Radio / Gunsmoke

A long running Western series about the adventures of the Marshal and citizenry of Dodge City, Kansas. It aired on CBS radio from 1952 to 1961.

A television version of the series (with a completely different cast) aired on CBS television from 1955 to 1975.

This radio series provides examples of:

  • Adult Fear
  • Away in a Manger: "Beeker's Barn"
  • Clueless Deputy: Chester more or less served as this, although in most episodes he was only described as an "assistant" rather than an official deputy.
  • Downer Ending: Frequently.
  • Frontier Doctor: Doc Adams
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Miss Kitty. (The producer-director is quoted in a 1953 Time magazine interview: "We never say it, but Kitty is a prostitute, plain and simple.")
  • Opening Narration:
    Announcer: Around Dodge City and in the territory out west, there's just one way to handle the killers and the spoilers, and that's with a U.S. Marshal and the smell of... Gunsmoke! (theme music starts) Gunsmoke, starring William Conrad. The story of the violence that moved west with young America, and the story of a man who moved with it.
    William Conrad: I'm that man. Matt Dillon, United States Marshal. The first man they look for and the last they want to meet. It's a chancy job, and it makes a man watchful... and a little lonely.
  • Radio Drama
  • Sympathetic Murder Backstory: In the radio version, Doc Adams had unwillingly killed a man in a duel back East, and had to flee and change his name to avoid extralegal retaliation.
  • U.S. Marshal: Matt Dillon
  • The Western
  • Western Characters
  • The Wild West