Cheyenne is called to Washington D.C. to take on a special task for the Army. He is to take the place of married actor/singer/dancer Jim Thornton Merritt who is working with two others to raise money to resurrect the Confederacy.
Cheyenne with a wagon train is rescued from an Indian attack by the Army and given orders to report to the Department of the Army in Washington D.C. There Cheyenne is given details about a group working to raise money to bring back Baylor's 27th Calvary and the fight for the Confederacy. Cheyenne is to go undercover as the singer/actor/dancer Jim Thornton Merritt to expose the confederate conspiracy. Cheyenne is an exact double for Merritt but first he is trained to talk, sing, act, and dance like Merritt plus his background including his wife's. They kidnap Merritt to make the switch during a performance. His wife likes this new husband but fellow actor George who leads the conspiracy begins to think he is an impostor due to little changes. When they accidentally run into an old acquaintance of Cheyenne's on a train George thinks he knows how to finally expose him. Adding to Cheyenne's woes he is told that the real Merritt has escaped putting the scheme in danger. Written by
The play being performed by the theater company, "The Marble Heart," was an actual work by 19th-century playwright, Charles Selby. It was staged at Ford's Theater in Washington D.C. in 1863. President and Mrs. Lincoln attended one performance. The play's lead role was acted by a rising young star in the theater named John Wilkes Booth. See more »
There are worse ways to die than by firing squad, Bodie. Down here we've learned a lot of them.
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This is one of the most interesting episodes of this great western show. Clint Walker as Cheyenne Bodie has to sing in it. We all know that he had a wonderful voice. He sang in one of his movies too (Night of the Grizzly) and he even recorded an album (called "Inspiration"). Here we can hear three other songs: Some Sunday morning, Whipcrack, Beautiful dreamer! There is another surprise in this episode: Clint plays a double role: He is Cheyenne and an actor who looks exactly like the main character. As the actor Clint appears very British and stylish. There is an shirtless scene too. All in all this episode is a great pleasure!
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