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GUNSMOKE SEASON 18 • THE SCORES

INDEX OF COMPOSERS ONSCREEN CREDITS

Elmer Bernstein

“Hostage!”

Bruce Broughton
“Quiet Day in Dodge”

Jerrold Immel (2)
“Sarah”
“Patricia”

Leon Klatzkin
“The Judgment”

Martin L. Klein
“Jesse”

Johnny Parker (15)
“The River, Part I & II”
“Bohannan”
“The Drummer”
“The Fugitives”
“Eleven Dollars”
“Milligan”
“The Sodbusters”
“The Brothers”
“Jubilee”
“Arizona Midnight”
“Homecoming”
“Shadler”
“Whelan’s Men”
“Talbot”
“This Golden Land”

Richard Shores (2)
“Tatum”
“Kimbro”

Notes
Despite his monumental onscreen credits, John Parker just writes a handful of original scores. Klatzkin only gives one score and leaves the series after that season 18 and remains an enduring composer from the Mantley’s regime, starting from season 11 and lasting eight seasons. Note the sole input of film composer Elmer Bernstein known for such classics as The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, True Grit. Newbie Jerrold Immel writes the best scores this season and both for women. For the record, composers Bruce Broughton, Jerrold Immel, John Parker will later work on another John Mantley’s series: How the West Was Won (1976-1979). Composer Bruce Broughton appears as a piano player in “Quiet Day in Dodge”. Composer Martin L. Klein is known for his music supervisor job during the fourth season of The Wild Wild West.
 

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

GUNSMOKE • SEASON 19 (1973-1974) (24 episodes • 50 mins • color)
It’s the last season with the Long Branch people: Miss Kitty and barkeep Sam, be warned! The opening main titles is identical to the previous season 18. Actor James Arness suffers from his wounded leg and it is terribly showy. This season features many sentimental dramas, the general writing is out of breath and the production values still look mid-Sixties because of the sets and the interior shots but don’t worry there are still some solid episodes. As usual, the orchestration of the main theme is renewed.

Find the usual directors like the McEveety brothers (Bernard and Vincent), Swedish-born actor Alf Kjellin and two Wild Wild West artisans: Swedish-born actor Gunnar Hellström and Irving J. Moore.

Judge Brooker appears three times: “A Game of Death... An Act of Love: Part 2”, “The Deadly Innocent”, “To Ride a Yeller Horse”. A recurring female character appears twice: dressmaker Mrs. O’Roarke (actress Elizabeth Harrower) in “The Iron Blood of Courage” and “To Ride a Yeller Horse”. As in the previous season, find again the multi-part episodes: “Women for Sale” and “A Game of Death... An Act of Love”.

Composers are reduced to three names: Jerrold Immel, Martin L. Klein, John Parker.

PRODUCTION TEAM
producer: Leonard Katzman
executive producer: John Mantley
associate producer: Ron Honthaner
executive story consultant: Jack Miller
assistant story consultant: Paul F. Edwards
director of photography: Ted D. Landon

Cinematographer Monroe Askins is replaced by Ted D. Landon whose work is too overlit and flat.

CAST OF CHARACTERS
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Ken Curtis (Festus), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty), Buck Taylor (Newly).

As in the previous season 18, Newly has a third job of medic: see “The Hanging of Newly O’Brien” and “The Child Between”.

Supporting cast: Glenn Strange (Bartender “Sam” Noonan), Robert Brubaker (barkeep Floyd), Ted Jordan (Freight agent “Nathan” Burke), Woodrow Chambliss (Woody Lathrop).

Actor Robert Brubaker replaces Glenn Strange as the barkeep at the Long Branch from episode #16 (“Like Old Times”) and also appears in “The Foundling” and “The Disciple”. Two episodes (“The Iron Blood of Courage” and “Cowtown Hustler”) feature an anonymous barkeep.

As usual, the strength of season 19 is the colorful guest actors that add weight to the story: see Lloyd Bochner, Eric Braeden, Kathleen Cody (2), Glenn Corbett, Jim Davis, Ike Eisenmann, Gene Evans, Steve Forrest, Victor French, Nicholas Hammond, Mariette Hartley, Richard Kiley, Louise Latham, Michael Learned (2), Kay Lenz, Frank Marth, Donna Mills, Donald Moffat, Nehemiah Persoff, Kurt Russell, William Schallert, Tom Simcox, Craig Stevens, Paul Stevens, Daniel J. Travanti, David Wayne, James Whitmore, Morgan Woodward.

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 three extras: a 13 minutes discussion called Ben and Beckey Talk Gunsmoke: Season 19 in which the two hosts highlight a selection of season 19 episodes with specific guest actors, an audio commentary for “Women for Sale, Part II” by writer Jim Byrnes and film historian Ben Costello, a photo gallery.
 

