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California, 1870s. The cowboy Lincoln 'Linc' Bartlett finds out there's a slave auction of Chinese women in San Francisco and he intervenes and purchases the Chinese Kim Sung from the auction with the intent of setting her free. But it doesn't occur to Linc that setting her free isn't enough. Where is she going to go? Kim doesn't speak English and she's just going to be exploited by somebody else. Linc takes Kim home to serve as a housekeeper. Ma Bartlett Linc's mother, is not happy that a Chinese girl is living in her home, and even less happy when Kim and her son fall in love. Their affair also arouses the jealousy of Cheng Lu, a Chinese immigrant. Written by
Nobu McCarthy's knee-length white dress might have looked stylish in 1960 when the film was made, but would have been totally inappropriate and unacceptable in the 1870's time frame in which the film is taking place. See more »
This film took me by surprise as a Western which deals with racial problems and people in a local town becoming quite upset with a certain affair that seems to be blooming in their community. Jack Lord, (Linc Bartlett) comes back to his home town with a sidekick named Cheng Lee, (James Shigeta) who is Chinese and as they conduct their business in town Linc notices a large crowd and finds out they are sell Chinese people as slaves. There is a very young Chinese girl about 19 years of age and she is being sold, Linc becomes very upset and claims America has just fought a Civil War against slavery and he buys this young girls freedom and sets her free. However, his Chinese friend Cheng Lee tells him this girl, Kim Sung, (Nobu McCarthy) has no place to go and does not speak English and she considers Linc her master. In this film, Mel Torme, (The Deason) sings and also plays a straight role as a gunslinger who even kills a man in self-defense. There is also a funny game that Linc plays in a local saloon which deals with two cockroaches, one marked white and people bet on which one of the roaches will get out of a circle on the table. The roaches are kept under a glass and then released when the bets are all made. This film shows racial tensions among the people of the town toward Linc and Kim Sung because they all notice a romantic relationship growing between this couple and mixing races in this Western town is looked at with horror. This is a great film for 1960 and you will never be able to figure out just how Linc & Kim Sung will settle this problem. Enjoy
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