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GUNSMOKE SEASON 17

Episode #24

“The Wedding”
written by Harry Kronman
directed by Bernard McEveety
music by Leon Klatzkin
guests: Morgan Woodward, Sam Elliott, Melissa Newman, Lane Bradford, Fran Ryan, James Chandler, Larry Barton, George Wallace, Byron Mabe, Troy Melton, Jason Wingreen

A young couple is about to be married by Reverend Keller (actor James Chandler) when he asks Cory Soames (actor Sam Elliott) to remove his gun belt for the ceremony. Meanwhile three riders run fast and stop at the house of the Reverend and rancher Walt Clayton (actor Morgan Woodward) interrupts the ritual and brings back his daughter Donna (actress Melissa Newman) and arrests Soames for horse theft. At night and at Dodge City, Burke delivers a letter to Festus who passes it to Dillon at the Long Branch where he learns he must pick up a prisoner at Salt Flat. At the ranch of Walt Clayton, Donna is told off and slapped by her father. Cory Soames is held prisoner by sheriff Dave Henning (actor George Wallace) on the payroll of Clayton. On his way to escape from the room, Clayton hits the sheriff in the back and is stopped by two armed riders. Dillon arrives at Salt Flat and talks to the sheriff and Mrs. Keller (actress Fran Ryan). Back at the ranch, the wedding happens under the close eye of Walt Clayton who later provokes, slaps and orders Soames to go to jail which leads to a fight. Clayton is hurt and Soames is on the run. Clayton fashions a nasty story to fool his own daughter who eventually learns the truth …

It’s a modest solo Dillon episode which is primarily centered around a young people’s love story and a good harsh family drama about another wealthy self-made man old rancher denying his daughter to marry an average man (see this season “Yankton”) but treated with a completely new tone (rather grim and brisk) that is enhanced by the performance of actor Morgan Woodward as a mean manipulator and owner of the town. The wife-less father over-protecting his daughter is actually a rework of two previous episodes: the season 10 “Crooked Mile” and the season 11 “Harvest” .

Actress Fran Ryan will become a semi regular character during season 20.

Actor Sam Elliott previously worked on another CBS series: Mission: Impossible.

Actors James Chandler (“Jaekel”), Troy Melton (“Captain Sligo”) and Morgan Woodward (“Luke”) return from season 16.

Actor Lane Bradford returns from this season 17 “Lijah”, George Wallace from the season 9 “Easy Come”.
 

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TOP GUNSMOKE SEASON 17 EPISODES
“The Bullet”
“Lynott”
“Trafton”
“Blind Man’s Buff”
“Drago”
“The Lost”
“Tara”
“Alias Festus Haggin”
“New Doctor in Town”
“The Legend”
“Lijah”
“Phœnix”
“Hidalgo”

TOP DR. CHAPMAN EPISODES
“New Doctor in Town”
“The Legend”
“Lijah”
 

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GUNSMOKE SEASON 17THE SCORES

INDEX OF COMPOSERS ONSCREEN CREDITS

Harry Geller (2)

“The Lost”
“Phœnix”

Leon Klatzkin (3)
“Lynott”
“The Predators”
“The Wedding”

Johnny Parker (12)
“The Legend”
“Trafton”
“My Brother’s Keeper”
“Drago”
“The Bullet, Part 1 & 2 & 3”
“No Tomorrow”
“Hidalgo”
“Tara”
“One for the Road”
“Yankton”
“Blind Man’s Buff”
“Alias Festus Haggin”

Richard Shores (2)
“Lijah”
“P.S. Murry Christmas”

Leon Shuken and Jack Hayes
“Waste, Part 1 & 2”

Morton Stevens
“New Doctor in Town”

Notes
Despite his monumental onscreen credits, John Parker just writes a handful of original scores. Klatzkin only gives three scores. Find the return of Harry Geller, Richard Shores and Morton Stevens who provides his final score: these three composers were part of The Wild Wild West team.
 

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I think that once that expansive all-in-one is released, they should put out a 13-15 megapak on its own.
That came out last week.

The Wal-Mart epic pak releases seem to be on an October schedule now, IIRC.

And, as the complete series set shows, the releases will be split into 13-15, and 16-20.



So, Doug, you can wait probably until October 2021 for that final set which you've already bought a part of, or wait until the prices go down on those last four sets. Either way.
 

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I received my Gunsmoke season 20 DVD on Tuesday.


THE DVD EXTRAS
As in the previous season set, you find three extras: a 15 minutes 41 discussion called Ben and Beckey Talk Gunsmoke: Season 20 in which the two hosts highlight a selection of season 20 episodes with specific guest actors, an audio commentary for “Thirty a Month and Found” by writer Jim Byrnes and film historian Ben Costello, a photo gallery.
 

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That came out last week.

The Wal-Mart epic pak releases seem to be on an October schedule now, IIRC.

And, as the complete series set shows, the releases will be split into 13-15, and 16-20.


So, Doug, you can wait probably until October 2021 for that final set which you've already bought a part of, or wait until the prices go down on those last four sets. Either way.
I have only seen the first two sets in those giant 24+ discs cases. IIRC, the first set had seasons 1-4 and the second set had seasons 5-7 ?

(I have never seen the third set).
 
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I have only seen the first two sets in those giant 24+ discs cases. IIRC, the first set had seasons 1-4 and the second set had seasons 5-7 ?

(I have never seen the third set).
OTOH, I've never seen sets one and two, but saw three and four on the shelves last fall, and have the 10-12 set on the shelf in my collection with the rest of my half season sets.
 
