John William Cann Jr.
September 27, 1920
|Died||February 11, 1994 73) (aged|
|Occupation||Actor, director, producer, voice actor|
|Service/||United States Army Air Corps|
|Years of service||1943-1945|
William Conrad (September 27, 1920 – February 11, 1994) was an American World War II fighter pilot, actor, producer, and director whose career spanned five decades in radio, film, and television, peaking in popularity when he starred in the detective series Cannon (1971–1976).
World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. A state of total war emerged, directly involving more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. The major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease, and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.
Cannon is an American detective television series produced by Quinn Martin which aired from 1971 to 1976. The primary protagonist is the title character, private detective Frank Cannon, played by William Conrad.
A radio writer and actor, he moved to Hollywood after his World War II service and played a series of character roles in films beginning with the film noir The Killers (1946). He created the role of Marshal Matt Dillon for the radio series Gunsmoke (1952–1961) and narrated the television adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (1959–1964) and The Fugitive (1963–1967).
Hollywood is a neighborhood in the central region of Los Angeles, California, notable as the home of the U.S. film industry, including several of its historic studios. Its name has come to be a shorthand reference for the industry and the people associated with it.
Film noir is a cinematic term used primarily to describe stylish Hollywood crime dramas, particularly those that emphasize cynical attitudes and sexual motivations. Hollywood's classical film noir period is generally regarded as extending from the early 1920s to the late 1950s. Film noir of this era is associated with a low-key, black-and-white visual style that has roots in German Expressionist cinematography. Many of the prototypical stories and much of the attitude of classic noir derive from the hardboiled school of crime fiction that emerged in the United States during the Great Depression.
The Killers is a 1946 American film noir directed by Robert Siodmak and based in part on the 1927 short story of the same name by Ernest Hemingway.
Finding fewer onscreen roles in the 1950s, he changed from actor to producer-director with television work, narration, and a series of Warner Bros. films in the 1960s. Conrad found stardom as a detective in the TV series Cannon (1971–1976) and Nero Wolfe (1981), and as district attorney Jason Lochinvar "J.L." "Fatman" McCabe in the legal drama Jake and the Fatman (1987–1992).
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., commonly referred to as Warner Bros. and abbreviated as WB, is an American entertainment company headquartered in Burbank, California and a subsidiary of AT&T's WarnerMedia. Founded in 1923, it has operations in film, television and video games and is one of the "Big Five" major American film studios, as well as a member of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).
Nero Wolfe is a television series based on the characters in Rex Stout's series of detective stories that aired January 16 – August 25, 1981, on NBC. William Conrad fills the role of the detective genius Nero Wolfe, and Lee Horsley is his assistant Archie Goodwin. Produced by Paramount Television, the series updates the world of Nero Wolfe to contemporary New York City and draws few of its stories from the Stout originals.
Jake and the Fatman is a television crime drama starring William Conrad as prosecutor J. L. "Fatman" McCabe and Joe Penny as investigator Jake Styles. The series ran on CBS for five seasons from September 26, 1987, to May 6, 1992. Diagnosis: Murder was a spin-off of this series.
William Conrad (also known as John William Conrad) was born John William Cann Jr., on September 27, 1920, in Louisville, Kentucky.His parents, John William Cann and Ida Mae Upchurch Cann, owned a movie theatre, and Conrad grew up watching movies. The family moved to Southern California when Conrad was in high school. He majored in drama and literature at Fullerton College, in Orange County, California, and began his career as an announcer, writer, and director for Los Angeles radio station KMPC.
Fullerton College is a community college in Fullerton, California. The college is one of 112 in the California Community Colleges System and belongs to the North Orange County Community College District. Established in 1913, it is the oldest community college in continuous operation in California.
KMPC is a radio station based in Los Angeles, California and is owned by P&Y Broadcasting Corporation. Radio Korea is a division of the Radio Korea Media Group. The station airs Korean-language programming. It broadcasts news, information, and entertainment for the largest Korean-American community in the United States, and the largest Korean community outside Korea.
Conrad served as a fighter pilot in World War II. On the day he was commissioned in 1943 at Luke Field, he married June Nelson (1920–1977) of Los Angeles.He left the United States Army Air Forces with the rank of captain and as a producer-director of the Armed Forces Radio Service.
