This is CBS Radio's original 1949 pilot episode of Gunsmoke, created three years before the program became a regular series. It features different actors, and a main character named Mark Dillon instead of Matt. Gunsmoke would eventually run for a decade on radio and 20 years on television.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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