Matt deals with a sheriff (Victor French) who rules his town with an iron fist...and who does not take it well when he is asked to resign. A midget claims that he will turn into an elephant at midnight. A group of bounty hunters intend to get even with Matt. Here’s how Eastwood reacted to the letter — and how the public reacted to this movie. He briefly served in the military during the Vietnam War before he began his political career. Matt frees a white woman and her daughter from slavery by the Indians. A man and his expectant wife are stranded on the prairie and Dean Beard is unwilling to help them, especially since he has been ostracized after being acquitted of murder. Outlaws hold Doc and a woman hostage at a desert stronghold. The friendship between two trappers is ruined when one leaves the other to die during an Indian attack. Kitty befriends a wild child when she gets lost. A group of vigilantes terrorizes Dodge as Festus goes looking for Matt. In fact, Wayne hated one of Eastwood’s Westerns so much he sent him a letter decrying the film. A married woman is having affairs with men much younger than her husband. She became known especially after making her debut in the Top 50 Models ranking at Models.com. Episode Discussions. Before Gunsmoke’s first episode, John Wayne introduced us to the show. While Festus is acting marshal, a pair of trappers steal $20,000 from a fur trader who refused to buy their pelts. He was an important Democrat leader from the city. Doc tries to save Matt when the marshal gets wounded. Navy Reserve.' He was the third-ranking Democrat in the Senate, behind Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Whip Dick Durbin. As one of the most desirable women in Hollywood, the Bewitched star had cast spells on several A-list... Did these criminal types face off against Lucas McCain or Matt Dillon?. It remained at number one until 1961 and stayed in the top 20 until 1964. Festus is mistaken for a hired gunman in the town of Bucklin. [5], Gunsmoke was originally a half-hour program filmed in black-and-white. "[7] Between 1987 and 1994, five television movies based on the series were aired by CBS. Guest starring future, Matt is surprised to see that the fleeing train robber he shot is a woman (, This lighthearted episode shines the spotlight on Kitty, who travels alone to the rough mining town of Pickaxe to claim a gold mine, meeting the eccentric Gibbijohn family and a deaf-mute boy. The ex-husband of Hector Lowell's wife claims that the Lowells' home, land and business belong to him. Guest star. Matt helps search for a group of raiders who abducted a rancher's daughter. In course of her tenure, she first became the House Minority Whip, then the House Minority Leader and finally, the Speaker of the House - all the while voting for issues like gun control and abortion rights. For season twelve, the western leaped into the world of color. When Chester's mail-order bride arrives, neither she nor Chester are what the other are expecting (first credited appearance of. Festus' cousin Mayblossom comes to town to marry him because of a pact between their fathers. Blake subsequently quit the popular television show, which was then in its 19th season. Matt asks two women to take care of a wounded outlaw. He joined the Democratic Party and became active in politics alongside managing his legal career. TV-G | 30min | Western | Episode aired 10 September 1955. [12] Ewing's character was replaced in season 13 (1967–68) by Newly O'Brien (Buck Taylor). An outlaw on the run (John Saxon) must rely on an Indian woman cast off from her own tribe (Arlene Martel) if he is to survive in the badlands. A gang of outlaws abduct Kitty and her fellow stagecoach passengers. A former Rebel sets out to settle the score with a cowboy he thinks killed his wife during Sherman's march through Georgia. The man who threatened to kill Chester arrives in town. Season 12-20. After spending eight years in prison, Collie Patten plots his revenge on Matt. GUNSMOKE. Episode Ep. He did his Bachelor of Arts with honours in political science and did law from the University Of Kentucky College Of Law. Season 13. Chester's last episode. Matt's foster brother forces him into a showdown. Matt helps an Indian-hating officer find a white girl, hoping the search will not end in violence. Besides her movies, Monroe was known for her alleged affairs with several high-profile people in the world. After leaving the show, Chappelle returned to performing stand-up comedy across the U.S. By 2006, Chappelle was called the "comic genius of America" by Esquire and, in 2013, "the best" by a Billboard writer. Kitty sustains injury from falling off