While headed to Dos Minos, Shenandoah's horse falls in the snow and breaks his leg. Shenandoah comes upon a widow being badly treated by two men, then he buys a horse and heads to town. But...
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While headed to Dos Minos, Shenandoah's horse falls in the snow and breaks his leg. Shenandoah comes upon a widow being badly treated by two men, then he buys a horse and heads to town. But his trouble is just starting when he's accused of horse stealing and cold-blooded murder. Written by
SURVIVAL 1965 - This is the second episode of the 1965-66 western series, A MAN CALLED SHENANDOAH. The series starred Robert Horton. Horton is a man who suffered the loss of his memory after receiving a head wound. He is now searching the west for clues as to his identity.
Horton is fighting his way through a snow filled mountain pass, when his horse goes down with a broken leg. He dispatches the horse and shoulders his saddle. He works his way down to several buildings he sees in the distance. It turns out to be a way station for the local stage line.
The operator, Jeanne Cooper, sells Horton a spare horse and a couple shots of whiskey. He asks directions to the nearby small town. Horton is to meet a man who might have some information about his identity.
Two local yokel types, John Davis Chandler and Dennis Patrick, are giving Cooper a hard time. Horton suggests an improvement in manners towards the lady is needed. Patrick starts at Horton with a hunk of firewood, but is flattened by Horton for his trouble. Horton then chases off the two idiots.
Horton nods his hat to Cooper, exits, saddles his new horse and heads to town. As he leaves, he sees a lone rider, Adam Williams, enter the way station barn.
Horton hits town, buys shelter and feed for his horse, then asks whether anyone knows the man he is to meet. A short time later, a wagon comes into town with the bloody corpse of Jeanne Cooper. She has been beaten to a bloody pulp. A crowd quickly gathers around the wagon.
The two yokels, Chandler and Patrick, point at Horton and say, "He must of done it! We left him at the way station!" The crowd grabs Horton and a rope is soon produced. A lynching seems in the cards. Fortunately for Horton, Sheriff John Anderson now shows. He hauls Horton to jail and starts questioning him. Horton tells his side of the story including seeing a man going into the barn.
The crowd outside is whipping itself into a frenzy. They want a hanging. Anderson and Horton look out at the mob. Horton sees Williams, the man from the barn. Williams is leading the cry for a hanging.
Horton grabs a shotgun of the rack, knocks Anderson out of the way and marches up to Williams. He points the shotgun at Williams and tells him to explain what "he' was doing at the way station.
Horton cracks him one in the gut with the rifle butt to help Williams with his memory. Williams soon admits his guilt. He had taken a fancy to Cooper, which had not been returned by Cooper. The upset Williams had then beaten Cooper to death.
Williams is now grabbed up by the crowd and handed over to Sheriff Anderson.
Horton asks Anderson if he knows the man he was to meet in town. Anderson answers yes. But the man had died several days before. Horton hangs his head, his search for who he is, and who he was, continues.
Long time television helmsman, Boris Sagal, directed the episode.
The director of photography was Oscar (Sayonara) nominated, Ellsworth Fredericks. His film work includes, SAYONARA, SEVEN DAYS IN MAY, CHARRO!, RETURN OF THE GUNFIGHTER, THE STRIPPER, WILD RIVER, LAST OF THE BAD MEN, CANYON RIVER, TROOPER HOOK, AT GUNPOINT, SHOTGUN, WORLD WITHOUT END and the 1956 sci-fi classic, INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS. (b/w)
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