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Weekend OTR: Gunsmoke — Chester’s Mistake

By: 14 May 2011 2 Comments

Gunsmoke!Yeah, I know — I posted a weekend OTR episode yesterday.

Here’s another one because, well, why not? Westerns are fun and our friends over at have their westerns on sale right now. We’ll celebrate the big sale right along with them with an episode of Gunsmoke, which was one of the more popular shows of the era. It became arguably more popular when it made the jump to television and ran for years. Gunsmoke had it all — a no-nonsense marshal, nasty villains and an old-time frontier kook or two. While the thought of William Conrad sitting on a horse is a bit ridiculous in hindsight, he did a bang-up job as Marshal Matt Dillon on the radio.

By the way, you can find more old time radio goodness by visiting our Weekend OTR series or going to our OTR Serials section. Don’t forget to read all about our proposed series to make a Lum and Abner comic strip, by the  way. Make sure to visit if you want to grab some great old time radio westerns while they’re on sale.

Click the below player and enjoy the show!

Gunsmoke — Chester’s Mistake (4/12/1959)

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  • Donnie Pitchford said:

    What do three of the lead actors in “Gunsmoke” have to do with “Lum and Abner?”

    I’m speaking of William Conrad, Parley Baer and Howard McNear.

    Why, they all played brief supporting characters on “Lum and Abner” of course!

    Yes, it’s true! Bill Conrad played a hobo in one episode in the 1940s. Howard McNear showed up in the 1940s as a pest controller, and in the 1950s as a man from the FCC. Parley Baer had a part on the half-hour series, but we don’t have a recording of it. We do have his audition! Plus Parley was the guest of honor at the 1995 National Lum and Abner Society Convention.

    Ain’t that sumthin’ friends?

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