Slim is a civilian scout for an Army officer who blames Slim for his ordering his men to massacre a Sioux village although Slim was not at fault. The tribes threaten war if the officer is not punished when he escapes to continue the fight.



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Episode cast overview:
Daisy Cooper (credit only)
Dennis Holmes ...
Colonel John Barrington
Madge Barrington
Lt. Paul Harmon
Sergeant Bailey
George Orrison ...
Corporal Reece
Maurice Manson ...
President of the Military Court
Mess Sergeant Wells


Col. John Barrington is a fugitive, having escaped from Fort Laramie during his court martial for the massacre at Wounded Knee. Slim Sherman, who was present at the massacre and a witness at the court martial, finds himself taken hostage by the colonel's daughter, Madge, who's come to Laramie carrying papers that will guarantee her father's vision for the Native American population is carried out. What Barrington doesn't know is that he's lost support in Washington and he's now viewed as a traitor. For Slim it's out of the frying pan and into the fire when he escapes only to find that there are Sioux in the area. Now trapped with Barrington and a handful of his loyal officers, Slim has to negotiate with the Sioux warriors, who want Barrington to pay for his crimes. Slim, Madge, Barrington, and his men just might end up a sacrifice to Barrington's arrogance. Written by DarSpi

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5 December 1961 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Handful Of Macready's Fire
22 March 2017 | by (rockingham) – See all my reviews

Would give a higher rating,but John Smith as Slim was over-the-top in his raking Col Barrington for attacking Indians in his plan to civilize the West.The Col was single-minded,believing what he was doing as right.Barrington was not depicted as doing this repeatedly,carrying out massacres against civilians,but tried to exact revenge for the slaughter of the troops he was a part of 25 years previous,only barely escaping with his life after being lured by women and children to the same cave where he and his followers hide out from pursuing troops since his escape from a military court.Think Macready delivered an honorable portrayal of a hated officer,and am tired of seeing him bashed as cold or incapable of emotion.Also,think the effort could've been made to get a stunt rider with a white wig to match Macready's instead of the chap with dark hair.

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