Cheyenne: Season 1, Episode 10

West of the River (10 Mar. 1956)

TV Episode  -   -  Western
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Cheyenne is asked to lead a group of guardhouse prisoners on a mission to rescue two girls taken captive by the Kiowa. He questions the odds or whether the girls will want to return. The mission starts okay but his fears may be true.

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Episode complete credited cast:
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Lois Collier ...
Ruth McKeever
Trevor Bardette ...
Ed McKeever
Stephanie Griffin ...
Jenny McKeever
Lane Bradford ...
Sgt. Baker
Harry Lauter ...
Pvt. Ryan
Russell Hicks ...
Col. Kilrain
Henry Rowland ...
Pvt. Morgan
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Pvt. Poinsett (as William Erwin)
John Close ...
Griffin
Marjorie Stapp ...
Betty Baker
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Ed McKeever learns from Jeb that his two daughters have been spotted in a Kiowa camp. McKeever goes to the Army for assistance to rescue his kidnapped daughters who were taken 5 years ago by the Kiowa Indians when he was left for dead. Col. Kilrain at the Army post asks Cheyenne to volunteer to lead twenty men in the rescue but Cheyenne believes the mission is pointless as the girls could have left if they wanted. Nevertheless, Col. Kilrain orders Cheyenne to lead the group but due to limited manpower, Cheyenne must make due with volunteers from the guardhouse prisoners. When McKeever offers $300 per man, eleven men volunteer along with Sgt. Baker and McKeever. The group calls themselves the Army guardhouse brigade. Cheyenne has the men dressed as civilians to appear as a hunting party instead of soldiers. Leading the men, Cheyenne is to rescue both daughters not knowing if they both have become part of their captors lives. The mission starts successfully with the capture of the two ... Written by DrDOS

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The book 'The Dirty Dozen' that E.M. Nathanson wrote was likely a steal from this episode. Cheyenne is assigned to lead a band of a Dozen criminal "Volunteers" from the Guardhouse on a Suicide mission to rescue Ed McKeever's two daughters who had been kidnapped by Chief Tanaka 5 years earlier. (It may be no small coincidence that Clint Walker, played one of the Dirty Dozen, Samson Posey, in the blockbuster movie of the same name some 12 years later. Walker, standing 6 feet, 6 inches (198 cm) tall with a 54-inch chest and a 38-inch waist easily deserved the name Samson.) See more »

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Col. Kilrain introduces Ed McKeever to Cheyenne as "Ivan". See more »

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Cheyenne Bodie: Mr. McKeever, I was taken by the Cheyennes when I was ten years old. When I was eighteen, I just walked away with their blessings.
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Below average Western suffers from slack direction & poor script
19 January 2007 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

What could have been an exciting battle of wits between the Kiowas and a bunch of misfit soldiers led by army scout Cheyenne Bodie, really turned out to be something of a damp firecracker.

A less than inspiring screenplay and slack direction from Richard L. Bare certainly did no favours for Clint Walker's laid back style.

Mr. Bare's direction is normally much tighter than this and I also felt that too much of the action was played out on the sound stages instead of utilising Warner's back-lots for more authenticity.

I'm sorry to say that the acting was below par all round with the exception of LANE BRADFORD whose portrayal of Sgt. Baker just about kept the interest going.

Where does Cheyenne get his hats from? This was the first time he had sported this particular piece of headware and to be quite frank it looked rather silly! For the size and build of the big man, it was far too small in the crown and too narrow around the brim. I hope Clint didn't stick to wearing this one for too long because I find it hard to take him seriously with this perched on his head!!


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