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Gunsmoke, Volume 17 - 7 hours [Audio CDs] #RA367
Gunsmoke, Volume 17
 
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Gunsmoke
Volume 17
 
 
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.
 
William Conrad contributed more than just his stunning performance as Matt Dillon to Gunsmoke. The most experienced radio actor in the company, Conrad often offered his thoughts and suggestions on multiple aspects of the series, including even naming and expanding characters that would become listener favorites.
 
Voiced by Parley Baer, Chester Proudfoot was originally just a nameless townsman that Dillon interacted with on occasion as demanded by the script. “Chester” came into being as a fully fleshed out character in the Gunsmoke radio series when Baer acting on that impulse some actors occasionally have about their characters, ad-libbed the name “Chester” during a take. Baer’s ad-libbing almost ended up on the cutting room floor until William Conrad intervened on “Chester’s” behalf. Conrad’s vast experience as a radio actor, narrator, and even on occasion, director played a vital role in Gunsmoke’s success on the radio. Conrad voiced his support to Baer’s naming of his unidentified “Townsman” character and fleshing out his background.
 
Conrad also gave Doc Adams his name. He was a bit playful in naming Doc – who was at first a grumpy, kind of grim and dark character with a mysterious past. As a fan of the cartoonist Charles Addams, Conrad gave the still unnamed town doctor the surname of Adams as a wink and a nod towards the ghoulishness of The Addams Family.
 
Listen to the Sparkling Audio Quality in Radio Archives restoration of Gunsmoke, Volume 17.
 
#233 Box O' Rocks
Sunday, September 23, 1956 - 30:00 - CBS, sponsored by L & M Cigarettes
 
#234 The Brothers
Sunday, September 30, 1956 - 30:00 - CBS, sponsored by L & M Cigarettes
 
#235 The Gambler
Sunday, October 7, 1956 - 30:00 - CBS, sponsored by L & M Cigarettes
 
#236 Gunshot Wound
Sunday, October 14, 1956 - 30:00 - CBS, sponsored by L & M Cigarettes
 
#237 Till Death Do Us
Sunday, October 21, 1956 - 30:00 - CBS, sponsored by L & M Cigarettes
 
#238 Dirty Bill's Girl
Sunday, October 28, 1956 - 30:00 - CBS, sponsored by L & M Cigarettes
 
#239 Crowbait Bob
Saturday, November 10, 1956 - 30:00 - CBS, sponsored by L & M Cigarettes
 
#240 Pretty Mama
Sunday, November 11, 1956 - 30:00 - CBS, sponsored by L & M Cigarettes
 
#241 Brother Whelp
Sunday, November 18, 1956 - 30:00 - CBS, sponsored by L & M Cigarettes
 
#242 Tail to the Wind
Sunday, November 25, 1956 - 30:00 - CBS, sponsored by L & M Cigarettes
 
#243 Speak Me Fair
Sunday, December 2, 1956 - 30:00 - CBS, sponsored by L & M Cigarettes
 
#244 Braggart's Boy
Sunday, December 9, 1956 - 30:00 - CBS, sponsored by L & M Cigarettes
 
#245 Cherry Red
Sunday, December 16, 1956 - 30:00 - CBS, sponsored by L & M Cigarettes
 
#246 Beeker's Barn
Sunday, December 23, 1956 - 30:00 - CBS, sponsored by L & M Cigarettes

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

  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
 
Amazing cast of characters........ April 26, 2019
Reviewer: Richard McLeod from RIVERSIDE, CA United States  
John Meston, the primary writer of the "Gunsmoke" stories (with editorial approval over the later writer's and their stories such as Les Crutchfield) created 4 unforgettable characters with the leads of Marshall Dillon, Chester, Doc Adams and Miss Kitty, but the characters who fill the many later shows are equally as intriguing if only heard once.

In this volume, we are introduced only once to Crowbait Bob, who fits that bill.  There are many other characters that are in only one of the shows throughout the series, but their uniqueness shows the brilliance of "Gunsmoke's" creator John Meston and the unique names given these characters which became one of the Meston Hallmarks.  


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