When stopping over in a town for the night, Shenandoah discovers that he had stayed there before. After reading a letter, he learns his possible name and a possible ex-wife. He goes in ...
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When stopping over in a town for the night, Shenandoah discovers that he had stayed there before. After reading a letter, he learns his possible name and a possible ex-wife. He goes in search of the people that may help solve the mystery of his past. Written by
A MAN CALLED SHENANDOAH "The Siege" 1965 This is episode thirteen of the thirty-four episode run of the 1965-66 western series, A MAN CALLED SHENANDOAH. Robert Horton stars as an amnesia victim. He travels throughout the American south-west looking for clues to his identity.
It is a cold rainy wind swept night and Horton rides into a small town. He hits the local hotel to grab a room. The clerk takes his cash and hands him a key. When Horton has gone to his room, the clerk sends one of the men in the lobby to grab the town Sheriff.
Horton comes down the stairs after a quick wash up. He could sure use some warm food. What he finds is the Sheriff and several armed men. The hotel clerk points at Horton and says, "That's the man! He ran off three years ago and stuck me with 3 weeks of unpaid rent." Horton of course has no memory of said event. Does the clerk remember his name by chance? No, answers the clerk. The clerk then adds that he had left a bedroll. Horton offers to pay the back rent if the clerk still has the bedroll. The Sheriff says that seems like a fair deal and leaves.
The clerk roots around in his storage room and comes out with a bedroll. Horton hands over $30.00 to the clerk and returns to his room. There, he opens the bedroll looking for a clue to his identity. Horton finds a letter addressed to a "Frank Moyer". It seems to be from a woman named Nora who could be his wife, telling him she is leaving him. She is moving to Texas with another man, Charles Aidman. The postmark is for a small town in Texas.
Several weeks later, Horton hits the town and searches out Aidman. Aidman runs the local stage line. Horton stops at the office to see Aidman. He tells the clerk, Hal Baylor, to announce him as Frank and say he is a friend of Aidman's wife, Nora. When Aidman hears this, he goes white as a ghost and refuses to see Horton.
Horton tells Baylor that he will return and heads across the street to have a coffee. Several minutes later, Malcolm Atterbury approaches Horton. He tells Horton he is a Judge and could he have a few words with him. Horton has Atterbury join him. "Why do you want to see Aidman for?" asks Atterbury. Horton explains that he really wants to talk to his wife. She could answer some questions he has.
This of course goes nowhere fast and Horton starts to lose his temper. Horton returns to the Stage office where he finds Aidman standing out front with gun in hand. Horton again asks to speak Nora. The shaking Aidman asks if Horton is there to kill him? "No, I just want to talk to Nora".
We now discover that the woman had died in childbirth 2 years before. She had left this Frank Moyer because he was a nasty s.o.b. He had sent Aidman a letter stating he was coming one day to kill them both. Horton asks to see the letter. He knows at a glance that the handwriting is not his. The hotel clerk back in Wyoming had just given him any old bedroll he had found in storage.
Horton saddles up and heads back on the trail of his lost identity.
Also in the cast are Joyce Van Patten, Harlan Warde, George Mitchell and Charlie Brigs. The director was Jud Taylor and the d of p was series regular, Fred Mandl.
A little bit of trivia. The horse Horton uses in this series is the same one he rode during his time on WAGON TRAIN. He had bought the horse when he left that series. (B/W)
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