Gunsmoke

Milburn Stone

Dr. Galen "Doc" Adams

Milburn Stone, born in Kansas on July 5, 1904, is best remembered for his 20-year performance as Dr. Galen "Doc" Adams on Gunsmoke. Appearing throughout the show's entire run, he filmed approximately 500 episodes in all.

Perhaps encouraged by his uncle, well-known Broadway personality Fred Stone, Milburn left home as a teenager to act for a touring repertory company. He later appeared in vaudeville as a singer and dancer. Following a brief appearance on Broadway in Sinclair Lewis' The Jayhawkers, he moved to Los Angeles. A series of film roles followed, though none amounted to much.

When Gunsmoke came along in 1955, he was grateful for the opportunity. It wasn't until 1968 that he won an Emmy for the role. Milburn retired in 1975 at the end of Gunsmoke's TV run. By that time, his "Doc" title was official, as he had been awarded an honorary doctorate from St. Mary of the Plains College in—where else?—Dodge City, Kansas. He died of natural causes on June 12, 1980.

Character Bio

If it weren't for gunfights, Doc would be out of business. Bullet wounds are his bread and butter. He is the intellectual of Dodge City and one of Matt Dillon's closest friends. He is admired by the people of Dodge for his skill as a physician, but Doc is only as capable as 1870s medical science will allow. When asked for a prognosis, Doc invariably replies, "We'll have to wait and see."

Doc is a bachelor who lives in his office in downtown Dodge. When he's not practicing medicine, he's either visiting Matt at the jailhouse or talking with Kitty at the Long Branch Saloon. He and Festus represent opposite ends of the intellectual spectrum and consequently do not get along. He has a peculiar mannerism whereby he grabs his ear, then quickly grabs his nose. He does this about 12 times per episode.

Gunsmoke TV Schedule

Monday
August 29
1:00pm
The Schoolmarm
A widower tries to protect the reputation of his son's teacher, and faces a charge of murder because of it.
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2:00pm
A Trail of Bloodshed
Craig Stevens, Kurt Russell, and Tom Simcox are guest stars in the story of a farm youth's grim trackdown of the man who killed his father.
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3:00pm
To Ride a Yellow Horse
An ambitious mother doesn't consider Newly O'Brien or a neighboring farmer suitable suitors for her daughter, provoking them into a fight which almost leads to tragedy.
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4:00pm
The Disciple
The residents of Dodge City are stunned when Matt Dillon feels he can no longer keep law and order and turns in his Marshal's badge.
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Tuesday
August 30
1:00pm
Matt Dillon Must Die
Dillon finds himself in the revengeful hands of a half-crazed widower who plans, with the aid of his four surviving sons, to hunt Dillon down and kill him to revenge the death of his son, a wanted murderer.
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2:00pm
A Town in Chains
Dillon is captured and held for ransom by five bank robbers he has been pursuing when he rides into a small town to warn it about the outlaws--only to find out that they have taken over the place.
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3:00pm
The Guns of Cibola Blanca Part 1
Doc and pretty saloon owner Lyla Ross find themselves virtual slaves when they are kidnapped by a band of former Confederate officers-turned-outlaws.
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4:00pm
The Guns of Cibola Blanca Part 2
With Doc overdue and a stage coach with three passengers missing, Matt, Festus, and Newly set out to find their friend in the conclusion of the two-part episode.
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Wednesday
August 31
1:00pm
Thirty a Month and Found
A sequence of tragedies leads to the death of three cowboys, one of them an old friend of Matt's.
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2:00pm
The Wiving
Jed Hockett, a farmer, orders his three sons to go to town and not return without prospective brides.
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3:00pm
The Iron Men
Cameron Mitchell guest stars as Chauncey Demon, once a highly respected sheriff who has let himself degenerate into a saloon bum, and whose old friend Matt Dillon won't accept his condition as final.
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4:00pm
The Fourth Victim
A series of seemingly random killings have the citizens of Dodge in near panic, but Dillon believes they are part of a pattern in which Doc is slated to be the next target.
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