a horse. Matt must find out why a woman is refusing to identify a stagecoach robber. S1, Ep27. A native of Brooklyn and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, he was a three-term member of the New York State Assembly from 1975 to 1980. GUNSMOKE … Merry Florene is back, along with her remaining half-brother Elbert Moses and cousin Smiley. TV’s Gunsmoke ran over twenty years, 635 episodes (1955-1975), and five television movies (1987-1994). Gunsmoke was a radio show, later made into a TV series, about a US Marshall during the days of the American Old West. When Gunsmoke premiered on September 10, 1955, who could have predicted it would run 20 seasons? Dec. 31 (UPI) — 2020 was — by most measures — a tumultuous and depressing year, made only bleaker by the deaths of dozens of beloved music, stage and screen artists. The new saloonkeeper in Dodge is a woman who knows how to handle a six-shooter. Festus runs into a friend who has escaped from prison. A self-described religious prophet makes life miserable for his sister and her husband (, Homesteaders are ambushed on the way to Dodge (, A wounded Doc may be forced to save the life of the man who wounded him (, Dodge City merchants celebrate the end of a round-up and unite against any acts of violence (, A white boy who has been raised by Indians learns to live with his own race (, Matt leaves Dodge City unprotected when he sets out to find a killer (, Matt and Chester act as decoys to ambush outlaws (including, Matt discovers that he was the intended victim of a murder he is investigating (, The shooting of several members of an outlaw gang, though in self defense, triggers an emotional crisis in Matt, haunted by memories of all the men he has killed (, Kitty gets annoyed by a pair of old farmers (including, Matt reluctantly arrests Chester for murder (, A cowboy vows revenge for the shooting of his friend, who was mistaken for a criminal (, A saloon girl does not want her ex-fiancé (, Matt seeks evidence to convict a poker dealer (, Matt must find out who sent a supposed professional killer (. He has played a significant role in US politics and decision making. Marilyn Monroe had several big-name lovers. A grief-stricken widower gets a job as a hired hand for two sisters. A young man suspects his uncle of murdering his father. Born in Washington DC in the United States, Durant was enthusiastic about basketball from his childhood. A woman tries to make her boyfriend jealous when she has had enough of his attitude. A dying storekeeper's last word is Matt's only clue to finding the man who killed him. After Donald Trump became the president, Steve served him as his chief strategist and senior counselor. Born in a middle-class family in Pennsylvania, Joe Biden learned the value of hard word, determination and perseverance from his parents who always encouraged him to stand up for himself and bounce back after failures. A snake-oil pitchman hatches a scheme to swindle the citizens of Dodge. A bitter old woman plots to kill Matt as revenge for the death of her brother. A former lawman goes after the men who murdered his wife. Newly intervenes when a pair of bounty hunters attempt to kill a desperado who swears that he is innocent. Matt must find out who sold the Indians poisonous whisky when they take a trainload of passengers hostage. A scheming fighting manager sets up a dangerous boxing match. A fall guy learns that his father, a general, is dying. An orphaned girl is turned away by her only relative. Season 19. Thomas Bryant Cotton (born May 13, 1977) is an American attorney, military veteran, and politician serving as the junior United States senator for Arkansas since January 3, 2015. Gunsmoke was set in Dodge City, Kansas, during the thriving cattle days of the 1870s. Matt tries to help a young man find his father's killer (, After he is saved from hanging, a drifter (, The people of Dodge gets suspicious of Jim Cobbett (, The residents of Dodge are wondering where Joe Nadler (, Even though Doc has confessed to murdering the man (, Kitty gets deserted in a desolate plain by a suitor (, A pair of landgrabbers kill a homesteader's (, A woman claims to have killed her outlaw son (, Matt attempts to rescue a child's father (, Matt finds a cabin to shelter himself from a blizzard, only to learn it is occupied by a pair (. Steve Bannon is an American political strategist, filmmaker, media executive, and former investment banker, best known for his stint as the ‘White House’ chief strategist during the first 7 months of President Donald Trump’s tenure. 28 on its "100 Greatest Episodes of All Time" list.