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Russell Weber

Russell Weber New Albany, Indiana United States Member Since 2012
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  • "Flawed, but good, collection of the..."

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    Would you listen to Gunsmoke, Season 1 again? Why?

    The story writing, acting, and sound effects (hoofbeats, gunshots, crowd noise, wind, even the proper amount of silence at the right times) were always first rate, and set a standard for all radio productions, on par with the best movies and TV shows today.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Conrad's Matt Dillon and Parley Baer's Chester Proudfoot set the standard for James Arness and Dennis Weaver to meet, years later.


    Have you listened to any of Robert Conrad’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First of all, it's WILLIAM Conrad, not ROBERT Conrad! Both are excellent actors, but they are not the same person! This should have been the easiest error to catch, but it appears both in the written descriptions on the Audible web site and in the written information in the app -- and even in the text portion of the picture/icon used for the book in both places! This should be corrected, to give the late, great, WILLIAM Conrad due credit for his outstanding performance as Matt Dillon.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The longest-running drama on radio, and then the longest-running western on TV finally makes its long overdue debut on the big screen: the penultimate Western saga GUNSMOKE!


    Any additional comments?

    I previously purchased several of the Gunsmoke "collections" of episodes, which came in groups of 4 or so episodes at a time, each episode a separate "audiobook" Those collections seemed to include episodes from different seasons and/or out of order. I like the new organization of episodes in a whole-season format, with each episode a "chapter" of the audiobook for the season. However, one thing I liked about the previous collection was that you could read the title and original air date of each episode, along with a brief synopsis of the episode. It would have been great to somehow include that information in the new collection, so that the listener can locate specific episodes easily.

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    Gunsmoke, Season 1

    • ORIGINAL (31 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By PDQ Audioworks
    • Narrated By Robert Conrad
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    Everyone's favorite western, Gunsmoke, debuted June 26, 1952, on the CBS radio airwaves on starring William Conrad as Matt Dillon, and ran until June 18, 1961, making it the longest running dramatic series in radio history. This amazing audio collection contains 64 episodes from the first radio season, and are the live cast recordings from the original on-air performances.

    Russell Weber says: "Flawed, but good, collection of the classic series"
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    This was nice but not Gunsmoke. It was Stagecoach starring John Wayne.

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    The New Sheriff

    • ORIGINAL (29 mins)
    • By Six Shooter
    • Narrated By James Stewart
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    Movie star James Stewart rode the radio range from September 20, 1953, through June 24, 1954, as Britt Ponset, "the Texas plainsman who wandered through the western territories, leaving behind a trail of still-remembered legends". This episode originally aired on June 10, 1954.

  • 4.8 (10 ratings)

    The Shooting of Wyatt King

    • ORIGINAL (29 mins)
    • By Six Shooter
    • Narrated By James Stewart
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    Movie star James Stewart rode the radio range from September 20, 1953, through June 24, 1954, as Britt Ponset, "the Texas plainsman who wandered through the western territories, leaving behind a trail of still-remembered legends". This episode originally aired on May May 20, 1954.

  • 5.0 (10 ratings)

    Cheyenne Express

    • ORIGINAL (25 mins)
    • By Six Shooter
    • Narrated By James Stewart
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    (10)
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    (7)
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    (8)

    Movie star James Stewart rode the radio range from September 20, 1953, through June 24, 1954, as Britt Ponset, "the Texas plainsman who wandered through the western territories, leaving behind a trail of still-remembered legends". This episode originally aired on March 7, 1954.

  • 4.4 (10 ratings)

    Hanging Cross

    • ORIGINAL (24 mins)
    • By Have Gun - Will Travel
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    Have Gun - Will Travel was already a hit on television when it made its CBS Radio debut in in 1958. John Dehner starred as the mysterious, cultured gunfighter known only as Paladin. He lived in a San Francisco hotel, dressed in black, left calling cards, and used the chess knight as his symbol. More than 100 episodes were broadcast before the program went off the air in 1960. This episode originally aired on December 21, 1958.

