The Virginian (1962–1971)
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Ah Sing vs. Wyoming 

The Grainger Chinese cook Ah Sing wants to open a restaurant in Medicine Bow in preparation for the arrival of a new wife. However, the Justice of Peace refuses to issue him a license because he is Chinese leading a high level fight.


Charles S. Dubin


Irve Tunick, Owen Wister (novel)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Bickford ... John Grainger
Doug McClure ... Trampas (credit only)
Clu Gulager ... Emmett Ryker
Don Quine ... Stacey Grainger
Sara Lane ... Elizabeth Grainger
James Drury ... The Virginian
Edmond O'Brien ... Thomas Manstead
Lloyd Bochner ... Luke Evers
Robert Ellenstein ... Milo Temple
Aki Aleong ... Ah Sing
Jill Donohue Jill Donohue ... Lucy Evers
Gilbert Green Gilbert Green ... Sy Bailey
John Hoyt ... Judge Manton
Bartlett Robinson ... Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
Roy Engel ... Barney Wingate


The Shiloh cook, Ah Sing, has decided to open a restaurant in Medicine Bow to support the mail order bride he wants. When he applies for a license for the restaurant with the Justice of Peace, Milo Temple, it is denied because he is Chinese and a very selective law in Medicine Bow. At the same time the ranchers have hired a new attorney, Luke Evers, to represent them when Grainger's preferred attorney, Thomas Manstead, isn't competent due to alcoholism. Evers talks Temple into signing an injunction for the ranchers. After hearing about Ah Sing's problem from Grainger, Evers recommends they do not push Temple or he might revoke the injunction. After being jailed for attempting to open the restaurant without a license, Grainger pushes Manstead to represent him. Temple hires Evans to prosecute setting up a lengthy battle between the two lawyers. The case stretches Manstead's abilities to the breaking point. Written by Anonymous

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Last appearance in the series by Charles Bickford. Shortly after this episode was shot he became terminally ill and died approximately 2 weeks after this telecast. See more »


Although the judge (John Hoyt) complains that "it's 100 degrees in here," nobody is visibly perspiring. See more »

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Too sweet
16 May 2013 | by pfors-647-501497See all my reviews

Squishy episode sugars its humble hero Ah Sing and its bitter theme, the West's blind prejudice against the Chinese. Script denies Edmond O'Brien the fully rounded portrayal he was capable of by forgetting to explain why his alcoholic lawyer character took to the bottle in the first place. Charles Bickford provides the best reason to keep watching with his hickory hard performance as John Grainger. The square-dealing Grainger has little personal concern for Ah Sing, only grudgingly attending his former cook's departure from Shiloh. But he's outraged by the injustice done to him, and his conscience won't rest until he's done all he can to correct it. This was Bickford's last appearance in the series. His reign as Shiloh's benevolent monarch was much too brief.

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25 October 1967 (USA) See more »

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