Well, let’s continue our exploration of Gunsmoke! I come out of The Long Branch and walk down the streets of Dodge City and my next stop is… season 14 and as Matt Dillon used to say to his opponents: “Hold it right there”. Meanwhile The Wild Wild West sees his fourth and final season. GUNSMOKE • SEASON 14 (1968-1969) (26 episodes • 50 mins • color) The opening title sequence is brand new, meaning now Matt Dillon rides fast his horse in the prairie—actually, a recycled footage from the season 2 episode “Nitro! Part 2”—instead of the previous showdown at Dodge City. Find some interesting directors like the brothers McEveety (Bernard and Vincent) and three The Wild Wild West artisans: newcomer Marvin Chomsky, Swedish-born actor Gunnar Hellström and Irving J. Moore. Director Robert Totten now works only as an actor this season: “The Mark of Cain” and “The Long Night”. For the anecdote, you find both Charles Aidman and William Schallert in the same episode (“The Money Store”) and both actors serve as replacements to Ross Martin on The Wild Wild West. The same year on The Wild Wild West, you can see recycled sets from Gunsmoke: Matt Dillon’s exterior and interior office (turned into the land office at Grey Ridge in “The Night of the Juggernaut”, they recycle a season 12 footage with a blured Thad and also Epitath’s sheriff office in “The Night of the Fugitives”, Fiddler’s Bend sheriff office in “The Night of Miguelito’s Revenge”, New Petersburg’s sheriff office in “The Night of the Cossacks”, turned into the stage depot in “The Night of the Plague”), the exterior of the Long Branch saloon (“The Night of the Camera”), the interior of the Long Branch saloon (“The Night of the Juggernaut”, “The Night of the Kraken”, “The Night of the Fugitives”, “The Night of the Fire and Brimstone” directed by Bernard McEveety, “The Night of Miguelito’s Revenge”, “The Night of the Janus”, turned into Le Club de la Musique in “The Night of the Diva”, turned into The Balalaika in “The Night of the Cossacks”, turned into O’Donovan’s Saloon in “The Night of the Plague”), the Dodge House (turned into the Sedgewick Hotel and Spa in “The Night of the Sedgewick Curse” directed by Marvin Chomsky, “The Night of the Fugitives”, turned into the office of Dr. Sloane in “The Night of the Fire and Brimstone”, “The Night of the Cossacks”), the staircase of Doc Adams’ office in “The Night of the Fugitives”, “The Night of the Camera” and in “The Night of Miguelito’s Revenge”. For the anecdote, clumsy agent Bosley Cranston mentions Delmonico’s during the tag scene in “The Night of the Camera”. Composers are reduced to three names: Leon Klatzkin, Johnny Parker and newcomer Jaime Mendoza-Nava. The same year, Johnny Parker writes the score for “The Night of the Spanish Curse” from The Wild Wild West. PRODUCTION TEAM producer: John Mantley associate producer: Joseph Dackow assistant to the producer: Ron Honthaner story consultant: Paul Savage assistant story consultant: Jim Byrnes director of photography: Monroe Askins The team remains the same as season 13. From “Railroad!” (episode #9), the team switches position, meaning that Joseph Dackow is promoted to the position of producer, John Mantley regresses to the executive producer seat as in season 11 when he was just an associate producer and Paul Savage is now an executive story consultant and two new members appear: assistant to the producer Ron Honthaner—who used to write a season 13 script entitled “Nowhere to Run”—and assistant story consultant Jim Byrnes will start from episode #4 (“Uncle Finney”) and writes two scripts: “Lobo” and “The Intruder”. Cinematographer Fred Mandl replaces Monroe Askins for one episode: “The Intruder”. CAST OF CHARACTERS Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Ken Curtis (Festus), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty), Buck Taylor (Newly). supporting cast: Glenn Strange (Bartender/Fiddle player “Sam” Noonan), Ted Jordan (Freight agent “Nathan” Burke), Woodrow Chambliss (Woody Lathrop), James Nusser (wino “Louie” Pheeters). As usual, the strength of season 14 is the colorful guest actors that add weight to the story: see Charles Aidman (2), Lou Antonio (3), Joe Don Baker, Joseph Campanella, Jeff Corey, Jim Davis (2), Bruce Dern, Steve Forrest, Victor French (3), Will Geer, Steve Ihnat, Joanne Linville, Leslie Nielsen, Nehemiah Persoff, Robert Pine (2), William Schallert, Jacqueline Scott, Harry Dean Stanton, Dub Taylor, Jon Voight, James Wainwright, Morgan Woodward (2). THE DVD SETS The prints are restored and look wonderful. In each episode and at the end of the first set of end credits, a voice-over announcer introduces the next week trailer. It features separated from the episodes and unrestored next week trailers and, also, English subtitles.