Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Gunsmoke" - How To Die For Nothing (Aired October 10, 1953)
From 1955 to 1961, Gunsmoke was a half-hour show. It then went to an hour-long format for the rest of its long run. From 1955 to 1966, it was in black and white, then in color from 1966 to 1975. In the early 1960s, older episodes of the series were rebroadcast under the title Marshal Dillon. In 1967, the show's twelfth season, CBS planned to cancel the series, but widespread viewer response — it was even mentioned in Congress — along with domestic pressure on the CBS head of programming by his wife, convinced them to continue it in the early evening on Mondays instead of Saturday nights. This seemingly minor change led to a spike in ratings that saw the series once again reach the top 20 in the Nielsen ratings before fading again before its cancellation in 1975.
October 10, 1953. CBS network. "How To Die For Nothing"
. Sponsored by: Sugar Crinkles, Post Toasties. After Marshal Dillon shoots a drunken cowboy, his brother swears to shoot him in the back. The script was used on the Gunsmoke television series on June 23, 1956, and used again on radio May 10, 1958. Credits are the same for both broadcasts of this script, except the 1958 show credits Jack Moyles and does not credit John Dehner! William Conrad, Parley Baer, Georgia Ellis, Howard McNear, John Dehner, Vic Perrin, Harry Bartell, Lawrence Dobkin, John Meston (writer). 29:49. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.