Army scout Cheyenne is court-martialed for cowardice when he wants to abandon Army horses the Army needs to raiders who always know where to strike. The post commander is frustrated as is his wife who wants to return back east.
The Army is dealing with constant raids on their patrols bringing horses to the post. They are losing lots of horses in the bargain. Meantime, Cheyenne, an Army scout, won't help Captain Tenson fight these raiders and is court-martialed for willful disobedience and cowardice in the face of the enemy. The post commander Colonel Ted Wilson goes along reluctantly with the court-martial. Col. Wilson keeps hoping for a transfer back east to a more civilized posting as his wife is desperate to leave the remote post. Major Sharpe actually hopes that court-martialing their scout will lead him to who is behind these raids. When that doesn't work as expected Cheyenne has a plan but he needs the help of Lieutenant Poole who is also working with the Major. Cheyenne can be arrested and even killed if he enters any military post so he picks a fight which lands him in the guardhouse with a raider the Army captured. He plans an escape with the Lieutenant's help hoping to get the confidence of the ... Written by
a remake of Gary Cooper's 1953 film, "Springfield Rifle"...
...even some of the characters' names ("McCool," the leader of the outlaw gang) are the same. And footage from the 1953 film is used quite liberally throughout the episode. Clint Walker and the other actors had to dress in similar-looking costumes to make the fillers plausible. The plot is simple: horses are being stolen from the army in a number of daring raids, and in turn are sold to the Indians under Crazy Horse (in the film, the bad guys were Southern sympathizers). Cheyenne (Walker) is assigned to work with Army intelligence to undercover the culprits. Lots of action, but not very original. Good performances from such veteran western stars as John Archer, George Neise, Mickey Simpson, and Robert Anderson
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