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

GUNSMOKE • SEASON 19 (1973-1974) (24 episodes • 50 mins • color)
It’s the last season with the Long Branch people: Miss Kitty and barkeep Sam, be warned! The opening main titles is identical to the previous season 18. Actor James Arness suffers from his wounded leg and it is terribly showy. This season features many sentimental dramas, the general writing is out of breath and the production values still look mid-Sixties because of the sets and the interior shots but don’t worry there are still some solid episodes. As usual, the orchestration of the main theme is renewed.

Find the usual directors like the McEveety brothers (Bernard and Vincent), Swedish-born actor Alf Kjellin and two Wild Wild West artisans: Swedish-born actor Gunnar Hellström and Irving J. Moore.

Judge Brooker appears three times: “A Game of Death... An Act of Love: Part 2”, “The Deadly Innocent”, “To Ride a Yeller Horse”. A recurring female character appears twice: dressmaker Mrs. O’Roarke (actress Elizabeth Harrower) in “The Iron Blood of Courage” and “To Ride a Yeller Horse”. As in the previous season, find again the multi-part episodes: “Women for Sale” and “A Game of Death... An Act of Love”.

Composers are reduced to three names: Jerrold Immel, Martin L. Klein, John Parker.

PRODUCTION TEAM
producer: Leonard Katzman
executive producer: John Mantley
associate producer: Ron Honthaner
executive story consultant: Jack Miller
assistant story consultant: Paul F. Edwards
director of photography: Ted D. Landon

Cinematographer Monroe Askins is replaced by Ted D. Landon whose work is too overlit and flat.

CAST OF CHARACTERS
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Ken Curtis (Festus), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty), Buck Taylor (Newly).

As in the previous season 18, Newly has a third job of medic: see “The Hanging of Newly O’Brien” and “The Child Between”.

Supporting cast: Glenn Strange (Bartender “Sam” Noonan), Robert Brubaker (barkeep Floyd), Ted Jordan (Freight agent “Nathan” Burke), Woodrow Chambliss (Woody Lathrop).

Actor Robert Brubaker replaces Glenn Strange as the barkeep at the Long Branch from episode #16 (“Like Old Times”) and also appears in “The Foundling” and “The Disciple”. Two episodes (“The Iron Blood of Courage” and “Cowtown Hustler”) feature an anonymous barkeep.

As usual, the strength of season 19 is the colorful guest actors that add weight to the story: see Lloyd Bochner, Eric Braeden, Kathleen Cody (2), Glenn Corbett, Jim Davis, Ike Eisenmann, Gene Evans, Steve Forrest, Victor French, Nicholas Hammond, Mariette Hartley, Richard Kiley, Louise Latham, Michael Learned (2), Kay Lenz, Frank Marth, Donna Mills, Donald Moffat, Nehemiah Persoff, Kurt Russell, William Schallert, Tom Simcox, Craig Stevens, Paul Stevens, Daniel J. Travanti, David Wayne, James Whitmore, Morgan Woodward.

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 three extras: a 13 minutes discussion called Ben and Beckey Talk Gunsmoke: Season 19 in which the two hosts highlight a selection of season 19 episodes with specific guest actors, an audio commentary for “Women for Sale, Part II” by writer Jim Byrnes and film historian Ben Costello, a photo gallery.


Onscreen credits for director of photography: Ted D. Landon
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Onscreen credits for the season 19 composers
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¶ Next on Gunsmoke season 19, the reviews of the first disc and starting on Monday 3!​
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GUNSMOKE SEASON 19

Episode #1
“Women for Sale: Part I”
written by Jim Byrnes
directed by Vincent McEveety
music by John Parker
guests: James Whitmore, Kathleen Cody, Dawn Lyn, Nicholas Hammond, Sally Kemp, Lieux Dressler, Gregory Sierra, Dan Ferrone, Larry D. Mann, Charles Seel, Shani Wallis, Gil Escandon, Ronald Manning, Francesca Jarvis

A band of Comancheros led by Blue Jacket (actor Gregory Sierra) returns to a slave market camp named the Valley of Tears and trades kidnapped women to an old Irish gangster named Timothy Fitzpatrick (actor James Whitmore) seconded by Britt (actor Nicholas Hammond). Meanwhile, on his way to track Blue Jacket down, Dillon stops his horse and talks to a shocked old man named Josiah McCloud (actor Charles Seel) who reports the abduction of his family by the Comancheros. At the camp, slave Dan Ross (actor Dan Ferrone) begs Fitzpatrick to buy his sister and his daugher but vainly. That night Blue Jacket abuses the sister of Dan Ross and leaves in the morning. Posing as trader Hargis, Dillon arrives at the Valley of Tears, talks business with trader Prichard (actor Larry D. Mann), gives him the third degree to obtain informations about Blue Jacket, knocks him unconscious and leaves after. On his way to abuse Mrs. McCloud, Blue Jacket faces an angry woman with a knife and one of his men shoot her dead when Blue Jacket tries to kill with a knife the little McCloud daughter. Dillon finds out wandering and shocked Marcy McCloud (actress Dawn Lyn), the little daughter of the dead woman. Dillon waits for the night to surprise, guns the Comancheros down and rescues Stella Silks (actress Shani Wallis). At the convoy of Fitzpatrick, Britt has a soft spot for Cynthia Emery (actress Kathleen Cody) and tries to be nice and informs her that she is about to become a slave in Mexico. Dillon heads to Mexico with his two women while Cynthia Emery and Dan Ross escape from the convoy but get caught up except Ross. Dillon encounters a group of Comanches … To be concluded next week.

