Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Ah Chong Story 

Dissatisfied with Charley Wooster, Hale and Hawks push for a new cook - a Chinese cook named Ah Chong.

Director:

Virgil W. Vogel

Writers:

Sheldon Bonnewell (teleplay), Terry Wilson (story)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
John McIntire ... Christopher Hale
Robert Horton ... Flint McCullough (credit only)
Arnold Stang ... Ah Chong
Frank McGrath ... Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson ... Bill Hawks
Frank Ferguson ... Sheriff
Jess Kirkpatrick ... Proprietor
Boyd 'Red' Morgan Boyd 'Red' Morgan ... Wash
Robert E. Dugan Robert E. Dugan ... 2nd Poker Player
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Dissatisfied with Charley Wooster, Hale and Hawks push for a new cook - a Chinese cook named Ah Chong.

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 1961 (USA) See more »

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Revue Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Racist, but cute in its naivete
20 June 2009 | by mknight74See all my reviews

Ah yes, the old days of the 50s and early 60s, where asians were apparently not capable of playing themselves ... but ridiculous, overacting white people were. I remember seeing this kind of thing for the first time with Mickey Rooney in some movie (popular movie, can't remember the title as this is all before my time). I initially thought it was funny, because I was a teen and didn't know any better. However, as time went on, I saw how absurd this kind of casting was - it was essentially putting on 'blackface', but instead with jet black hair and a stereotyped accent a 10 yr old could do (though probably better!).

Fortunately, Wagon Train rises above some of the other negative stereotypes and portrays 'orientals' (I believe thats how they were referred to back then) in a generally good light. WT always has a way of getting a moral message through without sounding preachy and they get the job done here as well. But thats about the only thing that saves this episode from being a rare dud for them


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