Gunsmoke: Season 16, Episode 1

Chato (14 Sep. 1970)

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Chato is a mixed-race Native American with a serious grudge against lawmen. He also has a remarkable athletic ability: he can run and jump over mountain ledges while keeping up a steady ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Doc (credit only)
Kitty Russell (credit only)
Festus Haggen (credit only)
Newly O'Brien (credit only)
Beth Cooter
William Bryant ...
Marshal Dan Cooter
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. ...
Juanito (as Rodolfo Hoyos)
Robert Knapp ...
Pedro Regas ...
Old Man
Jim Sheppard ...
Deputy Case


Chato is a mixed-race Native American with a serious grudge against lawmen. He also has a remarkable athletic ability: he can run and jump over mountain ledges while keeping up a steady fire with his rifle. After an exciting duel, he kills a friend of Matt Dillon's who was tracking him. Matt comes to New Mexico and engages him in a duel of wits with Chato to catch him. Chato's one soft spot is his common-law wife. She is shot and severely injured by a group of renegade tribesmen who were also gunning for Chato. Chato calls a truce with Matt so the group can escape and get her to a doctor - but it's only a truce. Written by Peter Harris

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Writer Paul F. Edwards won a Western Writers of America Golden Spur Award for this episode. See more »

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Good casting makes this show enjoyable
19 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Season 16 Episode 1 - starts out with a bang as we get a classic western type gunfight as a renegade Indian refuses to be taken into custody by any officer of the law. In fact the first few minutes of the show a Marshall, and good friend of Matt, is gun downed while attempting to capture the Indian named Chato.

Far from Dodge City, Matt comforts the widow and vows to take Chato into custody and make sure that he is charge with the death of the Marshall. But this will be more than difficult as Chato will have the home field advantage and physical agility to be where someone least expects.

Chato only weakness will be his wife Mora. When she is wounded by tribesman, Chato calls a truce to the fighting so that a surgeon can attempt to save her life. But even if her life is saved, it is apparent that Chato will be difficult for Matt to arrest.

The episode has terrific casting. Ricardo Montalban is a great choice as the renegade Chato. Plus Miriam Colon, cast as his wife, makes the viewer have feeling for the Indian way of life. Even James Arness seems refreshed in the first episode of the season. The acting makes the show enjoyable for all. Good watch.

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