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Wagon Train: The Ah Chong Story

When Charlie Wooster begins neglecting his cooking duties to play poker all the time with the passengers, Hale demotes him and makes newly arrived Chinese immigrant Ah Chong the train's chief cook.

Episode Info

Episode number: 4x37
Airdate: Wednesday June 14th, 1961

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Special Guest Stars
Arnold Stang
As Ah Chong

Guest Stars
Boyd "Red" Morgan
As Wash
Frank Ferguson
As Sheriff
Jess Kirkpatrick
As Proprietor
Robert Dugan (2)
As Poker Player
Main Cast
John McIntire
As Christopher Hale
Frank McGrath
As Charlie Wooster
Terry Wilson
As Bill Hawks
Episode Notes
In this episode, we have a Caucasian actor (Arnold Stang) playing an Asian character. Though almost never done today, such casting happened quite frequently in the earlier days of television.

Robert Horton does not appear in this episode.

Episode Quotes
Hawks: Get your horse and we'll take off.
Ah Chong: No horse. Ah Chong is horse.
Hawks: (about the rickshaw) You mean you pull that thing by yourself?
Ah Chong: True, friend Hawks. Much easier this way and save much money on horse.

Hale: Bill, if I could find a new cook, Mr. Wooster'd have a new job--drivin' all day and standin' guard all night.

Wooster: My old pappy says never bet into a once card draw or a pat hand.

Editor's Note: The script writer probably was a fan of Maverick and that show's pappyisms and stuck this one into a Wagon Train episode.

Hale: (to Ah Chong) You're right. A man belongs with his family. Without them, he is as a fallen leaf.

Ah Chong: Mr. Wooster not a pretty good rice cooker.
Hale: Mr. Wooster not a pretty good any cooker.

Other Episode Crew

ProducerHoward Christie
Music SupervisorStanley Wilson
HairstylistFlorence Bush
Make-upJack Barron
Set DecoratorJohn McCarthy, Jr.  |  Ralph Sylos
Director of PhotographyWalter Strenge
Art DirectorHoward E. Johnson
Costume SupervisorVincent Dee
Music ScoreJerry Goldsmith
Film EditorMarston Fay
SoundDavid H. Moriarty
Assistant DirectorEdward K. Dodds
Editorial SupervisorDavid J. O'Connell
Theme MusicJerome Moross
Warning: Wagon Train season 4 episode 37 guide may contain spoilers
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