Gunsmoke - Single Episodes
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First Show: Jun 26, 1952
Last Show: Jun 18, 1961
Number Shows: 480 shows, 2 auditions, 5 hour tribute
Audition Shows: Jun 11, 1949, Jul 13, 1949
Gunsmoke is one of those long-running classic Old-Time Radio shows that everyone knows and remembers. It's also one that is still respected for its high values, in all aspects. Gunsmoke first aired on the CBS network on April 26, 1952, billed as the first adult western. It was set in Dodge City, Kansas in the 1870's.
The main character, Matt Dillon, was played by William Conrad. On August 6, 1951, William Conrad played the lead in a show entitled "Pagosa" in the series Romance, where he played the part of a reluctant sheriff in a tough Western town. Although not a true audition, Conrad's character role is very close the that of Matt Dillon in Gunsmoke. It was one of the "stepping stones" toward the production of Gunsmoke.
Other regular characters were Chester Proudfoot, played by Parley Baer; Kitty, played by Georgia Ellis; and Doc Adams, played by Howard McNear.
The series featured top-notch acting and well-developed scripts that set it apart from many other shows, not only Westerns; however, it was the sound effects that stood out the most. Listen carefully and one can hear many levels of sound that really helps transport the listener back to the old west.
Besides the US version, there was an Australian production of Gunsmoke. It began sometime in 1955, transcribed under the Artransa label, and aired Mondays at 7:00 PM on the Macquarie network. It is not known how many shows aired or how long the series ran.
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- 2006-12-20 04:12:45
Subject: My Favorite Radio Series
Recently, the INSP channel has been showing Seasons 1-6 of the 30-minute Gunsmoke episodes. I was surprised that the TV
episodes were almost identical to the radio scripts. I was amazed as I watched them for the first time that it seemed as if I had already seen them before. This just goes to show how good the radio versions were. As a matter of fact, I think I enjoy the radio programs over the TV episodes.
Subject: Files Updated!
Replaced files on this page from the Version 5 Release (05-Jan-2020).
For the full OTRR Release, see the OTRR Certified page:
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Subject: 5 stars!
Subject: Episode 45 Needs a Title Change
Other than that, I'm enjoying every minute of every episode. A really great radio drama, it holds up as well now as it did when it was on the air. Thanks to the people who saved these to the Archive! They have kept an important part of our popular culture history alive!
Subject: The Paramount of Westerns on Radio & TV
Subject: It gets no better
Just as a side note, 2rubywithlove, John Dehner played Paladin on the radio version of Have Gun, WIll Travel. Richard Boone played him on TV.
Dehner played on all of the best western shows, and had a long career, nonetheless.
Subject: The Rolls Royce of Westerns
Subject: Listening to an Actor Grow & Mature
Subject: I highly recommend it
Subject: William Conrad
Update 4th December 2017.
I've changed my mind it's better now that I've reached episode 321; and as always Conrad is good, even bought his TV series Jake and the Fatman as an early Xmas present. I also really like John Dehner in this series which led me to Have Gun Will Travel which is another good one.
Subject: Gunsmoke radio show
Subject: A Podcast Introduction/Breakdown of Gunsmoke
Subject: Tobacco Ads vs Historical Revisionism
1 - No one ever wanted to beat me up because they'd just polished off eight cigarettes, resulting in an inflated ego.
2 - No one ever plowed their car into a bus shelter because they smoked too much, then got behind the wheel.
3 - No one ever smoked enough to consider someone's presence to be consent to sex.
4 - No one ever puked in my front yard because they smoked too much, then ate a pizza.
5 - No one ever smashed a window by polishing off their cigarettes and throwing the empty pack at a house.
So is it possible for a pooled effort to cut booze ads off TV and The Archive?
Aw, screw this; c'mon Chester, let's go for a smoke.
Subject: Gunsmoke "Bloopers" available
Subject: Great show, wonderful recordings!
Subject: A Great Series
Subject: A simple thank you
Subject: 11/30 2015
Subject: it wasn't just the commercials
Subject: Editing out commercials on Gunsmoke
Subject: The best
Subject: Bill Conrad - the BEST Dillon!
Subject: Outstanding series
There is definitely a reason it ran so long on TV and Radio.
Cannot decide which Marshal Dillon I like most, both men had commanding presence in their respective genre.
I am so happy I found this website.
Subject: A Powerhouse Production!
Subject: My all time favorite radio show!
Actually, I'm not against the 2nd amendment or anything, but I do find all the gunplay in Gunsmoke questionable.
Also not wild about native American portrayals. Also there are Pepsi ads, which contain sugar and that makes people fat. Also some savings bonds ads that has a wife henpecking her husband. Women's rights and all. Some of the characters hunt and eat steak. As a vegetarian I find this objectionable.
Is it possible for a pooled effort to cut these references and create a new collection?
Subject: Who is for Cutting Out the Cigarette Ads?
I'm not against advertising or archival advertising, but I do find the tobacco ads objectionable.
Is it possible for a pooled effort to cut these out and create a new collection?
Subject: Great intro to Western OTR
Subject: Gunsmoke newbie
I have never listened to Gunsmoke or watched it on TV either. I like old TV channels for the nostalgic effect, but Gunsmoke was before my time and seemed even slower than the 70s shows I look at every once in a while. They're just too slowly-paced to keep my attention. I know my grandma always has that channel on when I visit.
But, I gave OTR Gunsmoke a chance because it's rated most popular and I was desperate for something interesting to hear. Well, I am pretty impressed, as these shows definitely held my attention. Also, I do love the Western genre (to read and the great classic movies), so the beginning of the Gunsmoke series was v. interesting for me bc it is in a time when the West was not settled yet, the Civil War wasn't long over, and people claimed land just by stepping on it. The sheriff in the series is somewhat like Wyatt in other series -- def. honorable but not as ornery.
