This landmark adult Western centered on Marshal Matt Dillon of Dodge City. John Wayne turned down the lead, suggesting James Arness (who remained for its entire run). Originating on radio (with William Conrad as Dillon), it moved to TV in September 1955. Its popularity spawned a number of copycats, but none would enjoy the longevity (and few the consist (more…)
First Aired: October 29, 1973
Festus's prisoner is a roguish thief who is long on charm but short on ethics. Festus: Ken Curtis. Martha: Beth Brickell. Caleb: Clay O'Brien. Matt: James Arness. Doc: Milburn Stone.