When a officer dies, Cpl. Dasovik is forced to take over the mission but he has no control over the men. The men pick up Favor when they take some of his cattle. Dasovik soon learns he is alone but he is determined to carry out his orders.
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After the officer leading a mission dies, inexperienced Cpl. Dasovik is forced to assume command of a cavalry patrol escorting Ute Chief Ollocot and his people to a reservation. They are in dangerous territory with Ute renegades around them. The men lead by Pvt. Eccles want to return to the fort for safety rather than continue. The Utes want food and the Chief's buffalo robe returned. The men pretend to go hunting for food finding four prime cows roaming free. Favor tries to stop them but is shot at falling off his horse injuring his leg and knocking him out. The men mutiny against Dasovik when he wants to accept the surrender of 25 renegades. The renegades charge the camp resulting in the soldiers laying down their arms and being taken prisoner along with Favor. The Chief releases the men and the renegades leave. Dasovik is told the renegades will return in the morning to kill Chielf Ollocot who will not resist. Dasovik pleads with the men to help protect the Chief but they refuse ... Written by
This episode is simply superb. A talented guest cast, led by Nick Adams, delivers a psychological drama rather than a standard cowboy story. The only representative of the Rawhide cast in this episode is Eric Fleming in a small role.This episode belongs to Nick Adams. It is a shame that Emmy Awards were not given at this time for guest performers on series television because Nick Adams deserved one for his performance as an inexperienced and reluctant leader of rebellious soldiers. It is some of his finest work. John Drew Barrymore, in the role of the villain, provides strong support. I am not a Rawhide fan per se; nor am I a Western enthusiast. However, I thoroughly enjoyed this episode. Anyone who enjoys fine acting and a well written drama will enjoy it as well. Put it on your must see list.
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