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Gunsmoke – The First Season

July 11, 2010 by · 5 Comments 

Marshall Matt Dillon is responsible for keeping the law and respectability in Dodge City in this western action-drama. Gunsmoke captured the courage, character and spirit of the Western
A TV series doesn’t get a more auspicious launch than did Gunsmoke, the first episode of which, broadcast on Sept. 10, 1955, was introduced by none other than John Wayne (“Some of you may have seen me before”). In this historic prologue (included in this first-season round-up), Wayne hypes Gunsmoke as “honest, adult, and realistic.” Of James Arness, starring as United States Marshal Matt Dillon, Wayne predicts, “He’ll be a big star, so you might as well get used to him.” Viewers did more than get used to … More >>

Gunsmoke – The First Season


5 Responses to “Gunsmoke – The First Season”
  1. midnight says:

    I was so glad to read about the release of Gunsmoke the first season on dvd. It’s about time! I’m sure it will fly off the shelf, it is long overdue and so deserving that this program be offered on dvd by seasons. I just hope that the whole 20 years will be offered and not just a few seasons, and in thier uncut versions. I noticed that it is listed in color, I have’nt been able to find out wheather this is the case or not, I’m hoping it has been colorized, wow how wonderful, but it should be offered in b&w and color like most other shows like Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannnie. I prefer color, i have the first 4 seasons from Columbia House and Ebay in b&w, it would be just wonderful to see them in color. I agree with one of the other reviewers that thinks it should be released pretty fast, as most of the fans that are absolutely hooked are over 50 and won’t be around after the next 20 years. Hopefully Paramount will see how well this product is accepted and is in great demand and will speed up production.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. Roger Long says:

    First of all, I need to say that I like western movies and television, with all their hokey conventions. And in comparison with other TV westerns of the period, this one was very good. There was something downright comfortable about it. But there are a few things that I con’t quite understand.

    What exactly was Miss Kitty’s source of income? She wore some pretty fancy low cut gowns. Was she a “soiled dove,” in the parlance of the Old West? Was she Matt’s main squeeze or did she go upstairs with any of the boys who had the price, like Laurie in “Lonesome Dove?”

    Why was there never any horse manure in the street? And how did they keep those streets unrutted with packed sand?

    How come the town and the Long Branch Saloon didn’t look anything like the pictures of Dodge City from the 1800s? The real Long Branch was a narrow and dark hole of a place.

    Why doesn’t the countryside around Dodge look anything like the topography and flora around the real Dodge City? The plants we see appear to be more native to California than Kansas.

    Oh, there are just lots of questions, but these will suffice. The answers have to do with what viewers and censors would tolerate when this series was made, and with where studios could film. The Dodge City we see here is an idyllic place, a place of myth, of the imagination, not of reality. Had they stuck with stark reality, people wouldn’t have watched.

    So accept “Gunsmoke” for what it was: how we wanted the west to be.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  3. D. Keene says:

    This is it. The real Gunsmoke. This is the half hour broadcasts heavy on drama and character acting and in glorious black and white. The series picked up right from the radio program that was so popular in the early fifties. John Wayne even introduced the series with a brief introduction.

    These are beautiful short morality tales of the kind that have gone with the wind. Tough stuff with a heart.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. S.J.T. says:

    I got these for my Man Boss for Christmas 2007. He has really been enjoying them. I remember growing up with Gunsmoke. I use to watch them myself as a kid. I guess they were reruns then.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. Not as good as the later shows but I still plan on buying all the seasons
    Rating: 5 / 5

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