“Gunsmoke” Indiana’s travels took him all over the world — he even rode with Pancho Villa in Mexico when he was young — so this long-running CBS western almost certainly would have been appointment TV for him. Premiering in 1955 — its last broadcast was Sept. 1, 1975 — the sagebrush saga was the No. 1 show on TV in the fall of 1957. Set in Dodge City, Kan., circa 1873, the “adult” western starred 6-foot-7 James Arness as the heroic Marshall Matt Dillon; Amanda Blake as Kitty Russell, the owner and operator of the Long Branch Saloon and Matt’s main squeeze; and Milburn Stone as the crusty but wise Doc Adams.
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