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Matt Dillon meets Festus Haggen
You Tube ^ | 1962

Posted on 08/12/2013 1:27:59 PM PDT by Eleutheria5

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CKxnN9YBaw


TOPICS: History; TV/Movies; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: festus; gunsmoke; matt; unclejack
Can't get enough of Gunsmmoke.
1 posted on 08/12/2013 1:28:00 PM PDT by Eleutheria5
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To: Eleutheria5

Piece of genius casting, that. BTT


2 posted on 08/12/2013 1:30:15 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Billthedrill

The writing and the acting just got better, instead of going down hill.


3 posted on 08/12/2013 1:31:44 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Eleutheria5

Ken Curtis was fantastic! Replaced D Weaver IIRC. But Curtis was already huge. Singer...was supposed to replace Sinatra at one point, accomplished actor, well respected. One of the best castings ever!


4 posted on 08/12/2013 1:35:58 PM PDT by prisoner6 ( FREEDOM!)
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To: Eleutheria5

“Aw... I aint’ gonna shoot off his whole ear...jus’ the little hangy down part.”


5 posted on 08/12/2013 1:38:32 PM PDT by W.Lee (It took me a long time to learn my elbow from a hot rock.)
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To: prisoner6

You can find Curtis in many classic westerns including the greatest of all, The Searchers.


6 posted on 08/12/2013 1:39:47 PM PDT by clintonh8r (white Caucasian)
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To: Eleutheria5

Actually I think it went downhill pretty quickly when it went to color and the Matt Dillon character had fewer lines and was in fewer and fewer scenes. I had a huge crush on Amamda Blake. What a doll.


7 posted on 08/12/2013 1:43:07 PM PDT by clintonh8r (white Caucasian)
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To: clintonh8r

Also The Alamo. The real one with John Wayne, not the stupid remake.

He was in a ton of stuff not all westerns.

Almost everyday Gunsmoke and Bonanza are on in my home.


8 posted on 08/12/2013 1:45:07 PM PDT by prisoner6 ( FREEDOM!)
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To: clintonh8r

He was John Ford’s son-in-law for a while. Seeing him in “Gunsmoke,” or in “The Searchers” where Ford made him use a silly accent, you don’t get the whole impression of how Wheee-doggies! gorgeous he was.


9 posted on 08/12/2013 1:46:36 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Ask me about the Weiner Wager. Support Free Republic!)
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To: Tax-chick
I loved Ken Curtis as a singer and actor, but he was one bad director.

Directed one of the worse monster movies I ever saw, KILLER SHREWS.

It was so bad it was good, kind of like Sharknado.

10 posted on 08/12/2013 1:51:26 PM PDT by mware
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To: Tax-chick

He played the accordion in the Quiet Man.


11 posted on 08/12/2013 1:54:13 PM PDT by wordsofearnest (Proper aim of giving is to put the recipient in a state where he no longer needs it. C.S. Lewis)
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To: clintonh8r

I loved those Matt-less episodes, especially the one with Festus and the old prospector with the pet snake, or that backwoods family that kidnapped some show girls/prostitutes, and its sequel where they try to marry them all off but it turns into a brawl.


12 posted on 08/12/2013 1:55:39 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: prisoner6

Weaver was no slouch, either. He had a gentleness that was hard to portray in a series about a rough-n-tough lawman. But Curtis was absolutely immortal, though.


13 posted on 08/12/2013 1:58:19 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: W.Lee

That was just one of countless great lines he got.


14 posted on 08/12/2013 1:59:39 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: clintonh8r

***Actually I think it went downhill pretty quickly when it went to color and the Matt Dillon character had fewer lines and was in fewer and fewer scenes.***

It went downhill in 1968 after the murder of Bobby Kennedy and there began an anti-violence backlash against western TV shows.

Before 1968, Gunsmoke was for adults, with adult themes, being broadcast at Saturday 9PM Central time when the kiddies were in bed.

After 1968, it was moved to an early time period, extended to an hour and as Milburn Stone(Doc) said, there were then more kids on the show than he could ever remember. The scripts were so dumbed down it was pitiful. I could never watch it after that.

But then, everything went to hell after the murder of Bobby Kennedy. Only movies at the theaters escaped by starting up a joke called a “rating system.” They then began to make the most vile movies ever to come out of Hollywood.


