“Around Dodge City, and into territory on west, there’s just one way to handle the killers and the spoilers: that’s with a U.S. Marshal, and the smell of gunsmoke!”
Gunsmoke was an American radio and television western drama series created by writer John Meston and director Norman Macdonnell. The show focused around Dodge City, KS, during the early of Americas wild west.
Marshal Matt Dillon, played by William Conrad on radio and James Arness on television, was the main character. Oddly, when the show aired in the United Kingdom, the television series went under the Gun Law before reverting to Gunsmoke.
The radio series ran from 1952 to 1961 and was quoted as having been "routinely placed among the best shows of any kind and any time." The television series ran for an amazing 2o seasons from 1955 to 1975 and hosted some 635 episodes.
“Gunsmoke!… starring William Conrad… the story of the violence that moved west with young America, and the story of a man who moved with it. I’m that man… Matt Dillon. United States marshal… the first man they look for, and the last man they want to meet… it’s a chancy job, and it makes a man watchful… and a little lonely.”