Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Gunsmoke on Radio and Television (The Big Con)
Gunsmoke On Radio and Television
The Big Con
Aired on radio May 16th 1953
Aired on TV May 3rd 1958
After being bluffed into fleeing Dodge City, 3 con men take Doc hostage as they run from Marshall Dillon.
The TV version of this episode has Joseph Kearns, legendary radio actor, as Mr. Papp the banker in charge. Joe Kearns voice such characters as Ed the vault guard on the Jack Benny Show and The Man in Black narrator on the early seasons of Suspense. He went on to be remembered by the TV generation as Mr. Wilson on Dennis the Menace.
In an ironic twist one of the con men taking the banker for money was Raymond Bailey, better known to TV audiences as Mr. Drysdale the banker on The Beverly Hillbillies.