Cheyenne is asked by Amarillo Ames to help drive his herd to Dodge City and take over if he dies but he doesn't want to tell the men or his daughter why. Ames dies so Cheyenne is forced to take over by force as he overcomes multiple foes.
Cheyenne rides to town and runs into two of the Laverson brothers. After defending himself, he kills one and sends the other packing. Heading to the job that brought him here, he sees Amarillo Ames who wants to hire him to drive his cattle to Dodge City, with the promise of lots of money for the one who gets there first. Cheyenne has trail drive experience but the men don't. Ames' ranch is in debt and he needs every dollar to pay it off. Ames wants Cheyenne to take over if something happens to Ames who took a bullet in the lung but doesn't want to tell his men or daughter. He gives Cheyenne a letter stating his wishes. After Ames dies on the trail by drowning, Cheyenne must prove himself to the men who don't believe that Cheyenne was put in charge before they left if anything were to happen to their boss. The letter was washed out when Cheyenne went into the water after Ames. It all comes to a boil when they reach Dodge City, ahead of schedule, and Cheyenne must deal with the ... Written by
Cheyenne shoots another Laverson, but there are three left and they have threatened to get Cheyenne. Cheyenne has a checkered past with Amarillo Ames; but Ames needs Cheyenne to get his herd to Dodge first. Ames needs the cash or will lose his ranch. Ames dies on the trail; and his orders for Cheyenne to take over were written down and were washed away. Cheyenne has a group of drovers to manage who don't trust him. He has enemies on the trail, Ruck Grover, who wants to steal the herd. He gets word that the Laversons have taken the train to get to Dodge first and make the plans to kill Bodie. Worse, Susan Ames shows up and tries for a coup of her own. In spite of everything, Cheyenne gets the Ames herd in and with no thanks from Susan Ames. Cheyenne even gives Susan Ames his bonus so she can pay the bonus he promised the men. Cheyenne explains the debt he believes he owed Amarillo: Cheyenne feels responsible for the accidental death of her brother.
Once in Dodge, Rowdy Shane, one of the Ames drovers tells Cheyenne the Laversons are there and looking for the man who shot their brother in the back. We know the truth, but Cheyenne sits there calmly drinking his coffee waiting for the showdown. Squint brings word that there are three Laversons and four gunmen waiting for Cheyenne, including Ruck. For being a friend, Squint gets killed. Cheyenne gets unexpected help from the Ames drovers; and survives although shot.
Cheyenne heads out for Wyoming, alone again; no, this time he joins Susan and the drovers for the ride back to Texas. Sometimes, it's good to spend time with new friends.
Look for Paul Bringer before his Rawhide days as Wishbone; and Bob Steele, hero of countless Western films in 30's and 40's and ended up as the almost invisible Trooper Duffy on F Troop. And Squint was played by Harry Tyler, another actor you recognize but don't know but have seen in the background in hundreds of films and TV shows. Same for Trevor Bardette who played Amarillo. TV provided an opportunity for many fading actors of the 40's and 50's. We get that momentary flash of knowing but not knowing.
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