Luke Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base located 7 miles west of the central business district of Glendale, in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. It is about 15 miles west of Phoenix, Arizona.
The United States Army Air Forces, informally known as the Air Force, or United States Army Air Force, was the aerial warfare service component of the United States Army during and immediately after World War II (1939/41–1945), successor to the previous United States Army Air Corps and the direct predecessor of the United States Air Force of today, one of the five uniformed military services. The AAF was a component of the United States Army, which in 1942 was divided functionally by executive order into three autonomous forces: the Army Ground Forces, the Services of Supply, and the Army Air Forces. Each of these forces had a commanding general who reported directly to the Army Chief of Staff.
William Conrad estimated that he played more than 7,500 roles during his radio career. 319At KMPC, the 22-year-old Conrad produced and acted in The Hermit's Cave (circa 1940–44), the Los Angeles incarnation of a popular syndicated horror anthology series created at WJR Detroit. :
The Hermit's Cave was a syndicated radio horror series. The syndication was done via scripts, so that stations could broadcast the program with their own casts.
WJR is a radio station in Detroit, Michigan, United States. It is owned by Cumulus Media and broadcasts a News/Talk format. Its studios are located in the Fisher Building in the New Center neighborhood of Detroit, while its transmitter is located in the Downriver community of Riverview.
He was among the supporting cast for the espionage drama The Man Called X (1944–48); the syndicated dramatic anthology Favorite Story (1946–49); the adventure dramas The Count of Monte Cristo (Mutual 1947–48), The Voyage of the Scarlet Queen (Mutual 1947–48), The Green Lama (CBS 1949), and Nightbeat (NBC 1950–52); Romance (1950); Hollywood Star Playhouse (1950–53); Errol Flynn's The Modern Adventures of Casanova (Mutual 1952); and Cathy and Elliott Lewis's On Stage (CBS 1953–54). 431, 244, 181, 706, 299, 507, 584, 326, 467, 512:
Conrad was the voice of Escape (1947–1954), a high-adventure radio series. 232 He played Warchek, a menacing policeman, in Johnny Modero: Pier 23 (Mutual 1947), a detective series starring Jack Webb, and was in the cast of Webb's crime drama Pete Kelly's Blues (NBC 1951). He played newspaper editor Walter Burns opposite Dick Powell's reporter Hildy Johnson in the ABC radio drama The Front Page (1948). He was Dave the Dude in the syndicated drama anthology series The Damon Runyon Theater (1948); Lt. Dundy in the NBC radio series The Adventures of Sam Spade (1949–50); boss to government special agent Douglas Fairbanks Jr. in The Silent Men (NBC 1951); and a New Orleans bartender in the NBC adventure drama Jason and the Golden Fleece (1952–53). :374, 541, 273, 189, 12, 615, 368 Most prominently, Conrad's deep, resonant voice was heard in the role of Marshal Matt Dillon on CBS Radio's gritty Western series Gunsmoke (April 26, 1952 – June 18, 1961). The producers originally rejected him for the part because of his ubiquitous presence on so many radio dramas and the familiarity of his voice, but his impressive audition could not be dismissed, and he became the obvious choice for the role. Conrad voiced Dillon for the show's nine-year run, and he wrote the June 1953 episode "Sundown." When Gunsmoke was adapted for television in 1955, executives at CBS did not cast Conrad or his radio costars despite a campaign to get them to change their minds.:
His other credits include Suspense , Lux Radio Theater , and Fibber McGee and Molly . In "The Wax Works", a 1956 episode of Suspense, Conrad performed every part.Because of his CBS Radio contract, he sometimes appeared on shows on other networks under the pseudonym "Julius Krelboyne".
