Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 84 – Gunsmoke

Rye BillsburyGunsmoke? A detective show?

This week, a look at how Gunsmoke was first conceived as a hard boiled western detective series. A little history on the beginnings of the concept and an audition recording by two writers of hardboiled radio detective stories – Mort Fine and David Friedkin.

This audition starred Rye Billsbury (later Michael Rye) as “Mark Dillon.”


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