Posted 5/24/2021 22:53 (#9023334 - in reply to #9023251) Subject: RE: Gunsmoke? Chester or festus?
St. Joseph, Champaign County, IL
Arness' right leg was injured in the invasion of Anzio, and he'd spend over a year in the hospital because of it. That injury affected the filming schedule of Gunsmoke basically from day one, in that they'd try and film scenes with a lot of walking, early in the day. Arness wasn't able to be on his feet for long periods of time. By the end of the series, it was hard and painful for him to mount a horse.