John Henry and Jim Sinclair arrive in West Africa to help Commander Hayes start his experiment to domisticate wild game, but a rancher stands in their way. A little boy named Samson may give Jim more reason to stay.



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Jon Shank ...
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John Henry and Jim Sinclair arrive in West Africa to help Commander Hayes start his experiment to domesticate wild game, but a rancher stands in their way. There is another complication Jim meets along the way that may give him a reason to stay in Africa...a little African boy named Samson! Written by Michelle

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11 September 1967 (USA)  »

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Jim and John Henry had their horses shipped over from the United States. See more »


Jim Sinclair: I need another rope!
John Henry: Well, you're not gonna get mine because I'm gonna hang myself!
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Good start to an underrated series
25 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Though there was apparently a movie that started this series, this showed how John Henry and World Champion cowboy, Jim Sinclair came to be part of the African West. In this first episode, they arrive and learn that their boss wants them to rope wild African animals to domesticate them. The African people are dying and starving and need a new way of life. What better way than farming?

We meet John Henry, a half-breed Indian who is full of sarcasm, but he's a pretty nice guy. We also meet Jim's future adopted son (though we never see this, we can assume it actually happened), Samson. Samson is a mischievous and curious ten year old African boy who's lost both of his parents.

Chuck Connors, who played Lucas McCain on The Rifleman, shows some of his rifle sportsmanship in this episode. He also shows his ability to kiss very well - or so it looks to me...

This was the first episode I watched a few year ago, and when I saw it I just knew I would really like this show. It mixes just enough old western, present day, and African culture in it to make it unique and stay interesting.

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