I really like this series, at least the first 10 episodes or so. That is all that I have listened to. I've traveled onto to try other series since, so I guess the stories became a little repetitive for me or I got antsy. We'll see if I make it back to hear more.
Subject: Gunsmoke SINGLE episodes IDENTICAL to OTRR certified CDs episodes?
Are the Gunsmoke SINGLE episodes presented as being IDENTICAL to those contained in the eleven (?) OTRR certified CDs episodes?
I.e. are the SINGLE Gunsmoke episodes equally certified by OTRR (i.e. are identical) or do the singles originate from a separate (non-OTRR certified) source?
I would appreciate some authoritative opinion on this question.
Subject: Pretty violent, some good episodes...
Subject: So Good to Sleep With
Subject: Gunsmoke Follows Same Pattern
Subject: Best ever!!!
And BTY KITTY ISN'T A PROSTITUTE AS SUGGESTED SHE WAS OWNER OF THE LOCAL SALOON AND PERHAPS A MADAM BUT ALL THE SAME WE LOVED HER ANYWAY
Thanks contribuber and archieves
Subject: Yiddish Episode Titles
We have fun with names, too. In one of our old west movies, we made up a "Meshunggeneh Falls" sign over a hazardous waterfall because you'd be crazy to try to ride the waters. :)
Subject: William Conrad's contribution
Subject: My Favorite Episode
Subject: Great Series!!
Took a little bit to appreciate the character of Matt Dillion but he grew on me. To truly appreciate the series, all the shows should be listened to and not necessarily in order. Multiple listenings will give you an appreciation of the chemistry between the main characters and repeat supporting characters, old west phrases & terminology, social & cultural differences and a peak at the hardships of frontiersmen & women.
Great series would highly recommend.
Subject: If I was going to listen to one episode...
William Conrad was one of the last actors who auditioned for the role of Marshal Dillon. He had a powerful, distinctive voice and was one of radio's busiest actors (he is believed to have appeared in more old time radio episodes than any other performer). After the series was created, writer John Mesten wanted him for the role of Matt Dillon, but director Norman MacDonnell thought Conrad might be overexposed because of being heard so frequently on other shows. During his audition, however, Conrad won over MacDonnell after reading only a few lines. Dillon as portrayed by Conrad was a lonely, isolated man, toughened by a hard life. Meston relished the upending of cherished Western fiction clichés and felt that few Westerns gave any inkling of how brutal the Old West was in reality. In Meston's view, "Dillon was almost as scarred as the homicidal psychopaths who drifted into Dodge from all directions."
Chester's character had no surname until Parley Baer ad libbed "Proudfoot" during an early rehearsal. The character was usually described as Dillon's "assistant," but the December 13, 1952 episode "Post Martin," Dillon described Chester as Dillon's deputy. (The TV series changed Chester's last name to Goode.)
Doc Adams was iconoclastic and grumpy, but McNear's performances became more warm-hearted. In the January 31, 1953 episode "Cavalcade," Doc Adams' backstory is revealed: His real name is Calvin Moore, educated in Boston, and he practiced as a doctor for a year in Richmond, Virginia where he fell in love with a beautiful young woman who was also being courted by a wealthy young man named Roger Beauregard. Beauregard forced Doc into fighting a duel with him, resulting in Beauregard's being shot and killed. Even though it was a fair duel, because Doc was a Yankee and an outsider he was forced to flee. The young woman fled after him and they were married in St. Louis, but two months later she died of typhus. Doc wandered throughout the territories until he settled in Dodge City seventeen years later under the name of "Charles Adams."
Georgia Ellis appeared in the first episode "Billy the Kid" (April 26, 1952) as "Francie Richards," a former girlfriend of Matt Dillon and the widow of a criminal. "Miss Kitty" did not appear on the radio series until the May 10, 1952 episode "Jaliscoe." Kitty's profession was hinted at, but never explicit; in a 1953 interview with Time, MacDonnell declared, "Kitty is just someone Matt has to visit every once in a while. We never say it, but Kitty is a prostitute, plain and simple." (The television show portrayed Kitty as a saloon proprietor, not a prostitute.)
While there are numerous excellent episodes to listen to, one that's not a great one in my view, but completely different, and excellent in its own way, is Cavalcade (described above). If I was going to listen to one episode a second or third time, or would recommend an episode to a fan who hadn't listened to many episodes, I'd probably suggest Cavalcade.
Subject: Thank you
Subject: The top tier of Old time Radio
What both shows had, of course, were premier leading actors. All of Jack Webb's shows before Dragnet were of high quality and seem to lead to his role Joe Friday; Bill Conrad estimated that he was in 7,000 roles in radio, as either a leading or supporting actor.
One can't go wrong with listening to either collection, Dragnet or Gunsmoke. Both will make you appreciate the magic of old time radio, which provided something that neither television show could; the use of your imagination, enabling you to see "what really happened to Joe Friday and Matt Dillon".
Subject: Gun Smoke
Subject: Gunsmoke the King OTR
Subject: Long live marshall dillon
Subject: Gunsmoke: Missing Episodes
A few years ago I found the scripts for the first year of Gunsmoke. From those scripts, I have written detailed plot lines summaries for the five missing 1952 episodes.
You will find them at:
Look for the threads starting with
Plotline For Missing Episode:
Subject: Tied for First
Subject: Gunsmoke is the greatest radio show of all time
Subject: One of the best of U.S radio
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