The Railroad - Rehearsal Recording That Wasn't

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The Railroad - Rehearsal Recording That Wasn't

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The copy of the Gunsmoke episode "The Railroad" that is in common circulation has only the Dramatic Portion (dramatic dialog and sound patterns).
For years collectors have classified it as a "rehearsal" recording.
Is Not A Rehearsal!
It was Pre-Cut (recorded) on Friday, September 26, 1952.
The Director, Assistant Director, Engineer, Cast members and Sound personnel Were Present;
the Music personnel and the Announcer Were Not Present.

All of the Music (opening and closing themes and bridges)
and
Announcer Dialog (show opening and closing, public service announcement, CBS promotional announcement, and cast and crew credits)
were added on the day of the broadcast, Saturday, September 27, 1952.
The Director, Engineer, Music personnel and the Announcer Were Present;
the Cast members and Sound personnel Were Not Present.

A recording was made of the complete broadcast that combined the pre-recorded Dramatic Portion and the Music and Announcer Dialog.
This broadcast recording for "The Railroad" has not come into circulation.


This production method of pre-cutting the Dramatic Portion on one day
and
adding the Music and Announcer Dialog components on the day of the broadcast was commonly used on many series.

It was used for several other 1952 episodes of Gunsmoke;
however, "The Railroad" is the only currently known 1952 example in circulation
of just the pre-recorded Dramatic Portion (dramatic dialog and sound patterns) of the production.


Sources:
John Dehner's copy of the script for "The Railroad."
and
Other 1952 Gunsmoke scripts.
Signing off for now,
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