Cheyenne brings a body into town killed in a strange way. The townspeople suspect Cheyenne is part of a rustler gang. While Cheyenne is hunting for the killer, a girl's jealous boyfriend is hunting Cheyenne thinking he killed his brother.
Cheyenne comes upon a campfire in the basin. He meets a young man, Bill Paxton, who jumps him suspicious he could be a rustler. When he takes Bill's gun and rides off he is surprised to hear screams from where he just left Bill and goes back only to find he has been crushed to death by something that also doesn't seem to like campfires. When he takes the body into town, Cheyenne discovers there is a twin brother who is now looking for revenge for his death! Cheyenne takes a job with rancher Jim Harwick. The other ranchers complain that Harwick has not sent someone to help look for the rustlers as he has not been hit so far so Harwick decides to give the job to Cheyenne as the last man hired. Cheyenne agrees to take the job scouting the basin for the killer and rustlers. In the basin he runs into Dr. Raven and his daughter Sherry who is engaged to Bill's twin brother Pierce. That night he rescues Sherry who was knocked from her horse. Later, he is ambushed by Pierce. Cheyenne believes ... Written by
Cheyenne is my all time favorite TV show and Big Ghost Basin (March 12, 1957)is my favorite episode. An episode I saw first in 1957 (I was 8 years old) and not again until 2005 when I saw it on Good Life network. Cheyenne lasted 108 episodes and I saw them all from 1955-1962 and the only episode title I remembered for almost 50 years now is Big Ghost Basin. Clint Walker is one of my three all time favorite actors, along with Fess Parker and Roy Rogers. I love the old westerns and really wish that Republic Pictures was still around making the old B Westerns. Big Ghost Basin kept me on the edge of my chair in 1957 and again in 2005. The episode is about a killer monster animal that is not afraid of fire and leaves enormous footprints that look more like a human hand than any kind of animal footprint. Until the end of the episode (if I remember correctly) the only thing you see of the enormous critter is it's eyes glowing in the dark, it's huge footprints and hear its low growl. Most of the episode occurs during the night since that is when this monster prowls the wooded basin and when it is scariest to see its eyes and hear its low growl.
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