Cheyenne (1955–1963)
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Cheyenne must fight a Comanche Indian chief in swallowing sand to save a wagon load of people who banded together under various circumstances. They are stranded with no hope of rescue or supplies. First one who yells out for help loses.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Utah Kid
John Alderson ...
Beef Simpkins
Wright King ...
Frank Endicott
Ella McIntyre
Tom Duggan ...
Jeffry Billings (as G. Thomas Duggan)
Chief Yellow Knife (as Norman Frederic)
Lavinia Billings (as Mary Flynn)
Charlie Hall ...
Kevin (as Charles Hall)
John Pike


Cheyenne finds Jeffry Billings at the local baths. Cheyenne has been hired to guide Billings, his wife, and party to property he bought. Overhearing them talk, young Frank Endicott asks if he, his fiancé, and ranch foreman can join them as they are headed to the same location and the Comanche are on the warpath. All agree to meet at the fort from which they leave. After three days they approach Comanche lands. They locate a pony run to death and its owner, the Utah Kid, nearby. He is a young gunslinger known to Cheyenne. He joins the party which is attacked by a Comanche war party. Cheyenne leads them to an abandoned building where they hold up with few supplies and little water. Stranded together under pressure the true personalities of the group surface adding to the tension. With hope of help gone, Cheyenne decides to challenge the chief of the Comanches to a one on one contest. The chief agrees choosing the swallowing sand - quicksand - as the weapon. Written by Anonymous

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3 April 1956 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Clint Walker takes his shirt off in this episode. See more »


After the standoff in the quicksand between Cheyenne and Yellow Knife, the Indian Chief mounts his horse and he's completely clean with no trace of mud on him; Cheyenne is relatively clean too considering they were both up to their necks in quicksand. See more »


Cheyenne Bodie: [in quicksand] I'd rather drown here than be killed by you.
Chief Yellow Knife: [in quicksand] Then we both die. It is no great thing.
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Not your typical western
16 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

"Quicksand" demonstrates a laudable desire to move away from the standard B-movie plots. It's actually more of a character study in which a small group of people, trapped in hazardous circumstances, must individually examine both their past lives and their future hopes. It's all rather superficial, of course, since the restrictions of a limited running time don't allow for much depth, but the efforts are pleasing and they're helped by the presence of a better-than-average cast.

One of my fellow reviewers has mentioned the cast members, such as Dennis Hopper, who went on to bigger and better things. Also worth mentioning is Norman Frederic who plays the taunting Indian chief. Several years later, under the name Dean Fredericks and with bleached blond hair, he played the lead in the "Steve Canyon" TV series. He also starred in the cult sci-fi movie "Phantom Planet" in which he has an extended "beefcake" scene which shows off his hairy chest. To play the Indian chief in "Quicksand," however, he's shaved his chest smooth.

There's no such shaving for Clint Walker, however. His "beefcake" scene here -- perhaps the best of the show's first season -- displays his chest in all its hirsute glory. You can even see his navel, something not always visible in 1950s' "beefcake." The fact that he appears bare-chested during a scene in which he's at risk and facing danger only adds to the appeal.

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