GUNSMOKE

First Show: Jun 26, 1952
Last Show: Jun 18, 1961
Number Shows: 480 shows, 2 auditions, 5 hour tribute
Audition Shows: Jun 11, 1949, Jul 13, 1949

Series Description:

Gunsmoke is one of those long-running classic Old-Time Radio shows that everyone knows and remembers. It’s also one that is still respected for its high values, in all aspects. Gunsmoke first aired on the CBS network on April 26, 1952, billed as the first adult western. It was set in Dodge City, Kansas in the 1870’s.

The main character, Matt Dillon, was played by William Conrad. On August 6, 1951, William Conrad played the lead in a show entitled “Pagosa” in the series Romance, where he played the part of a reluctant sheriff in a tough Western town. Although not a true audition, Conrad’s character role is very close the that of Matt Dillon in Gunsmoke. It was one of the “stepping stones” toward the production of Gunsmoke.

Other regular characters were Chester Proudfoot, played by Parley Baer; Kitty, played by Georgia Ellis; and Doc Adams, played by Howard McNear.

The series featured top-notch acting and well-developed scripts that set it apart from many other shows, not only Westerns; however, it was the sound effects that stood out the most. Listen carefully and one can hear many levels of sound that really helps transport the listener back to the old west.

Besides the US version, there was an Austrailian production of Gunsmoke. It began sometime in 1955, transcribed under the Artransa label, and aired Mondays at 7:00 PM on the Macquarie network. It is not known how many shows aired or how long the series ran.

From the Old Time Radio Researcher’s Group. See “Note” Section below for more information on the OTRR.

