The Star-Studded Gunsmoke Marathon

Unexpected Guests Arrive in Dodge!

Some big names are riding into Dodge! Recognize any of them? John Wayne! Dan Blocker! James Drury! Chuck Connors—and many others! Start “stargazing” Sun, March 29 | 9AM ET.

The Star-Studded Gunsmoke Marathon

STARTING SUNDAY, MARCH 29TH | 9AM ET

Unexpected Guests Arrive in Dodge!

 

Some big names are riding into Dodge! Recognize any of them? John Wayne! Dan Blocker! James Drury! Chuck Connors—and many others! Start “stargazing” Sun, March 29 | 9AM ET.

 

Word of Honor

Guest Star Claude Akins
9AM ET

A rancher’s son is kidnapped, shot and held for ransom by a gang. Doc arrives, but the son dies. The gang lets Doc go, but force him to give his word of honor that he will not reveal their identities.

 

Reed Survives

Guest Star James Drury
9:30AM ET

A rancher’s son is kidnapped, shot and held for ransom by a gang. Doc arrives, but the son dies. The gang lets Doc go, but force him to give his word of honor that he will not reveal their identities.

 

All That

Guest Star Buddy Ebsen
10AM ET

Shanks, a man who lost his wife and all his possessions, returns to Dodge from gold prospecting with three bags to deposit in the bank. Now suddenly, all who scorned him can’t do enough for him.

 

Matt Gets It

Guest Star John Wayne
11AM ET

United States Marshal Matt Dillon is confronted and shot by Dan Grat, a trigger-happy gunman hunted by Texas authorities. While Matt recovers, Grat goes rampant in Dodge City.

 

The Killer

Guest Stars Charles Bronson & Dabbs Greer
11:30AM ET

Matt Dillon must stop a psychopathic killer, who goes after those who don’t have much experience with using a gun. Matt gives the man an ultimatum in order to stop him.

 

The Boys

Guest Star George Kennedy
12PM ET

A snake oil salesman and his three sons hatch a scheme to swindle the citizens of

Dodge. Matt Dillon must bring them to justice.

 

The Preacher

Guest Star Chuck Connors
1PM ET

A preacher, who is disgusted by violence, is kidnapped and bullied by a prizefighter who hates his timid nature. Matt Dillon must intervene after the man tells him that he’s going to kill the preacher.

 

Alarm at Pleasant Valley

Guest Star Dan Blocker
1:30PM ET

While on the way back to Dodge City, Matt Dillon and Chester discover a homesteading family fleeing Pleasant Valley, a town which has been surrounded by Indians.

 

Blue Heaven

Guest Star Kurt Russell
2PM ET

A young man and a fugitive team up as they run from those who have been chasing them about a murder and robbery they just didn’t commit.

 

The Mistake

Guest Star Mike Connors
3PM ET

After Earl Haney is killed, Matt arrests and jails Jim Bostick since he fits the description of the murderer. A second man is robbed and killed, and the attacker is also killed. Matt releases Bostick.

 

Print Asper

Guest Star Ted Knight
3:30PM ET

Crooked lawyer Jay Rabb tries to cheat Print Asper out of his ranch. Asper is later suspected of attempted murder after Rabb is shot. Matt Dillon must track down the real person who committed the crime.

 

Hung High

Guest Stars George Lindsey & Ed Asner
4PM ET

As Matt Dillon takes a man to Hays City for hanging, he finds himself at odds with a sergeant who has a grudge against him.

 

Poor Pearl

Guest Star Denver Pyle
5PM ET

Two suitors, Willie Calhoun and Webb Thorne, vie for Pearl Bender’s affections, as each have intentions of marrying her. When the suitors threaten violence, Matt must intervene before tragedy strikes.

 

Minnie

Guest Star Alan Hale, Jr.
5:30PM ET

A rambunctious lady named Minnie arrives in Dodge City and sets her sight on Doc Adams. Many in town, including Matt Dillon, Kitty and Chester, find it quite amusing, until her husband comes to town.

