Cheyenne rides the stagecoach into town. He works for the cattleman's association and is investigating the recent killing of a suspected cattle rustler. He meets an old friend who taught ... See full summary »
Cheyenne rides the stagecoach into town. He works for the cattleman's association and is investigating the recent killing of a suspected cattle rustler. He meets an old friend who taught him quite a bit about life and the law when he worked for him as a deputy. Things don't make sense when the more he investigates the more he is convinced his old friend may be mixed up not only in the rustling but also in the murders that have been done to try to cover that up. Written by
In this installment, good guy for hire Cheyenne is a detective employed by a cattleman's association. His investigation into the death of a suspected cattle rustler sets off a series of violent events.
"The Law Man" had the ingredients for an above average episode, but suffers badly from the precocious, icky kid treatment. (Paul Engle is the offending little creep as "Buddy") In fact, the little s***, with the help of a sticky script, overacts badly, and it stinks up the entire story. With that said, there are solid performances from Andrea King as a sweet saloon girl and Grant Withers as sheriff turned crooked cattleman. The plot, while quite routine, allows for a good deal of shoot-em-up action.
Overall, Cheyenne, at this point in the second season, was becoming a bit more predictable. Still, the shows would open with an exciting prequel scene that would spark the action to follow. In later seasons, and with all other Warner TV escapades, the opening scene would simply be an exciting moment lifted from the body of the show. While this spoiler technique was intended to draw the audience in, it was a much lazier and formulaic production tactic than the original scene opener.
There was still a real emphasis on production quality and polish in the second season. The stylish opening and closing lithographs coupled to stirring theme music, became the memorable presentation template for Warner TV Westerns to follow.
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