When he gets there, he finds out about his daughter, who has just been taken captive by the Apaches. Arness himself acknowledged in before his death that the series intentionally kept their relationship alternately vague and unresolved because the producers felt that allowing them to have a full-blown on-screen relationship would drastically change the nature of the show. As a historical matter, prior to the , few laws criminalized. Arness had been in the saddle for all of them, and would ride again through decades of reruns and sequels. Arness was in prominent attendance and gave generously of his time. Arness, a quiet, intensely private man who preferred the outdoor life to Hollywood's party scene, rarely gave interviews and refused to discuss the tragedies.
The name Matthew has been around for millenia — it can be traced back at least as far as the time of Jesus and his disciples. Three of the actors, who played Dodge deputies, Ken Curtis, Roger Ewing, and Buck Taylor, had previous guest roles. The television Doc, though still crusty, was in many ways softer and warmer. In the radio series, Doc was acerbic, somewhat mercenary, and borderline alcoholic, at least in the program's early years. He won the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.
Chapman's son from her first marriage, Craig, was adopted by Arness. And, once, he even came to get me. Wayne readily agreed that James Arness would be a terrific choice for the part of Matt Dillon. Gunsmoke was set in Dodge City, Kansas, during the thriving cattle days of the 1870s. Doc Adams' backstory evokes a varied and experienced life: In some episodes, he had educational ties to ; in others, he spent time as ship's doctor aboard the gambling boats that plied the , which provided a background for his knowledge of and acquaintance with.
Gunsmoke fell from 1 to 36, in an era where there were only three networks , and actually got briefly canceled until William Paley saved it. I wish I were, though, because I think it's the best thing of its kind that's come along, and I hope you'll agree with me; it's honest, it's adult, it's realistic. And now I'm proud to present my friend Jim Arness in Gunsmoke. Episodes were aimed at adults and featured some of the most explicit content of their time, including violent crimes, , , and addicts. He even lied about his age to get his first deputy's job. After that, it's a different show, an alternate universe, and a much less interesting one.
Not too many shows were on so long that their runs can be divided into eras, but Gunsmoke has three of them. Matt Dillon showed how many men experienced trials and triumphs as they worked to support themselves or a family. He was indeed proud of his long association with the U. As Arness's Matt grew older and wiser, he became less inclined to use violence to subdue wrongdoers plus less an emphasis on violence in later episodes of the series in the late 1960s and 1970s because of national society trends. In one episode, Webb Johnson walks up to Dillon and almost defiantly states that just because Dillon has a star on his chest does not make Johnson afraid of him. Staying open-minded and checking all sides before making drastic decisions could not have been easy.
. Matt Dillon, marshal of Dodge City, is just such a lawman. In 1990, the second telefilm, Gunsmoke: The Last Apache, premiered. Not expecting his friend, Matt turned, saw a figure with a gun, and shot him. This is my favorite, firstly because it's the earliest one I remember from the times I watched it with my father and secondly because it's the best.
Afraid of being typecast, Arness initially rejected it. The supporting cast became stars, nearly every famous episode featuring Chester, Festus, Doc or Kitty comes from this period. Gunsmoke used to use an outdoor set for daytime Dodge City scenes. Along with a laid-back personality and wanting to avoid confrontation, Marshall Matt Dillon has a tough streak to him. After the war he returned to Minnesota, took odd jobs and was a radio announcer before moving to Los Angeles in 1946. Arness was so perfect for the role and played it for so long that it's hard to imagine anyone else playing the part though William Conrad voiced the character in the radio version. Marshal, who was in charge of all of the Deputy U.
There were 'anthology' type episodes from the start of the seventh season the first hour-long eps , because you just couldn't write that much about the central characters, but most of the later stories featuring characters you only saw once and never again simply put me to sleep. Nothing in the radio series suggested that Chester Proudfoot was disabled; this merely visual feature was added to the Chester Goode character on television because of actor Dennis Weaver's athletic build, to emphasize Chester's role as a follower and not an independent agent. He was just another human being who happened to chase criminals and decipher truth from lies. On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. After analyzing several Gunsmoke episodes, and reviewing the analyses of many others, one trait, which seems to be present in Matt Dillon, is that of invincibility.