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Gunsmoke is an American radio and 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.

What do you know about Gunsmoke
Take this quick FUN TV Westerns Trivia.
"Check Your Answers" at the end of the quiz.

Gunsmoke 1) First aired on TV on September 10, 1955 as a half-hour Western.
Who introduced the first episode?

  1. James Arness

  2. James Stewart

  3. John Wayne

  4. Burt Lancaster

2) In 1967, Gunsmoke moved from it Saturday night slot to a new night.
What TV show replaced Gunsmoke in that time slot?

  1. Man from UNCLE

  2. High Chaparral

  3. Manix

  4. Columbo

3) In 1967, when it moved to its new time slot, what show did it replace?

  1. Gilligan's Island

  2. McCloud

  3. Riverboat

  4. The Road West

4) In total how may episodes of Gunsmoke were filmed?

  1. 535

  2. 635

  3. 735

  4. 835

5) Gunsmoke started as a half-hour Western.  It started in 1955 and what year was the last half-hour episode?

  1. 1961

  2. 1960

  3. 1970

  4. 1971

6) When the regular series aired, the name had been changed to Matt Dillon.  In a 1949 audition show (or pilot) for the radio series, what is the marshal's name?

  1. Mark Dillon

  2. John Troup

  3. Ike Stanton

  4. Wyatt Early

7) In the radio series, Chester's surname was Proudfoot.
What was his surname in the TV series?

  1. Goode

  2. Godley

  3. Godfrey

  4. Gooling

8) Although set in Dodge City, Kansas, who the only cast member to actually hail from Kansas?

  1. James Arness

  2. Milburn Stone

  3. Denis Weaver

  4. Buck Taylor

9) According to commentary by Dennis Weaver on the DVD Gunsmoke: 50th Anniversary Edition, Volume 1, when the producers of Gunsmoke realized that the audience would question why handsome, leading-man-type Weaver never carried a gun to "come to the aid of Mr. Dillon" each week, the producers asked Weaver to create a minor disability for Chester that would justify his non-violent approach to life in Dodge. After contemplating and struggling with the idea over a weekend, Weaver showed up to the set the following Monday and demonstrated Chester's now-famous straight-legged limp. The producers barely blinked as they told Weaver the limp would work out just fine.

  • True or False?

10) The entire first verse of the song "Should've Been a Cowboy" refers to the romance between Matt and Kitty, and expresses the opinion that Kitty would have married Matt if he had only asked.
Who wrote and sang the song?

  1. Tex Ritter

  2. Ken Curtis

  3. Toby Keith

  4. Roy Rogers

Gunsmoke (Answers)

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

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