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  • 4.3 (10 ratings)

    Rink Larkin

    • ORIGINAL (25 mins)
    • By Six Shooter
    • Narrated By James Stewart
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    Movie star James Stewart rode the radio range from September 20, 1953, through June 24, 1954, as Britt Ponset, "the Texas plainsman who wandered through the western territories, leaving behind a trail of still-remembered legends". This episode originally aired on October 18, 1953.

  • 4.1 (50 ratings)

    Jimmy Stewart - Radio Collection

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jimmy Stewart
    • Narrated By Jimmy Stewart
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    This collection features 13 of the best radio performances by one of America's most beloved stars.

    Kristi says: "A few gems in here."
  • 4.0 (16 ratings)

    Billy the Kid

    • ORIGINAL (29 mins)
    • By Gunsmoke
    • Narrated By William Conrad
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    This is the premiere episode of Gunsmoke, which originally aired on April 26, 1952. Set in Dodge City, Kansas, in the 1870s, Gunsmoke aired on CBS Radio until June 1961. William Conrad starred as U.S. Marshal Matt Dillon, and he was joined by three other regulars: Howard McNear as "Doc" Charles Adams; Georgia Ellis as Kitty Russell; and Parley Baer as Chester Proudfoot.

  • 3.9 (15 ratings)

    Jailbait Janet

    • ORIGINAL (28 mins)
    • By Gunsmoke
    • Narrated By William Conrad
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    Set in Dodge City, Kansas, in the 1870s, Gunsmoke aired on CBS Radio until June 1961. William Conrad starred as U.S. Marshal Matt Dillon, and he was joined by three other regulars: Howard McNear as "Doc" Charles Adams; Georgia Ellis as Kitty Russell; and Parley Baer as Chester Proudfoot. This episode originally aired on June 14, 1952.

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  • 3.9 (15 ratings)

    Mark Dillon Goes to Gougeye

    • ORIGINAL (29 mins)
    • By Gunsmoke
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    This is CBS Radio's original 1949 pilot episode of Gunsmoke, created three years before the program became a regular series. It features different actors, and a main character named Mark Dillon instead of Matt. Gunsmoke would eventually run for a decade on radio and 20 years on television.

  • 3.9 (15 ratings)

    Jaliscoe

    • ORIGINAL (28 mins)
    • By Gunsmoke
    • Narrated By William Conrad
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    (15)
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    (7)
    Story
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    Set in Dodge City, Kansas, in the 1870s, Gunsmoke aired on CBS Radio until June 1961. William Conrad starred as U.S. Marshal Matt Dillon, and he was joined by three other regulars: Howard McNear as "Doc" Charles Adams; Georgia Ellis as Kitty Russell; and Parley Baer as Chester Proudfoot. This episode originally aired on May 10, 1952.

  • Gunsmoke, Season 2

    • ORIGINAL (22 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By PDQ Audioworks
    • Narrated By William Conrad
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    (0)
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    Everyone's favorite western, Gunsmoke debuted on June 26, 1952 on the CBS radio airwaves on starring William Conrad as Matt Dillon, and ran until June 18, 1961, making it the longest running dramatic series in radio history. This amazing audio collection contains 52 episodes from the second radio season, and are the live cast recordings from the original on-air performances. Digitally remastered.

  • Gunsmoke, Season 1

    • ORIGINAL (31 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By PDQ Audioworks
    • Narrated By Robert Conrad
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Everyone's favorite western, Gunsmoke, debuted June 26, 1952, on the CBS radio airwaves on starring William Conrad as Matt Dillon, and ran until June 18, 1961, making it the longest running dramatic series in radio history. This amazing audio collection contains 64 episodes from the first radio season, and are the live cast recordings from the original on-air performances.

