The Old Gray Mare
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Vintage Amanda Blake on Gunsmoke
Feminine, maternal, loving, gentle, rational, mentally tough, fiercely protective, moral; we see the full character of Miss Kitty in this fine Gunsmoke episode.
Kathleen Hite wrote a true gem in "Miss Kitty" about a young orphan Thad Ferrin (well played by Roger Mobley) who is whisked from the hands of evil by his bio-mom, then by his adoptive aunt, Miss Kitty. Miss Hite's goal was to show the viewing audience what Miss Kitty was all about by developing her strong character; and she succeeded. All of the above adjectives are portrayed during the episode from Kitty dealing with Thad to her dealing with Matt, Chester, & Doc, and with the outlaws.
John Lasell plays a strong role as Tucker Ferrin in that the viewing audience will absolutely hate him.
Director Harry Harris used some great closeups to depict a climactic showdown of Good vs. Evil.
I thoroughly enjoyed "Miss Kitty" in that the essence of her whole being comes out; and it's not surprising she owns & runs a saloon. I wished it was shot in color, however.
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