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(TV Series)

(1965)

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  • Rowdy's going to Wichita to seek justice after two of his drovers are shot, trying to stop a lynching of two Hispanics in former slavery stronghold, Clay County, Missouri, 5 years after the end of the U.S. Civil War. The Kane father/son hanging party killed the accused to revenge the beating death of the abler of the Kane brothers, serving time in the local jail with the lynched men. The surviving brother tried to stop both the lynching and the shooting, but father Morgan refused the disabled Jethroe's pleas. New trail boss Rowdy takes the surviving trail-hand, along with his new Black steer-puncher Simon, to the local sheriff, but he's in cahoots with the Kanes.

    - Written by David Stevens
  • Two men (father Morgan Kane and meek, crippled son Jethroe Kane) are about to hang two drifters they think killed Morgan's other son Vance, a lying, cruel person. Two of Rowdy's drovers see this and ride to prevent the hanging, but they are shot for their efforts and the two drifters are lynched. Rowdy buries one of the drovers and takes the other one to town for doctoring and for justice for the hanging and killing. The wounded drover gives enough information for Rowdy to know who was responsible. The sheriff, who is boss of the town, tells Rowdy to forget it, that the drifters got what they deserved, that Vance was alone at the jail sleeping off a drunk, and that he had to have been killed by the two drifters that were just released. But an inquest is held at the local kangaroo court where false testimony is accepted, and the Kanes walk away free. In the midst of all this we learn that the sheriff is protecting Jethroe in return for the promise of some land. Rowdy decides to forcibly (and illegally?) take the Kanes to Wichita for a fair Federal trial. This results in much gun-play, death and revelations. We learn that Jethroe, always taunted by evil brother Vance, finally smashed his head in with a liquor bottle, only wounding him. The sheriff lied to Jethroe and said he took Vance's "dead" body to the jail so as to pin the murder on the two drifters. Actually, the sheriff had his deputy murder Vance.

    - Written by chipe
  • One of Rowdy's drovers is killed and another wounded trying to stop a lynching. Looking for justice for his men, Rowdy runs into a town run by a power hungry sheriff and deputy, who are protecting the father and son who did the shooting.

    - Written by Anonymous

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