Cheyenne: Season 1, Episode 3

The Argonauts (1 Nov. 1955)

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Cheyenne meets two prospectors whose partner was killed by Indians. The partner is the only one who knows where they found gold. Given a description, Cheyenne is able to lead them to the gold but one of the men's greed overtakes him.

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Cheyenne is heading north when he comes across two amateur prospectors Clancy and Duncan. Clancy has returned bringing Clancy to meet Lou Cramer who along with Clancy found a gold strike. However, they find Cramer dead with an arrow in his back. Cramer is the one who wrote down where the gold strike is but he has destroyed the map to it. They are in need of a guide into the mountains and Cheyenne agrees to help them find their mine as he recognizes Clancy's description of the site. Cheyenne, Clancy and Duncan travel to the mine and strike it rich. Soon greed and paranoia overwhelm Duncan and a wedge is driven between the partners. When a renegade band of Mescaleros must be contended with, Cheyenne strongly suggests they leave. Duncan grudgingly agrees so the three men leave with only burros as the Indians stole their horses plus nearly $30,000 each. Another band of Indians asks Cheyenne to help a sick white woman who is married to their Chief. He does leaving the other two men to ... Written by tomtrekp

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This episode marks the first of many times in which Clint Walker, playing Cheyenne Bodie, appears without his shirt. He's briefly shown bare-chested while performing sweaty work at a mine. Later, he and Rod Taylor appear without their shirts in a night-time scene when their sleep is interrupted. See more »

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Duncan: If you know any prayers, start saying 'em.
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29 June 2013 | by (texas,usa) – See all my reviews

The word "Argonaut" might not be on the tip of many tongues, but long time movie fans won't have to strain their brains very hard to identify the origins of this episode.

TV audiences in 1955 didn't have the ability to watch the iconic Treasure of Sierra Madre on home video from their easy chair, so instead, they had to settle for this cringe worthy Warner TV retread of their own movie property. The series producers must have counted on the audience's short memory too, as the movie was less than seven years old at the time of this broadcast.

The Warner Westerns and detective shows of the 50's notoriously recycled Warner's own big screen scripts, and it was an unabashed part of their TV show production formula. Usually though, they did a much better job of finessing and concealing the re-write than this half-baked, paint-by-numbers Cliff Notes version of a first-rate movie. Edward Andrews was a decent TV actor, but he's unintentionally comical impersonating Humphrey Bogart's memorable "Fred C. Dobbs". Rod Taylor listlessly goes through the motions in the Tim Holt role, and Clint Walker, as the affably heroic Cheyenne, is simply a foil here, and hardly a substitute for Walter Huston's amazing Treasure of Sierra Madre performance. The actors looked self-conscious and embarrassed by this assignment, and rightly so.

I'm a big fan of the Cheyenne series, particularly the first season, and the show regularly offered superior scripting and rousing entertainment. Cheyenne moseyed down the wrong trail for "The Argonauts" though, which is a particularly painful-to-watch small screen adaptation of a peerless classic.


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