MACKENZIE'S RAIDERS was a syndicated western series that ran for a total of 39 episodes during 1958-59. The series has Richard Carlson playing the lead, US Cavalry officer Ranald S MacKenzie. Mackenzie is in charge of a Cavalry unit based at Fort Clark in southwest Texas in the 1873. It is the job of the unit to stop the raids into the US from Mexico by roving bands of outlaws.
In this episode, the second of the series, Carlson and his men are after a renegade Apache chief. The Apache, played by H.M. Wynant, is raiding ranches and killing men, women and children. Carlson and his Cavalry unit are always one step behind Wynant.
One day they come up on the Apaches just after they have butchered a group of men. The chase is on with the Apaches taking a short lead. The Cavalry follow the renegades up a draw to a bunch of trees. Carlson halts his men. He does not like the lay out of the land. It looks just like a perfect location for an ambush.
He has a section of his men circle around behind the trees. Then they all rush in at the same time. The Apaches are indeed hidden in the brush. The Cavalry has them trapped in a deadly crossfire, killing all but the leader, Wynant, who slips away.
Carlson sends his troops back to the fort to get medical aid for the wounded. He intends to continue on Wynant's trail. Wynant gets the drop on Carlson nailing him with a round in the shoulder. Wynant however takes a tumble down a hillside at the same time.
Though both men are hurt, Carlson and Wynant are soon at it hammer and tongs. Each wants to take the other prisoner, Carlson to hang the Apache. Wynant wants Carlson so he can kill him in front of his tribe.
The fight is interrupted by a group of bounty hunters. They want the Apache for the reward. Carlson and Wynant now fight side by side to defeat the bounty men. This they do in quick order, killing all 5 of them.
Now it is back to the personal fight between them. It is down to Bowie knives before Carlson gets the upper hand. He slings the dead warrior over a horse and heads back to Fort Clark.
Okay, but not something a person would watch a second time. Being a "ZIV" production, it is of course done on the cheap.
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