Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Classics on CD

Date: 04 Jun 2002


Re your comments on GUNSMOKE below:

> ... "Gunsmoke" featuring William Conrad as
> Matt Dillon. As
> written by John Meston and as interpreted by Conrad,
> Matt Dillon is a
> quintessentially hard-boiled character who would
> have been at the top of
> the recent "hard-boiled characters" poll if he'd
> been a character in
> literature.

Given that Joe Friday DID make the list, it's interesting to note that, when GUNSMOKE first debuted on radio, critics referred to it as "DRAGNET on the plains."

BTW, though I've always enjoyed Jim Arness's interpretation of the character, I agree that Conrad's version is tops.


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