The first man they look for -- and the last man they want to meet. That's Matt Dillon, United States Marshal, bringing law and order to Dodge City, Kansas. When folks come to town, trouble often follows in their wake - young men making rash decisions, old men with old scores to settle, and hired guns with a very specific job to do.
William Conrad stars as Dillon, with Parley Baer as Chester, Howard McNear as Doc, and Georgia Ellis as Kitty. Step inside the Long Branch Saloon for twenty digitally restored and remastered episodes from 1954.
Includes a Program Guide by Elizabeth McLeod.
Episodes Include: Last Fling 02-20-54; Bad Boy 02-27-54; The Gentleman 03-06-54; Confederate Money 03-13-54; Old Friend 03-20-54; Blood Money 03-27-54; Mr. and Mrs. Amber 04-03-54; Greater Love 04-10-54; What the Whisky Drummer Heard 04-17-54; Murder Warrant 04-24-54; Cara 05-01-54; The Constable 05-08-54; The Indian Horse 05-15-54; Monopoly 05-22-54; Feud 05-29-54; The Blacksmith 06-05-54; The Cover Up 06-12-54; Going Bad 06-19-54; Claustrophobia 06-26-54; Word of Honor 07-03-54.
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Growing up with westerns in the 1950s, I recall a lot of shows about frontier marshals and sheriffs, but Gunsmoke always stood apart for the quality of its writing and the powerful evocation of good fighting evil. The television version has its adherents, but for me, the radio version eclipses it hands down. Matt Dillion is doing a job that is killing his emotions by inches, but he somehow he always remembers that if he didn't do the job, probably nobody else would. That world-weary devotion to duty never came through as powerfully and as starkly as it does in the radio version. It's just as relevant today as it was fifty years ago.