Cheyenne (1955–1963)
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Mountain Fortress 

Cheyenne and his co-worker Smitty worried about smoke signals decide to hide on a high area but find an outlaw gang already there. When the Shoshone attack a stage, the group rescues the driver and woman passenger but are now trapped.


(as Richard Bare)


(teleplay), (screenplay) (as Alan LeMay) | 1 more credit »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Smitty Smith
Joan Carter
Bob Manson (as Bob Wilke)
Jeffrey Silver ...
Stew Davis (as Jeff Silver)
Lt. Brad Forsythe
Phil Rich ...
Sgt. Cap Daniels


Cheyenne and Smitty are in the desert making maps when they spot Shoshone smoke signals. They take to high ground where they are met by Bob Manson and his gang. They have spotted the signals too and are taking refuge on the huge rock fortress. They want Cheyenne and Smitty to guide them to Mexico but they decline as they must get Smitty's maps to the Army. When a stage coach comes under attack Cheyenne, Smitty and Manson's men fight off the Indians but Manson reveals his true intentions and robs the coach. They rescue the driver and the lone woman passenger Joan Carter who is on the way to join her fiancé who is a Lieutenant in the Army. Soon the coach is followed by a party of soldiers and everyone finds themselves on the rock waiting for a Shoshone attack. Written by tomtrekp

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20 September 1955 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Clint Walker and James Gardner would later both star in the Great Escape. See more »


[first lines]
Smitty Smith: [noticing smoke signals] The second one today. What do you think?
Cheyenne: We better get to some high ground. If there's a way up there...
Smitty Smith: We'll find it. I like a barber for my haircuts.
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Remake of Rocky Mountain (1950) See more »

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First Cheyenne episode is essentially a remake of Errol Flynn's 1950 "Rocky Mountain"...
1 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

...with a number of notable guest stars, including James Garner (just prior to his "Maverick" days). As with a number of later "Cheyenne" episodes, the characters and plot are not only taken from old western movies (normally with high production values providing plenty of good footage), the TV characters are dressed in similar clothing to their movie antecedents in order to make the vintage film believable to the TV audience. This episode lacks the pathos of the original film, which presented the characters in much less black and white shadows (there were no really bad guys in "Rocky Mountain," just doomed Confederate soldiers far from home attempting carry out a mission. In this episode, the bad guys have few redeeming qualities. The action is real enough and, while the acting is generally bogus, the story line is compelling enough to watch the whole thing through...

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