Find the new line of Gunsmoke during season 11.
1. The New Showdown Main Titles
Matt Dillon’s handgun and Matt Dillon faces a gunslinger.
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Matt Dillon’s face and the first use of the series logo.
2. The New Opening Titles
The second use of the series logo.
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The first credits for James Arness.
3. The New End Titles
Matt Dillon’s handgun used a background for the producer credits.
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Matt Dillon’s hanged hat used a background for the third use of the series logo.
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Matt Dillon’s hanged hat used a background for the second credits of James Arness.
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Matt Dillon’s office winchesters used a background for the associate producer credits.
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Matt Dillon’s office winchesters used a background for the cinematographer credits.
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I just remember how in the 1980s, finding episodes of the black and white hours was a big deal. There were 2 syndication packages, the 6 seasons of half hours and the color hours, and the black and white hours were not available. I believe that Encore Westerns was the first time they had aired since their original CBS run.
The CBN run was selected episodes from each of the b/w one-hour seasons. The did use 16mm prints, but the shows were cut to about 46:30.Actually, when CBN had its Saturday afternoon western line-up, they did run the hour-long b&w "Gunsmoke" in 1986-87. But I don't think they got too far along into them, airing one episode per week. It might have just been the 1961-63 seasons that got shown. I'm not sure. I taped a few of them, back then. Prints were decent, but looked a bit 16mm-ish as I recall. Not as good as the Encore Westerns prints.
The last one also appeared on episode 1 of Hogan's Heroes, as well as on...The same cards appear in the first and monochrome season of The Wild Wild West.
“Seven Hours to Dawn” is the first of the two masterpieces of season 11. It's a must-watch.