The Broadcast History of
Answer: 1955 on September 10th
Wyatt Earp. Later in the series, Wyatt moved to Tombstone.
Norman Macdonnell and John Meston, the creators of Gunsmoke.
Meston with James Arness
Legend has it that John Wayne
was approached. This, though, is disputed. Click here for details.
Milburn Stone as Doc and, of
course, James Arness as Matt. Also, Howie, the clerk at the Dodge House.
Answer: a ... Paley. His decision
was based on an open Monday night slot and a like for the program.
Answer: 1960 on February 13th
True. In 1961.
True ... in 1958. There were
a total of 15 Gunsmoke cards. In 1993, Pacific Trading Cards released 110
Gunsmoke trading cards. Click here to look at some.
True. A series was launched by
Dell in the 1950's. The stories were original, although not representative
of the grittiness of television and radio's Gunsmoke. The comics were made
for kids. The television and radio episodes were written for adults. Click
here to look at some.
True. Quite a few in fact.
True .. the CBS Video Library
advertised in the print media and on television Gunsmoke: the Collector's
Edition. Subscribers received tapes of Gunsmoke television shows primarily
co-starring actors and actresses who were or later became famous.
True ... the night after the
party, CBS decided to continue the show.
False ... Star Trek and Cagney and Lacey are examples of two others.
False ... Dann said Gunsmoke
had probably the worst demographics in television. Most viewers were older
and outside the age limit normally targeted by advertisers. Gunsmoke's
audience, however, was so large that ``who cared if they all wore dentures?"
Answer: $230,000. The estimated
cost in 1974 was the same. For 1970-73, the estimated cost was $215,000
Answer: ... awe
The man who was murdered turned
out to have a dead-or-alive price on his head.
Answer: 236 half hour episodes,
177 (episodes 237 to 413) black and white hour episodes and 227 (episodes
414 to 640) color hour episodes. That's 640 episodes in all.
True ... the Christian Broadcast
Network (later The Family Channel), picked up some of these episodes and
began to broadcast them in 1986.
False ... The Cisco Kid,
for example, was filmed in color in the early fifties even though it was
broadcast in black and white.
Answer: thirteen: #8 in 56-57; #1 in 57-58, 58-59, 59-60, 60-61; #3 in 61-62; #10 in 62-63; #4 in 67-68; #6 in 68-69; #2 in 69-70; #5 in 70-71; #4 in 71-72 and #8 in 72-73
Fifteen: besides the answers above, Gunsmoke was #20 in 63-64 and #15 in 72-73.
Yes. Marshal Dillon was rated
#18 in the 61-62 season.
They were black and white hour
episodes. Stations prefered the color hour episodes.
True: Episode #7 on Gilligen's
Island, `The Sound of Quacking', was shot on the Gunsmoke set. Gilligen
dreams he is Marshall Gilligen, hired to protect a duck from outlaws. Another
dream sequence was in #41 episode, `The Sweepstakes'. The dream is Mr.
Howell's who sees himself as a grizzled old prospector. This was Jim (Mr.
Magoo) Backus's favorite show.
True. According to 'the Professor', Russell Johnson, ``CBS decided to cancel its old warhorse Gunsmoke. The network affiliates became outraged, as did many CBS bigwigs, which forced network programmers to quickly reinstate the show. That meant sacrificing a half hour show to make room on the schedule".