Gunsmoke: Season 1, Episode 10

The Queue (3 Dec. 1955)

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Two men cut off a Chinese immigrant's pigtail, and he tells Matt that he can return home to China only with the pigtail or by taking the lives of the men who stole it.


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Episode cast overview:
Robert Gist ...
Rabb Briggs
Dennis McCarthy ...
Howard (as Devlin McCarthy)


Two men cut off a Chinese immigrant's pigtail, and he tells Matt that he can return home to China only with the pigtail or by taking the lives of the men who stole it.

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East Meets West
21 September 2007 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Interesting episode with unusual plot that makes the ending unpredictable. Chinese man (Keye Luke) arrives in Dodge only to be roughed up by two men who themselves were victimized by Chinese claim-jumpers (nice motivational touch). Rumor is that Luke's treasure box he's brought along contains riches-- another reason to do him harm. Story is complicated by sin-obsessed hypocrite (Sebastian Cabot) whose loyalties appear uncertain-- will he aid Luke or the two men.

It's clear that the quality of these early episodes is largely determined by who does the screenplay. Here it's Sam Peckinpah from a story idea by John Meston. No doubt, this accounts for several unconventional touches, such as the saloon scene where Dillon is forced to back down because of his own words, or Luke's sudden shedding of his false, stereotypical personality. Then too, the little dental episode in Doc's office is well scripted and a real hoot. Can't help noting also, that even here, Peckinpah shows real contempt for pious hypocrites as his movies and TV series The Westerner later demonstrate. Also, Luke's final gesture comes across as both credible and satisfying. I can't help thinking that the success of this first year owes a lot to the maverick sensibility of the innovative Sam Peckinpah.

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