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Gunsmoke: The Sixth Season, Vol. 2 [3 Discs] [DVD]

Release Date:10/16/2012

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    Having ridden high in the saddle as America's top-rated TV series for the past three years Gunsmoke managed to retain this lofty status as the series entered its Sixth season on the air--which was also its final season in the half-hour format. Thanks to the series' popularity, a major influx of westerns had been ushered onto the Big Three networks, with four other "oaters" being telecast on the same Saturday night in which Gunsmoke had been safely entrenched since 1955. In addition, no fewer than eight westerns were ranked in the Top 30 ratings during the 1960-61 season--including Rawhide, produced by Gunsmoke expatriate Charles Marquis Warren. Not only did Gunsmoke uphold the no-nonsense austerity that had distinguished its earlier seasons, but the four major actors--James Arness (Matt Dillon), Dennis Weaver (Chester), Amanda Blake (Kitty) and Milburn Stone (Doc) were delivering better and more realistic performances than ever before. Dennis Weaver in particular was benefiting from his Gunsmoke exposure by taking "outside" dramatic roles on such series as The Twilight Zone, and their were rumors circulating that he would soon leave the role of Chester to pursue a starring TV vehicle of his own. Among the prominent character actors appearing in the 38 Gunsmoke entries offered up during Season Six were George Kennedy (in the episodes "The Blacksmith", "Kitty Shot" and "Big Man"), John Dehner ("The Badge"), Denver Pyle ("The Wake), Harry Carey Jr. ("Bad Sheriff") and Strother Martin ("Tall Trapper"). ~ Hal Erickson

    Cast & Crew

    • James Arness - Marshal Matt Dillon
    • Milburn Stone - Dr. Galen `Doc' Adams
    • Amanda Blake - Kitty Russell
    • Dennis Weaver - Chester Goode
    • Ken Curtis - Festus Haggen

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