  1.       Billy the Kid
  2.       Jaliscoe
  3.       Carmen
  4.       Buffalo Killers
  5.       Never Pester Chester (Paul Dubov)
  6.       The Boughten Bride
  7.       Doc Holiday
  8.       Gentleman's Disagreement
  9.       Renegade White
  10.       The Kentucky Tolmans
  11.       The Lynching
  12.       Shakespeare
  13.       The Juniper Tree
  14.       The Brothers
  15.       Home Surgery
  16.       Drop Dead
  17.       The Railroad (rehearsal)(forced date to show in proper place)
  18.       Cain
  19.       Hinka-Do
  20.       Lochinvar
  21.       The Mortgage
  22.       Overland Express
  23.       Tara
  24.       The Square Triangle
  25.       Fingered
  26.       Kitty
  27.       I Don't Know
  28.       Post Martin
  29.       Xmas Story
  30.       The Cabin
  31.       Westbound
  32.       Word of Honor
  33.       Paid Killer
  34.       The Old Lady
  35.       Cavalcade
  36.       Cain (reused script)
  37.       The Round-Up
  38.       Meshougah
  39.       Trojan War
  40.       Absalom
  41.       Pussy Cats
  42.       Quarter Horse
  43.       Jayhawkers
  44.       Gonif
  45.       Bum's Rush
  46.       The Soldier
  47.       Tacetta
  48.       The Buffalo Hunter
  49.       The Big Con
  50.       Print Asper
  51.       Fall Semester
  52.       Sundown
  53.       Spring Term
  54.       Wind
  55.       Flashback
  56.       Dirt
  57.       Grass
  58.       Wild West
  59.       Hickock
  60.       Boy
  61.       Sky
  62.       Moon
  63.       Gone Straight
  64.       Jesse
    (13.7Mb)
  65.       The Sutler
  66.       Prairie Happy
  67.       There Was Never a Horse
  68.       How to Die for Nothing
  69.       The Buffalo Hunter (reused script)
  70.       How to Kill a Woman
  71.       Stolen Horses
  72.       Professor Lute Bone
  73.       Custer
  74.       Kick Me
  75.       The Lamb
  76.       The Cast
  77.       Big Girl Lost
  78.       The Guitar
  79.       Stage Holdup
  80.       Joke's on Us
  81.       The Bear
  82.       Nina
  83.       Gunsmuggler
  84.       Big Broad
  85.       The Killer
  86.       Last Fling
  87.       Bad Boy
  88.       The Gentleman
  89.       Confederate Money
  90.       Old Friend
  91.       Blood Money (Sam Edwards)
  92.       Mr. and Mrs. Amber (Helen Kleeb)
  93.       Greater Love (John Dehner)
  94.       What the Whisky Drummer Heard (Edgar Barrier)
  95.       Murder Warrant
  96.       Cara
  97.       The Constable
  98.       The Indian Horse
  99.       Monopoly
  100.       Feud
  101.       Blacksmith (Vic Perrin)
  102.       The Cover Up
  103.       Going Bad
  104.       Claustrophobia
  105.       Word of Honor (reused script)
  106.       Hack Prine
  107.       Texas Cowboys
  108.       The Queue (Edgar Barrier)
  109.       Matt for Murder
  110.       No Indians (Joseph Kearns)
  111.       Joe Phy
  112.       Mavis McCloud (Eleanor Tannin)
  113.       Young Man with a Gun
  114.       Obie Tater
  115.       The Promise aka The Handcuffs
  116.       Dooley Surrenders
  117.       The F. U.
  118.       Helping Hand
  119.       Matt Gets It
  120.       Love of a Good Woman
  121.       Kitty Caught (Lawrence Dobkin)
  122.       Ma Tennis
  123.       The Patsy
  124.       Smoking out the Beedles
  125.       Wrong Man
  126.       How to Kill a Woman (reused script)
  127.       Cooter (John Dehner)
  128.       Cholera
  129.       Bone Hunters
  130.       Magnus
  131.       Kitty Lost
  132.       The Bottle Man
  133.       Robin Hood
  134.       Chester's Murder
  135.       Sins Of The Fathers
  136.       Young Love
  137.       Cheyennes
  138.       Chester's Hanging
  139.       Poor Pearl
  140.       Crack-Up (John Dehner)
  141.       Kite's Reward
  142.       The Trial (John Dehner)
  143.       The Mistake
  144.       Horse Deal
  145.       Bloody Hands (Alafraganza)
  146.       Skid Row
  147.       The Gypsum Hills Feud
  148.       Born to Hang (Joseph Kearns)
  149.       Reward for Matt
  150.       Potato Road
  151.       Robber Bridegroom
  152.       The Liar from Blackhawk
  153.       Cow Doctor (Tom Hanley)
  154.       Jealousy
  155.       Trust
  156.       The Reed Survives (Michael Ann Barrett)
  157.       The Army Trial
  158.       General Parsley Smith
  159.       Uncle Oliver
  160.       20/20
  161.       Ben Tolliver's Stud (Norman Macdonnell)
  162.       Tap Day for Kitty
  163.       Innocent Broad
  164.       Johnny Red (Virginia Gregg)
  165.       Indian Scout
  166.       Doc Quits
  167.       Change of Heart
  168.       Alarm at Pleasant Valley
  169.       Thoroughbreds
  170.       Indian White
  171.       Barton Boy
