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Miss Kitty – who began the role in the television series working in the Long Branch Saloon. In an earlier 1956 episode, the owner of the Long Branch was named Bill Pence. A later 1956 episode begins with Chester pointing out to Matt – who had been out of town – a new sign under the Long Branch Saloon sign stating “Russell & Pence, Proprietors.” In that same episode, John Dehner portrayed a dubious New Orleans businessman claiming to be Kitty’s father, who tried to talk her into selling her half interest in the Long Branch and returning to New Orleans with him as a partner in his alleged freight business. In another 1956 episode (involving a new saloon girl named “Rena Decker” who causes four deaths by provoking men into fighting over her), Miss Kitty identifies herself as half-owner of the Long Branch with Mr. Pence (played by Judson Pratt). Subsequently, Miss Kitty transitioned to sole owner. Viewers were guided to see Miss Kitty just as a kindhearted businesswoman.