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Gunsmoke (Radio)

What do you know about Gunsmoke (Radio)?
Try this Alan's TV Westerns Trivia quiz.
You'll find the answers at the bottom of the page.

1) In the late 1940s, CBS chairman William S. Paley, a fan of The Adventures of Philip Marlowe radio serial, asked his programming chief, Hubell Robinson, to develop a hardboiled Western series, a show about a "Philip Marlowe of the Old West." Robinson instructed his West Coast CBS Vice-President, Harry Ackerman, who had developed the Philip Marlowe series, to take on the task.

  • True or False?

2) Who was wanted to play Dillon?

  1. Howard Culver

  2. Tex Ritter

  3. Allen Lane

  4. Vaughn Monroe

3) The radio series aired from April 26, 1952 ("Billy the Kid," written by Walter Newman).  When did the radio series end on CBS?

  1. June 18, 1958

  2. June 18, 1961

  3. June 18, 1963

  4. June 18, 1965

4) Who was Matt Dillon in the radio series?

  1. Gene Rayburn

  2. Bob Dylan

  3. William Conrad

  4. James Conrad

5) Howard McNear was Doc Charles Adams.
What is the TV character he is best known for?

  1. Floyd Lawson - Andy Griffith Show

  2. Andy the barber - Leave It to Beaver

  3. Professor Sheboyan - Pete and Gladys

  4. Wilbur Wilgus - The Donna Reed Show

6) Who is an American actress best known for her recurring role of Kitty in the popular Western radio drama Gunsmoke?

  1. Helen Roberts

  2. Georgia Ellis

  3. Mildred Hill

  4. Anne Hatch

7) Chester's character had no surname until Parley Baer ad libbed "Proudfoot" during an early rehearsal. The amiable character was usually described as Dillon's "assistant," but the December 13, 1952 episode "Post Martin," Dillon described Chester as Dillon's deputy.

  • True or False?

8) In the early years, a majority of the TV episodes were adapted from the radio scripts, often using identical scenes and dialogue.

  • True or False?

9) The Gunsmoke radio theme song and later TV theme was titled "Old Trails," also known as "Boothill."  The theme was written by Rex Koury & Glenn Spencer.
Who conducted the original radio version?

  1. Rex Koury

  2. Glenn Strange

  3. Peter Graves

  4. Robert Jones

10) What TV series did Parley Baer play obnoxious Mayor Stoner?

  1. The Andy Griffith Show

  2. Leave It to Beaver

  3. The Law and Mr. Jones

  4. The A-Team

Gunsmoke (Radio)

1) True  2) A.  3) B.  4) C  5) A.  6) B. 7) True  8) True  9) A.  10) A.

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