“The Disciple,” Amanda Blake’s final episode on “Gunsmoke,” initially broadcast on April 1, 1974. Blake then left the renowned television show, which was in its 19th season at the time.
Miss Kathleen “Kitty” Russell, the landlady of a tavern in Dodge City, the setting for “Gunsmoke,” was Blake’s character. The writers decided that Kitty had departed Dodge City for New Orleans when Blake quit the programme. Hannah, the new saloon owner, was introduced in the episode by Fran Ryan.
From 1955 to 1974, Blake played Kitty on the series. “Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge,” a 1987 television movie, saw her reprise the role.