After Cheyenne takes a cattle herd to Mexico, he is captured by the French. After escaping, he aids a young runaway princess who doesn't like her much older intended husband. He takes her to a rebel camp where they learn her real identity.
Cheyenne is hired to ramrod some cattle south of the border. After completing his task, he is arrested by the French and soon escapes. At about the same time Princess Maria Felitzia arrives in Mexico to marry Gen. Dubeauchaie in an arranged marriage. Her and Baroness Entrada who accompanied her are shocked when they meet the General who is much older and massively obese. Her handmaid Juana is from a local village so the Princess decides the two of them will runaway to her village. With the French soldiers following them she decides they should split up. Cheyenne runs into the Princess who tries to make everyone believe she is a peasant girl named Juanita. He takes her to a rebel camp where he is well known. Her attitude causes Cheyenne and others to call her a princess. The French locate the camp taking the men captive. Cheyenne is recognized and taken to Empress Carlotta who explains who the girl really is. Her identity is soon revealed putting her life in danger and she is caught ... Written by
The episode takes place between the end of the US Civil War  and the end Maximillian's rule in Mexico . Cheyenne and the Mexicans are using repeating rifles, look like Winchesters, in the final battle. The rifles are definitely not Henrys, which first appeared in 1860. They are not 1866 Winchesters, which even if they were, would hardly be in the hands of fighters deep in Mexico less than a year after they were introduced. Rifles are at least 1873's which didn't exist in 1867. See more »
We could leave the border behind but could we leave ourselves? Could we be happy, either of us? If I took you away from this and saw you change... you ran away from it.
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Mexican Hat Dance
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Typical, young(ish) spoiled princess sent to marry dashing military hero finds out he is very, very plump General Dubeauchaie (Sebastian Cabot). So she runs away trying to pass herself off as a local Spanish girl, Juanita. Cheyenne finds her and brings her to a rebel camp where anyone with a brain could tell in two minutes she has never done a hour's work in her life. And she knows nothing of local customs but is hot enough to sizzle the heart of one of the younger rebels, Rosario; but she has the hots for Cheyenne. When Cheyenne and the men from the rebel camp are captured, he is offered a deal by Empress Carlotta: Bring her back and no marriage will be forced upon the princess. However, the rebel women have their own deal: bring back their men and the princess will be returned unharmed.
Anyway, the general doesn't want her back figuring she's a soiled sister after spending nights in the mountains with Cheyenne. Only her duenna wants her back so she helps Cheyenne escape; and he rallies other male rebels to take up arms and attack the French and free the captured men. The princess is returned to Carlotta and she gives the princess freedom to marry whomever; but we know with her background, it won't be Cheyenne. It isn't. And Cheyenne sighs and watches her sail away, presumably back to Europe. Let's just say not a memorable performance by anyone in this episode.
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