The Story Behind The Birth Of Gunsmoke


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By 1951 director Norman MacDonnell and writer John Meston were working on multiple projects at CBS and continuing their refinement of the radio western. On August 6th the series Romance broadcast a western named “Pagosa,” which starred William Conrad in the title role of Jeff Spain. Macdonnell approached CBS brass about the possibility of doing a Jeff Spain series. His timing was right. CBS already had the title for a series in mind: Gunsmoke. Two audition programs were recorded in the middle of 1949 with a title character named Mark Dillon. Neither sold. CBS gave Macdonnell and Meston one week to put production together.

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