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Gunsmoke on Television
Gunsmoke is the longest running dramatic series in the history of television. Gunsmoke was first aired in September of 1955 and ran strong for the next 20 years before it's final episode wich aired in September of 1975.
Gunsmoke started a longtime trend for westerns. At one time there were 30 westerns on television in one season, but Gunsmoke out lasted them all.
Two of the stars, James Arnez as Marshal Matt Dillon and Milburn Stonee as Doc Adams, the towns only doctor. Gunsmoke was one of the earliest "adult westerns," centering around the exploits of Marshal Matt Dillon (James Arness) in the frontier town of Dodge City, Kansas in 1873.
Most of the other westerns were baised on fictional characters, such as The Lone Ranger and Hopalong Casidy, both of which were movies and radio shows.
A little bit about the main characters:
James Arnez as Marshal Matt Dillon was born May 26, 1923 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and began his long and illustrious career as a radio announcer in Minnesota in 1945.
Milburn Stone as Doc Adams was born July 5th 1904 in Burrton of Harvey County in Central Kansas. He began his screen career in the 1930s, having been featured in Monogram Pictures' series of "Tailspin Tommy" adventures.
Amanda Blake as Miss Kitty, was born Beverly Louise Neill in Buffalo, New York, on February 20th 1929, she was a telephone operator before taking up acting.
Ken Curtis as Festus Haggen, Matt Dillon's colorful Deputy, was born Curtis Wain Gates on July 2nd 1916 and raised in Las Animas, west of the larger community of Lamar in southeastern Colorado. Mr Cutris was also a singer in the Sons of the Pioneers.
TV Guide's April 17, 1993 issue celebrating 40 years of television, the all-time-best-TV programs were chosen. "No contest, this was THE TV western -Gunsmoke
Entertainment Weekly the February 19, 1999 issue, ranked the premier of Gunsmoke as No.47 in the "100 Greatest Moments in Television".
In 2002, TV Guide ranked Gunsmoke as number 40 in the 50 greatest television shows of all time.
If you are a fan of Gunsmoke and watched them on CBS before they were re-runs, then you probably watched the Red Skelton Show on CBS on Tuesdays.
Re-live those great memories of the Red Skelton show next time you are in Pigeon Forge be sure to see Brian Hoffman's Remembering Red - A Tribute to Red Skelton.
Click HERE or on the Show Schedule link above to make sure you get a seat to see the show.
We look forward to entertaining you and may God bless.
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