In January 1956, Conrad was the announcer on the debut broadcast of The CBS Radio Workshop , a two-part adaptation of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World which Huxley himself narrated. "On the air, The CBS Radio Workshop was a lightning rod for ideas," wrote radio historian John Dunning, who cites Conrad's "tour de force" performances in the subsequent broadcasts "The Legend of Jimmy Blue Eyes" (March 23, 1956) and "A Matter of Logic" (June 1, 1956). 144–145 Conrad directed and narrated the 1957 episode "Epitaphs", an adaptation of Edgar Lee Masters's poetry volume Spoon River Anthology .:
"And '1489 Words' (Feb. 10, 1957) remains a favorite of many, a powerful Conrad performance proving that one picture is not necessarily worth a thousand words," Dunning concluded. "A lovely way to end a day, a decade, or an era." 145:
As an actor in feature films, Conrad was often cast as a threatening figure. His most notable role may be the first for which he was credited, as one of the gunmen sent to eliminate Burt Lancaster in The Killers (1946). Conrad also appeared in Body and Soul (1947), Sorry, Wrong Number (1948), Joan of Arc (1948), and The Naked Jungle (1954).
In 1961, Conrad moved to the production side of the film business, producing and directing for Warner Bros. film studio.His most notable film was Brainstorm (1965), a latter-day film noir that has come to be regarded as "a minor masterpiece of the 1960s" and "the final, essential entry in that long line of films noirs that begins at the end of the Second World War." Conrad was the executive producer of Countdown (1968), a science-fiction thriller starring James Caan and Robert Duvall that was the major studio feature début of director Robert Altman.
Conrad narrated the documentary Design For Disaster, produced by the Los Angeles City Fire Department, about the November 1961 Bel Air wildfire that gutted several neighborhoods, at the time the worst conflagration in Los Angeles history.
As a token of appreciation from Jack L. Warner, head of Warner Bros., Conrad received one of the two original lead-metal falcon statues used in the classic film The Maltese Falcon (1941). The falcon sat on a bookshelf in Conrad's house from the 1960s. Standing 11.5 in (29.2 cm) high and weighing 45 lb (20.4 kg), the figurine had been slashed during the making of the film by Sydney Greenstreet's character Kasper Gutman, leaving deep cuts in its bronze patina. After Conrad's death, the statue was consigned by his widow Tippy Conrad to Christie's, which estimated it would bring $30,000 to $50,000 at auction. In December 1994, Christie's sold the falcon for $398,500. In 1996, the purchaser, Ronald Winston of Harry Winston, Inc., resold the prop to an unknown European collector "at an enormous profit"—for as much as $1 million.
Late in life, Conrad narrated the opening and closing scenes of the 1991 Bruce Willis feature film Hudson Hawk .
As "Bill Conrad", he narrated the animated Rocky and Bullwinkle series from 1959 to 1964. He narrated This Man Dawson , a 33-episode syndicated crime drama starring Keith Andes in the 1959–1960 television season, and then became the familiar voice narrating The Fugitive , starring David Janssen, on ABC television from 1963 to 1967. He could also be heard introducing Count Basie's Orchestra and Frank Sinatra on Sinatra's 1966 Live at the Sands album.
Conrad intoned a rhyming narration heard over the credits of the 1970 John Wayne film Western Chisum . His voice is heard in the Clio Award-winning 1971 public-service announcement about pollution featuring Iron Eyes Cody, created for Earth Day by Keep America Beautiful and the Ad Council.From 1973 to 1978, Conrad narrated the TV nature program, Wild, Wild World of Animals . Also during the 1970s, he appeared in and narrated a number of episodes for ABC's American Sportsman, and in the CBS documentary The Lost Treasure of the Concepcion. He later narrated The Making of Star Wars (1977), the 1978 World Series U.S.-baseball highlight film, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979), and The Rebels (1979). He performed the role of Denethor in the 1980 animated TV version of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Return of the King . His other voice work included narration for The Highwayman and the High Flight sign off featuring the F-15.
With Sam Peckinpah Conrad directed episodes of NBC's Klondike in the 1960–1961 season. Other credits as a director include episodes of The Rifleman , Bat Masterson , Route 66 , Have Gun – Will Travel , 77 Sunset Strip , and Ripcord , as well as ABC's crime drama Target: The Corruptors! .
