My pace of life picked up very significantly about the time the B western movies died away in the mid-1950s. What I had time left for were radio dramas, which still existed and were very entertaining in the mid-1950s. My favorite then and now remains the original radio series Gunsmoke.
Radio Gunsmoke started in 1952 and ended in 1961. I feel damned lucky to have caught so many of the broadcasts at the time. Even now, I still love listening to their reruns whenever I am lucky enough to find an "old time radio" series being rebroadcast on radio these days. William Conrad was Matt Dillon, and he was terrific. What a voice and dramatization of the spoken language he commanded. He would have been a magnificent Matt Dillon on television except for one thing--he had a major body weight problem, which James Arness, the one and only television Matt Dillon, never had.
Still, if you are too young to have enjoyed radio dramas, you missed the exhilarating exercise of your imagination. If you are a child of television, you have no idea what you missed, and you probably never will know the thrills that those with radio only knew through art via the radio.
As those magnificent B western movies went into history, the new medium of television treated them as though they were manna from heaven. The new medium of television really started out trying to figure out just what it was. Everything was a novelty to television. We have all seen myriad kinescope recordings of the early live variety shows and the earlier recorded live dramas. Television enjoyed no sophistication in its infancy, so it turned to movies to fill in for all the lacking original programming.
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