The last episode of “Gunsmoke” starring Amanda Blake was “The Disciple,” which first aired on April 1, 1974. Blake subsequently left the renowned television series, which was in its nineteenth season at the time.
Miss Kathleen “Kitty” Russell was the operator of a tavern in Dodge City, the location of “Gunsmoke.” After Blake left the programme, the writers determined that Kitty had moved to New Orleans from Dodge City. The programme introduced Fran Ryan as the new tavern owner, Hannah.
Blake portrayed Kitty from the series’ start in 1955 until its cancellation in 1974. In the 1987 television movie “Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge,” she repeated the role.