[31]. Festus ends up plowing crops for a family of farmers after accidentally shooting one of them in the leg and bringing him home. She continues to hold her seat until now. It's Christmas in Dodge and Chester isn't pleased when his brother Magnus arrives for a visit (. A backwoods community wants to hang Newly for a failed emergency operation he performed. Gunsmoke fame came very late in his career – and life – so Stone wrestled hard with CBS to make sure he received royalties. Meanwhile, Doc is bit by a rattlesnake. Guest starring, A bank robber takes refuge in a church where he holds the pastor and two women hostage. In 2019, Chappelle was selected to receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, which is presented by the Kennedy Center as America's highest comedy honor. A woman named Minnie Higgins falls in love with Doc. In the fall of 1961, Gunsmoke stretched out into an hour-long drama. Amanda Blake's last episode on "Gunsmoke" was "The Disciple," which originally aired on April 1, 1974. Alan Wagner, the network's vice president at the time, said, "It's better to get rid of a program one year too soon than one year too late. A girl Chester likes has no idea that the man she has her eye on is already married. After Matt is shot and taken prisoner by two bank robbers, he tricks one into turning against his partner. It's not certain whether it's a coincidence or not that the CBS show was canceled the next year, in … Matt investigates an alleged Indian raid that seems to have wiped out a family. Matt becomes convinced that Dave Ingalls is innocent of murder, so he sets out to find the real killer before Ingalls is wrongfully hanged. An Army major threatens to put Dodge under martial law after soldiers are killed in a robbery. [29][30]Note: In 1997 TV Guide ranked "The Jailer" as episode No. 39 episodes for each of the first five seasons, with 38 episodes for the 6th season, Thirty-nine half-hour episodes, black-and-whiteProducer: Charles Marquis Warren; associate producer: Norman Macdonnell Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Dennis Weaver (Chester), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty) Note: The premiere episode was introduced by John Wayne. Outlaw Luke Dangerfield's dying wish is to see his daughter. 15 October 1955 15 Oct 1955. Newcomer Ben Stack makes a play for saloon girl Honey Dare. She appeared in A Star is Born and eventually Gunsmoke. A mother seeks to fulfill her dreams for her children. The only ones who believe Festus' girlfriend witnessed a murder are the killers themselves. Also featured is, Four convicts take Matt hostage on their way to Mexico. A man's scalping leads the citizens of Dodge to suspect the Indians of doing the deed. Matt has a trying day as he deals with a vicious prisoner, a brawl at the Long Branch, a nine-year-old thief and Kitty giving him the silent treatment. Matt's double is murdered, leaving the residents of Dodge very confused. Matt Gets It. Kitty is torn between Matt and the man he is looking for – a vengeful killer who once saved her life. Sinatra was so smitten with Monroe,... Before she passed away in 1996, French-born actress Claudette Colbert lived an incredibly inspiring life after working her way to stardom and becoming one of the industry's most beloved figures. Jelena Noura Hadid, popularly known by her alias Gigi Hadid, is a well-known American fashion model and television personality. Moorehead died on April 30, 1974, at age 73 from uterine cancer. A group of bandits delay Matt's journey to Denver where the wounded marshal needs an operation. A pair of outlaws hire a drifter to do what they could not: kill Matt Dillon. Matt seems to be too lazy to catch horse thieves when ranchers are being sold stolen horses. An outlaw holds up a stagecoach carrying a murderer to trial. Kevin Bacon boasts quite the diverse film portfolio. Kioga, a young and wounded Pawnee Indian (Teno Pollick), comes to Dodge City to hunt down the fur trader (Neville Brand) who killed his father and attacked his sister. Before his election to the Senate, Schumer served in the House of Representatives from 1981 to 1999, first representing New York's 16th congressional district before being redistricted to the 10th congressional district in 1983 and 9th congressional district ten years later. A politically ambitious Indian agent falsely accuses Matt of participating in a murder committed on the reservation. His right-wing ideology was promoted through ‘Breitbart News,’ a far-right news network, of which Steve was a founding member in the late 2000s. Season 1. A convicted murderer's brother runs against Matt for marshal. Amanda started with the show, airing on its first episode which ran in 1955. Three