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GUNSMOKE - Old Time Radio - DVD ROM  with 555 Episodes
GUNSMOKE - Old Time Radio - DVD ROM  with 555 Episodes

GUNSMOKE - Old Time Radio - DVD ROM with 555 Episodes

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onesmedia Store HTML clipboardHOME | BOOKS | JEAN SHEPHERD | MOVIES | OLD TIME RADIO AUDIO CD | OLD TIME RADIO mp3 CD ROM |OLD TIME RADIO mp3 DVD ROMGUNSMOKE (1949-1961)Old Time Radio - DVD ROM with 555 Episode - mp3 FormatGunsmoke is an American radio and television Western drama series created by director Norman MacDonnell and writer John Meston. The stories take place in and around Dodge City, Kansas, during the settlement of the American West.The radio version ran from 1952 to 1961, and John Dunning writes that among radio drama enthusiasts "Gunsmoke is routinely placed among the best shows of any kind and any time." The television version ran for 20 seasons from 1955 to 1975, and it is currently tied with Law & Order as the longest running primetime drama in U.S. television history. Until 2009, it was the longest running US primetime series of any kind, but The Simpsons passed that mark with its 21st season premiere.In the late 1940s, CBS chairman William S. Paley, a fan of The Adventures of Philip Marlowe radio serial, asked his programming chief, Hubell Robinson, to develop a hardboiled Western series, a show about a "Philip Marlowe of the Old West." Robinson instructed his West Coast CBS Vice-President, Harry Ackerman, who had developed the Philip Marlowe series, to take on the task.Ackerman and his scriptwriters, Mort Fine and David Friedkin, created an audition script called "Mark Dillon Goes to Gouge Eye". Two auditions were created in 1949. The first was very much like a hardboiled detective series and starred Rye Billsbury as Dillon; the second starred Straight Arrow actor Howard Culver in a more Western, lighter version of the same script. CBS liked the Culver version better, and Ackerman was told to proceed.But there was a complication. Culver's contract as the star of Straight Arrow would not allow him to do another Western series. The project was shelved for three years, when MacDonnell and Meston discovered it creating an adult Western series of their own.MacDonnell and Meston wanted to create a radio Western for adults, in contrast to the prevailing juvenile fare such as The Lone Ranger and The Cisco Kid. Gunsmoke was set in Dodge City, Kansas during the thriving cattle days of the 1870s. Dunning[2] notes, "The show drew critical acclaim for unprecedented realism."Radio cast and character biographiesThe radio series aired from April 26, 1952 ("Billy the Kid," written by Walter Newman) until June 18, 1961 on CBS. It starred William Conrad as Marshal Matt Dillon; Howard McNear as Doc Charles Adams; Georgia Ellis as Kitty Russell; and Parley Baer as Dillon's assistant Chester Proudfoot.Conrad was one of the last actors who auditioned for the role of Marshal Dillon. With a powerful, distinctive voice, Conrad was already one of radio's busiest actors. Though Meston championed him, MacDonnell thought Conrad might be overexposed. 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. Dunning writes that Meston was especially disgusted by the archetypal Western hero and set out "to destroy [that type of] character he loathed." 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 Baer ad libbed "Proudfoot" during an early rehearsal. The amiable 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, but even though it was a fair duel, because Doc was a Yankee and an outsider he was forced to flee. The young girl 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." For sixteen years on television a sign hung over "Doc's" office that read: "Dr. G. Adams". When actor Milburn Stone took over the role on television he was given free rein to choose the character's first name which was revealed in an episode that showcased an intimate friend/ judge who visited the town. The actor chose the surname of a medical researcher named Galen as a first name. It was explained that his parents had high hopes their son would be a physician.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." (Dunning, 304) The television show portrayed Kitty as a saloon proprietor, not a prostitute.