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That and Bonanza

Over 600 episodes?! Can you see that sold in a "buy the series" DVD box? They've have to sell it in 5 year increments, seasons 1-5, 6-10, 11-15, 16-20. Thanks for the memories James.

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(NT) Younger brother Peter Graves died last year. 1923-2010
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Gil Scott-Heron just passed, from a
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The Daily News story had this minor myth:

"Despite the fact the show famously opened with Marshal Dillon outdrawing a bad guy on a sun-baked Main Street,"

Dillon was outdrawn (and no wonder*) but shot straighter.

"Arvo Ojala (February 21, 1920 in Seattle, Washington - July 1, 2005 in Gresham, Oregon) was a Hollywood technical advisor on the subject of quick-draw with a revolver.[1] He also worked as an actor; his most famous role was that of the unnamed man shot by Marshal Dillon in the opening sequences of the long-running television series Gunsmoke. As a joke on the producers, Jim Arness and Arvo actually did the opener once with Dillon falling to the ground."

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