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Gunsmoke, Volume 4 - 6 hours [Download] #RA354D
Gunsmoke, Volume 4

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Volume 4
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.
If Gunsmoke had followed the traditional, but strictly constrictive cookie-cutter programming format that most successful radio shows adhered to during the Golden Age of Radio, then it would have been a dismal, half-remembered failure of a great idea for a Western adventure series done in by the rigid production values of the era in which it was first produced. Yet, Gunsmoke’s popularity amongst listeners and ratings successes were allowed to grow because of the network’s willingness to produce a regularly scheduled show without a sponsor of any kind for the program’s first two seasons.
Gunsmoke came into existence because CBS Chairman William S. Paley was a great fan of hard- boiled detective stories – especially those featuring his favorite fictional detective Philip Marlowe. Paley, who was “the” majority stock holder in CBS at this time, was also a fan of the “adult” Western novels of Louis L’amour, Max Brand, and Tom W. Blackburn, just to name of few. Paley wanted a unique, hard-boiled Western radio show that centered on the adventures of the "Philip Marlowe of the old West.”
Thrill to the Sparkling Audio Quality in Radio Archives restoration of Gunsmoke, Volume 4.
#55 The Buffalo Hunter
Saturday, May 9, 1953 - 30:00 - CBS, sustaining
#56 The Big Con
Saturday, May 16, 1953 - 30:00 - CBS, sustaining
#57 Print Asper
Saturday, May 23, 1953 - 30:00 - CBS, sustaining
#58 Fall Semester
Saturday, May 30, 1953 - 30:00 - CBS, sustaining
#60 Spring Term
Saturday, June 13, 1953 - 30:00 - CBS, sustaining
#70 Gone Straight
Saturday, August 22, 1953 - 30:00 - CBS, sustaining
#72 The Sutler
Saturday, September 5, 1953 - 30:00 - CBS, sustaining
#73 Prairie Happy
Saturday, September 12, 1953 - 30:00 - CBS, sustaining
#74 There Was Never a Horse
Saturday, September 19, 1953 - 30:00 - CBS, sustaining
#75 Fawn
Saturday, September 26, 1953 - 30:00 - CBS, sustaining
#76 How to Kill a Friend
Saturday, October 3, 1953 - 30:00 - CBS, Post Cereals commercials
#77 How to Die for Nothing
Saturday, October 10, 1953 - 30:00 - CBS, Post Cereals commercials

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

  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Gunsmoke and Rex Koury May 28, 2022
Reviewer: Richard McLeod from RIVERSIDE, CA United States  
With the musical talents of Rex Koury as the musical composer of the theme music for Gunsmoke (the composition actually had words and was named "Old Trails" [aka "Boothill"] later recorded by Tex Ritter in 1955) and the talented writings, primarily of John Meston and others, the program became one of the most successful on CBS.  William Conrad and the original radio cast set the standard that was followed by the later television cast in creating one of both radio and television's best remembered shows.

The Radio Archives staff has restored the radio shows of Gunsmoke to a level of crystal clarity in audio, that is probably better than when the show first aired on radio April 26, 1952.


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5 of 5 Clear, clean sounding! December 5, 2021
Reviewer: Martin Dzik from schererville, IN United States  
Thank you for providing these shows in excellent sparkling audio quality!

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