First, i have been out of state for over 3 months without Internet readily available so aoplolgize if this is a repeat. Has anyone been able to check out the new book "The Gunsmoke Chronicles: A New History of Television's Greatest Western"" by David R. Greenland Released Aug 28, 2013? I picked it up a couple weeks ago and read most of it on my long trip home. A lot of time into this book, with interviews but I especially enjoyed the notes, after each episode, in the episode guide section.
Brenda-3 months without internet access, ahhh!!!!-Glad your home now and have acsess once again- Haven't heard of the book but seems like a interesting read,sure sales are going to go up now that you've told us about it lol-Appreciate you letting us know-Seems your more on top of things not having had internet access than those of us having had it are lol-Again welcome home and back to the web
I think I've heard of it prior to the thread. Not quite sure.
I should be getting money from my financial aid in a couple of weeks (I started college last week and I know I have money coming back my way), so this is probably going to be one of the purchases I make.
I have not heard of this book before. I would be interested in where the information came from. There is not a lot of people left to interview. I might have to pick this book up. How did you survive 3 months without internet ? I would be in therapy now if that happened.
A few of the people interviewed are now gone so this book has been in the works for a while. I believe I read a couple interviews were from around 2000, if I remember. The interviews are Peggy Rae (did you know she was first a secretary for Gunsmoke then Have Gun Will Travel before starting acting?), Jeremy Slate and Morgan Woodward. I kind of wished the interviews kept more to strictly Gunsmoke but if you like TV westerns the author seems to know an awful lot about many other episodes in other shows, especially Bonanza, which has written a book about. The majority of the book is the episode guides but if you are like me can't get enough of those, especially with the notes he has added, including some bloopers. If it helps here are the chapters, after the intros:
1: The Gunsmoke Family 2: The Familiar Faces of Dodge City (appeared in at least 2 episodes) 3: The Glory Years (1955-1961) 4: Seasons of Change (1961-1967) 5: Back on Top (1967-1974) 6: Sundown in Dodge and Beyond (1974-1975) 7: Resurrection: The Gunsmoke Telefilms (1987-94) Episode Guide The Gunsmoke Television Movies Interviews Etc.
If you search ebay for Roger Ewing you will find a book for sale supposedly about Roger Ewing. Roger knows nothing about this, but Lindylou from this board did some research and this book is nothing but a collection of Wikipedia and a few other public access articles. They put together a book by using info that was free and available to all. I wonder if this Gunsmoke Chronicles book is a similar, but a more detailed version of the same sort of thing. There is so much information about the show and cast already out there. A person could make a book easy enough just by using existing material. Any thoughts on this ? Has anyone bought this new book ?
I haven't heard anything about the Roger Ewing book. There are many books with episode guides so there is obviously some repetition so some may not find it worth the investment to buy a new book. Each one has its own interpretation of each episode. This one is about 575 pages long so not something just thrown together and the interviews were first hand. As I said, the thing I like is the notes after each episode, many items I was not familiar with, such as what many of the guest actors were famous for, how many appearances for certain actors, first and last episodes for many like Louis Pheeters, Howie, Moss Grimmick, Ma Smalley, Percy Crump, etc. First time Matt said "Get out of Dodge" (did you know it was "Hot Spell"?) Also mentioned something I have wondered and searched for years was how many times Matt was shot. According to this book 33 times. In the notes it mentions each time a regular was injured AND WHERE. Never seen that in a book yet. As an owner of about every reputable book released I found it had a few items that interested me. Hope that gives any idea. I am just surprised I had not heard of its upcoming release. Obviously I missed something.
I thought more than 50 times myself but maybe that is episodes as we know he was shot more than once (and 4X in SHTD) in quite a few episodes. He was also stabbed a few times and I believe twice with a fork! I am not an art lover (or appreciator maybe a better word) but there is apparently a well known piece of art called "Pharaoh's Horses" that appears in Doc's office, then switches to Kitty's office and even in Kate Heller's house. Since I don't usually pay attention to art I have totally missed that one. Only art I remember is Jonah Hutchinson's in the Long Branch.
Brenda-Again appreciate you bringing this book to our attention, sounds like some good stuff and facts in it- I wouldn't have the time to read it so I'm enjoying the facts you've been sharing about the book with us and hope those that are getting it will do the same (Hint,hint) lol
That's neat about the artwork, like you, I lack that appreciation too lol and that's the same one I remember too in the LB because the episode was around it lol-
Amazing the discoveries about the shows still found after all these years and after having seen those shows a ton of times-It's exciting to learn new things about such a "Old" show-