From John Wayne to John Wayne – The Circle of Career

James Arness's Matt Dillon

For James Arness, starring in Gunsmoke was the chance of a lifetime. The merits of Arness’s acting aside, Matt Dillon was not only the best thing that happened to Arness: it was also the longest-standing character he impersonated. The longevity of the show – two decades, which made it one of the lengthiest American TV […]

Gunsmoke Facts

Gunsmoke's Matt and Doc

One of the most interesting things about Gunsmoke was that it did pay homage to the real Dodge City of the period. As a fact, the Long Branch Saloon which can be seen in almost every episode of the show was one of the central places of the city when it was first established. There […]

Gunsmoke: 635 Episodes With James Arness

James Arness as Matt Dillon

In a world where most of the producers believe that the best achievement would be stretching a series for as long as 10 seasons, Gunsmoke sure showed them all how things should be done. Not only did it last for 20 seasons, but it is also the longest-running prime-time drama (at a tie with Law […]

Gunsmoke Challenge

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Test Your Knowledge by Taking the Gunsmoke Challenge and discover your Gunsmoke Skill Level and your honorary status in Dodge City Questions: 1- What years did Gunsmoke run? a. 1920-1930 b. 1929-1939 c. 1950-1972 d. 1955-1975 2- What years did the radio version of Gunsmoke run? a. 1900-1919 b. 1920-1932 c. 1952-1961 d. 1945-1950 3- […]

How Much Do You Know About Gunsmoke?

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William Conrad played Marshall Matt Dillon on the radio.  He was considered too big for the TV role. John Wayne was offered the part of Matt Dillon, but he wanted to stay in movies so he suggested James Arness for the role.  He then convinced Arness that he should play the part. John Wayne introduced […]