Apr 19, 2015
CBS wanted a “Philip Marlowe of the Old West,” and they got that and more in Gunsmoke. One of radio’s finest dramas, Gunsmoke helped to usher in the era of the “adult Western” with mature scripts, unflinching realism, and legendary performances from William Conrad and the rest of the cast. For nearly a decade on radio - and twenty years on television - US Marshal Matt Dillon faced down the violence of the West to keep the streets of Dodge City safe. We’ll hear Dillon fight for law and order in “Shakespeare,” first aired on CBS on August 23, 1952.