Gunsmoke (film)

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Directed by Nathan Juran
Produced by Aaron Rosenberg
Written by D.D. Beauchamp
Based on Roughshod
by Norman A. Fox
Starring Audie Murphy
Susan Cabot
Paul Kelly
Cinematography Charles P. Boyle
Edited by Ted J. Kent
Universal Pictures
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • March 1953 (1953-03) (Los Angeles, California)
  • April 27, 1953 (1953-04-27) (New York City)
  • May 4, 1953 (1953-05-04) (United States)
Running time
79 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1.3 million (US rentals)[1]

Gunsmoke is a 1953 Western film directed by Nathan Juran and starring Audie Murphy, Susan Cabot, and Paul Kelly. Gunsmoke is a Technicolor film for action star and war hero Audie Murphy.[2] The film has no connection to the contemporary radio and later TV series of the same name. The film was based on the 1951 novel Roughshod by Norman A. Fox.


Murphy stars as Reb Kittridge, a wandering hired gun who is hired to kill a rancher (played by Paul Kelly). The gunman has also fallen in love with the rancher's daughter (Susan Cabot). Reb mends his ways by the time Gunsmoke comes to a close.[3]



The movie started filming in June 1952 under the title of Roughshod. It was the first of three Westerns Murphy made with Nathan Juran over two years.[4]


  1. ^ 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1953', Variety, January 13, 1954
  2. ^ Gunsmoke at Audie Murphy Memorial Site
  3. ^ Gossett, Sue, The Films and Career of Audie Murphy, Empire Publishing, Inc., 1996, pp. 47–48.
  4. ^ Don Graham, No Name on the Bullet: The Biography of Audie Murphy, Penguin, 1989 p 228

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