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1954-55 Promotional AD

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  • JAMES ARNESS (U.S. Marshal Matt Dillon) - A gentle young giant of a man, James Arness has climbed to stardom and acclaim as GUNSMOKE'S Marshal Dillon. Born in Minneapolis Minn. and educated at Beloit College in Wisconsin, he fought and was wounded in Italy while with the third Infantry Division in World War II. His success in GUNSMOKE and motion pictures was preceded by working in stock theater in the Los Angeles area where he met his wife, the former Virginia Chapman. With their three children, Craig, Jenny Lee and Rolf, they live in a rambling home on the Pacific Palisades.
  • DENNIS WEAVER (Chester) - One of Hollywood's busiest young actors, who as Matt Dillon's assistant on GUNSMOKE plays a lame, homespun and likeable major domo in the Marshal's office. In reality, he is one of motion picture's most versatile performers and is anything but lame in real life, having been one of Oklahoma University's all-time track stars. Born in Joplin Mo. and educated at Joplin Junior College and Oklahoma U., he was an ensign in the Navy for two years. He has appeared on the Broadway stage and toured extensively. He is married to the former "Cherry" Sopwell and they live in North Hollywood Cal with their two sons, Rick and Rob.
  • AMANDA BLAKE (Kitty) - The actress brings a most provocative acting touch in the role of the saloon girl in the authentic GUNSMOKE TV series, which dramatizes the exploits of a U.S. Marshal in frontier Dodge City before the turn of the century. Born in Buffalo New York, and educated in California, she brings a wide theatrical experience in her role. Live theater activity, radio acting, roles in motion pictures and more recently, starring appearances in television preceded her selection for the important assignment as Kitty.
  • MILBURN STONE (Doc) - A veteran of show business and one of its finest character actors, he was born in Burton, Kansas where he attended school and received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis - which he promptly declined because he had made up his mind to be an actor. Touring with stock companies led to important roles in Broadway and later in Hollywood where he has made more than 150 motion pictures. His lifelong hoppy of furniture designing recently developed into a thriving enterprise specializing in custome-build furniture and antique reproductions.
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  • This promotional material was mailed as a post card. Postage was 3 cents.

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