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Gunsmoke, Volume 1 - 6 hours [Audio CDs] #RA338
Gunsmoke, Volume 1
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Volume 1
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. Marshal 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 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.
Gunsmoke was an adult western and was the creation of writer, John Meston, and producer-director, Norman Macdonnell. It absolutely took the country by storm. Variety Magazine, the show business journal, called it "an amazing presentation," and The New York Times labeled it "Something new and entirely exciting in radio." Listeners began sending in thousands of letters voicing their approval. Nothing like it had ever been heard on radio before and was a complete departure from earlier radio western programs such as Tom Mix, The Lone Ranger, and Red Ryder. The dialog, the sound effects, and the music were top notch. Program stories centered around the cattle town of Dodge City, Kansas in the 1870s, with William Conrad as Marshal Matt Dillon, Parley Baer as the marshal's assistant Chester Proudfoot, and veteran actor Howard McNear as country doctor Charles Adams. And the music of Rex Khoury added the final touches. If there ever was a program that accurately depicted the raw violence and danger of the early American west, radio Gunsmoke was it.
On April 26, 1952, Gunsmoke aired for the first time on CBS Radio. Its effect was immediate and resounding. Variety Magazine, the show business journal, called it "an amazing presentation," and The New York Times labeled it "Something new and entirely exciting in radio." Listeners began sending letters to CBS giving their approval. CBS Radio knew it had a winner.
Listen to the Sparkling Audio Quality in Radio Archives restoration of Gunsmoke, Volume 1.
#16 The Kentucky Tolmans
Saturday, August 9, 1952 - 30:00 - CBS, sustaining
#18 Shakespeare
Saturday, August 23, 1952 - 30:00 - CBS, sustaining
#19 The Juniper Tree
Saturday, August 30, 1952 - 30:00 - CBS, sustaining
#20 The Brothers
Saturday, September 6, 1952 - 30:00 - CBS, sustaining
#21 Home Surgery
Saturday, September 13, 1952 - 30:00 - CBS, sustaining
#22 Drop Dead
Saturday, September 20, 1952 - 30:00 - CBS, sustaining
#24 Cain
Friday, October 3, 1952 - 30:00 - CBS, sustaining
#25 Hinka-Do
Friday, October 10, 1952 - 30:00 - CBS, sustaining
#26 Lochinvar
Friday, October 17, 1952 - 30:00 - CBS, sustaining
#27 The Mortgage
Friday, October 24, 1952 - 30:00 - CBS, sustaining
#28 Overland Express
Friday, October 31, 1952 - 30:00 - CBS, sustaining
#29 Tara
Friday, November 7, 1952 - 30:00 - CBS, sustaining

Average Customer Review: Average Customer Review: 4.5 of 5 4.5 of 5 Total Reviews: 2 Write a review

  0 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
4 of 5 November 25, 2018
Reviewer: richard hart from newark, NJ United States  

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  2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Radio's best remembered show........ January 12, 2018
Reviewer: Richard McLeod from RIVERSIDE, CA United States  
I may be wrong about this, but if Gunsmoke is not the best remembered show from the Golden Age of Radio, it is certainly one of the best remembered.  The story of Gunsmoke (primarily from radio) is thoroughly outlined in Vol. II of the Archives Treasures series in an exceptional lengthy 5 hour documentary including comments by many of the Stars of the radio Show including William Conrad and Parley Baer.  It is a fascinating documentary for fans of both Gunsmoke and vintage radio shows in general.  

The Radio Archives staff have restored these programs to a superb level of crystal clarity in sound and tonal quality.


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