A timid bank clerk goes through a surprising change in personality when he is told he only has a short time to live. A gambler marries an outlaw's widow for her husband's stolen money. It's Christmas in Dodge and Chester isn't pleased when his brother Magnus arrives for a visit (. Chester doubts a man's deathbed murder confession, so he sets out to find the real killer. "In the end", wrote Dunning, "CBS simply took it away from Macdonnell and began preparing for the television version. A Southern belle uses her charm to take over Dodge. In 1964, Curtis was signed as a regular to play the stubbornly illiterate hillbilly Festus Haggen. Guest starring, Matt goes after three bandits who robbed a stagecoach and killed the driver and guard. Jim Buck (stage driver; 1957-1962) and Floyd (bartender; 1974–75): Deputy Marshal Clayton Thaddeus "Thad" Greenwood (1965–67): Newly O'Brian (gunsmith/Deputy Marshal; 1967–75): Buck Taylor, Moss Grimmick (stableman; 1955–63): George Selk. Matt Dillon was played on radio by William Conrad and on TV by James Arness. A bank teller foils a robbery and keeps the money for himself, only to wind up helping the robbers with their next attempt. 176 black-and-white full-hour episodes Two trail bosses argue over how to get across a swollen river. Lowell Toy Manufacturing Corporation ("It's a Lowell Game") issued Gunsmoke as their game No. Gunsmoke had one spin-off series, Dirty Sally, a semicomedy starring Jeanette Nolan as an old woman and Dack Rambo as a young gunfighter, leaving Dodge City for California to pan for gold. Owney Tupper starts behaving "responsibly" in order to retrieve his daughter from her aunt's custody. A bank robber hopes to recoup his losses after losing his money gambling. Matt hunts down outlaw Black Jack Haggen and is assisted by the killer's nephew Festus, who has his own reasons for wanting to find his uncle. The Gunsmoke theme was composed by Rex Koury. Unfortunately, Marshal Dillon has been going over 30 hours without sleep, and when Kitty is distracted, he falls soundly asleep. The passengers of a railroad car are quarantined for a fever that could spread. The project was shelved for three years, when producer Norman Macdonnell and writer John Meston discovered it while creating an adult Western series of their own. A family of former slaves give Matt shelter when he is injured. Shot in the Do-Badder. A gang's luck turns around when they come to Dodge. Matt's prisoner McCabe is targeted by a lynch mob. A woman tries to raise her son in Dodge after her husband is killed in a gunfight. Chester's middle initial was given as "W" in the June 15, 1958, episode "Old Flame", and a few episodes later, on the July 7, 1958, episode "Marshal Proudfoot", his middle name, and that of his 10 siblings, is revealed to be Wesley. [12], In 1991, the Texas Senate passed a resolution honoring Pyle and his wife for their work with Special Olympics and the Denver Pyle's Children's Charities. Pyle appeared 14 times on Gunsmoke, seven times on Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre, and twice on Frontier Justice, all on CBS. (all two-parters counted as two individual hour-long episodes), Thirty-four one-hour episodes, black-and-whiteProducer: Norman Macdonnell; associate producer: Frank Paris Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Dennis Weaver (Chester), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty)[24], Thirty-eight one-hour episodes, black-and-whiteProducer: Norman Macdonnell; associate producer: Frank Paris Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Dennis Weaver (Chester), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty), Burt Reynolds (Quint Asper)[25], Thirty-six one-hour episodes, black-and-whiteProducer: Norman Macdonnell; associate producer: Frank Paris Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Dennis Weaver (Chester), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty), Ken Curtis (Festus), Burt Reynolds (Quint Asper)[26]. The bigoted citizens of Dodge refuse to hire a drifter just because he has picked up an orphaned Indian boy. A man returns to Dodge to kill his brother as revenge for marrying his fiancée. An outlaw kills his partner for a huge reward, except there was never a price in the first place. Sometime in 1959, Ellis was billed as Georgia Hawkins instead of Georgia Ellis. Matt gets caught in the middle of a feud between two immigrants. A rainmaker offers hope when Dodge is struck by a drought. The hermit forces Festus to make packs of gold across the desert. Festus' nephew Eliab comes gunning for his right ear lobe. Beauregard forced Doc into fighting a duel with him, resulting in Beauregard's being shot and killed. A broncobuster has only two days to live after getting a fatal injury from getting thrown off a stallion. A