15 posted on 08/12/2013 2:16:37 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Eleutheria5

didn’t know he sang:

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Ken+Curtis+&view=detail&mid=44994B1F65120862CDEF44994B1F65120862CDEF&first=0&FORM=NVPFVR&qpvt=Ken+Curtis+


16 posted on 08/12/2013 2:17:06 PM PDT by PeterPrinciple
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To: Eleutheria5
Good Eleutheria5....Ken Curtis was on “Gunsmoke” before the ‘Festus’ character, once as a smooth talking lady killer and you would not have recognized him. And he was on ‘Have Gun Will Travel’ ( episode - The Naked Gun-) as Monk an unwashed trapper....best western TV ever...
17 posted on 08/12/2013 2:17:14 PM PDT by virgil283 (When the sun spins, the cross appears, and the skies burn red)
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To: mware

That sounds hysterical.


18 posted on 08/12/2013 2:18:09 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Ask me about the Weiner Wager. Support Free Republic!)
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To: PeterPrinciple

good job on Have Gun Will Travel:

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Ken+Curtis+&view=detail&mid=DBCD4E73E84DB5D8241BDBCD4E73E84DB5D8241B&first=0&FORM=NVPFVR&qpvt=Ken+Curtis+


19 posted on 08/12/2013 2:21:41 PM PDT by PeterPrinciple
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To: Eleutheria5

He should have been introduced earlier if you ask me but they changed his character a bit too much later if you ask me, he started acting like an old man.


20 posted on 08/12/2013 2:26:30 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: prisoner6
I met Ken Curtis at our county fair when I was a kid.
He signed a picture of himself.

“Hit was the onlyest photo I had of a TV star”

21 posted on 08/12/2013 2:36:01 PM PDT by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
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To: virgil283

That episode of “Have Gun Will Travel” was a real gem. Such a memorable moment, when a group of hardcases see the raggedy Curtis (as Monk, the trapper) approaching, and laugh at him like the comical foil he’d already been to them... and then he nonchalantly uses Paladin’s pistol to blow them away!

I seem to recall a sequel episode in which Curtis reprises the character, but it was unfortunately a clunker.


22 posted on 08/12/2013 3:04:53 PM PDT by greene66
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To: Eleutheria5

I thought the headline was Matt Damon Meets Festus.

In the opening scene the bad guy outdraws Matt but apparently missed.


23 posted on 08/12/2013 3:09:21 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (If you vote for evil because you can't see evil, you ARE evil!)
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To: Eleutheria5
Dang! I read the headline too quickly, and thought it said Matt DAMON meets Festus. I was ready to watch a good ol' country a** whuppin' commence.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

24 posted on 08/12/2013 3:29:30 PM PDT by wku man (Amnesty? No Way, Jose (No Se Puede!) by 10 Pound Test http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsTUQ8yOI2c)
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To: VerySadAmerican

I thought the same thing, I saw the video was like an hour long and thought: holy cow that must be a lot of splicing Ken Curtis into bad modern movie clips or something.

Festus was a great character.

Freegards


25 posted on 08/12/2013 3:36:23 PM PDT by Ransomed
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To: VerySadAmerican
Curtis was also in Henry Fonda's movie, Mr. Roberts. Don't forget how much Doc added to the show. Gunsmoke was terrible when Doc left briefly. I think the actor had a heart attack. The new doctor they brought in for Doc newly ruined the show. Festus should have shot him when he discovered him in Doc's office.
26 posted on 08/12/2013 3:40:41 PM PDT by Pfesser (I miss President Reagan.)
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To: clintonh8r

And we could see his shirt was pink.


27 posted on 08/12/2013 4:24:18 PM PDT by DManA (pi)
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To: Eleutheria5

I thought this was about Putin and Obama.


28 posted on 08/12/2013 4:30:23 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Eleutheria5

I didn’t realize Festus didn’t join the cast till Season 8. So was Chester (Dennis Weaver) the side kick up until that time?

I read a Wikipedia entry that said they had considered Denver Pyle for the part of Dillon...he was a good bad guy in this episode, can’t have imagined him as Dillon.


29 posted on 08/12/2013 4:33:35 PM PDT by memyselfandi59
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To: Eleutheria5; prisoner6
Dennis Weaver lived two houses down from us in North Hollywood when he was an unknown....we went for a visit, which is just a vague memory since I wasn't yet 5. Mom just referred to him as "the actor".

This would have been in 1949 or 50.

30 posted on 08/12/2013 4:33:58 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (Carlos Danger for mayor....NYC deserves him)
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To: clintonh8r

Now them’s fightin’ words, pardner. Shane the best, The Big Country second, The Cowboys third, and then The Searchers fourth. Still in the top five.

