Wagon Train: Season 4, Episode 37

The Ah Chong Story (14 Jun. 1961)

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Chinese Take In
5 May 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

It's sad that people watching this episode are concentrating on political correctness and not the comic talents of Arnold Stang who gives a very good performance in the title role of the Ah Chong Story. He may be a very comic bucktooth stereotype of an Oriental character, but he's quite human with some real human problems. And he's pretty resourceful.

Getting a bit tired of Frank McGrath's prima donna ways, Terry Wilson finds Stang in one of the towns on the route west and brings him along. Wilson and John McIntire take to Stang's cooking and McGrath is in danger of losing his place. Right now McIntire has him doing all kinds of dirty odd jobs.

It turns out that Stang is trying to get back to his home in China or brings his family here. A lot of Chinese were brought here to be cheap labor and they had a very hard life as has Stang. His opening up about his past life with McIntire is the high point of the show.

It's not politically correct and truth be told Stang lays it on a bit thick. But it's still a good episode, just not in the top drawer.


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