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Gunsmoke 

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Marshal Matt Dillon keeps the peace in rough and tumble Dodge City.
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Nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Another 15 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
James Arness ...  Matt Dillon 635 episodes, 1955-1975
Milburn Stone ...  Doc / ... 605 episodes, 1955-1975
Amanda Blake ...  Kitty / ... 569 episodes, 1955-1974
Ken Curtis ...  Festus / ... 306 episodes, 1959-1975
Dennis Weaver ...  Chester 290 episodes, 1955-1964
Glenn Strange ...  Sam / ... 206 episodes, 1961-1973
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Storyline

Marshal Matt Dillon is in charge of Dodge City, a town in the wild west where people often have no respect for the law. He deals on a daily basis with the problems associated with frontier life: cattle rustling, gunfights, brawls, standover tactics, and land fraud. Such situations call for sound judgement and brave actions: of which Marshal Dillon has plenty. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Western

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Here's a list of many saloons that were frequented in Dodge throughout the series.

Long Branch Saloon

The Lady Gay

Boss Billiards

Palace Saloon

Trailblazer Tavern

Bull's Head Saloon

Oasis Saloon

Stella's Place (opened and burned down that night)

Gold Bell Saloon

Heenan's Palace (never actually opened; Heenan got arrested) See more »

Goofs

The real Dodge City is located on green, rolling plains in SW Kansas. The setting of the series is instead in a semi-arid, hilly/mountainous area. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Galen 'Doc' Adams: [Festus offers to buy Doc a beer with a silver dollar that he earned from shoeing horses in episode "Whelan's Men".] Why don't you take that money and invest it in something? Why don't you do that?
Festus Haggen: Invest it in what?
Dr. Galen 'Doc' Adams: There's wonderful land values outside of Dodge. Now why don't you go out there someplace, look around, and buy yourself a lot?
Festus Haggen: A lot of what?
Dr. Galen 'Doc' Adams: A lot! A lot of land!
Festus Haggen: Well fiddle, I can't afford to buy a lot of land. You probably could the way you've been a bilking and gouging...
Dr. Galen 'Doc' Adams: Oh, hush up...
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Connections

Referenced in Peckinpah Suite (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

The Old Trail
(uncredited)
Written by Rex Koury and Glenn Spencer
Aspen Fair Music, Incorporated (ASCAP)
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Gunsmoke will be remembered as the finest television western series of all time.
28 November 1998 | by gitrichSee all my reviews

I remember watching Gunsmoke in the late 1950's. In black and white or in color it was consistently good, in large part, due to its talented cast. Originally John Wayne was offered the part but felt TV was not his cup of tea. He recommended a tall, good looking James Arness to play Matt Dillon and the rest is history.For the first 9 years, Dennis Weaver played Matt's devoted friend and deputy. Amanda Blake was perfect in the role of Miss Kitty, who ran the local Dodge City saloon. Milburn Stone, a long time screen actor, was given the part of Doc Adams, an outspoken man with a heart of gold. Then there was Ken Curtis who played Festus Hagen, a lovable deputy who was an equal replacement for Dennis Weaver. For 20 years, Gunsmoke graced the television line up at CBS. It was a different western in that its scripts were often filled with emotional stories that developed its characters. It employed many of our finest actors in guest roles. Realistic filming in Thousand Oaks, Ca. and in southwest Utah added to its appeal. It still runs today on Nick at Night and continues to captivate its audience. It is just plain good!!!


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Release Date:

10 September 1955 (USA) See more »

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