In 1963, Conrad directed Jeffrey Hunter in what became a 26-week Warner Bros. Western television series, Temple Houston . On orders from then-studio boss Jack Webb, Temple Houston episodes were put together in two or three days each, something previously thought impossible in television production. Work began on August 7, 1963, with the initial airing set for September 19. Jimmy Lydon, a former child actor, adult actor, and a producer with Warner Bros. at the time, recalled that Webb told the staff, "Fellas, I just sold Temple Houston. We gotta be on the air in four weeks, we can't use the pilot, we have no scripts, no nothing — do it!"Lydon recalled the team having worked around the clock to get Temple Houston on the air. Co-producer William Conrad directed six episodes, two scripts simultaneously on two different soundstages at Warner Bros. "We bicycled Jeff (Hunter) and (Jack) Elam between the two companies, and Bill shot 'em both in four-and-a-half days. Two complete one-hour shows!" said Lydon.
Conrad guest-starred in NBC's science-fiction series The Man and the Challenge and in the syndicated skydiving adventure series Ripcord , with Larry Pennell and Ken Curtis. In 1962, he starred in an episode of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour and guest-starred in episodes of ABC's crime drama Target: The Corruptors! .
From 1971 to 1976 he starred in television detective series Cannon , which was broadcast on CBS. While starring in the show, he weighed 230 pounds (104 kg), and ballooned to 260 pounds (118 kg) or more.
"I heard that Weight Watchers had banned its members from watching the show, but it turned out to be a gag," Conrad said in 1973. "The publicist for Weight Watchers did call and suggest that I have lunch with their president. I said sure – if I could pick the restaurant."
From the early 1980s to the early 1990s he starred in two other TV series, each with a crime detection/courtroom drama theme - Nero Wolfe (1981), and Jake and the Fatman (1987–92) with Joe Penny.
In 1957, Conrad was married to former fashion model Susan Randall (1940–1979), and the couple had one son, Christopher.In 1980, Conrad married Tipton "Tippy" Stringer (1930–2010), a TV pioneer and the widow of NBC newscaster Chet Huntley. She helped manage his career during their 14-year marriage.
William Conrad died in Los Angeles on February 11, 1994, from congestive heart failure.He was buried in the Lincoln Terrace section of Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills Cemetery, California.
Conrad was posthumously elected to the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1997.
|1945||Pillow to Post||uncredited|
|1947||Body and Soul||Quinn|
|1948||Arch of Triumph||Policeman at Accident||uncredited|
|1948||To the Victor||Farnsworth|
|1948||Four Faces West||Sheriff Egan|
|1948||Sorry, Wrong Number||Morano|
|1948||Joan of Arc||Guillaume Erard, a Prosecutor|
|1949||Any Number Can Play||Frank Sistina|
|1949||Tension||Lt. Edgar Gonsales|
|1949||East Side, West Side||Lt. Jacobi|
|1950||Escape (TV series)||Narrator|
|1950||One Way Street||Ollie|
|1950||The Milkman||Mike Morrel|
|1951||The Sword of Monte Cristo||Major Nicolet|
|1951||The Racket||Detective Sergeant Turk|
|1953||Cry of the Hunted||Goodwin|
|1953||The Desert Song||Lachmed|
|1954||The Naked Jungle||Commissioner|
|1954||The Bob Mathias Story||Narrator||uncredited|
|1955||5 Against the House||Eric Berg|
|1957||The Ride Back||Sheriff Chris Hamish|
|1958||The Rough Riders (TV series)||Wade Hacker||"The Governor"|
|1958–1961||Bat Masterson (TV series)||Clark Benson|
|"Stampede at Tent City"|
"Terror on the Trinity"
