A great episode that showed Bill Conrad's amazing radio acting skills many believe that his peformance as Matt was one of the absolute best radio characters of the Golden Era. The perfect actor for the perfect role!!!....Matt for Murder from 1954...Enjoy
Doc Addams was a gruff old country Doctor who complained about Dodge and how he should have stayed East and made a fortune. Played wonderfully by Howard McNair, Doc was named after Charles Addams who had the "Addams Family" cartoons which appear in magazines in the 1950's. Loyal to his friends and always honorable to his oath to help the sick and dying Doc was Matt Dillon most trusted friend and confidant.
Howard McNair would appear on countless radio shows though the Golden Age but his role as Doc was best known character. Later in the 1960's he would appear on the Andy Griffith Show as barber Floyd.
Here is a great Doc centered episode...enjoy!
Gunsmoke's writing and direction were outstanding but it was held together by the fine acting! One of the constantly great performances was by Parly Baer (who was one of the busiest voice actors in the buisness!!) as Chester. Chester was Marshall Dillon's right hand man not only his deputy but his friend and number one fan, Dillon trusted very few people and with Chester's bumbling at times it you seem the Marshall's faith was miss placed but with Chester Matt had not only a great ally but a brother.
First aired January 15, 1955 here is a great episode featuring Chester...
A first for radio was having a character like Miss Kitty (Russell) played by Georgia Ellis on Gunsmoke; never said but implied to the adult ear was the fact that Kitty was a prostitute a somewhat common career of women who ventured to the frontier. Tired cowboys and ranchers looked for the comfort of a woman and ladies like Kitty filled that need. But Kitty was seasoned and smart and became a saloon owner (Long Branch) also again never mentioned but implied a Madame to young girls that stumbled into Dodge City. Another never mentioned was how close of a friendship Marshall Dillon and Kitty had, they were very close and may have been secretly in love but Meston wrote the scripts not say or refute.
Kitty was a important character and help to change the female characters that followed in films, TV and radio....This is the first apperance of Kitty on Gunsmoke from May 10th, 1952.