    Russell Weber says: "Flawed, but good, collection of the classic series"
  • Jimmy Stewart - Radio Collection

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jimmy Stewart
    • Narrated By Jimmy Stewart
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    (50)
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    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    This collection features 13 of the best radio performances by one of America's most beloved stars.

    Kristi says: "A few gems in here."
  • Frontier Gentleman

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Antony Ellis
    • Narrated By John Dehner
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    Join John Dehner as J.B. Kendall, a British reporter for the London Times who writes and fights his way through the Wild West. Roaming the territories in search of “colorful and unusual accounts,” and his notoriously delayed paycheck, he has regular brushes with both the famous and the infamous. In exacting encounters and treacherously tight spots, Kendall can hold his own. While this Frontier Gentleman may be well spoken and meticulously mannered, that doesn’t mean he can’t handle himself with a gun.

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  • Gunsmoke, Vol. 1

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Hollywood 360, CBS Radio
    • Narrated By William Conrad, uncredited, Parley Baer, and others
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    Radio Westerns were strictly for kids until 1952, when Gunsmoke hit the radio airwaves. The stories were grim, the deaths brutal, and life on the plains was harsh. Radio audiences had never heard anything like Gunsmoke, and they made it the number one Western on the radio. It soon made a successful transition to television, becoming the longest-running dramatic series in television history.

  • The New Sheriff

    • ORIGINAL (29 mins)
    • By Six Shooter
    • Narrated By James Stewart
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Movie star James Stewart rode the radio range from September 20, 1953, through June 24, 1954, as Britt Ponset, "the Texas plainsman who wandered through the western territories, leaving behind a trail of still-remembered legends". This episode originally aired on June 10, 1954.

  • The Capture of Stacy Galt

    • ORIGINAL (25 mins)
    • By Six Shooter
    • Narrated By James Stewart
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Movie star James Stewart rode the radio range from September 20, 1953, through June 24, 1954, as Britt Ponset, "the Texas plainsman who wandered through the western territories, leaving behind a trail of still-remembered legends". This episode originally aired on November 8, 1953.

  • Soft Touch

    • ORIGINAL (29 mins)
    • By Tales of the Texas Rangers
    • Narrated By Joel McCrea
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    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    This episode of Tales of the Texas Rangers originally aired on October 29, 1950.

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  • Have Gun - Will Travel, Vol. 1

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 24 mins)
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    Have Gun - Will Travel was already a hit on television when it made its CBS Radio debut in in 1958. John Dehner starred as the mysterious, cultured gunfighter known only as Paladin. This collection features six episodes: The Outlaw, Hanging Cross, Return of Dr. Thackeray, Winchester Quarantine,Birds of a Feather, and Homecoming....

  • Death in the Cards

    • ORIGINAL (29 mins)
    • By Tales of the Texas Rangers
    • Narrated By Joel McCrea
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    (3)
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    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    This episode of Tales of the Texas Rangers originally aired on January 14, 1951.

  • Open Range

    • ORIGINAL (29 mins)
    • By Tales of the Texas Rangers
    • Narrated By Joel McCrea
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    (3)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    This episode of Tales of the Texas Rangers originally aired on August 26, 1950.

  • Battle at Tower Rock

    • ORIGINAL (27 mins)
    • By Six Shooter
    • Narrated By James Stewart
    Overall
    (7)
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    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Movie star James Stewart rode the radio range from September 20, 1953, through June 24, 1954, as Britt Ponset, "the Texas plainsman who wandered through the western territories, leaving behind a trail of still-remembered legends". This episode originally aired on Febuary 21, 1954.

  • Gunsmoke, Vol. 1

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Hollywood 360, CBS Radio
    • Narrated By William Conrad, uncredited, Parley Baer, and others
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Radio Westerns were strictly for kids until 1952, when Gunsmoke hit the radio airwaves. The stories were grim, the deaths brutal, and life on the plains was harsh. Radio audiences had never heard anything like Gunsmoke, and they made it the number one Western on the radio. It soon made a successful transition to television, becoming the longest-running dramatic series in television history.