drovers find their way of life jeopardized by the railroad. Michael Learned also played the role of Mike Yardner in that episode. The creators loved the scene so much that they started every episode with this iconic sequence. Chester's uncle Sunday comes to visit, and Chester's plan to shorten that visit does not exactly work out. In its original format, the series also focuses on Dillon's friendship with three other citizens of Dodge City: Doctor Galen "Doc" Adams (Milburn Stone), the town's physician; Kitty Russell (Amanda Blake), saloon girl and later owner of the Long Branch Saloon; and Chester Goode (Dennis Weaver), Dillon's assistant. Gunsmoke's last episode on March 31, 1975, ranks among the highest watched final television episodes of all time. While on a fishing trip, Chester shoots an Indian who was courting a white teenage girl, whom Matt tries to save from her ruthless father. How well do you know these to classic favorites? Matt faces fear and hostility in Ridge Town where he investigates an old murder case. Guess which of these questions applies to each show. (last Totten-directed episode). [32], Twenty-six one-hour episodes, colorProducer / executive producer: John Mantley; associate producer: Joseph Dackow Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Ken Curtis (Festus), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty), Buck Taylor (Newly)[33], Twenty-six one-hour episodes, colorExecutive producer: John Mantley; producer: Joseph Dackow Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Ken Curtis (Festus), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty), Buck Taylor (Newly)[35], Twenty-four one-hour episodes, colorExecutive producer: John Mantley; producer: Joseph Dackow (episodes 516–528), Leonard Katzman (episodes 529–539) Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Ken Curtis (Festus), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty), Buck Taylor (Newly)Note: "Pike", the two-part episode that ended the season, was later developed into a spin-off series entitled Dirty Sally. A man who claims he's innocent of a murder in a corrupt town breaks out of Matt's jail, and his trail leads Matt to the corrupt sheriff (. An astute businessman and charismatic leader, he built and renovated numerous hotels, casinos, and office towers during his business career, accumulating a net worth of billions. A former sheriff plans his revenge on Matt for firing him. Matt must defend a gunman he despises from townspeople who want to lynch him for a crime he didn't commit. Season 6. Chester purchases a piece of land when he gets engaged. [4] In the United Kingdom, Gunsmoke was originally broadcast under the title Gun Law. Season 3. The criminals themselves ranged from notorious killers to friendly con artists. A well-liked hardware drummer is actually a man wanted for multiple murders. Although a young outlaw has wounded Matt, he is unable to concentrate on finishing the marshal off because of his affections for a girl. Expanding the horizons of his ambitions, he entered national politics in the early 2000s and set his eyes on the presidential office. Blake's character was Miss Kathleen "Kitty" Russell, the proprietor of a saloon in Dodge City, the setting for "Gunsmoke." The drifter hired by the gang mixes one last batch of nitroglycerin. Both Marshal Matt Dillon and Lucas McCain faced off against their fair share of villains. The town drunk witnesses a man killing his wife's alleged lover. Gunsmoke is an American Western television series developed by Charles Marquis Warren and based on the radio program of the same name. Click HERE. A charming widow plays Newly against a gunman. Doc performs an emergency surgery on Matt to save the marshal's life. The first episode of the first show was "Borrowed Trouble" It's on YouTube. A powerful rancher's spoiled son gets violent when a pretty girl rebuffs his affections. Westerns became so ubiquitous on television in the late 1950s, it's easy to overlook just how groundbreaking the show was. He won the 1972 U.S. Senate election in Delaware when he was just 29 and assumed office the next year. Phoebe Strunk and her murderous clan terrorize Dodge. A family finds Matt and a prisoner handcuffed to one another - with the prisoner claiming to be the marshal. Seasons 1-11. Doc is kidnapped and forced to save an outlaw's life. Festus protects a young Indian maiden from a farmer who bought her from her father. Matt comes to the rescue when a father and son abuse the mother and daughter. Matt attempts to reform a young troublemaker (including, Doc must find a way to thwart a typhoid epidemic in Dodge (. The bigoted citizens of Dodge refuse to hire a drifter