Compelled by a wealthy landowner to rescue his kidnapped daughter, Clay McCord gets a job in the mine owned by Evan Sloate, the girl's kidnapper. At first the girl resists being rescued, ...
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Compelled by a wealthy landowner to rescue his kidnapped daughter, Clay McCord gets a job in the mine owned by Evan Sloate, the girl's kidnapper. At first the girl resists being rescued, saying that Sloate is her husband, and then Sloate catches on to McCord's plan. He gives McCord a whipping and orders him off his property but McCord returns for another try at rescue. Written by
dinky-4 of Minneapolis
This episode covers a lot of plot -- perhaps too much -- and includes several standard elements: the hero forced to work in a mine, the hero growing fond of a pretty girl in a relationship fated to go nowhere, the hero confronted by the villain in a final showdown etc.
What distinguishes this episode is the whipping suffered by Allen Case in his role as Clay McCord. Though a young, attractive sort, Case just couldn't compete with the likes of Clint Walker and Chuck Connors on the "beefcake" scale and so didn't do many bare-chest scenes. However, "beefcake bondage" was the order of the day in TV westerns so here we see a shirtless Case tied to a post and given a lashing across his bare back by the ever-reliable Leo Gordon. This punishment is not especially well-staged and is dimly lit but it leads to a pleasingly-silent post-whipping scene of Case squatting down by a stream, trying to daub mud onto his injured back. (Though occurring on TV, Case's flogging ranks 40th in the book: "Lash! The Hundred Great Scenes of Men Being Whipped in the movies.")
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