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Gunsmoke, Volume 11 - 6 hours [Audio CDs] #RA361
Gunsmoke, Volume 11
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Volume 11
Around Dodge City and in the territory on west -- there’s just one way to handle the killers and the spoilers -- and that’s with a U.S. Marshall and the smell of “Gunsmoke”! “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. I’m that man, Matt Dillon, United States Marshall -- 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.
Originally a story editor for CBS, John Meston left that behind in 1953 and went to work full time writing Gunsmoke.  The next three years, Meston essentially wrote every episode, numbering around forty scripts a year.  Both Meston’s contemporaries and researchers since saw this period as when Gunsmoke came into its own, truly defining what an adult western would be and becoming the classic show it is known as today.  William Conrad described Meston’s writing as “seasoned and highlighted by red streaks of magnificent violence” and having “a final total compassion with whatever the problem was.”
As a western aimed at adults, Gunsmoke pulled very few punches, especially where violence was concerned.  Under the guiding hand of Meston, the program would feature many gruesome scenes and actions, often more horrifying than most of the horror programs on the radio.  From the wholesale slaughter of entire families to men being tortured ruthlessly by outlaws or Indians to entire massacres and the aftermath of rotting corpses on the ground, Gunsmoke painted a wildly vivid and violent West for Marshall Dillon to protect. The show was populated with people who represented and ran the gamut of emotions, all colliding at some point with Dillon. The characters then acted as a balance, showing compassion or fear or a desire for vengeance, all very human reactions.
Listen to the Sparkling Audio Quality in Radio Archives restoration of Gunsmoke, Volume 11.
#159 Reward for Matt
Saturday, April 30, 1955 - 30:00 - CBS, sponsored by L & M Cigarettes
#160 Potato Road
Saturday, May 7, 1955 - 30:00 - CBS, sponsored by L & M Cigarettes
#161 Robber Bridegroom
Saturday, May 14, 1955 - 30:00 - CBS, sponsored by L & M Cigarettes
#162 Liar From Blackhawk
Saturday, May 21, 1955 - 30:00 - CBS, sponsored by L & M Cigarettes
#163 Cow Doctor
Saturday, May 28, 1955 - 30:00 - CBS, sponsored by L & M Cigarettes
#164 Jealousy
Saturday, June 4, 1955 - 30:00 - CBS, sponsored by L & M Cigarettes
#165 Trust
Saturday, June 11, 1955 - 30:00 - CBS, sponsored by L & M Cigarettes
#166 The Reed Survives
Saturday, June 18, 1955 - 30:00 - CBS, sponsored by L & M Cigarettes
#167 The Army Trial
Saturday, June 25, 1955 - 30:00 - CBS, sponsored by L & M Cigarettes
#168 General Parcley Smith
Saturday, July 2, 1955 - 30:00 - CBS, sponsored by L & M Cigarettes
#169 Uncle Oliver
Saturday, July 9, 1955 - 30:00 - CBS, sponsored by L & M Cigarettes
#170 20/20
Saturday, July 16, 1955 - 30:00 - CBS, sponsored by L & M Cigarettes

Average Customer Review: Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 1 Write a review

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5 of 5 William Conrad or James Arness...? January 16, 2018
Reviewer: Richard McLeod from RIVERSIDE, CA United States  
William Conrad definitely had the voice, and I suppose James Arness had the looks.  Either way both men will be remembered for the role of Matt Dillon.  I remember William Conrad because he first played the part of Matt Dillon and the first voice I heard in playing this part on radio.  William Conrad certainly made his mark in radio (over 7,500 performances) and then a successful transition to television in his role on the "Cannon" series and many other television programs including his role as Nero Wolfe.

The Radio Archives staff restored this series back to a high quality sound and tonal quality comparing well to the original.  Each Volume comes in a sturdy plastic box with individual plastic sleeves for added protection of each CD.  Unique artwork adorns each volume in this lengthy set of broadcasts.  Gunsmoke will long be remembered as one of the better Westerns, if not the best Western ever aired on radio and its' successful reincarnation on television.


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