8~D


31 posted on 08/12/2013 4:40:29 PM PDT by twister881
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To: Eleutheria5
Can't get enough of Gunsmmoke

Ditto. Thanks for the link to this. Great stuff.

I've wondered from time to time if anyone has ever tallied how many times Matt Dillon was shot in the left arm or shoulder....

=^)

32 posted on 08/12/2013 4:47:11 PM PDT by fone (Never give up, never give in.)
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To: Eleutheria5; Billthedrill
Curtis was on a show that inspired me (as a kid) to eventually take up skydiving.

RIPCORD

33 posted on 08/12/2013 4:53:24 PM PDT by Loud Mime (Liberal: A person who charges their grandchildren for today's party)
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To: Tax-chick

I liked it when Matt had to go down to Old Mexico and it was a terrible, bandit ridden, corrupt Federalies, land that he always had a hard time in getting out alive. Coundn’t make that today.


34 posted on 08/12/2013 4:55:50 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: DManA

I usually don’t “LOL” but that made me LOL!


35 posted on 08/12/2013 5:05:06 PM PDT by clintonh8r (white Caucasian)
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To: Loud Mime

The two seasons of “Ripcord” have been officially released on dvd-sets, just this very month. I plan on getting them.


36 posted on 08/12/2013 5:23:52 PM PDT by greene66
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To: Eleutheria5

Also in this episode was Elizabeth MacCrea as April, who repeated her role, becoming Festus’ girl, in the first few re-appearances of Festus, before Curtis really became an all-out regular. MacCrea usually played floozie-types, until a few years later, when she turned pleasantly sweet, playing “Gomer Pyle’s” girlfriend, Lou Ann. I met her once, and she was much more like Lou Ann than April!


37 posted on 08/12/2013 5:32:37 PM PDT by greene66
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To: Eleutheria5

It’s a real pearl button bangle billy.


38 posted on 08/12/2013 5:33:08 PM PDT by Ray54
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To: memyselfandi59

I’m not 100% certain, but I recall it working something like this: Dennis Weaver made a pilot film or two. He was expecting to leave, but the pilots didn’t sell, and he stuck around, in fewer and fewer episodes for about a season or so. Burt Reynolds (as Quint, the blacksmith) was apparently added in early season-8, to pick up the slack of the gradually departing Chester. Around the same time, Ken Curtis made his first Festus appearance, but he didn’t really become a regular right away. Just made a few follow-up appearances for a year or more, but eventually eased into a full-fledged regular. None of it seemed a very clear-cut ‘replacement’ transition, in terms of these three sidekicks. And I even think there was a single episode or two which featured ALL three, Chester, Quint and Festus.


39 posted on 08/12/2013 5:52:21 PM PDT by greene66
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To: Eleutheria5

I listen you http://www.yesterdayusa.com/ and
they have the Radio Gunsmoke which gave birth to the
TV version later.

Regulars

William Conrad as Matt Dillon
Parley Baer as Chester Wesley Proudfoot
Howard McNear as Doc Adams
Georgia Ellis as Kitty Russell

I think Curtis playing Festus (TV) looked to Baer’s earlier portrayal of Chester (Radio) to concoct his accent.
Listening to the Radio version and Parley’s
voice reminds me of the TV Festus.

William Conrad is almost Matt to me, because i’ve listened
so long to the radio show. His character of Matt was
one mean SOB for the first year of the radio show.

BTW , Wife took our daughter thru Dodge City recently.
They have a fake “Dodge City”now. She told me that
Urban Renewal efforts tore down the Old Dodge back
in the 1970s.


40 posted on 08/12/2013 6:31:41 PM PDT by urtax$@work (The only kind of memorial is a Burning memorial !)
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To: memyselfandi59

He remained the side kick until 1964, through 305 episodes (this from IMDB).


41 posted on 08/12/2013 6:36:21 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

“...he always had a hard time in getting out alive. Coundn’t make that today.”

In real life, US federal agents don’t get out alive today, thanks to Eric Holder.


42 posted on 08/12/2013 6:38:28 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
Before 1968, Gunsmoke was for adults, with adult themes, being broadcast at Saturday 9PM Central time when the kiddies were in bed.

After 1968, it was moved to an early time period, extended to an hour and as Milburn Stone(Doc) said, there were then more kids on the show than he could ever remember. The scripts were so dumbed down it was pitiful. I could never watch it after that.

Gunsmoke switched to 1 hour episodes in September 1961 (Season 7) which was a year before the episode linked in this thread aired. It switched to color in September 1966 (Season 12).

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047736/episodes?season=8

43 posted on 08/12/2013 9:18:22 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not really out to get you.)
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