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