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West of Dodge: 1957

West of Dodge: 1957

July 1957. "Actor James Arness filming on location for the television series Gunsmoke." Photo by Maurice Terrell for the Look magazine article "Jim Arness: Hero of Gunsmoke." View full size.

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Wildwood Park

The location depicted here is now in Wildwood Park (or in the abutting housing tract) in Thousand Oaks California. The view is to the Northwest, with Mountclef Ridge in the background.

Cowboy Clothes

I would bet no cowpoke was ever as well dressed as these guys! Check out the rack of costumes on the distant right.

Veteran Character Actor

Simon Oakland, who infamously played gumshoe Vern St. Cloud on The Rockford Files, appears to be reclining on his saddle in the foreground, having just enjoyed a swig from his almost-period canteen. (Could the episode being filmed have been "Overland Express" which aired 31may58?)

[Indeed it is. -tterrace]


Dodge City?

My husband loved all things cowboy. But being from Kansas he got a big kick out of all the mountains around Dodge City depicted in Gunsmoke.

Dodge COE

Looks like a Dodge COE in the background (the 4 door truck). Judging from the lighting, I'd say they're, what, South East of a Dodge?

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