|1959–1960||This Man Dawson (TV series)||Narrator|
|1959–1960||Rocky and His Friends (TV series)||Narrator|
|1961||The Aquanauts (TV series)||Corey||"Killers in Paradise"|
|1961–1964||The Bullwinkle Show (TV series)||Narrator|
|1962||Target: The Corruptors! (TV series)||Dan||"Yankee Dollar"|
|1962||Have Gun—Will Travel (TV series)||Moses Kadish|
|"The Man Who Struck Moonshine"|
|1962||GE True (TV series)||Dr. James Fallon||"Circle of Death"|
|1963||The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV series)||Sgt. Cresse||"The Thirty-First of February"|
|1963-1964||77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)||Clapper|
|1963–1967||The Fugitive (TV series)||Narrator||uncredited|
|1965||Two on a Guillotine||The Fat Man in the Hall of Mirrors||uncredited|
|1965||My Blood Runs Cold||Helicopter Pilot (voice)||uncredited|
|1965||Hoppity Hooper (TV series)||Narrator||uncredited|
|1965||F Troop||Narrator||"Scourge of the West", uncredited|
|1965||Battle of the Bulge||Narrator||uncredited|
|1966||Chamber of Horrors||Narrator||uncredited|
|1968||Countdown||TV Newscaster (voice)||uncredited|
|1969||The Dudley Do-Right Show (TV series)||Narrator|
|1969||The Name of the Game (TV series)||Arnold Wexler||"The Power"|
|1970||It Takes a Thief (TV series)||Strategy Room Announcer (voice)||"Situation Red"; uncredited|
|1970||The Brotherhood of the Bell (TV movie)||Bart Harris|
|1970||The High Chaparral (TV series)||China Pierce||"Spokes"|
|1970||Men at Law (TV series)||Kornedi||"Survivors Will Be Prosecuted"|
|1970||D. A.: Conspiracy to Kill (TV movie)||Chief Vincent Kovac|
|1971||O'Hara, U. S. Treasury (TV movie)||Keegan|
|1971–1976||Cannon (TV series)||Frank Cannon|
|1973||Gunsmoke (TV series)||Narrator||"Women for Sale"|
|1973–1975||Barnaby Jones (TV series)||Frank Cannon||"Requiem for a Son"|
"The Deadly Conspiracy: Part 2"
|1973–1976||Wild, Wild World of Animals (TV series)||Narrator|
|1974||The FBI Story: The FBI Versus Alvin Karpis,|
Public Enemy Number One (TV movie)
|1975|| Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux Klan |
|1976||The Macahans (TV movie)||Narrator|
|1977||The City (TV movie)||Narrator|
|1977||The Force of Evil (TV movie)||Narrator|
|1977||Moonshine County Express||Jack Starkey|
|1977||The Making of Star Wars||Narrator|
|1977||Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected (TV series)||Host and narrator|
|1977||Catastrophe!||Host and narrator|
|1977–1978||How the West Was Won (TV series)||Narrator||uncredited|
|1978||Night Cries (TV movie)||Dr. Whelan|
|1978||Keefer (TV movie)||Keefer|
|1979||Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (TV movie)||Narrator||uncredited|
|1979||The Rebels (TV movie)||Narrator|
|1979–1981||Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (TV series)||Narrator|
|1980||Battles: The Murder That Wouldn't Die (TV movie)||William Battles|
|1980||The Return of the King (TV movie)||Lord Denethor (voice)|
|1980||Turnover Smith (TV movie)||Thaddeus Smith|
|1980||The Return of Frank Cannon (TV movie)||Frank Cannon|
|1980||Jockey (TV documentary movie)||Host (Himself)||Directed by Martin Pitts Written by John Underwood|
|1980||The Tarzan/Lone Ranger Adventure Hour (TV series)||The Lone Ranger (voice)||as J. Darnoc|
|1981||Nero Wolfe (TV series)||Nero Wolfe|
|1981||Side Show (TV movie)||Ring Announcer (voice)|
|1982|| The Cremation of Sam McGee:|
A Poem by Robert W. Service
|1982||Police Squad! (TV series)||Stabbed Man||"Testimony of Evil"|
|1982||Shocktrauma (TV movie)||Dr. R. Adams Cowley|
|1983||The Mikado (TV movie)||The Mikado|
|1983||Trauma Center (TV series)||Narrator|
|1983||Manimal (TV series)||Narrator|
