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Wanted: GUNSMOKE (CBS/1955-1975)

Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by JohnHopper, Feb 1, 2019.

  1. Dave Scarpa

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    What the heck was wrong with newly I would have been all over Merry Florene.

    Also did Janes Nutters Louis Pheeters make it to the end of the series ?
     
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    Love the Boot Hill openings
     
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    They actually re-used one along the way. At first, I thought CBS had screwed up or something and put the wrong episode on a disc, but the meat of the episode was new.

    And I haven't heard any complaints about a wrong opening, so I guess the producers just had a few seconds to fill and re-used a short intro. No one had reruns at the time, anyway, so who would've known?
     
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    GUNSMOKE SEASON 15

    Episode #22
    “Celia”
    written by Harry Kronman
    directed by Philip Leacock
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: Cliff Osmond, Melissa Murphy, Frank Marth, George Petrie, Steve Raines, Troy Melton, Vince Deadrick, Ace Hudkins


    At the Long Branch, drunk blacksmith Ben Sommars (actor Cliff Osmond) destroys the place by knocking out drovers when Dillon stops him. Accompanied by Newly, Ben sees his mail order bride Celia Madden (actress Melissa Murphy) coming out of the stagecoach and feels insecured by her young beauty. Later on, Newly introduces Celia to Ben. Newly wonders about Celia’s true intentions and mentions Ben’s case to his Long Branch friends (Miss Kitty, Festus, Doc) that advise him to stay away from his bride. An argument started by Celia occurs between Newly and Ben. A mysterious man named Mr. Blake (actor Frank Marth) pops up from nowhere, introducing himself as his victim and asks Celia to give him his $1,500 back in front of Ben. Meanwhile Newly investigates on Celia and asks the services and the secrecy of many townspeople. Celia actually works for Mr. Blake to trap easy preys (“prime suckers”) and orders her to ask more money … But when Newly and Ben learn the truth …

    It’s an interesting and cynical Film Noir entry about friendship versus love related to a duo of manipulators: Mr. Blake acts like a pimp with a prostitute named Celia. Mission: Impossible will tackle the theme of the mail order bride in the season 6 “The Bride” in which the pimp is the IMF team and the victim is the gangster.

    Rawhide actor Steve Raines appears again as a stagecoach driver.

    Actors Cliff Osmond (“Roots of Fear”), Frank Marth (“Danny”), Troy Melton (“The Devil’s outpost”) and Steve Raines (“Danny”) return from season 15.
     
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    Dave, according to the book I have, The Gunsmoke Chronicles by David Greenland, James Nusser's last episode as Louie Pheeters is in the already released season 17 set, episode 16 in that year's run, No Tomorrow (Jan. 3, 1972). Nusser had been in 72 episodes total as the increasingly complex town drunk, but he also played several other bit players in 7 earlier episodes before the show expanded to an hour in season 7. Ironically, James Nusser's last episode was also Ken Curtis' 200th episode as Festus. Nusser died in 1979, and the last credit I see for him on IMDB is a season 5 episode of Cannon in 1976.
    Robert, I certainly intend to pick up those latter two reunion movies from Kino-Lorber, just haven't got around to it yet. Another debt of gratitude we owe to the good folks at KL for releasing them after CBS appeared to lose interest. But I agree, now that we know that CBS is newly determined to get the whole series completed on disc, it's time to get everything in the Matt Dillon saga.
    Robert, you're probably aware that CBS indeed did do that very thing way back in 2008, mistakenly putting a season 4 Gunsmoke episode (How to Kill a Friend) into the season 2 Gunsmoke release in place of the similarly titled episode How to Cure a Friend ...CBS didn't correct the mistake until the season 4 release in 2010, putting the previously missing episode in that season's volume one as a special feature. 2008 was a very bad year for CBS home video, what with the absurd, needless, and ultimately very costly and humiliating music substitutions for The Fugitive season two...it took a lot longer, but thank heavens they corrected that disaster as well!
     
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    I remembered that early on, and was able to line up the episodes to watch in their correct order. the missing episode was even the last one on the disc, so it was easy enough to pop S2D1 out, slot in the S4 disc, then go back to S2.

    Hell, at least they made good. Granted, they did it on the cheap side, but a recall would've been just as big a pain in the ass for everyone.


    Anyway, a few more thoughts...

    Hate the new S4 opening theme. Though oddly enough, they use the S1-3 theme on some episodes. Don't know if that's a CBS remaster revision or if that's how it was originally aired.

    I'm surprised someone hasn't shot the Long Branch's mandolin(?) player yet. He only seems to know two songs... Camptown Races and Oh Susanna. Surely some drunk with a gun has gotten sick of the same two songs over and over after four years. Of course, we should feel lucky CBS didn't take care of him for us, since they love taking scissors to any type of music.

    Apparently, being the #1 show led to a huge budget increase with S4, because they're doing a lot of what I would figure to be expensive location shoots. There was the big Moo Cow drive episode with Proto-Festus, and the episode where Matt chased the "Renegade White", and quite a few more episodes where they seemed to have went out on location and pulled in a bunch of extras and horses and gave Kansas some life. That can't have been cheap.
     
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    Now that it looks like all 20 seasons of Gunsmoke will be released on DVD, I'm wondering whether I should keep those earlier box sets (like the Directors Collection) that combined episodes from various seasons. They seem redundant now and I really don't have tons of extra shelf space . Just wondering , what do other Gunsmoke fans plan to do with those earlier box sets ?
     
