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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
May 31
1:00pm
Quiet Day in Dodge
Marshal Dillon has a tough day when he returns to Dodge City with a dangerous prisoner, not having slept for two days, only to face another unbelievable twenty-four hour period.
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2:00pm
Wheland's Men
An outlaw gang terrorized Dodge City duing Marshal Dillon's absence. Miss Kitty boldly challenges the leader to a poker game, with Dillon's life as the stake.
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3:00pm
Kimbro
Matt Dillon learns that the man who taught him everything he knows is now an itinerant drunk reduced to sweeping out stables for whiskey money.
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4:00pm
Jesse
Brock Peters plays an old friend of Festus' , who is now a fugitive from the law.
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Wednesday
June 1
1:00pm
Talbot
An outlaw, named Talbot, falls in love with the widow of a man he has been forced to kill in self-defense.
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2:00pm
This Golden Land
The son of a Russian immigrant, Moshe Gorofsky, is killed in a brutal hazing accident by a hooligan named Ruxton.
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3:00pm
Women For Sale Part 1
Several settlers and travelers are taken captive by a band of renegade Indians and sold to white mercenaries for slave labor and prostitution.
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4:00pm
Women for Sale Part 2
Marshal Dillon rescues Stella and Marcy from their Indian captor, and they accompany the Marshal as he tries to stop a white-slave trader from escaping to Mexico with his potential slaves.
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Thursday
June 2
1:00pm
Matt's Loves Story
A wounded Matt Dillon loses his memory and falls in love with a widow. Matt's first TV kiss, not to Miss Kitty, but to guest star Michael Learned.
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2:00pm
The Boy and the Sinner
Ron Moody guest stars as a man torn between keeping his own self-respect and the friendship of a young boy or keeping his drunken promise to help two hired gunmen.
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3:00pm
The Widowmaker
Steve Forrest guest stars as a gunfighter whose speed is legendary but who now is trying to live a quiet, nonviolent life with Teresa, the girl he loves.
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4:00pm
Kitty's Love Affair
Richard Kiley guest stars as Will Stambridge, a reluctant gunfighter with whom Kitty falls in love-after he risks his own life to save hers.
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