|1984||Murder, She Wrote (TV series)||Major Anatole Karzof||"Death Takes a Curtain Call"|
|1985||In Like Flynn (TV movie)||Sergeant Dominic|
|1986||Hotel (TV series)||Art Patterson||"Shadows of a Doubt"|
|1986||Killing Cars||Mr. Mahoney|
|1986||Vengeance: The Story of Tony Cimo (TV movie)||Jim Dunn|
|1986||Matlock (TV series)||D. A. James L. McShane||"The Don"|
|1987||The Highwayman (TV movie)||Narrator||uncredited|
|1987||The Highwayman (TV series)||Narrator||uncredited|
|1987–1992||Jake and the Fatman (TV series)||Jason Lochinvar "Fatman" McCabe|
|1973||Carol Burnett and Friends||Himself|
|1955||Highway Patrol (TV series)||"The Trap"|
|1958||Target (TV series)||"The Unknown"|
|1959||Mackenzie's Raiders (TV series)||"The Pen and the Sword"|
|1959||Bold Venture (TV series)||"Go Fight Sidney Hall"|
"Dial M for Mother"
"Oh Kaplan, My Kaplan"
"The Last Hungry Man"
"One of Our Friedkins Is Missing … Fine"
"The Glittering Skull of Irving Tezcula"
|1959||The Rifleman (TV series)||"Three Legged Terror"|
|1959||The Rough Riders (TV series)||"Deadfall"|
|1959–1960||This Man Dawson (TV series)|
|1959–1960||Tombstone Territory (TV series)||"Marked for Murder"|
"The Black Diamond"
|1959–1961||Bat Masterson (TV series)||"Wanted: Dead"|
"The Reluctant Witness"
"The Good and the Bad"
"Ledger of Guilt"
|1960||Lock-Up (TV series)||"Poker Club"|
"So Shall Ye Reap"
|1960||Men into Space (TV series)||"Mission to Mars"|
|1960||Klondike (TV series)||"Klondike Fever"|
"Saints and Stickups"
|1960–1961||The Case of the Dangerous Robin (TV series)||"The Nightmare"|
|1961||The Aquanauts (TV series)||"The Stakeout Adventure"|
|1961||Route 66 (TV series)||"First Class Mouliak"|
|1961||Naked City (TV series)||"A Kettle of Precious Fish"|
"The Day the Island Almost Sank"
|1961–1962||Target: The Corruptors! (TV series)||"Prison Empire"|
"Play It Blue"
"Babes in Wall Street"
"My Native Land"
"A Man's Castle"
"Journey into Mourning"
"A Book of Faces"
|1962||Saints and Sinners (TV series)||"A Night of Horns and Bells"|
|1962–1963||Have Gun–Will Travel (TV series)||"One, Two, Three"|
"Don't Shoot the Piano Player"
"A Miracle for St. Francis"
"The Black Bull"
|1962–1963||GE True (TV series)||"Harris vs. Castro"|
"The Handmade Private"
"The Last Day"
"Man with a Suitcase"
"Mile-Long Shot to Kill"
"The Wrong Nickel"
"Defendant Clarence Darrow"
"The Black-Robed Ghost"
"Pattern for Espionage"
"The Tenth Mona Lisa"
|1963||77 Sunset Strip (TV series)||six episodes|
|1963||The Man from Galveston|
|1963–1964||Temple Houston (TV series)||"Billy Hart"|
"Thy Name Is Woman"
"A Slight Case of Larceny"
"The Gun That Swept the West"
"The Town That Trespassed"
|1963–1971||Gunsmoke (TV series)||"Panacea Sykes"|
|1965||Two on a Guillotine|
|1965||My Blood Runs Cold|
|1981||Side Show (TV movie)|
|1957||The Way Back|
|1959–1960||This Man Dawson (TV series)|
|1963||77 Sunset Strip (TV series)||"88 Bars"|
|1965||Two on a Guillotine|
|1965||My Blood Runs Cold|
|1966||An American Dream|
|1967||First to Fight|
|1967||A Covenant with Death|
|1967||The Cool Ones||executive producer|
|1968||Assignment to Kill||executive producer|
|1980||Turnover Smith (TV movie)||executive producer|
Gunsmoke is an American radio and television Western drama series created by director Norman Macdonnell and writer John Meston. The stories take place in and around Dodge City, Kansas, during the settlement of the American West. The central character is lawman Marshal Matt Dillon, played by William Conrad on radio and James Arness on television. When aired in the UK, the television series was initially titled Gun Law, later reverting to Gunsmoke.
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