A trader and his two brothers beat up two American Indians and take their wives. When the Indian men ask the Shoshone leader to rescue their wives from the traders, Adam intervenes to prevent a war against the Indians. Adam rescues the assaulted women, but the Shoshone still go on a killing rampage, leaving the trader for dead. The guilty trader decides to incite the people of Virgina City into believing it is the peaceful Paiute Indians who instigated the killings, gathering a mob to confront the Paiutes. An attempt for Adam Cartwright to parley with the Paiute chief turns sour when the trader disobeys orders and fires the first shot. Adam is captured by the Paiutes. Ben must race against time to find the Shoshone leader before the Calvary reach the Paiutes - and the Paiutes kill Adam. Written by
The Chief Geek
3 October 1959 (USA)
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Aspect Ratio: 1.33 : 1
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This episode cost $139,000 to make and featured more than 100 actors and extras portraying Indians and calvary members. See more
Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright
You got yourself into some real trouble this time, big brother.
Yeah. This time it's me and not you.
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