Old Time RadioAudiobookseBooksBargain Basement

Receive our newsletter!

Free audiobook download
(Your shopping cart is empty)


Gunsmoke, Volume 5 - 6 hours [Audio CDs] #RA355
Gunsmoke, Volume 5

6 hours - Audio CD Set

Our Price: $23.98

Availability: Usually Ships in 24 Hours
Product Code: RA355

Volume 5
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.
Gunsmoke was an adult western and was the creation of writer, John Meston, and producer, Norman Macdonnell. With CBS Chairman William S. Paley in their camp, Macdonnell and Meston had a strong ally in creating their version of a gritty, authentic Western that eschewed the established Western pathos that had been set forth in such “juvenile” Western adventure radio programs like The Lone Ranger, Straight Arrow, Hopalong Cassidy, and The Cisco Kid that featured neat and tidy resolutions at the end of each half-hour show. While an argument can be made that The Cisco Kid was more “adult” in nature since almost every episode featured Cisco giving a passionate kiss to the damsel in distress of the moment, once all the action had settled down after the bad guys had been soundly defeated; neither Macdonnell and Meston wanted the stories they told to end with a neat and tidy happy ending with a near perfect hero. They also wanted their edgy – for the era – program to center around a flawed hero who made numerous mistakes and negatively impacted the lives he became involved with.
Listen to the Sparkling Audio Quality in Radio Archives restoration of Gunsmoke, Volume 5.
#78 Yorky
Saturday, October 17, 1953 - 30:00 - CBS, sponsored by Post Cereals
#80 How to Kill a Woman
Saturday, October 31, 1953 - 30:00 - CBS, sponsored by Post Cereals
#81 Stolen Horses
Saturday, November 7, 1953 - 30:00 - CBS, sponsored by Post Cereals
#82 Professor Lute Bone
Saturday, November 14, 1953 - 30:00 - CBS, sponsored by Post Cereals
#83 Custer
Saturday, November 21, 1953 - 30:00 - CBS, sponsored by Post Cereals
#84 Kick Me
Saturday, November 28, 1953 - 30:00 - CBS, sponsored by Post Cereals
#85 The Lamb
Saturday, December 5, 1953 - 30:00 - CBS, sponsored by Post Cereals
#86 The Cast
Saturday, December 12, 1953 - 30:00 - CBS, sponsored by Post Cereals
#88 The Guitar
Saturday, December 26, 1953 - 30:00 - CBS, sponsored by Post Cereals
#89 Stage Hold-Up
Saturday, January 2, 1954 - 30:00 - CBS, sustaining
#90 Joke's on Us
Saturday, January 9, 1954 - 30:00 - CBS, sustaining
#92 Nina
Saturday, January 23, 1954 - 30:00 - CBS, sustaining

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

  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 "The Guitar" April 26, 2019
Reviewer: Richard McLeod from RIVERSIDE, CA United States  
In the 5 hour Gunsmoke Documentary, "The Story of Gunsmoke" included with Volume 2 of the Archives Treasures series,  John Meston's (primary writer for the Gunsmoke stories)  literary abilities are discussed at length.  Mention is made of "Gunsmoke" receiving many Awards and positive critical reviews during its' 10 year run on radio, however John Meston was the only one never to receive such an accolade.
There was a realistic brutality in the stories but also a unique sensitivity written into the stories such as noted in this Volume with the episodes of "Custer" and especially "The Guitar".
Producer and Director Norman MacDonnell makes mention of this omission as the biggest oversight in the history of the "Gunsmoke" series and the Awards it received during the 1950's.


Was this review helpful to you?


 About Us
 Privacy Policy
 Send Us Feedback