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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 scalpings, 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 • 185 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 scalpings, 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.

    Tacetta – Gunsmoke (05-02-53)

    Tacetta – Gunsmoke (05-02-53)

    Tacetta Original Air Date: May 02, 1953 Host: Andrew Rhynes Show: Gunsmoke Phone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars: William Conrad (Matt Dillion) Parley Baer (Chester) Georgia Ellis (Kitty) Special Guests: Tom Tully Lawrence Dobkin Paul Dubov Lillian Buyeff Writer: John Meston Producer: Norman Macdonnell Music: Rex Koury

    • 32 min
    The Soldier – Gunsmoke (04-25-53)

    The Soldier – Gunsmoke (04-25-53)

    The Soldier - Gunsmoke (04-25-53) The Soldier Original Air Date: April 25, 1953 Host: Andrew Rhynes Show: Gunsmoke Phone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars: William Conrad (Matt Dillion) Parley Baer (Chester) Georgia Ellis (Kitty) Special Guests: Lawrence Dobkin Harry Bartell Paul Frees Vic Perrin Writer: John Meston Producer: Norman Macdonnell Music: Rex Koury

    • 30 min
    Bum’s Rush – Gunsmoke (04-18-53)

    Bum’s Rush – Gunsmoke (04-18-53)

    Bum's Rush Original Air Date: April 18, 1953 Host: Andrew Rhynes Show: Gunsmoke Phone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars: William Conrad (Matt Dillion) Parley Baer (Chester) Georgia Ellis (Kitty) Howard McNear (Doc) Special Guests: John Dehner Harry Bartell Lawrence Dobkin Lou Krugman Writer: John Meston Producer: Norman Macdonnell Music: Rex Koury

    • 30 min
    Gonif – Gunsmoke (04-11-53)

    Gonif – Gunsmoke (04-11-53)

    Gonif Original Air Date: April 11, 1953 Host: Andrew Rhynes Show: Gunsmoke Phone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars: William Conrad (Matt Dillion) Parley Baer (Chester) Georgia Ellis (Kitty) Special Guests: John Dehner Lawrence Dobkin Barney Phillips Jack Kruschen Howard McNear Writer: Antony Ellis Producer: Norman Macdonnell Music: Rex Koury

    • 31 min
    Jayhawkers – Gunsmoke (04-04-53)

    Jayhawkers – Gunsmoke (04-04-53)

    Jayhawkers Original Air Date: April 04, 1953 Host: Andrew Rhynes Show: Gunsmoke Phone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars: William Conrad (Matt Dillion) Parley Baer (Chester) Special Guests: Lawrence Dobkin Harry Bartell Sam Edwards Jack Kruschen James Nusser Writer: John Meston Producer: Norman Macdonnell Music: Rex Koury

    • 32 min
    Quarter Horse – Gunsmoke (03-28-53)

    Quarter Horse – Gunsmoke (03-28-53)

    Quarter Horse Original Air Date: March 28, 1953 Host: Andrew Rhynes Show: Gunsmoke Phone: (707) 98 OTRDW (6-8739) Stars: William Conrad (Matt Dillion) Parley Baer (Chester) Georgia Ellis (Kitty) Howard McNear (Doc) Special Guests: Lawrence Dobkin Joseph Kearns Johnny McGovern Harry Bartell Lou Krugman Producer: Norman Macdonnell Music: Rex Koury

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
185 Ratings

185 Ratings

Lowly Jimson ,

Gunsmoke

When I was a kid 60+ years ago I listened to Gunsmoke. They were good stories. But now that I’m old I find the stories more deeply moving and sensitive. This podcast is a great service.

I’d never been to Dodge City until a few years ago. I bought something at Walmart and got a hamburger and moved on.

MarkH419 ,

Like a friendly companion

These episodes, especially the more adult-oriented ones (like Gunsmoke) are a great companion when I’m driving, walking around town, or just want a friendly distraction. The programs are great. And Andrew’s ability to clean up the sounds some and add interesting background is a nice plus. Thanks!

marketpop ,

Story of Gunsmoke

This is great! Thanks Andrew!

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