  172.       Good Girl - Bad Company
  173.       The Coward (Vic Perrin)
  174.       Trouble in Kansas
  175.       Brush at Elkader (James Nusser)
  176.       The Choice (Lawrence Dobkin)
  177.       The Second Choice
  178.       The Preacher
  179.       Dutch George
  180.       Amy's Good Deed
  181.       Sunny Afternoon
  182.       Land Deal
  183.       Scared Kid
  184.       Twelfth Night (Helen Kleeb)(reused script)
  185.       Pucket's New Year (James Nusser)
  186.       Doc's Revenge
  187.       How to Cure a Friend
  188.       Romeo
  189.       Bureaucrat
  190.       Legal Revenge
  191.       Kitty's Outlaw
  192.       The New Hotel
  193.       Who Lives by the Sword
  194.       The Hunter
  195.       Bringing Down Father
  196.       The Man Who Would Be Marshal
  197.       Hanging Man
  198.       How to Sell a Ranch
  199.       Widow's Mite
  200.       The Executioner
  201.       Indian Crazy
  202.       Doc's Reward
  203.       The Photographer
  204.       Cows and Cribs (Jeanette Nolan)
  205.       Buffalo Man
  206.       Man Hunter
  207.       The Pacifist
  208.       Daddy-O (John McIntire)
  209.       Cheap Labor
  210.       Sunday Supplement
  211.       Gun for Chester
  212.       Passive Resistance
  213.       Letter of the Law (Joseph Kearns)
  214.       Lynching Man
  215.       Lost Rifle
  216.       Sweet and Sour (Harry Bartell)
  217.       Snakebite
  218.       Annie Oakley
  219.       No Sale
  220.       Old Pal
  221.       Belle's Back
  222.       Thick 'n' Thin
  223.       Box O' Rocks
  224.       The Brothers (different story than 52-09-06)
  225.       The Gambler
  226.       Gunshot Wound
  227.       'Til Death Do Us
  228.       Dirty Bill's Girl
  229.       Crowbait Bob (Nov 4th broadcast preempted)
  230.       Pretty Mama
  231.       Brother Whelp
  232.       Tail to the Wind
  233.       Speak to Me Fair
  234.       Braggart's Boy
  235.       Cherry Red
  236.       Beeker's Barn (Ralph Moody)
  237.       Hound Dog
  238.       Devil's Hindmost
  239.       Ozymandias
  240.       Categorical Imperative
  241.       Woman Called Mary
  242.       Cold Fire
  243.       Hellbent Harriet
  244.       Doubtful Zone
  245.       Impact
  246.       Colleen So Green
  247.       Grebb Hassle
  248.       Spring Freshet
  249.       Saddle Sore Sal
  250.       Chicken Smith
  251.       Rock Bottom
  252.       Saludos
  253.       Bear Trap
  254.       Medicine Man
  255.       How to Kill a Friend (reused script)
  256.       Sheep Dog
  257.       One Night Stand
  258.       Pal
  259.       Ben Tolliver's Stud (Les Crutchfield)(reused script)
  260.       Dodge Podge
  261.       Summer Night
  262.       Home Surgery (reused script)
  263.       The Buffalo Hunter (reused script)
  264.       Word of Honor (reused script)
  265.       Bloody Hands (Long Branch)(reused script)
  266.       Kitty Caught (James Nusser)(reused script)
  267.       Cow Doctor (Ray Kemper)(reused script)
  268.       Big Hands
  269.       Jayhawkers (reused script)
    (5.5Mb)
  270.       The Peace Officer
  271.       Grass (reused script)
  272.       Jobe's Son
  273.       Looney McCluny
  274.       Child Labor
  275.       Custer (reused script)
  276.       Another Man's Poison
  277.       The Rooks
  278.       The Margin
  279.       Professor Lute Bone (reused script)
  280.       Man and Boy
  281.       Bull
  282.       Gun Shy
  283.       The Queue (Ben Wright)(reused script)
  284.       Odd Man Out
  285.       Jud's Woman
  286.       Long as I Live
  287.       Ugly
  288.       Twelfth Night (December 22 broadcast pre-empted) (Virginia Gregg)(reused script)
  289.       Where'd They Go?
  290.       Pucket's New Year (reused script)
  291.       Second Son
  292.       Moo Moo Raid
  293.       One for Lee
  294.       Kitty's Killing
  295.       The Joke's on Us (reused script)
  296.       Bruger's Folly
  297.       The Surgery
  298.       The Guitar (reused script)
  299.       Laughing Gas
  300.       Real Sent Sonny
  301.       Indian
  302.       Why Not
  303.       Yorky (reused script)
  304.       Livvie's Loss
  305.       The Partners
  306.       The Squaw
  307.       How to Die for Nothing (May 4th broadcast preempted)(reused script)
  308.       Little Bird
  309.       The Stallion
  310.       Blue Horse
  311.       Hot Horse Hyatt
  312.       Old Flame
  313.       Target
  314.       What the Whisky Drummer Heard (James Nusser)(reused script)
  315.       Chester's Choice
  316.       The Proving Kid
  317.       Marshal Proudfoot
  318.       The Cast (reused script)
  319.       Miguel's Daughter
