Damon is broke and needs workers to finish his railroad into Oxford. The 28 men on Favor's crew are the ticket to do the work. Damon concocts a fight with the drovers while Favor is charged with abducting his girlfriend to trap them.
Damon's crew walks off the job in Oxford when word spreads from the telegraph office there is no pay train coming. As Damon contemplates his next action Favor and Rowdy ride into the railroad camp with the herd nearby. Damon invites the drovers to a party at the railroad saloon while telling Favor he will bring cattle buyers out the next day to look at his herd. During the party a fight breaks out resulting in the drovers being jailed while Damon's girlfriend Goldie knocks out Favor and locks him in a hotel room. The next day Damon tells Rowdy if the men sign work contracts, the judge won't go hard on the men since they were on railroad property. Damon promises to tear the contracts up when the men are free. At the hearing the judge puts the men on probation for ninety days so Damon refuses to tear up the contracts until they are "free". Rowdy punches Damon so he is jailed as well. Goldie tells the Sheriff she was abducted by Favor resulting in him being jailed. Damon and Glodie visit... Written by
I wish I could say I liked this first part of a two part Rawhide story a bit better. This one involves Eric Fleming and the herd and the drovers running into one crafty conman Fritz Weaver who is trying to get his railroad built by hook or crook preferably the latter.
I won't go into how, that's for you to see, but he winds up with the herd, the supplies, the men and his girlfriend and accomplice Barbara Eden even wind up with Fleming's boots.
The problem is that for 7 years Eric Fleming built up Gil Favor as a strong responsible man with a temper at times, but never dumb. He really looks stupid here.
It doesn't quite work, but there's part two to see how Fleming resolves the situation.
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