Josh is requested to meet a famous singer at the opera house in Denver who has a job for him. He uncovers an unconventional kidnapping plot when he signs on to rescue the ransomed sister of the famous singer at Sugar Creek.


(as Donald McDougall)



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Episode complete credited cast:
Diane Brewster ...
Amy Winter
Christopher Dark ...
Henri Gaspard (as Chris Dark)
Stella Winter


In 1871 Josh is at the back stage of the opera house to meet the famous British singer Stella Winter. After being directed to her dressing room she meets him at the door. Upset, she starts to tell Josh about her problem as she hands him a note detailing a ransom note for her sister. The distraught singer faints with Josh catching her and laying her down on a sofa. As he looks for something to wake her up, he notices her diamonds on the dressing table. She on the other hand is awake watching to see what he does. He turns to find her standing. She is convinced he is honest so she continues to show him the note which indicates her sister Amy has been kidnapped. A ransom of $5000 is to be paid for her at the livery stable in Sugar Creek the next night. Josh agrees to pay the ransom after ensuring she is okay. At Sugar Creek he meets a man named Mason who refuses to give any details about Amy and says he is just the intermediary. Josh refuses to pay until Mason provides more proof and ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

21 March 1959 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The song "10,000 Cattle" sung in the saloon was written by Owen Wister for the 1904 Broadway play based on his Western novel "The Virginian." See more »


An opening title gives the year as 1871, 22 years before Josh's Winchester '93 "Mare's Leg" was produced. See more »


Stella Winter: How can we ever thank you?
Josh Randall: A check would do very nicely.
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Ten Thousand Cattle
Written by Owen Wister
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An Odd Kidnapping Scheme
9 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Josh is in Denver in the year 1871. He's called to the dressing room of an opera star who wants to hire him to help get her sister back. She has received a kidnap note - written in pretty fancy terms - demanding $5,000.

Randall, after being tested by the actress to see if he's honest, agrees and goes to the pickup. There, he meets a "middle man" who wants to money but doesn't have the girl. Josh wants the transactions on his terms, so the two men depart. Randall then pursues the man, which leads to a saloon and a French piano player. Soon, Randall is tracking him, too, which leads to more problems.....and a big surprise. (The kidnapping is not an ordinary one.)

It was a good episode, and it was nice to see Diane Brewster again, one of Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver's teachers!

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