[edit] Distinction from other radio westernsGunsmoke was often a somber program, particularly in its early years. Dunning writes that Dillon "played his hand and often lost. He arrived too late to prevent a lynching. He amputated a dying man's leg and lost the patient anyway. He saved a girl from brutal rapists then found himself unable to offer her what she needed to stop her from moving into...life as a prostitute." (Dunning, 304) Some listeners, such as Dunning, argue the radio version was more realistic. Episodes were aimed at adults and featured some of the most explicit content of their time, including violent crimes, scalpings, massacres, and opium addicts. Many episodes ended on a somber note, and villains often got away with their crimes. Nonetheless, thanks to the subtle scripts and outstanding ensemble cast, over the years the program evolved into a warm, often humorous celebration of human nature.Apart from the doleful tone, Gunsmoke was distinct from other radio westerns, as the dialogue was often slow and halting, and due to the outstanding sound effects, listeners had a nearly palpable sense of the prairie terrain where the show was set. The effects were subtle but multilayered, giving the show a spacious feel. John Dunning writes: "The listener heard extraneous dialogue in the background, just above the muted shouts of kids playing in an alley. He heard noises from the next block, too, where the inevitable dog was barking."EPISODES LIST194949-06-01 AuditionProgram49-06-11 Mark Dillon Goes To Gough Eye (Rye Billsbury)49-07-13 Mark Dillon Goes To Gough Eye (Howard Culver)195252-04-26 (001)Billy the Kid52-05-10 (003) Jaliscoe52-05-24 (005) Ben Slade's Saloon52-05-31 (006) Carmen52-06-07 (007) Buffalo Killers52-07-05 (011) Never Pester Chester (Paul Dubov)52-07-12 (012) The Boughten Bride52-07-19 (013) Doc Holiday52-07-26 (014) Gentleman's Disagreement52-08-02 (015) Renegade White52-08-09 (016) The Kentucky Tolmans52-08-16 (017) The Lynching52-08-23 (018) Shakespeare52-08-30 (019) The Juniper Tree52-09-06 (020) The Brothers52-09-13 (021) Home Surgery52-09-20 (022) Drop Dead52-09-26 (023) The Railroad (rehearsal)52-10-03 (024) Cain52-10-10 (025) Hinka-Do52-10-17 (026) Lochinvar52-10-24 (027) The Mortgage52-10-31 (028) Overland Express52-11-07 (029) Tara52-11-14 (030) The Square Triangle52-11-21 (031) Fingered52-11-29 (032) Kitty52-12-06 (033) I Don't Know52-12-13 (034) Post Martin52-12-20 (035) Xmas Story52-12-27 (036) The Cabin195353-01-03 (037)Westbound53-01-10 (038) Word of Honor53-01-17 (039) Paid Killer53-01-24 (040) The Old Lady53-01-31 (041) Cavalcade53-02-07 (042) Cain (reused script)53-02-14 (043) The Round-Up53-02-21 (044) Meshougah53-02-28 (045) Trojan War53-03-07 (046) Absalom53-03-14 (047) Cyclone53-03-21 (048) Pussy Cats53-03-28 (049) Quarter Horse53-04-04 (050) Jayhawkers53-04-11 (051) Gonif53-04-18 (052) Bum's Rush53-04-25 (053) The Soldier53-05-02 (054) Tacetta53-05-09 (055) The Buffalo Hunter53-05-16 (056) The Big Con53-05-23 (057) Print Asper53-05-30 (058) Fall Semester53-06-06 (059) Sundown53-06-13 (060) Spring Term53-06-20 (061) Wind53-06-27 (062) Flashback53-07-04 (063) Dirt53-07-11 (064) Grass53-07-18 (065) Wild West53-07-25 (066) Hickock53-08-01 (067) Boy53-08-08 (068) Sky53-08-08 (xxx) Sky (Rehearsal)53-08-15 (069) Moon53-08-15 (xxx) Moon (Rehearsal)53-08-22 (070) Gone Straight53-08-29 (071) Jesse53-09-05 (072) The Sutler53-09-12 (073) Prairie Happy53-09-19 (074) There Was Never a Horse53-09-26 (075) Fawn53-10-03 (076) How to Kill a Friend53-10-10 (077) How to Die for Nothing53-10-17 (078) Yorky53-10-24 (079) The Buffalo Hunter (reused script)53-10-31 (080) How to Kill a Woman53-11-07 (081) Stolen Horses53-11-14 (082) Professor Lute Bone53-11-21 (083) Custer53-11-28 (084) Kick Me53-12-05 (085) The Lamb53-12-12 (086) The Cast53-12-19 (087) Big Girl Lost53-12-26 (088) The Guitar195454-01-02 (089)Stage Holdup54-01-09 (090) Joke's on Us54-01-16 (091) The Bear54-01-23 (092) Nina54-01-30 (093) Gunsmuggler54-02-06 (094) Big Broad54-02-13 (095) The Killer54-02-20 (096) Last Fling54-02-27 (097) Bad Boy54-03-06 (098) The Gentleman54-03-13 (099) Confederate Money54-03-20 (100) Old Friend54-03-27 (101) Blood Money (Sam Edwards)54-04-03 (102) Mr. and Mrs. Amber (Helen Kleeb)54-04-10 (103) Greater Lov
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