You may recall that when Season 2, Vol. 1 of Gunsmoke was released, it accidentally substituted an episode entitled “How to Cure a Friend” (airdate November 10, 1956) with one from this season entitled “How to Kill a Friend” (airdate November 22, 1958).
Well, as a solution, the season 2 episode in question is being included as a bonus feature on this set. It’s not the best solution they could have used, but at least they have now given us the missing episode. “Sponsor spots” are also listed as a bonus feature.
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I’m 61 and, as a kid, I remember enjoying the early Gunsmokes when Dennis Weaver was part of the cast as Chester. I didn’t realize just how terrific the series was until its release on dvd and watching it from an adult perspective. I’ve been watching the hour episodes on Encore Western channel as well, when Chester was still a character on the show (Dennis Weaver left in 1964) and these early episodes are uncompromising in their outcome. Likeable characters are often killed. You just never know what is going to be the outcome of a particular situation. John Meston and Kathleen Hite are two writers who have been responsible for many of these outstanding pre-1965 Gunsmokes. The chemistry among the cast (Matt, Kitty, Doc, Chester) is perfection. I agree with everyone that all subsequent seasons should have been released as one volume like season 1. Since they’re not, I’ll pay the price. I have to own these.
I’M GLAD THEY ARE FINALLY RELEASING THE NEXT INSTALLMENT OF GUNSMOKE! IT IS WELL WORTH THE WAIT, BUT BY THE TIME THEY GET AROUND TO RELEASING ALL (?) THE SEASONS, I PROBABLY WON’T BE AROUND TO ENJOY THEM!! AT LEAST CUT THE TIME IN HALF AND RELEASE THEM AT THE COMPLETE SEASONS EDITIONS INSTEAD OF VOL. 1 & VOL 2. WHICH BY THE WAY, IS PROBABLY WHY THEY ARN’T SELLING REAL GOOD!!!
I LOVED THE SHOW THEN,(WHEN I WAS A CHILD) AND I LOVE THEM NOW (60).
A WESTERN LOVER,