Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge

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Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge
Written by Jim Byrnes
Directed by Vincent McEveety
Starring James Arness
Amanda Blake
Steve Forrest
Buck Taylor
Earl Holliman
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Running time 94 minutes
Production company(s) CBS Entertainment Productions
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Original network CBS
Original release September 26, 1987

Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge is the first made-for-television western film based on the 20-year (1955–1975) television version of Gunsmoke starring James Arness. Although it is supposed to be set in the wilds of Kansas, it was filmed in Alberta, Canada.[1]


Retired US Marshal Matt Dillon, now a fur trapper, is knifed by thieves, brought back to Dodge, and nursed by Kitty Russell, played by Amanda Blake. He is hunted by vengeful past nemesis; Will Mannon, who has sworn to kill Matt, and holds Kitty hostage in exchange for a final showdown.



Ken Curtis (Festus Haggen) turned the project down in the wake of being offered far less compensation than Amanda Blake. Blake, meanwhile, returned to the role of Miss Kitty after having left Gunsmoke prior to the original series' 20th and final season.

Subsequent TV-movies based on the series starring James Arness are Gunsmoke: The Last Apache (1990), Gunsmoke: To the Last Man (1992), Gunsmoke: The Long Ride (1993) and Gunsmoke: One Man's Justice (1994).


  1. ^
  • James Arness: An Autobiography by James Arness, Burt Reynolds, James E. Wise, Jr.
  • Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge on IMDb
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