Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Gunsmoke" - False Witness (Aired September 14, 1958)
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 still remains the United States' longest-running prime time, live-action drama with 635 episodes ("Law and Order" ended in 2010 with 476 episodes). The half-hour animated comedy "The Simpsons", is slated for a 21st season in Fall 2010. In the late 1940s, CBS chairman William S. Paley, a fan of The Adventures of Philip Marlowe radio serial, asked his programming chief, Hubell Robinson, to develop a hardboiled Western series, a show about a "Philip Marlowe of the Old West." Robinson instructed his West Coast CBS Vice-President, Harry Ackerman, who had developed the Philip Marlowe series, to take on the task. Ackerman and his scriptwriters, Mort Fine and David Friedkin, created an audition script called "Mark Dillon Goes to Gouge Eye".
September 14, 1958. CBS network. "False Witness"
. Commercials deleted. Romy Hawkins seems to be an excellent eye witness. His testimony is going to get Tom Maury hanged. However, Romy is not the best of witnesses. The script was used on the Gunsmoke television series on December 12, 1959. William Conrad, Marian Clark (writer), Howard McNear, Harry Bartell, Sam Edwards, James Nusser, Parley Baer, Georgia Ellis, Norman Macdonnell (producer, director), John Meston (editorial supervisor), George Walsh (announcer). 21:17. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.