Painting for food
bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York
10 May 2017
Pernell Roberts is sent on a mission to retrieve some strayed cattle
and goes to the small town of Sheephead where the local town boss keeps
everyone under his thumb including a small tribe of Piute Indians.
Morgan Woodward is said boss and he's a real piece of work, a real
Snidely Whiplash type of racist when it comes to the Piutes.
The Piutes have one friend among the whites Philip Abbott who is a
talented but dissolute painter in the Fredric Remington tradition. He
trades his paintings for just enough food to keep the tribe from
starving. But Woodward's got lascivious eyes for Donna Martell, the
Piute girl that Abbott married.
The offer Adam Cartwright brings is half the cattle if the Piutes will
drive the rest back to the Ponderosa. But that's going to interfere in
Woodward's nefarious schemes.
Abbott plays a fine part as a talented artist dissipated by drink as if
that's not familiar in literature and in real life. Woodward is a most
hateful villain in this fine Bonanza story.
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