Jewish family's faith is tested by the son's senseless death. Doc is threatened by the Ginnis clan when he fails to respond quickly to their demands for treatment. The character, heretofore a comic feature, came to town in a 1962 episode titled "Us Haggens" to avenge the death of his twin brother Fergus, and decided to stay in Dodge when the deed was done. The drifter who is still bent on avenging his friends is arrested for murdering a town boss. ", "When Chester Forgot to Limp and other fond recollections of 20 years on Gunsmoke", "Raymond Burr auditioned for the role of television's Matt Dillon", John Wayne's introduction of television's first, "When Prostitution Wasn't a Crime: The Fascinating History of Sex Work in America", "Heldenfels' Mailbag: 'The Little Couple,' Jean Peters, game show prizes", "The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum", "TV Guide Magazine's 60 Best Series of All Time", "Jay-Z, a speech by Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and 'Schoolhouse Rock!' A group of bandits delay Matt's journey to Denver where the wounded marshal needs an operation. Chester purchases a piece of land when he gets engaged. Festus goes after the bandits who robbed and assaulted Doc. A hypnotist uses his skill to steal money. Doc tries to save Matt when the marshal gets wounded. To save his own life, murder witness Doc gives his word of honor to the killers (including. Mr. Warren asked Wayne if he knew James Arness, and Mr. Wayne said yes. It has also been shown on satellite channel CBS Action in the UK, Ireland and Poland. The program lasted 13 weeks and aired in the first half of 1974, a year before Gunsmoke ended. Pyle portrayed the vengeful Texas Ranger Frank Hamer in the 1967 movie Bonnie and Clyde. In 1967, the show's 12th season, CBS planned to cancel the series, but widespread viewer reaction (including a mention in Congress and the behind-the-scenes pressure from Babe Paley, the wife of CBS's longtime president William S. Paley) prevented its demise. [11] Both Chester and Festus appear together in the season-nine episode "The Prairie Wolfer", and Festus had initially appeared the previous season, playing the same character as a quasi-outlaw helping Dillon track a killer in "Us Haggens". Producer: Charles Marquis Warren (episodes 40–49, 51–52, 57), Norman Macdonnell (episodes 50, 53–56, 58–78) Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Dennis Weaver (Chester), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty)[17], Thirty-nine half-hour episodes, black-and-whiteProducer: Norman Macdonnell Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Dennis Weaver (Chester), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty)[18]. Matt helps an Indian boy find a drifter who is being bothered by disgruntled cowboys. After getting out of prison, an infamous gunman meets a cocky young man eager to cash in on his reputation. No, I'm not in it. A wily outlaw is determined to free his younger brother from Matt's custody. Mr. Warren told Mr. Wayne about the transition of the show from radio to TV, and Mr. Wayne readily agreed that James Arness would be a terrific choice for the part of Matt Dillon. A man gets beaten up for trying to steal another man's horse, and plots his revenge. A woman tries to make her boyfriend jealous when she has had enough of his attitude. Three of the actors, who played Dodge deputies, Ken Curtis, Roger Ewing, and Buck Taylor, had previous guest roles. He appeared as a professor in the syndicated Men into Space series' 1959 episode "Moonquake". James Anderson himself was killed at least twice. A feud ensues when the Dolans' cattle stray onto the Mossmans' land. Pike Beechum plots to off his lover's husband. This page was last edited on 2 November 2020, at 21:12. Matt goes up against white-slave traders. Matt is certain that the man convicted of murder, he is taking to the gallows, is innocent. A woman who has been feeling neglected by her husband manipulates him into fighting a neighbor. Pyle played the role of Mad Jack in 36 episodes of the NBC series The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams (1977–1978). A stranger accompanies two brothers on their trip to California. "[16], Gunsmoke was also unique from other Westerns in that it was unsponsored in the first few years of production. A man keeps beating his wife after she pays the fine for his jail time. The series expanded to an hour in length with season seven and began filming in color in season 12. Matt, the murderer, and the lieutenant ride back to the border -- followed by bandits. Memorial services were held January 6, 1998 at First Baptist Church in Waxahachie, Texas. Milburn Stone was given free rein to choose the character's first name.

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