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Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Gunsmoke" - Chester's Murder (Aired January 15, 1955)
The radio show first aired on April 26, 1952 and ran until June 18, 1961 on the CBS radio network. The series starred William Conrad as Marshal Matt Dillon, Howard McNear as Doc Charles Adams, Georgia Ellis as Kitty Russell, and Parley Baer as Deputy Chester Proudfoot. Doc's first name and Chester's last name were changed for the television program. Gunsmoke was notable for its critically acclaimed cast and writing, and is commonly regarded as one of the finest old time radio shows. Some listeners (such as old time radio expert John Dunning) have argued that the radio version of Gunsmoke was far more realistic than the television program. Episodes were aimed at adults, and featured some of the most explicit content of the day: there were violent crimes and scalpings, massacres and opium addicts.
January 15, 1955. CBS network. "Chester's Murder". Sponsored by: L & M, Chesterfield. Charlie Pickard has been shot and killed while Chester was taking him to jail. All the evidence points to Chester as the murderer! The script was used on the Gunsmoke television series on March 30, 1957. William Conrad, Howard McNear, John Meston (writer), Vic Perrin, Lawrence Dobkin, James Nusser, Joyce McCluskey, Parley Baer, Georgia Ellis, Norman Macdonnell (producer, director), Rex Koury (composer, conductor), George Fenneman (commercial spokesman), Tom Hanley (sound patterns), Ray Kemper (sound patterns), George Walsh (announcer). 30:15. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.