just because he has picked up an orphaned Indian boy. On a hunting trip, Matt, Doc and Chester find a savagely beaten Indian boy. Doc takes a stand against bandits at a stage stop along with a pregnant woman and a blind man. Esteban Garcia arrives in Dodge to kill Grave Tabor, who has already been kicked out. Witnesses are refusing to testify against an infamous outlaw (. When actor Don Knotts, who was a fan favorite for his portrayal of bungling Deputy Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show, departed the series in its 5th season, the show’s producers weren’t sure how to proceed. He even introduced the series in the first episode. At the height of her stardom, Elizabeth Montgomery had it all. An easygoing former lawman fills in for Matt. An alcoholic judge is forced by Matt to hold an inquest into the death of a female saloonkeeper that resulted in the lynching of an innocent drifter. Matt tries to bring a killer to Wichita on a stagecoach carrying a woman, a preacher and a huge shipment of gold. In your honor, here’s the very first episode of ‘Gunsmoke,’ ‘Matt Gets It,’ which aired on Sept. 10, 1955, and was introduced by The Duke himself, John Wayne. All five television movies have been released on DVD, as well. As a politician, his career was marred by allegations of sexual misconduct and he also earned much criticism for his extravagant lifestyle and controversial comments on immigrants from Islamic nations. A new doctor arrives in Dodge and his wife starts a smear campaign against Doc Adams. It is not uncommon for people across the entertainment industry to develop close friendships, especially back during the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. (Franz Waxman score), Festus flees Dodge after killing a medicine-show sharpshooter in a gunfight. Arness is immortal in TV history as Marshal Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke… Matt Dillon is a fictional character featured on both the radio and television versions of Gunsmoke.He serves as the U.S. The change was implemented as a result of intense anti-violence politics at the time. A desperately ill chief causes tension when he lodges in the Dodge House. Awards Galore. One of the drovers in a cattle drive plans to free Matt's prisoner. Matt hunts down outlaw Black Jack Haggen and is assisted by the killer's nephew Festus, who has his own reasons for wanting to find his uncle. A man gets beaten up for trying to steal another man's horse, and plots his revenge. Nina Sharky hatches a plan to get away from her tight-fisted father and fortune-hunting husband. Guest starring, Matt captures a young criminal named Billy (, Buffalo hunters kidnap Doc and Festus. The British Fashion Council had named her the International Model of the Year in 2016. A former gunslinger is being bothered by bullies. In this historic prologue (included in this first-season round-up), Wayne hypes Gunsmoke as "honest, adult, and realistic." Pike Beechum plots to off his lover's husband. After getting out of prison, an infamous gunman meets a cocky young man eager to cash in on his reputation. An ex-convict comes to Dodge with the intention of shooting Matt dead. Ron DeSantis is an American politician who serves as the current ‘Republican’ governor of the U.S. state of Florida. An immigrant must decide whether to pay off a blackmailer who claims to have seen the immigrant's son commit murder. A buffalo hunter comes to Dodge not only to sell his hides, but also to pick a fight. Happy to see each other they reminisce about old times both unaware that the job Hack is in Dodge for is killing Dillon. An ex-convict seeks revenge on a farmer who ran out on him during a robbery years ago. As a child he used to stammer but he overcame this problem by memorizing and reciting long passages in front of the mirror. An outlaw's plans to rob the bank are sidetracked by his attraction to the woman whose husband he killed. An unlucky fellow jumps a dead man's claim and starts courting Kitty. 19 May 1956. Matt is wounded and taken hostage by a pair of outlaws. He is the son of star ‘Arena Football League’ player Eddie Brown, but lived away from his father during his childhood and spent most of his teenage years without proper guidance and support. [9] In season eight (1962–63), a fifth regular character was added to the cast: blacksmith Quint Asper (Burt Reynolds), who remained until the end of season 10 (1964–65). A young farmer sets out to find the man who killed his father. He is a member of the Republican Party.In 2005, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he rose to the rank of captain. 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