Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
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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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Sam Peckinpah (screenplay by), John Meston (story by)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Dennis Weaver ... Chester
Milburn Stone ... Doc
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Keye Luke ... Chen
Sebastian Cabot ... Bailey
Robert Gist ... Rabb Briggs
Dennis McCarthy Dennis McCarthy ... Howard (as Devlin McCarthy)
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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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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 1955 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Matt Dillon: Chen, you said you wanted to bring your wife here and to make your home in this country. If you do that. You have to do that as an American. Not a Chinese.
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Very Topical for 21st Century.
13 June 2017 | by Bronco46See all my reviews

In this episode, a Chinese man arrives in Dodge. And his arrival rubs a few of the residents the wrong way. But they don't all have the same issues. Some are about bigotry. And some are about thievery. Matt and Chester are forced to spend a lot of time trying to just make sure the Chinamen is left alone. There's an interesting character played very well by Sebastian Cabot. He plays a morally weak, but judgmental man. He even goes after Kitty at one point. For working in a saloon. He sees himself as a man who knows what's right. Even Matt does some stereotyping. But we get to see that it does no harm when not used as a weapon, to hold someone back. As the story moves forward through all the usual 50's western goodness. At some point someone does something to dishonor the Chinaman, and for while it's hard to know if it's true or not. Did he do it to himself? After the primary story is resolved. Matt makes an important statement about citizenship and immigration to the United States of America. The Chinamen threatens to kill the person or persons that dishonored him. "I will not lose my honor as a Chinese" It's then that Matt reminds him. "Chen you said you wanted to bring your wife here and make this country your home. If you do that. You have to do that as an American. Not a Chinese." He goes on to remind him that killing someone would prove he doesn't belong in Dodge or any other place in this country. Something all Americans should remember when it comes to immigration in the 21st century. The United States has always had it right with E Pluribus Unum. It's what keeps us all pulling in the same direction. They've known it since the 18th century. And, it still applies today (2017).


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