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Gunsmoke, Volume 8 - 6 hours [Audio CDs] #RA358
Gunsmoke, Volume 8


 
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Gunsmoke
Volume 8
 
 
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.
 
The Gunsmoke theme is considered by many to be one of the most renowned pieces of music of classic radio themes.  Rex Koury was hired to provide the music for the program, and while having experience on a variety of radio shows, Koury had never composed for a western before.  As a matter of practice, Koury wrote the music for the show itself first, openers and bridges and the like, then he would write the theme, tying it all together.  According to Koury, he wrote the Gunsmoke theme the morning of the show’s first broadcast, after oversleeping, in ten minutes.
 
One of the keys to the success of Gunsmoke most definitely was character development.  With a concept built around basically four key cast members and a continual flow of other characters in and out each week, Gunsmoke endeared itself to its audience by allowing that core cast to grow over the years.  Although originally conceived to be a ‘Philip Marlowe of the West,” Matt Dillon grew less hard-boiled and more compassionate and understanding. Portrayed early on much like a buzzard waiting for people to die, Doc Adams also evolved, maturing into a man dedicated to his work.
 
Listen to the Sparkling Audio Quality in Radio Archives restoration of Gunsmoke, Volume 8.
 
#120 No Indians
Monday, August 2, 1954 - 30:00 - CBS, sponsored by Chesterfield, L&M cigarettes
 
#121 Joe Phy
Monday, August 9, 1954 - 30:00 - CBS, sponsored by Chesterfield, L&M cigarettes
 
#122 Mavis Mccloud
Monday, August 16, 1954 - 30:00 - CBS, sponsored by Chesterfield, L&M cigarettes
 
#123 Young Man With a Gun
Monday, August 23, 1954 - 30:00 - CBS, sponsored by Chesterfield, L&M cigarettes
 
#124 Obie Tater
Monday, August 30, 1954 - 30:00 - CBS, sponsored by Chesterfield, L&M cigarettes
 
#125 Handcuffs
Monday, September 6, 1954 - 30:00 - CBS, sponsored by Chesterfield, L&M cigarettes
 
#126 Dooley Surrenders
Monday, September 13, 1954 - 30:00 - CBS, sponsored by Chesterfield, L&M cigarettes
 
#127 The F.U.
Monday, September 20, 1954 - 30:00 - CBS, sponsored by Chesterfield, L&M cigarettes
 
#128 The Helping Hand
Monday, September 27, 1954 - 30:00 - CBS, sponsored by Chesterfield, L&M cigarettes
 
#129 Matt Gets It
Saturday, October 2, 1954 - 30:00 - CBS, sponsored by Chesterfield, L&M cigarettes
 
#130 Love of a Good Woman
Saturday, October 9, 1954 - 30:00 - CBS, sponsored by Chesterfield, L&M cigarettes
 
#131 Kitty Caught
Saturday, October 16, 1954 - 30:00 - CBS, sponsored by Chesterfield, L&M cigarettes

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The Creative Talents Behind Gunsmoke.... June 9, 2018
Reviewer: Richard McLeod from RIVERSIDE, CA United States  
With the talents of William "Bill" Conrad, combined with the writing talent of John Meston, the supporting cast of Parley Baer, Howard McNear, Georgia Ellis and the musical talent of Rex Koury, how could the success of a radio program not succeed?  The development of the characters quickly came about since the inception of Gunsmoke in April of 1952.  The backing of CBS with Director Norman MacDonald only enhanced the chances of a successful radio show.

The Radio Archives staff has restored episodes of Gunsmoke utilizing the best techniques available today and such is quite evident when comparing the restoration work at Radio Archives to what else is available from other sources.
Each Volume of Gunsmoke comes in a heavy duty plastic case with individual plastic sleeves for added protection including unique, colorful artwork which varies with each succeeding Volume released through Radio Archives.

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