Driving a herd through Cheyenne country, Favor finds out some of his hands may have hired on for more than just the beeves. There is a large reward being offered for a white girl who has been missing since she was a small child.
In Cheyenne country Pete encounters hunting parties delaying his return to camp putting Favor and the others on edge. When Pete returns, he recognizes Daggett as a bounty hunter. Daggett and others have heard about the $500 government reward for returning white captives. To get other drovers to help, Daggett posts the $8000 reward for Nancy Curtis. Daggett and Houk catch Manso, the Cheyenne Chief, roughing him up for information on Nancy Curtis. Favor stops them but is shot with an arrow by a Cheyenne brave. Manso takes Favor to his hunting camp where Winoka who is Nancy Curtis tends to Favor. Favor returns to camp without her asking for men to help save her but they are too late. However, Winoka comes to the drover's camp to go with Favor. Some men revolt over the reward money so Favor fires them including Scarlet. When Winoka learns the camp may be wiped out by Manso, she tries to return to him but is captured by Daggett's group. Favor with the aid of the returning Scarlet tries to ... Written by
This was the first of 93 episodes with William R. Thompkins. In the first 46 he was simply referred to as a drover, the last 47 he was credited as 'Toothless'. See more »
There's money in beef, but it doesn't come easy. There's a market for all the steers you can raise. But it's a thousand miles away. You get top prices only for top cattle. Pushin' the herd up the trail is only half the job. You've gotta get in there in good shape. It takes tough men workin' long hours for low wages, starin' trouble in the face at every bend in the trail. I'm one of 'em. Gil Favor, trail boss.
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I loved the "Rawhide" series when I watched it as a kid. And I know that these Western stories are "morality plays," that one should gulp a strong dose of "suspension of disbelief" to enjoy them. However there has to be a limit. This episode was an embarrassment -- so saccharine and filled with corny clichés and unbelievable actions and coincidences. Most of the Westerns I have seen that involve Indians are like that.
Among the many things that disturbed me here included:
¶ Favor, riding alone, just happens to encounter and rescue the Indian chief who resides with the "captive white girl" the bounty hunter who joined the cattle drive was after. ¶ the white captive girl having the identifying jewelry with her initials. ¶ Favor endangering the herd, all for the sake of one white "captive," who may have wanted to stay with the Indians anyway. That annoyed me the most. ¶ Favor forgoing the $8000 reward (huge for the time). ¶ the Chief willing to fight to keep the "captive white girl" (his future bride-to-be), then encouraging her to return to her white family after she returns to him. ¶ Favor, and others, riding off alone in wilderness away from the other trail hands.
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