Gunsmoke: An American Institution: Celebrating 50 Years of Television's Best Western

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Starting on September 10, 1955, and continuing for more than 600 episodes over the next twenty years, Gunsmoke ruled the airwaves. Never in the history of television had a show so captured the hearts of the American public. Each week, Marshal Matt Dillon and his friends would face a new threat to the peace and lawfulness of their frontier home of Dodge City, Kansas. And each week, goodness and determination prevailed. In recognition of this, the show’s golden anniversary, author Ben Costello has produced a remarkable testament to the on-screen and off-screen individuals who made the story lines come alive.

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Ben Costello is a self-confessed film and television buff. Starting at the age of five, he has appeared on stage in a variety of dramatic and comedic roles. He also enjoys writing and directing.

Along with fellow comedian John Babrowski, Costello has played in casinos and clubs from New York City to Las Vegas, frequently portraying characters similar to Abbott and Costello (no, Ben Costello and Lou Costello are not related). In fact, Costello and Babrowski performed the classic "Who’s on First" routine at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, to kick off the 2000 World Series. They were the first to do so since Abbott and Costello performed the skit there 44 years earlier.

Costello wrote, produced, and costarred in The Whitley & Costello Show in 1979. In 1987, he took the classic Laurel and Hardy movie Way Out West" and adapted it for the stage, with the blessings of Lucille Hardy Price, widow of comedian Oliver Hardy.

In 1988, his play titled "Company B" debuted. The show, a slapstick musical tribute to World War II, was so popular that it spawned five stage sequels. For his work on this production, Costello won Best Actor, Writer, Director, and Production awards from the Southern California Theatre Leagues.

Costello teaches seminars on "Hollywood Comedy and Comedians" and is an authority on television and motion picture Westerns.

A divorced father of one, Costello makes his home in the desert community of Joshua Tree, California.

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"I appeared in a lot of Westerns in those days, and ‘Gunsmoke’ was the king of them all." -- Actress Angie Dickinson

"I appreciate your book, and I think a lot of people will. The interest is still certainly there." -- Actor & Artist Buck Taylor

"The reason for the record-breaking longevity of ‘Gunsmoke’ is simple: Quality." -- Actor & Author Alex Cord

"This marvelous tome helps me re-live my work with the superb ‘Gunsmoke’ cast." -- Actor Morgan Woodward

"What a book, what a show, what a cast, crew and pleasure it was to be part of it." -- Actor Lance LeGault

Costello has captured just about every detail about the show and put them all together with hundreds of photographs. --Wayne Price, Editor’s Page – Rural Electric Nebraskan, November 2005

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