About Gunsmoke: An American InstitutionStarting on September 10, 1955, and continuing for more than 600 episodes over the next twenty years, Gunsmoke ruled the airwaves. Never in the history of television had a show so captured the hearts of both youngsters and adults. Each week, Marshal Matt Dillon and his friends would face a new threat to the peace and lawfulness of their frontier home of Dodge City, Kansas—and each week, goodness and determination prevailed. It was the perfect antidote for a country still emerging from the darkness of World War II.
In recognition of this, the show’s golden anniversary, author Ben Costello has produced a remarkable testament to the on-screen characters and off-screen individuals who made the story lines come alive. With lead performer biographies, hundreds of episode and behind-the-scenes photographs, complete episode logs, updates on all the surviving cast members, and interviews with the show’s luminaries, Gunsmoke: An American Institution will be a favorite for fans and historians alike.
The exciting 50-year history of Gunsmoke, television’s finest western show – including bios, background stories and several hundred photos of Miss Kitty, Marshal Matt Dillon, Doc Adams and all the Gunsmoke characters – is now available on an easy-to-mail, simple-to-view CD. Western and television history buffs can now conveniently enjoy a "greener" version of all 620 pages of the book Gunsmoke: An American Institution by Ben Costello on their computer screens, where they can zoom in on photos or enlarge the print for their reading pleasure. Relive 635 episodes and millions of memories or gift someone else with the unique experience.
You may also enjoy reading Perfectly Amanda by Beckey Burgoyne the story of Gunsmoke's Miss Kitty, another Five Star Legends Publication.
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Photos as taken from Gunsmoke; An American Institution with thanks to Ben Costello