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GUNSMOKE COMPLETE DVD COLLECTION. The Complete Collection of the hit TV Series on DVD.


Description: GUNSMOKE COMPLETE DVD COLLECTION. The Complete Collection of the hit TV Series on DVD.
Genre: Western
Price: $499.99
Language: English
Limited Edition DVD Box Set
ALL 20 Seasons in One Huge Collection - Lowest Price Online Guaranteed

Gunsmoke is an American television Western drama series created by director Norman MacDonnell and writer John Meston. The stories take place in and around Dodge City, Kansas, during the settlement of the American West.

The television series ran from September 10, 1955 to March 31, 1975 on CBS for 635 episodes. Until 2005, it was the longest run of any scripted primetime series with continuing characters in American primetime television.

Gunsmoke was TV's No. 1 ranked show from 1957 to 1961 before slipping into a decline after expanding to an hour. In 1967, the show's 12th season, CBS planned to cancel the series, but widespread viewer reaction (including a mention in Congress and pressure from the wife of the head of programming at CBS) prevented its demise. The show continued on in a different time slot: early evening on Mondays instead of Saturday nights, canceling the popular Gilligan's Island in the process. This seemingly minor change led to a spike in ratings that saw the series once again reach the top 10 in the Nielsen ratings until the 1973–1974 television season . In 1975, the show was finally canceled after a long twenty-year run. Gunsmoke was the show that ushered in the age of the adult Western, and although over 30 Westerns came and went during its 20-year tenure, Gunsmoke outlasted all of its imitators and was the only Western still airing when it was canceled.

Conrad was the first choice to play Marshal Dillon on TV, having established the role, but his increasing obesity led to more photogenic actors being considered. Losing the role embittered Conrad for years, though he later starred in another CBS television series, Cannon (1971–1975). Denver Pyle was also considered for the role, as was Raymond Burr who was ultimately seen as too heavyset for the part. According to a James Arness interview, John Wayne was offered the role, but wouldn't do it; Wayne was one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, and at that time, working in television was seen as a huge step down in prestige for a star actor.

In the end, the primary roles were all recast, with James Arness taking on the lead role of Marshal Matt Dillon upon the recommendation of John Wayne, who also introduced the first episode of the series; Dennis Weaver playing Chester Goode; Milburn Stone being cast as Dr. Galen "Doc" Adams; and Amanda Blake taking on the role of Miss Kitty Russell, owner of the Long Branch Saloon. MacDonnell became the associate producer of the TV show and later the producer. Meston was named head writer. Arness, in his role on Gunsmoke, achieved what no other actor at the time had ever matched: he played the same character on the same scripted series for 20 years - at the time the longest uninterrupted period a primetime actor had played the same role in the same show.

What an amazing DVD Set for the Gunsmoke Fan!

All 635 Uncut Episodes - The Complete Seasons 1-20 on 136 DVDS

  • Excellent video and audio quality
  • 100% in chronological order
  • Commercial free and unedited
  • Huge Collection of 136 DVDs with Custom Artwork.
  • These DVDs are region free so they will play on any DVD player Worldwide and DVD-Rom, X-Box or PS2 worldwide.

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Gunsmoke DVD complete series with all episodes and seasons on DVDs

One of the interesting American radio and western television drama series Gunsmoke created by director Norman MacDonnell and writer John Meston. The stories revolve around Dodge City and Kansas, during the settlement of the American West.

The radio version was a hit series from 1952 to 1961, and John Dunning one of the promising writers states that "Gunsmoke is routinely placed among the best shows of any kind and any time." The television series consisted of 20 seasons from 1955 to 1975, and is still considered to be United States' longest running live action drama with 635 episodes. Law & Order, another long running show of the time ended in 2010 with 489 episodes.

After the radio show it was under consideration to take this show on television. Privately, MacDonnell was also interested to take the show on television, but he declared publicly that "our show is perfect for radio," and he was concerned that, Gunsmoke confined by a picture could not possibly be as authentic to detail, stated by the writer Dunning. Later, Dunning wrote that CBS started preparing for the television version and simply took it away from MacDonnell.

Auditions were given to Conrad and the others but that was mere a token effort, especially in Conrad’s case, due to his obesity. Meston was the main writer at that time. Initially, most of the television episodes were taken from the radio scripts, using similar dialogues and similar scenes.

According to Dunning, the radio fans were quiet obsessed by the television version and they considered that the television version was no surprise for the viewers. They thought that the Meston’s script had no strength to attract the fans of the drama. Dunning stated, "That radio fans considered the TV shows a sham and its player’s impostors should surprise no one." (Dunning, 304) However, MacDonnell and Meston continued with the efforts on the radio version of Gunsmoke until 1961, making it one of the most successful radio dramas of the history.

Conrad on the other hand directed just two television episodes, one in 1963 and the other in 1971, on the sixth episode McNear arrived, and played characters other than Doc. He also played the storekeeper character three times as Howard Rudd.