Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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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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... Matt Dillon
... Doc (credit only)
... Kitty (credit only)
... Festus (credit only)
... Newly (credit only)
... Chato
... Mora
... Beth Cooter
... Marshal Dan Cooter
... Juanito (as Rodolfo Hoyos)
... Surgeon
Pedro Regas ... Old Man
Jim Sheppard ... Deputy Case
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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 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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14 September 1970 (USA)  »

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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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Ricardo Montalban centers outstanding episode
16 March 2018 | by See all my reviews

The character of Chato required a strong actor, and Ricardo Montalban found a role he was made for! The episode features none of the regular ensemble cast, but instead features just three actors. This clean script allows James Arness and Montalban to shine.

Chato's path in life is determined by a US Army raid on his Cheyenne tribe's encampment, where his mother is killed, in addition to most others. Chato is a boy when this happens. He develops an intense hatred of Army soldiers, and dedicates the rest of his life to hunting down and killing soldiers as revenge. These many attacks and killings on US soldiers results in US Marshals being sent into the wilderness to try to arrest him. These efforts are how Dillon gets brought into the situation.

What we learn through the many twists and turns of the plot is the men of even vicious character can have a center of honor, though the honor may be very hard to see. People unfamiliar with the details of Chato's life refer to him as death incarnate, who has only one love in his life, a woman, who is the third key player in the plot.

What develops forms an interesting bond of honor between Dillon and Chato, though one that must end violently.

This is an excellent script, and another of the episodes in the Gunsmoke series that sets it apart from all others of the genre, one that still stands above all others.


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