Find a solo Dillon adventure on his way to arrest a renegade and a fancy and shocking season opener that vaguely reminds the two-parter season 17 “Waste” because of three elements (the errand to catch a criminal, a gallery of women that includes actress Lieux Dressler in a wagon framework, a lost child with a dead parent) but in the peculiar context of the wild Comancheros—at this stage of the series, the writers fit in the realistic seventies thematics of the current revisionistic western feature films like Ralph Nelson's Soldier Blue or Robert Aldrich's Ulzana’s Raid. Actor William Conrad works as the grave narrator that opens the first Act. Actor Charles Seel plays the recurring character of telegrapher Barney Danches but here he has a unique part. Actor Nicholas Hammond was a trendy television actor of these days.

Returning guest actors: James Whitmore (the season 11 “The Reward”), Dawn Lyn (the season 18 “The Sodbusters”), Lieux Dressler (the season 17 “Alias Festus Haggen”), Dan Ferrone (the season 17 “The Bullet”), Larry D. Mann (the season 14 “Zavala”), Ronald Manning (the season 18 “Sarah”).
 

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GUNSMOKE SEASON 19

Episode #1
“Women for Sale: Part I”
written by Jim Byrnes
directed by Vincent McEveety
music by John Parker
guests: James Whitmore, Kathleen Cody, Dawn Lyn, Nicholas Hammond, Sally Kemp, Lieux Dressler, Gregory Sierra, Dan Ferrone, Larry D. Mann, Charles Seel, Shani Wallis, Gil Escandon, Ronald Manning, Francesca Jarvis

A band of Comancheros led by Blue Jacket (actor Gregory Sierra) returns to a slave market camp named the Valley of Tears and trades kidnapped women to an old Irish gangster named Timothy Fitzpatrick (actor James Whitmore) seconded by Britt (actor Nicholas Hammond). Meanwhile, on his way to track Blue Jacket down, Dillon stops his horse and talks to a shocked old man named Josiah McCloud (actor Charles Seel) who reports the abduction of his family by the Comancheros. At the camp, slave Dan Ross (actor Dan Ferrone) begs Fitzpatrick to buy his sister and his daugher but vainly. That night Blue Jacket abuses the sister of Dan Ross and leaves in the morning. Posing as trader Hargis, Dillon arrives at the Valley of Tears, talks business with trader Prichard (actor Larry D. Mann), gives him the third degree to obtain informations about Blue Jacket, knocks him unconscious and leaves after. On his way to abuse Mrs. McCloud, Blue Jacket faces an angry woman with a knife and one of his men shoot her dead when Blue Jacket tries to kill with a knife the little McCloud daughter. Dillon finds out wandering and shocked Marcy McCloud (actress Dawn Lyn), the little daughter of the dead woman. Dillon waits for the night to surprise, guns the Comancheros down and rescues Stella Silks (actress Shani Wallis). At the convoy of Fitzpatrick, Britt has a soft spot for Cynthia Emery (actress Kathleen Cody) and tries to be nice and informs her that she is about to become a slave in Mexico. Dillon heads to Mexico with his two women while Cynthia Emery and Dan Ross escape from the convoy but get caught up except Ross. Dillon encounters a group of Comanches … To be concluded next week.

Find a solo Dillon adventure on his way to arrest a renegade and a fancy and shocking season opener that vaguely reminds the two-parter season 17 “Waste” because of three elements (the errand to catch a criminal, a gallery of women that includes actress Lieux Dressler in a wagon framework, a lost child with a dead parent) but in the peculiar context of the wild Comancheros—at this stage of the series, the writers fit in the realistic seventies thematics of the current revisionistic western feature films like Ralph Nelson's Soldier Blue or Robert Aldrich's Ulzana’s Raid. Actor William Conrad works as the grave narrator that opens the first Act. Actor Charles Seel plays the recurring character of telegrapher Barney Danches but here he has a unique part. Actor Nicholas Hammond was a trendy television actor of these days.

Returning guest actors: James Whitmore (the season 11 “The Reward”), Dawn Lyn (the season 18 “The Sodbusters”), Lieux Dressler (the season 17 “Alias Festus Haggen”), Dan Ferrone (the season 17 “The Bullet”), Larry D. Mann (the season 14 “Zavala”), Ronald Manning (the season 18 “Sarah”).

Pictures of old Irish gangster Timothy Fitzpatrick (actor James Whitmore).
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