Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Gunsmoke" - Murder Warrant (Aired April 24, 1954)
The radio version ran from 1952 to 1961, and John Dunning writes that among radio drama enthusiasts "Gunsmoke is routinely placed among the best shows of any kind and any time." The television version ran for 20 seasons from 1955 to 1975, and was the United States' longest-running prime time, live-action drama with 635 episodes. In 2010, Law & Order tied this record of 20 seasons (but only 456 episodes). At the end of its run in 1975, Los Angeles Times columnist Cecil Smith wrote "Gunsmoke was the dramatization of the American epic legend of the west. Our own Iliad and Odyssey, created from standard elements of the dime novel and the pulp western as romanticized by Buntline, Harte, and Twain. It was ever the stuff of legend.
April 24, 1954. CBS network. "Murder Warrant"
. Sustaining. Likeable Lee Prentiss has been shot from ambush. Jake Harbin is not so likeable, but he's a deputy sheriff with a warrant for Prentiss' arrest. The script was used on the Gunsmoke television series on April 18, 1959. George Walsh (announcer), Georgia Ellis, Howard McNear, James Nusser, John Dehner, John Meston (writer), Joseph Du Val, Lawrence Dobkin, Norman Macdonnell (producer, director), Parley Baer, Rex Koury (composer, performer), Sam Edwards, William Conrad. 24:17. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.