TV Guide, March 15, 1958

After 117 episodes as Matt Dillon, the macho marshal of Dodge City, Jim Arness still hasn't kissed sexy saloon owner Kitty Russell, played with verve by Amanda Blake. TV Guide asks about the possibility of a lip-lock and gets a big thumbs-down. Viewers "don't want to see a U.S. marshal come home and help his wife wash the dishes," opines Arness. Meanwhile, producer Norman MacDonnell maintains that Kitty's primary function is to give "Matt someone to talk to.... But they aren't in love with each other. There's simply a tremendous underlying affection." Oh.

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