His job changed from episode to episode. A remake of the movie of the same name. Arness portrayed a rancher at odds with his son.
A man with a grudge against the late Little Joe seeks revenge on the Cartwrights and attempts to take over the Ponderosa. After his mother is killed in a wagoncoach robbery a young man pursues the gang responsible. Matt Dillon goes after him hoping to stop him before the gang can kill him. Dillon is joined by Davis Healy, a businessman, who is hiding a few secrets of his own.
The most significant fact of this made-for-TV movie is that it is the final time that James Arness portrayed Matt Dillon. It is also his final original production work. He was featured in a compilation effort a few years later, but this is truly his last original work. As swan songs go, this is a quality movie effort.
The script was tight and interesting, invoking plot twists that keep the audience interested throughout the effort. There is no dedication in this movie, and as Arness was the executive producer, it stands to reason he wouldn't have offered any to himself, but in truth, this movie should be dedicated to him. Arness started the TV role of Matt Dillon in and this movie was produced in Regardless of how one measures his work, by episode count, years running, and decades worked, what Arness did as Matt Dillon has no equals.
The stats are stunning: In terms of relevance, societal impact, and timeless quality, there has been nothing that can approach Gunsmoke, and likely there never will be! In this coda, Arness is over seventy years of age, and yet, he's still riding a horse at full gallop and looks every bit the part of an older cattle rancher, which he is. While there are minor references to his past life as US Marshal, the truth is this movie makes it clear that Matt Dillon has moved on from his days as a lawman in Dodge City. It's a nice break, as there was no room for romantic flashbacks.
And yet, the same sense of morality and duty that characterized Dillon remains vivid in this effort. Bruce Boxleitner turns in an excellent supporting role, offering intrigue and well turned plot twists. There are many other quality performances that are often stark and realistic. This is a fine movie on its own, but in terms of what it brought to a close, ranks as must watch entertainment.
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Start your free trial. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet! In an earlier episode "How to Cure a Friend" Season 2, 7 , the owner of the Long Branch was named Bill Pence a role played by at least three different actors over the years. In that same episode, John Dehner portrayed a dubious New Orleans businessman claiming to be Kitty's father, who tried to talk her into selling her half interest in the Long Branch and returning to New Orleans with him as a partner in his alleged freight business.
In another episode involving a new saloon girl named "Rena Decker" who causes four deaths by provoking men into fighting over her , Miss Kitty identifies herself as half-owner of the Long Branch with Mr.
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Pence played by Judson Pratt. Subsequently, Miss Kitty transitioned to sole owner. Although early film episodes showed her descending from her second-floor rooms in the saloon with Matt, or showed her or one of her girls leading a cowboy up to those same rooms, these scenes disappeared later on, and viewers were guided to see Miss Kitty just as a kindhearted businesswoman.
From to , Gunsmoke was a half-hour show retitled Marshal Dillon in syndication. It then went to an hour-long format. The series was retitled Gun Law in the UK. The Marshal Dillon syndicated rerun lasted from until on CBS, originally on Tuesday nights within its time in reruns. Gunsmoke was TV's number one-ranked show from to before slipping into a decline after expanding to an hour.
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In , the show's 12th season, CBS planned to cancel the series, but widespread viewer reaction including a mention in Congress and the behind-the-scenes pressure from the wife of CBS's longtime president William S. Paley prevented its demise.
Gilligan's Island , Gilligan's Island producer Sherwood Schwartz states that the wife of CBS's president pressured her husband not to cancel Gunsmoke in , so the network cut Gilligan's Island instead. This scheduling move led to a spike in ratings that had it once again rally to the top 10 in the Nielsen ratings , which again saved the series when CBS purged most of its rural content in The series remained in the top 10 until the —74 television season.
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Arness and Stone remained with the show for its entire run, though Stone missed seven episodes in due to illness. The entire cast was stunned by the cancellation, as they were unaware that CBS was considering it. According to Arness, "We didn't do a final, wrap-up show. We finished the 20th year, we all expected to go on for another season, or two or three.
The network never told anybody they were thinking of canceling.
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In , CBS commissioned a reunion movie entitled Gunsmoke: Doc Adams and Festus Haggen were not featured in the film. Milburn Stone had died 7 years earlier in and the role of Doc was not recast. Ken Curtis, meanwhile, balked at the salary offer he received and said that he should be paid based on Festus' importance in the character hierarchy. The screenwriters responded to Curtis' absence by making Newly the new Dodge City marshal.
The film, shot in Alberta , featured a now-retired Marshal Dillon being attacked and a vengeful former rival returning to Dodge City to entrap him. In , the second telefilm, Gunsmoke: The Last Apache , premiered. Since Amanda Blake had died the year before, the writers decided to revisit a episode for the movie. The episode was based on "Matt's Love Story", which was noted for the marshal's first overnight visit to a female's lodgings. Dodge City was never again seen. Other films included Gunsmoke: The Long Ride , and Gunsmoke: One Man's Justice Arness appeared in all five films.
All episodes of the television series, and almost all episodes of the radio show, still exist. In , as part of Gunsmoke ' s 50th anniversary on TV, certain selected episodes were released on DVD in three different box sets. Twelve episodes, from to , were selected for the Gunsmoke: Volume I box set, and another twelve episodes, from to , were selected for the Gunsmoke: Volume II box set.
Both sets are also available as a combined single "Gift Box Set". A third unique DVD box set, known as Gunsmoke: The Directors Collection , was also released with 10 selected episodes from certain seasons throughout the series' year history.
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Preceding the series by nearly 2 years was a movie also titled Gunsmoke. It has been confused in the past as the basis for the series but has been proven since to have no connection with the show, or radio series, with the exception that all are westerns. Gunsmoke had one spin-off series, Dirty Sally , a semi-comedy starring Jeanette Nolan as an old woman and Dack Rambo as a young gunfighter, leaving Dodge City for California in order to pan for gold.
The program lasted thirteen weeks and aired in the first half of , a year before Gunsmoke ended. The Gunsmoke theme was composed by Rex Koury. The lyrics of the theme, never aired on the radio or television show, were recorded and released by Tex Ritter in Ritter was backed on that Capitol record by Rex Koury and the radio Gunsmoke orchestra. The Gunsmoke brand was used to endorse numerous products, from cottage cheese  to cigarettes. In , Capcom released a video game for the arcade and its corresponding game for the NES in with a Western theme, called Gun.
Other than the Western theme, the show and game have no relationship whatsoever. The program currently airs on three major venues: The series also appears intermittently on MeTV's themed sister network Decades , which CBS holds a partial interest in; it appears on the schedule depending on the theme and year a particular day has. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the radio and television series. For other uses, see Gun Smoke. Publicity photo from Gunsmoke ' s radio version photo from This section does not cite any sources.
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