This is the premiere episode of Gunsmoke, which originally aired on April 26, 1952. Set in Dodge City, Kansas, in the 1870s, Gunsmoke aired on CBS Radio until June 1961. William Conrad starred as U.S. Marshal Matt Dillon, and he was joined by three other regulars: Howard McNear as "Doc" Charles Adams; Georgia Ellis as Kitty Russell; and Parley Baer as Chester Proudfoot.More
"Among fans of radio drama, [
Gunsmoke] is considered the best western ever. The series was marked by high-caliber writing....Veteran radio actors appeared in episode after episode, and innovative sound patterns and evocative music made the program a favorite of radio devotees." (Lawrence W. Lichty,
Historical Dictionary of American Radio)
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