The Virginian (1962–1971)
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Smile of a Dragon 

An injured Trampas is thought to be a stagecoach robber according to a Sheriff and is reported dead to Shiloh. He is forced to rely on a young Chinese woman for help until a grieving Steve arrives to find he must help rescue Trampas.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Judge Henry Garth (credit only)
The Virginian (credit only)
Kim Ho
Sheriff Marden
Mr. Umber
Deputy Plumb
Kam Tong ...
Ning Yang
Mrs. Marden
Patricia Morrow ...
Ellie Marden
Old Man


Trampas is knocked out during a stagecoach robbery where everyone else is killed and a dead robber is ultimately mistaken for him. He awakes and stumbles into the home of the sheriff who takes him into custody. On the way to jail Trampas believes his life is in danger and escapes. With the help of a young Chinese girl Kim Ho he is able to out smart the posse. When Shiloh receives word of his death, Steve leaves to see to the handling of Trampas's affairs. He joins the posse hunting for the escaped outlaw but who in reality is Trampas. Trampas learns the location of the two surviving thieves from the injured uncle of Kim. The posse catches up to Trampas as he closes in on the two stagecoach thieves near a remote town where the sheriff is determined to take Trampas in - dead. Written by Anonymous

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26 February 1964 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Hard times hard to swallow
10 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Chinese girl who accompanies Trampas during some hard times is played by Japanese actress Miyoshi Umeki, which, in ethnic terms, is the equivalent of a cowboy wearing his left boot on his right ear. Compounding the felony is Umeki's calculated, kittenish performance, that doesn't click with McClure. Then there's the absurdly hard to swallow plot. Busy TV westerns director Andrew V. McLaglen had his hands full keeping the show on the road, which he manages to do rather well, considering the circumstances. Borden Chase was given credit for the story (such as it is), but it seems clearly patterned after the 1960 Audie Murphy film "Hell Bent for Leather," which was pretty far-fetched in its own right but feels like neo-realism compared to this.

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