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Gunsmoke: Complete First Season [DVD] [Import]
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A TV series doesn't get a more auspicious launch than did Gunsmoke, the first episode of which, broadcast on Sept. 10, 1955, was introduced by none other than John Wayne ("Some of you may have seen me before"). In this historic prologue (included in this first-season round-up), Wayne hypes Gunsmoke as "honest, adult, and realistic." Of James Arness, starring as United States Marshal Matt Dillon, Wayne predicts, "He'll be a big star, so you might as well get used to him." Viewers did more than get used to him. "Mr. Dillon," as his sidekick Chester (Dennis Weaver) calls him, became a television icon who literally stood tall as a steadfast, incorruptible symbol of justice through two of America's most tumultuous decades. The Bravo network ranked him among TV's 50 greatest characters. Gunsmoke was television's longest running Western, and Arness's 20-year stint as Dillon would be matched only by Kelsey Grammer's Frasier Crane (and, by the way, Milburn Stone, who costarred with Arness as crusty, "vinegar face" Doc Adams).
For those who grew up with Gunsmoke's full-hour color episodes, this first season will be something of a revelation. The show is in black and white, and, at a half-hour, lean and gritty. Not that Dodge City is Deadwood, by any means, but its reputation as "the Gomorrah of the plains," as Dillon notes in the first episode, is well earned. Most episodes begin with Dillon setting the stage, Dragnet-style, like a frontier Joe Friday. "A man will choose his gun quicker to make a point than he'll draw on his logic," he ruminates at one point. "That's where I come in." Gunsmoke has its share of shootouts and traditional Western action, but the best episodes are gripping psychological dramas. In "Reward for Matt," the embittered widow of a racist Dillon was forced to gun down puts a price on his head. In "The Killer," Dillon exposes a gunslinger (guest star Charles Bronson) for the coward he is. Even an otherwise light-hearted holiday episode, "Magnus," in which Chester's backwards, backwoods brother comes to visit, is darkened by a twisted man gunning for "wicked" dance hall woman Miss Kitty (Amanda Blake), queen of the Longbranch saloon (and a close friend of the marshal曜ust how close is only hinted at). John Wayne was right: More than 50 years later, Gunsmoke remains "the best thing of its kind to come along." --Donald Liebenson
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The core cast, Matt, Chester, Doc & Kitty, still seem destined to play those characters. Each role fits them so well.
The stories are great, this is truly timeless TV as enjoyable now as it was in the 1950s.
This is black & white, small screen but the picture and sound quality is excellent.
The price works out to less than a cent and a half per minute and these are very entertaining minutes.
My wife and I are hooked, enjoying each show as much now as our parents did in the 1950s.
It's amazing how many westerns were on TV during this time period. Perhaps the day will come, when a western series of this quality will appear again, but I highly doubt it.
If you remember the early days of 'Gunsmoke', than this is a DVD that's a must have for your collection. This is simply, the best of the best.
first pausing a second or two. No idea what causes this but i assume its related to the way the dvd was burned.
I've also noticed the preamble is missing from some of the episodes. Were these aired like that originally?
If you've absolutely, positively got to own GS season one then this is probably worth your time. As for me; I am
still undecided. If I continue to run into glitchy recordings then I'll likely send back the DVDs.