Looking for a job, Cheyenne rides into town and is caught up in a fight and witnesses a bank holdup. Deputized he goes after the robber, finds him but is conflicted when the fugitive saves him from a bear trap that almost kills him.
Cheyenne looking for work arrives at Trail Cross in the Dakota Territory. As he prepares to enter a saloon, three men start a fight with him by tripping him. Cheyenne has the fight won as the sheriff arrives to see what is happening. Cheyenne notices a lone man leave the bank and ride away followed by a man crawling out the door gagged and tied. He pulls his handgun telling the three men to stay where they are at while the sheriff checks on the gagged man. The bank was held up with the thief getting the $4000 XL ranch payroll. The sheriff holds the three men as material witnesses and the banker offers Cheyenne $400 to recover the money and catch the robber. Cheyenne deputized catches the robber Curley Galway when he rescues him from four Sioux Indians in Indian territory. He takes Curley back the long way to avoid the Indians but finds himself caught in a bear trap under a big log. Curley rescuing him takes him to his dad's ranch for care. There Cheyenne meets his sister Nora and ... Written by
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I'll get the payroll. It's all there.
400 of its yours you know?
Ah, some money I can't spend. Lucky for me it doesn't happen very often. You can do me a favor Sheriff. See that Pat Galway gets the 400.
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Well Cheyenne has truly struck a hard bargain. The storyline has all the action up to now. At Curly's home Cheyenne meets the family: a god-fearing hard-working farmer, and a sister who thinks the world of her brother but suspects he might be guilty of bank robbery. When John Beamer's men beat up Pat Galaway because he is stringing barbed wire, Cheyenne steps in and halts the problem. But the sheriff has had to release his suspects because the 72 hours is up. They immediately head to Curly's place and threaten to kill the father unless Curly he gets them their money. Curly meets his partners and suggests a plan whereby they can all get the money: a bushwhack. It goes off but at the last second Curly turns on his partners, and the sheriff's posse arrives at the last second just like in a matinée Saturday movie. And Cheyenne hands in his badge to then ride off into the sunset; but not before giving the sheriff evidence that will help Curly at the trial.
At the time of this episode, Richard Crenna who plays Curly, was a young actor trying to create new images for himself as he was escaping his role on Our Miss Brooks. He hadn't landed a lead yet in The Real McCoys, and really didn't breakout until Slattery's People. Most remember him probably, if at all, as Col. Trautman in the Rambo series. Crenna was a fine actor.
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