 

Song for Dying

Guest Star Lee Majors
6PM ET

The head of the Lukens clan is on the hunt for a carefree minstrel. He blames him for not helping his wife during her difficult childbirth while the doctor was away. Matt Dillon must step in.

 

Sins of the Father

Guest Star Angie Dickinson
7PM ET

Big Dan Daggit and his Indian wife, Rose, come to town. Hotel owner Mr. Dobie asks them to leave the Dodge House. He knows she’s the daughter of an Indian chief who led raids on white settlers.

 

Man Who Would Be Marshal

Guest Star June Carter Cash
7:30PM ET

A former officer, Major Emmett Egan, has been approved by the Army’s war department for Marshal Matt Dillon’s job. Matt will agree to let him have his job if he shadows him for a week.

 

Ten Little Indians

Guest Star Bruce Dern
8PM ET

Matt Dillon learns that someone put a bounty on his head and nearly every gunman in the West seems to be heading to Dodge to try to collect the money.

 

Romeo

Guest Stars Barbara Eden & Robert Vaughn
9PM ET

A powerful landowner threatens to wipe out Dodge City when his daughter falls in love with the son of his archenemy. The couple runs away in hopes of getting help from Matt Dillon.

 

Doc’s Reward

Guest Star Jack Lord
9:30PM ET

On his way to an accident, Doc is confronted by a man who shoots his horse. Doc shoots and kills the man. Matt Dillon refuses to arrest Doc, but Doc doesn’t want Matt’s reputation to be questioned.

 

The Reward

Guest Star James Whitmore
10PM ET

Jim Forbes, a convicted gold mine swindler, returns to Dodge from serving time in prison. Now a free man, Forbes is determined to reopen the mine to prove that there’s actually gold there.

 

Patsy

Guest Star Martin Landau
11PM ET

Matt is skeptical of Holly Fanshaw’s story that Fly Hoyt shot young Dave Thorp in the back, killing him. After Matt Dillon talks to Hoyt, he begins to think the he is definitely innocent of the crime.

 

Jayhawkers

Guest Stars Jack Elam & Ken Curtis
11:30PM ET

Dolph Quince sends Phil Jacks to Dodge City to bring Matt Dillon back to protect their herd from Jayhawkers. Quince hopes by having Matt there, it will ease tensions his men have for Kansans.

 

The Pretenders

Guest Stars Tom Skerritt & Julie Sommars
12AM ET

Two brothers are released from prison after serving a sixyear sentence for rustling cattle. They come home to find their mother dying and their father bitter.

 

The Bobsy Twins

Guest Star Richard Chamerlain
1AM ET

Twins Merle and Harvey Finney travel West in a quest to kill Indians. When Matt Dillon gets word of their plans, he decides to find out what their underlying motive really is.

 

Old Flame

Guest Star Lee Van Cleef
1:30AM ET

Dolly, a girlfriend from Matt Dillon’s past, shows up in Dodge City claiming to have been robbed and beaten. She asks Matt to help her find her husband, Rad Meadows. Miss Kitty has doubts about her story.

 

My Father’s Guitar

Guest Star Beau Bridges
2AM ET

A talented, young guitarist impresses everyone who hears him play his instrument. However, his guitar is so important to him, he is willing to kill for it.

 

Old Fool

Guest Star Buddy Ebsen
3AM ET

Elsie Hedgepeth is up to no good. She devises a plan to make a play for Hannibal Bass, hoping to get her hands on his farm and all of his money. However, she runs into big problems, namely Mrs. Bass.

 

Cholera

Guest Star Stuart Whitman
3:30AM ET

Corrupt landowner, McCready, accuses homesteaders of stealing from him. Meanwhile, when a cholera outbreak hits Dodge City and Doc is nowhere to be found, Matt Dillon and Chester try to locate him.