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    Keep 'em if you care about special features. I don't believe the season sets had any commentaries or anything ported over, did they?
     
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    No I don't believe they did . Good point .
     
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    GUNSMOKE SEASON 15

    Episode #23
    “Morgan”
    written by Kay Lenard and Jess Carneol
    directed by Bernard McEveety
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: Steve Forrest, Charlotte Stewart, Hank Brandt, Jonathan Lippe, Mills Watson, Ed Long, Read Morgan, Jack Garner, I. Stanford Jolley, Fletcher Bryant


    At night, the gang of Cole Morgan (actor Steve Forrest) invades Dodge City and neutralizes its important townspeople while carrying a gatling gun. Newly succeeds in escaping at the last minute with a winchester. Morgan breaks in the close Long Branch to get a drink, is surprised and shot by Miss Kitty. Doc is summoned and treats Morgan but leaves him with a long scar on his cheek. Clint (actor Hank Brandt), the second of Morgan, notices his former girlfriend Jenny (actor Charlotte Stewart) and uses Miss Kitty to get Newly so that he fixes the gatling gun. Meanwhile Matt Dillon escorts the blue coat troops carrying a gold load to Dodge City. Newly is assisted by Festus. Clint saves Jenny from being abused by three outlaws. Later on, Louie, Doc and Newly end up in jail because of their bad and treacherous behaviors. Matt Dillon and the troopers eventually arrive at Dodge City and face the welcoming committee …

    It’s an excellent dead-serious bandit entry that highlights the persona of actor Steve Forrest paired with a blue coat backdrop and a fine companion piece to the season 11 “Seven Hours to Down” and the season 12 “The Goldtakers”: actor Steve Forrest recycles the part of both John Drew Barrymore and Martin Landau but makes it his own and is depicted as a very smart narcissistic megalomaniac. In the end, Forrest is as good as his season 14 character of Will Mannon from “Mannon”. Both sides are determined, trained and organized. The film editor insists on the deadline and we can see inserts of clocks all the time as in High Noon. The graphic use of the episode title is particularly well-done during the prologue. As usual, the leading bandit uses the moniker of “Red” to Miss Kitty and even slaps her and, later, calls Dillon by the name of “Big Matt”. The cast of bandit characters is excellent: Steve Forrest as gang leader Cole Morgan, Hank Brandt as his second Clint, Mills Watson as scout Greer, Jonathan Lippe as communication man Carter, Ed Long as henchman Trent. During the abuse of Jenny scene, the music editor recycles a cue from Richard Shores’ “The Night of the Sedgewick Curse” from the fourth season of The Wild Wild West.

    Actors I. Stanford Jolley (“The Devil’s Outpost”), Jonathan Lippe (“The Devil’s Outpost”), Ed Long (“The Devil’s Outpost”) and Mills Watson (“Stryker”) all return from this season 15.
    Actors Steve Forrest (“Mannon”) and Charlotte Stewart (“Lyle’s Kid”) both return from season 14.
    Actor Hank Brandt returns from the season 13 “Blood Money”.
    Actor Fletcher Bryant returns from the season 12 “Fandango”.
    Actor Read Morgan retuns from the season 10 “Dry Road to Nowhere”.
     
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    Steve Forrest as gang leader Cole Morgan and his best friend: the gatling gun!
    morgan_01. morgan_02. morgan_03. morgan_04. morgan_05. morgan_06. morgan_07. morgan_08. morgan_09. morgan_10. morgan_11. morgan_12.
     
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    Steve Forest was a Great Gunsmoke villain.

    James Nusser also made many appearances playing various characters on Radio Gunsmoke.
     
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    I agree with you concerning Steve Forrest.
    Ironically, he will guest in one segment from Rod Serling's Night Gallery entitled “The Waiting Room”
    in which he plays a gunfighter trapped into a purgatory.

    WaitingRoomMarquee.
     
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    ¶ Next on Gunsmoke season 15, the reviews of the seventh disc and starting on Monday!
    ¶ It is the last one.
    ¶ Load your guns and be ready!


    gunsmoke15_dvd7.
     
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    Why does "The Cage" not have a preview option?
     
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    Keep in mind that previous DVD sets had no complete previews. Nothing new here.
     
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    Did not so realize-- thanks for clarification.
     
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    The film elements for the preview could be missing.
     
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    That could be the same reason for some episodes on the O-R Jack Lord Five-O DVDs not having the previews as well.
     
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    Gunsmoke has an interesting relationship with religion.

    Matt will be the first one to say some scripture at a decent man's funeral. However, the most obvious religious folk we see are the biggest holy roller hypocrital scumbag assholes you can find. They're generally the type who make you want to skip to the last few minutes to see them get the shooting they've earned. And they usually do. This is Gunsmoke, after all.

    I suppose the lesson to be learned here is that moderation is key. Also, don't be an asshole. Though that is the lesson of most episodes when you boil it down.

    And speaking of, the series didn't really believe in happy endings, did it? Generally, the happiest an ending gets is that only two or three people were shot. There was the one where the dealer only had his hand shot and crippled, so he couldn't gamble anymore. But hey, he lived! That's a sort of happy ending, right?

    The show is definitely quite a bit darker and more complex than I was expecting from a 1950s primetime western, I'll give it that.

    Oh, and I ran across an episode I consider to be bad. Season 5. The one with the drunk and the kid. Gunsmoke had been gloriously free of whiny, precocious little kids until now. Hopefully they stay out of Dodge in the future, too.
     

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