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.
completely different area of showbiz.
"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. 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."