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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

Tuesday
June 28
1:00pm
The Ladies from St. Louis
Five nuns bring a wounded outlaw into Dodge City, then are reluctant to turn him in because he saved their lives.
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2:00pm
Nitro (Tiger by the Tail) Part 1
A lovesick, broke transient embarks on a lucrative but perilous career--boiling nitroglycerine off dynamite for a gang of robbers.
TV-G
3:00pm
Nitro (Tiger by the Tail) Part 2
Matt Dillon hunts a gang that has shattered one safe after another with nitroglycerine.
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4:00pm
The Wreckers
Kitty helps Marshal Matt Dillon switch identities with a killer in order to escape, when they are kidnapped by outlaws.
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Wednesday
June 29
1:00pm
Cattle Barons
Marshal Dillon is caught in the middle when feuding cattle lords bring their struggle for power to Dodge City.
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2:00pm
The Prodigal
Two men return to Dodge City to find the man who shot their father in the back at the Long Branch saloon 12 years before.
TV-G
3:00pm
Vengeance-Part 1
A wealthy rancher has three drifters trampled by his horsemen after he accuses them of stealing a calf.
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4:00pm
Vengeance-Part 2
At Parkertown a trap awaits drifter Bob Johnson who is seeking revenge for the murder of two of his friends.
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Thursday
June 30
1:00pm
A Hat
A cattle baron and a legendary frontiersman involve Marshal Matt Dillon in their life-and-death dispute over a hat.
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2:00pm
Hard-Luck Henry
Festus is known as "the smartest Haggen", but he regrets the title when his cousin "Hard-Luck" Henry Haggen comes looking for advice .
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3:00pm
Major Glory
Two recaptured Army deserters frame Festus Haggen in an attempted murder of their sergeant.
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4:00pm
The Pillagers
Kitty Russell and a young gunsmith from the East are abducted from a stagecoach while on the trail to Dodge City.
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