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In the Corner with Dan Hughes


Sep 6, 2010

Gunsmoke was an original concept in radio – a bleak western for adults.   It ran on the radio from 1952 to 1961. 

The program had the perfect cast members – straight-talking Bill Conrad as Marshall Matt Dillon, quirky Parley Baer as Chester, ghoulish Howard McNear as Doc Adams, and Georgia Ellis as Matt’s love interest and saloon girl Kitty Russell.  

They had all done hundreds, perhaps thousands of roles in various radio programs before they were signed for Gunsmoke.  

William Conrad went on to star in television’s Cannon and Jake and the Fat Man, and Parley Baer and Howard McNear both had regular parts in the Andy Griffith Show, with Parley as Mayor Stoner and Howard McNear as Floyd the Barber.

This episode, from July 24, 1960, is called The Imposter.