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. The radio series ran from 1952 to 1961. John Dunning
wrote that among radio drama enthusiasts, "Gunsmoke is routinely placed among the best shows of any kind and any time."