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