  320.       A House Ain't a Home
  321.       The Piano
  322.       The Blacksmith (Barney Phillips)(reused script)
  323.       I Thee Wed
  324.       Tried It - Didn't Like It
  325.       False Witness
  326.       Big Girl Lost (reused script)
  327.       Kitty's Rebellion
  328.       Tag
  329.       Doc's Showdown
  330.       Kick Me (reused script)
  331.       The Tragedian
  332.       Target - Chester
  333.       Brush at Elkader (James Westerfield)(reused script)
  334.       The Correspondent
  335.       Burning Wagon
  336.       The Grass Asp
  337.       Kitty's Injury
  338.       Where'd They Go? (reused script)
  339.       The Choice (reused script)
  340.       The Coward (Joseph Kearns)(reused script)
  341.       The Wolfer
  342.       Kangaroo
  343.       The Boots
  344.       The Bobsy Twins
  345.       Groat's Grudge
  346.       Body Snatch
  347.       Sarah's Search
  348.       Big Tom
  349.       Maw Hawkins
  350.       Incident at Indian Ford
  351.       The Trial (Joseph Kearns)(reused script)
  352.       Laurie's Suitor
  353.       Trapper's Revenge
  354.       Chester's Mistake
  355.       Third Son
  356.       The Badge
  357.       Unwanted Deputy
  358.       Dowager's Visit
  359.       Scared Boy
  360.       Wagon Show
  361.       The Deserter
  362.       Doc's Indians
  363.       Kitty's Kidnap
  364.       Carmen (reused script)
  365.       Jailbait Janet (reused script)
  366.       Emma's Departure
  367.       Friend's Payoff
  368.       Second Arrest
  369.       Old Beller
  370.       Ball Nine
  371.       Mavis McCloud (Barbara Eiler)(reused script)
  372.       Pokey Pete
  373.       The Reed Survives (Lynn Allen)(reused script)
  374.       Shooting Stopover
  375.       Matt's Decision
  376.       Johnny Red (Helen Kleeb)(reused script)
  377.       Gentlemen's Disagreement (reused script)
  378.       Personal Justice
  379.       Hinka-Do (reused script)
  380.       Kitty's Quandary
  381.       The Mortgage (reused script)
  382.       Old Gunfighter
  383.       Westbound (reused script)
  384.       Cavalcade (reused script)
  385.       The Square Triangle (reused script)
  386.       Paid Killer (reused script)
  387.       Hard Lesson
  388.       Big Chugg Wilson
  389.       Don Mateo
  390.       Beeker's Barn (Joseph Kearns)(reused script)
  391.       Pucket's New Year (reused script)
  392.       Trojan War (reused script)
  393.       Luke's Law
  394.       Fiery Arrest
  395.       Bless Me Till I Die
  396.       Chester's Dilemma
  397.       Delia's Father
  398.       Distant Drummer
  399.       Mr and Mrs Amber (Virginia Gregg)(reused script)
  400.       Prescribed Killing
  401.       Blood Money (John Dehner)(reused script)
  402.       Unloaded Gun
  403.       The Constable (Barlett Robinson)(reused script)
  404.       Indian Baby
  405.       Greater Love (Vic Perrin)(reused script)
  406.       Dave's Lesson
  407.       Solomon River
  408.       Stage Snatch
  409.       Nettie Sitton
  410.       Wrong Man
  411.       Tall Trapper
  412.       Bad Seed
  413.       Fabulous Silver Extender
  414.       Kitty Accused
  415.       Line Trouble
  416.       Little Girl
  417.       Reluctant Violence
  418.       Busted Up Guns
  419.       The Impostor
  420.       Stage Smash
  421.       Old Fool
  422.       The Noose
  423.       Dangerous Bath
  424.       The Tumbleweed
  425.       The Peace Officier
  426.       About Chester
  427.       Two Mothers
  428.       Doc Judge
  429.       The Big Itch
  430.       Born to Hang
  431.       Crack-Up
  432.       Newsma'am
  433.       Never Pester Chester
  434.       Jedro's Woman
  435.       The Big Con
  436.       The Professor
  437.       Dirt
  438.       Kitty's Good Neighboring
  439.       The Cook
  440.       Hero's Departure
  441.       Minnie
  442.       Spring Term
  443.       Old Faces
  444.       The Wake
  445.       Hard Virtue
  446.       Harriet
  447.       Love of Money
  448.       Daddy-O (John Dehner)(reused script)
  449.       Kitty Love
  450.       Joe Sleet
  451.       Melinda Miles
  452.       Sweet and Sour
  453.       Joe Phy
  454.       No Indians
  455.       Chester's Inheritance
  456.       Hangman's Mistake
  457.       Cooter
  458.       Father and Son
  459.       Ex-Urbanites
  460.       Ma's Justice
  461.       The Lady Killer
  462.       Chester's Rendezvous
  463.       The Sod-Buster
  464.       Cows and Cribs (Anne Morrison)(reused script)
  465.       Doc's Visitor
  466.       Letter of the Law (Vic Perrin)(reused script)

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