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When was the first showing of Gunsmoke?
September 10, 1955
The first episode aired in the United States on September 10, 1955, and the final episode aired on March 31, 1975. All episodes were broadcast in the U.S. by CBS. In the United Kingdom, Gunsmoke was originally broadcast under the title Gun Law.
Who was on Gunsmoke the longest?
Marshal Matt Dillon
Thanks to the success of “Gunsmoke,” the show stayed on television for two decades. And, Arness played Marshal Matt Dillon for all 20 of those years, according to IMDb.com. In doing so, he set the record as the actor who had played the same role for the longest continuous time period on prime-time television.
What was the date of the last Gunsmoke?
March 31, 1975
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How was Chester written off Gunsmoke?
When Dennis Weaver landed the role of Chester Goode, it was apparent that he was leading man material. To create a more fitting character, Dennis Weaver began portraying Chester Goode with a limp and speaking in a Midwestern twang—a decision that would ultimately help steer his decision to leave the series.
How many episodes of Gunsmoke are there on TV?
All 635 episodes of the television series, and almost all 480 episodes of the radio show, still exist. In syndication, the entire 20-year run of Gunsmoke is separated into three packages by CBS Television Distribution: 1955–1961 half-hour episodes: These episodes are sometimes seen in their original format and sometimes in the Marshal Dillon format
Who was the original music director for Gunsmoke?
The TV version was thought to have been first conducted by CBS west coast music director Lud Gluskin. The lyrics of the theme, never aired on the radio or television show, were recorded and released by Tex Ritter in 1955. Ritter was backed on that Capitol record by Rex Koury and the radio Gunsmoke orchestra.
Where to see memorabilia from the show Gunsmoke?
Dodge City’s Boot Hill Museum has a tribute to Gunsmoke, including furniture from the 1960s and an old television tuned to the show. Signed photographs from the show’s actors and other memorabilia are on display including a vest worn by Sam the Bartender (actor Glenn Strange) and a dress worn by Miss Kitty (actress Amanda Blake).
Who are the main characters in the TV series Gunsmoke?
It is set in and around Dodge City, Kansas in the 1870s, during the settlement of the American West. The central character is lawman Marshal Matt Dillon, played by William Conrad on radio and James Arness on television. When aired in the United Kingdom, the television series was initially titled Gun Law, later reverting to Gunsmoke.