What do you know about Gunsmoke
(Radio)? Try this Alan's FUN TV Trivia quiz. "Check Your
Answers" at the end of the quiz.
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.
2) Who was wanted to play Dillon?
- Howard Culver
- Tex Ritter
- Allen Lane
- 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?
- June 18, 1958
- June 18, 1961
- June 18, 1963
- June 18, 1965
4) Who was Matt Dillon in the radio series?
- Gene Rayburn
- Bob Dylan
- William Conrad
- James Conrad
5) Howard McNear was Doc Charles Adams. What is
the TV character he is best known for?
- Floyd Lawson - Andy
- Andy the barber - Leave
It to Beaver
- Professor Sheboyan - Pete
- 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?
- Helen Roberts
- Georgia Ellis
- Mildred Hill
- 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.
8) In the early years, a majority of the TV
episodes were adapted from the radio scripts, often using identical
scenes and dialogue.
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?
- Rex Koury
- Glenn Strange
- Peter Graves
- Robert Jones
10) What TV series did Parley Baer play obnoxious
- The Andy Griffith Show
- Leave It to Beaver
- The Law and Mr. Jones
- The A-Team