Playing a kind of Prof. Higgins to his Eliza Doolittle, Kimble schools an uneducated woman while her boyfriend works his next big score. An undercover policeman, originally shadowing the gangster boyfriend, takes an interest in Kimble.

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Dr. Richard Kimble / Jack Fickett
Laura Devon ...
Penelope Dufour
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Eddie Slade
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Sam
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Sgt. Fred Bragin
Sandra Warner ...
Frankie
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Lt. Philip Gerard (credit only)
Sheldon Allman ...
Orin - Attorney
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Mrs. Ball
Mary Gregory ...
Rita
Karl Held ...
Buddy
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Gordie Shiller
Mel Ruick ...
Woody (as Melville Ruick)
Robert Brubaker ...
Cooper
Jhean Burton ...
Waitress
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Playing a kind of Prof. Higgins to his Eliza Doolittle, Kimble schools an uneducated woman while her boyfriend works his next big score. An undercover policeman, originally shadowing the gangster boyfriend, takes an interest in Kimble.

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1 March 1966 (USA)  »

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Four years prior, David Janssen and Laura Devon were co-stars in Route 66: One Tiger to a Hill (1962), with Janssen being a lot less charming and Devon looking quite young and fresh-faced. See more »

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Penelope Dufour: Down where my home is we got a saying, "Girl with looks don't need books."
Dr. Richard Kimble: [with a wry look] Good saying.
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Laura Devon shines
4 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

Laura Devon is pitch perfect in her role as Penelope Dufour. She has a lot of really great scenes with David Janssen, who's pretty relaxed in this episode. They first meet in the coffee shop when she's sketching him. Art is a hobby of hers. Soon, Kimble says the wrong thing to her, seeming to question her values, and she's offended. But she admires his obvious education and good manners. Penelope and Kimble develop a friendship based on her wanting to improve herself through lessons in grammar and etiquette. It's gentle and humorous and based on a mutual respect. Although Penelope didn't get past the 4th grade and professes that "I'll betcha I'm doing better than most of them college kids," she's smart and wants to better herself.

At the beginning Penelope's barely able to sign her name to a check at the coffee shop. Later we see her signing her name with a flourish. It's a cute scene. While she works on improving herself, she's also bringing out the best in Kimble. In her company, he smiles and laughs. He enjoys being with her and watching her learn.

Besides Penelope's boyfriend Eddie Slade the gangster, there are a whole cast of characters living at the hotel. Many are involved in Hollywood – an agent, a lawyer, a script girl. Eddie resents Kimble teaching Penelope anything and decides to educate Penelope in his own way, teaching her that everyone's susceptible to a scheme that would earn them a quick buck. Kimble's not in danger from any of these characters, but from Sergeant Bragin, who's there to investigate Eddie but is also intrigued by Kimble because he seems so out of place working as a porter in a hotel.

"The Chinese Sunset" is a somewhat light, warm episode. David Janssen is less intense in this one. The relationship between Penelope and Kimble works very well. As Penelope says near the end, "I could never be sorry for knowing you." In the end, the audience hopes that Penelope continues on her journey of growth and knows that Kimble, as always, touched someone's life in a positive way as he continues on his journey of redemption.


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