57)

    Bull | Gunsmoke (11-03-57)

    Original Air Date: November 03, 1957Host: Andrew RhynesShow: GunsmokePhone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars:• William Conrad (Matt Dillion)• Parley Baer (Chester)• Georgia Ellis (Kitty)• Howard McNear (Doc) Announcer:• George Walsh Producer:• Norman Macdonnell Music:• Rex Koury Sound Patterns:• Ray Kemper• Bill James Exit music from: Roundup on the Prairie by Aaron Kenny https://bit.ly/3kTj0kK

    • 28 min
    Man and Boy | Gunsmoke (10-27-57)

    Man and Boy | Gunsmoke (10-27-57)

    Original Air Date: October 27, 1957Host: Andrew RhynesShow: GunsmokePhone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars:• William Conrad (Matt Dillion)• Parley Baer (Chester)• Georgia Ellis (Kitty)• Howard McNear (Doc) Announcer:• George Walsh Producer:• Norman Macdonnell Music:• Rex Koury Exit music from: Roundup on the Prairie by Aaron Kenny https://bit.ly/3kTj0kK

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
355 Ratings

355 Ratings

marylamb1 ,

My favorite Western!

Watched Gun Smoke when I was a youngster, and radio I can listen while I work. :)

GeoffInCarlsbad ,

Contemporary commercials

I love gunsmoke, and have been listening to all-time radio westerns for a long time. But now the inclusion of the contemporary commercials during the show on top of the vintage commercials has ruined it for me. I give it three stars because of my love for gunsmoke. Before this, I would’ve given it five stars.

45dutch ,

Bait and switch

Half the show is an infomercial.

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