Cheyenne arrives in Cripple Creek to take over as Marshal for a friend who passed away. His job is to keep the cattle drovers to Cow Street instead of Peace Street where the locals reside. However, he soon finds the corruption involved.
Cheyenne is hired to replace Cripple Creek Marshal Hugh Beaumont, a friend of his, who died after recommending Cheyenne. All he needs to do is keep the peace on Peace Street and keep the drovers on Cow Street off Peace Street. One of his deputies is Bill Lockhart who is engaged to Jenny Beaumont, the daughter of the previous marshal. Lockhart has said he plans to resign once Cheyenne learns the ropes. After seeing the drovers in action Bodie proposes a law: 10 PM curfew, closed on Sunday and 2 drink limit per man. This threatens the revenues that folks on Peace Street have been reaping from Cow Street and they don't like it. The respectable people on Peace Street including Mayor Myron Ackelroyd hide their ownership of the saloons on Cow Street through others. They decide to try to bribe Cheyenne as they did Beaumont to go along with their wishes but Cheyenne decides to resign instead leaving the job to Lockhart. In addition Big K ranch owner Carl Banner wants in on the money putting ... Written by
The former marshal,Hugh Beaumont, had the same name as well known actor Hugh Beaumont who was best known for his role as Ward Cleaver on Leave it to Beaver. See more »
When saloon manager Gannon opens his roll-top desk and picks up two handguns, one of them is a single-action revolver and the other is a semiautomatic pistol. The slide and ejection port were visible. The pistol appeared to be a 1911 government model semiautomatic pistol which would have been way before its time. See more »
You can take that contract and rip it into little pieces about postage stamp size and paste 'em in your hat! Cow Street wasn't a piece of ground; it was a state of mind! The hypocrisy and greed in your skulls. No Marshal on Earth can root that out; YOU have to do it yourselves. Bodie knew it! But I wouldn't listen to him. And Banner; for what he was he at least was honest. But YOU men... If I were to stay in Cripple Creek it would be for only one reason - to appear as a witness when they indict...
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A town with two main streets: Peace Street and Cow Street. And the town needs a new marshal, at least for three months during cattle season. The job: keep the drovers where they belong.
The drover, Willie Dix, who first challenges Cheyenne gets pants and spanked. Bill Lockhart runs the big bar and warns Cheyenne that his biggest problem will be Carl Banner and his Big K boys. At first, Banner tries to help and sends his man Turk to assist; but Cheyenne rejects it.
Banner has a plan. He orders Turk to start busting up Cow Street which is actually owned by the pious people of Peace Street. And Banner plans to make use of that. Cheyenne tries to establish order but order has a cost: drovers can't spend, and the rich can't get richer. And when Willie Dix tried to bushwhack Cheyenne, Dix gets killed.
In addition, there is a non-existent love triangle between Cheyenne, Jenny (daughter of deceased marshal) and Bill Lockhart (deputy). Bill saw Jenny kiss Cheyenne on the cheek, and leaped to a conclusion.
Banner tries to cut a deal with the mayor and his cronies. Put a head tax on each cow, Banner collects and splits with the Peace Street crowd, and no one the wiser. Cheyenne turns in his badge, if he can't be a real marshal then it's not the job for him. And Jenny fears that Bill will take on the judge and either become corrupted, like her father, or be killed, Bill takes the job and Cheyenne tries to warn him but Bill is more Othello run by the green-eyed monster than reason. Banner decides to take the town apart when the mayor also puts a head tax on his cows. The merchants tell Bill to take his two deputies and basically surround all the drovers to protect their property. Even Leonidas had his three hundred which is 298 more than Bill has against 10,000 stampeding cattle.
Cow Street is about gone, but because of Cheyenne Bill survives and has learned his lesson. Problem, for me, is there was too much story for one episode. As it is, its ending seems incomplete.
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