|The show was aired on CBS April 26, 1952. It was called the first adult
western, set in Dodge City, Kansas in the 1870's. The main character, Matt
Dillion, was played by William Conrad. Regular characters were Chester
Proudfoot, played by Parley Baer, Kitty, played by Georgia Ellis and Doc
Adams, played by Howard McNear. This series featured great acting and
well-developed scripts that set it apart from many other shows. It was the
sound effects that stood out the most. You could hear many levels of sound
that really helps transport the listener back to the old west.
Some of the CBS acting staff was represented by great actors and actresses
like, Harry Bartell, Jeanne Bates, Lillian Buyeff, Virginia Christine, John
Dehner, Lawrence Dobkin, Sam Edwards, Virginia Gregg, Vivi Janiss, Helen
Kleeb, Lou Krugman, Jack Kruschen, Ralph Moody, Jeanette Nolan, James
Nusser, Vic Perrin, Barney Phillips, and Ben Wright.
Jeff Spain, from Escape's Pagosa, was the original model for Matt Dillon.
Finally, WAMU-FM (Washington, D.C.) dedicated a five hour special to
Gunsmoke on 04/25/76. This program was written, produced and directed by
John Hickman and Norman Macdonnell. It is an excellent audio history of the
entire series, full of interviews of everyone connected in producing this
|Howard McNear (Doc), William
Conrad (Matt), Parley Baer
(Chester) And Georgia Ellis (Kitty)
|Sound affects by Ray Kemper and Tom Hanley. Directed by
Norm Macdonnell seen together during a Gunsmoke rehearsal.