  • Have Gun - Will Travel, Volume 1

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Hollywood 360
    • Narrated By John Dehner, a full cast
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    Have Gun - Will Travel follows the adventures of Paladin, a soldier of fortune turned hired gunfighter, played by John Dehner. Paladin prefers to settle problems without violence, yet when forced to fight, he excels. He lives at the swanky Carlton Hotel in San Francisco, where he dresses in formal wear, eats gourmet food, attends the opera, and enjoys the company of beautiful women. When working as a gun-for-hire, he dresses in all black, uses calling cards, and wears a holster decorated with a chess knight emblem. This symbol refers to his name and his occupation as a champion-for-hire.

  • Gunsmoke, Season 9

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By PDQ Audioworks
    • Narrated By William Conrad
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    Everyone's favorite western, Gunsmoke, debuted June 26, 1952, on the CBS radio airwaves starring William Conrad as Matt Dillon, and ran until June 18, 1961, making it the longest running dramatic series in radio history. While the radio show was still on the air, the television version of Gunsmoke debuted on CBS Television, starring James Arness as Matt Dillon, and ran for 20 years, making it the longest running dramatic television show in history.

  • Gunsmoke, Season 8

    • ORIGINAL (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By PDQ Audioworks
    • Narrated By William Conrad
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    (0)
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    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    This amazing audio collection contains 36 episodes from the eighth radio season, and are the live cast recordings from the original on-air performances. Digitally remastered.

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  • Gunsmoke, Season 1

    • ORIGINAL (31 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By PDQ Audioworks
    • Narrated By Robert Conrad
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Everyone's favorite western, Gunsmoke, debuted June 26, 1952, on the CBS radio airwaves on starring William Conrad as Matt Dillon, and ran until June 18, 1961, making it the longest running dramatic series in radio history. This amazing audio collection contains 64 episodes from the first radio season, and are the live cast recordings from the original on-air performances.

    Russell Weber says: "Flawed, but good, collection of the classic series"
  • Gunsmoke, Season 4

    • ORIGINAL (22 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By PDQ Audioworks
    • Narrated By William Conrad
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    Everyone's favorite western, Gunsmoke, debuted June 26, 1952 on the CBS radio airwaves on starring William Conrad as Matt Dillon, and ran until June 18, 1961 making it the longest running dramatic series in radio history. This amazing audio collection contains 53 episodes from the second radio season, and are the live cast recordings from the original on-air performances. Digitally remastered.

  • Gunsmoke, Season 5

    • ORIGINAL (16 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By PDQ Audioworks
    • Narrated By William Conrad
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    Everyone's favorite western, Gunsmoke, debuted June 26, 1952 on the CBS radio airwaves on starring William Conrad as Matt Dillon, and ran until June 18, 1961, making it the longest running dramatic series in radio history. This amazing audio collection contains 42 episodes from the fifth radio season, and are the live cast recordings from the original on-air performances. Digitally remastered.

  • Gunsmoke, Season 6

    • ORIGINAL (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By PDQ Audioworks
    • Narrated By William Conrad
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    Everyone's favorite western, Gunsmoke, debuted June 26, 1952, on the CBS radio airwaves, starring William Conrad as Matt Dillon, and ran until June 18, 1961, making it the longest running dramatic series in radio history. This amazing audio collection contains 40 episodes from the sixth radio season, and are the live cast recordings from the original on-air performances.

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  • Gunsmoke, Season 2

    • ORIGINAL (22 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By PDQ Audioworks
    • Narrated By William Conrad
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    Everyone's favorite western, Gunsmoke debuted on June 26, 1952 on the CBS radio airwaves on starring William Conrad as Matt Dillon, and ran until June 18, 1961, making it the longest running dramatic series in radio history. This amazing audio collection contains 52 episodes from the second radio season, and are the live cast recordings from the original on-air performances. Digitally remastered.