1958 Gunsmoke Board Game
8 and Up/2-4 Players
Share the exciting adventures of Marshall Matt Dillon of the Gunsmoke television show. This action-packed western game was manufactured by Lowell Toy Manufacturing Corporation in 1958, after the release of the TV show itself, which was the longest-running show in television history — 20 years.
Gunsmoke is an American radio and television Western drama series created by director Norman MacDonnell and writer John Meston. The stories take place in and around Dodge City, Kansas, during the settlement of the American West. The central character is lawman Marshal Matt Dillon, played by William Conrad on radio and James Arness on television.
The radio series ran from 1952 to 1961. John Dunning wrote that among radio drama enthusiasts, “Gunsmoke is routinely placed among the best shows of any kind and any time.” The television series ran from 1955 to 1975 and lasted for 635 episodes. At the end of its run in 1975, Los Angeles Times columnist Cecil Smith wrote: “Gunsmoke was the dramatization of the American epic legend of the west. Our own Iliad and Odyssey, created from standard elements of the dime novel and the pulp western as romanticized by [Ned] Buntline, [Bret] Harte, and [Mark] Twain. It was ever the stuff of legend.”
In the Gunsmoke board game, Fort Riley is about to be attacked. A small band of cowboys is trying to hold the Indians off until help arrives. Players take the part of the cowboys and Indians. To win, the cowboys must get one playing piece from the Fort, through Indian Territory, and into Dodge City (where they can get help from Marshall Dillon and his deputies); whereas, the Indians must take over the Fort with six of their men.
This board game is complete with all its components, and it is in great vintage condition. The box cover has a colorful western illustration upon which a black-and-white photograph of actor James Arness as Marshall Matt Dillon has been superimposed. The box does have some shelf wear and a damaged and split corner. The game board has minimal cracking along its spine. The plastic game pieces, fort turrets, and spinner are in great condition, as is the instruction pamphlet, which has minimal discoloration due to age. Please review all accompanying photographs.
For someone who collects 1950s TV show paraphernalia or vintage toys and games, Gunsmoke is a superb find. Yet more importantly, this board game also provides an evening of fun family entertainment.