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It took a full week for me to finally receive Gunsmoke season 20, with Amazon tracking revealing it took an unusual route from an Amazon fulfillment center to various postal sorting plants that presumably were struggling to function during the current pandemic. I also received a much-overdue (over 2 weeks overdue) package from an Amazon marketplace dealer that I was fearing as lost. I'm still waiting for other overdue packages. I'm in Canada, but the situation is of course the same in the States and overseas. If you are expecting something from overseas, those have been severely slowed by the huge reduction in overseas flights. Something to keep in mind during these trying times.
 

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OTOH, I've never seen sets one and two, but saw three and four on the shelves last fall, and have the 10-12 set on the shelf in my collection with the rest of my half season sets.
I just did my weekly grocery shopping at the nearby wallyworld, and noticed they had the third set on the shelves.

It was season 8-9 set with 20 discs (according to the back cover).
 

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It took a full week for me to finally receive Gunsmoke season 20, with Amazon tracking revealing it took an unusual route from an Amazon fulfillment center to various postal sorting plants that presumably were struggling to function during the current pandemic. I also received a much-overdue (over 2 weeks overdue) package from an Amazon marketplace dealer that I was fearing as lost. I'm still waiting for other overdue packages. I'm in Canada, but the situation is of course the same in the States and overseas. If you are expecting something from overseas, those have been severely slowed by the huge reduction in overseas flights. Something to keep in mind during these trying times.
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I ordered the soundtrack set of UFO from Fanderson (UK) and it took a while.​
But I have it and I'm currently enjoying it.​
 

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One of our favorite locations, used for Dodge City and redressed over the years as various other towns (and ghost towns, such as 'old Dodge City')...a then and now comparison, highlighting the explosive growth of California suburban sprawl, as the state's population has nearly doubled (to 40 Million!) since 1955, when Gunsmoke first debuted on TV...the 'Avenida de los Arboles'...(Avenue of Trees)...
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Matt's blue shirt finally appears. I was excepting it in Season 19 but Season 20 is where it is.
In episodes "Thirty Dollars a Month and Found" and "The Wiving".
I believe Matt wears the blue shirt for one scene in each episode.
Then he switches back to the faded berry red shirt.

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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 18 and as Matt Dillon used to say to his opponents: “Hold it right there”.

GUNSMOKE • SEASON 18 (1972-1973) (24 episodes • 50 mins • color)
It’s the return of the traditional showdown title sequence—that used to be stopped from season 14—but it is the old footage from season 12 that is placed at the end of the opening credits to introduce actor James Arness who looses his picture medallion credits. As usual, the orchestration of the theme music is renewed. The titles are modified: first the opening credits logo is bolder like the end titles one and the episode title shows up at the start of Act I and its color varies: white, yellow, blue, red, green. This is the season that features a future movie star who only works as a supporting actor: Harrison Ford in “The Sodbusters” and “Whelan’s Men”. For the record, “Quiet Day in Dodge” is actor James Arness’ favorite episode.

Find the usual directors like former Gunsmoke producer Philip Leacock, the McEveety brothers (Bernard and Vincent), Herb Wallerstein and two Wild Wild West artisans: Swedish-born actor Gunnar Hellström and Irving J. Moore. Four newcomers pop-up: Robert Butler, writer Paul F. Edwards, Swedish-born actor Alf Kjellin, producer Arnold Laven from The Rifleman and The Big Valley. Director Robert Totten works as an actor: see “Talbot”.

Judge Brooker returns just once in “Quiet Day in Dodge”. As in the previous season, find again a two-part episode: “The River”. The new character of bank manager Mister Dofeny (actor Charles Macaulay) appears twice: “Milligan” and “Talbot”.

As in the previous season, you find seven composers: newcomers as Academy Winner Elmer Bernstein (see The Magnificent Seven), Bruce Broughton, Jerrold Immel, Martin L. Klein and the usual people as Leon Klatzkin, Johnny Parker, Richard Shores. For the anecdote, composer Martin L. Klein used to work as a music supervisor during the fourth season of The Wild Wild West.

PRODUCTION TEAM
producer: Leonard Katzman
executive producer: John Mantley
associate producer: Ron Honthaner
executive story consultant: Jack Miller
assistant story consultant: Paul F. Edwards
directors of photography: Monroe Askins and William K. Jurgensen

Cinematographer Monroe Askins is replaced once by William K. Jurgensen in “Eleven Dollars”. This is the last season under the visual guidance of Monroe Askins (see his wonderful input on “Patricia”) who started from season 13, meaning working during six seasons.

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).

For the anecdote, the character of Nathan Burke has a longer haircut.

As usual, the strength of season 18 is the colorful guest actors that add weight to the story: see John Anderson, Jim Davis, Joseph Campanella, Alex Cord, Richard Dreyfuss, Ike Eisenmann (2), Jack Elam, Gene Evans, Harrison Ford (2), Steve Forrest, Anne Francis, Victor French, Mariette Hartley, Earl Holliman, Richard Kiley, Linda Marsh, Harry Morgan, Tim O’Connor, Susan Oliver, James Olson, Brock Peters, Slim Pickens, Robert Pine, Denver Pyle, Tom Skerritt, William Smith, Paul Stevens, Michael Strong, Don Stroud, William Windom, Morgan Woodward, Anthony Zerbe.

THE DVD SET
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. As in the previous season set, you find a bonus: a 19 minutes discussion called Ben and Beckey Talk Gunsmoke: Season 18 in which the two hosts highlight a selection of season 18 episodes with specific guest actors. New extras are added: an audio commentary for “Quiet Day in Dodge” by actor James Arness and a photo gallery.
 

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