Josh and Jason are escorting four prisoners - three men and one woman - to Leavenworth prison when a stranger begins following along behind asking to travel with the group for protection from the Pawnee Indians but Josh refuses.
Josh and Jason are driving a prison wagon to Leavenworth, Kansas carrying four prisoners - three men and one woman. They were convicted for robbing her husband while she was convicted of manslaughter for killing him. Josh happens to be friends with one prisoner, Jack Kelly. As they camp one night a stranger approaches the camp asking to travel with the group for protection from the Pawnee Indians. Josh refuses the request plus the request seems strange as Indians are not a problem where they are traveling. Later, they notice he still camped where they can see his campfire. The female prisoner, Sally Lind, tells Josh the stranger is the brother of her husband who she was convicted of killing. The next day he is still traveling close to their group. Josh rides back to dissuade him and he does ride off. However, that night he reappears with two Pawnee braves. The convicts claim he is actually the one who killed his brother and he is wanting the money Sally hid. Written by
This was an excellent episode, one of the fastest-moving one I've seen in this excellent TV western series. It features an interesting story, "known" guest stars like Beverly Garland and Claude Aikens, and plenty of action.
As for the story, Josh and Jason are escorting prisoners in a stage coach to Leavenworth - three men and a woman. They have an interesting tale to tell, especially the woman, "Sally" (Garland). On their trail is man who wants to kill her and find out where some hidden money is located. Josh and Jason must tend to the prisoners while fighting off the intruder and two Pawnees he's enlisted to him. The "stranger" is played by Brad Dexter, a veteran of these TV westerns and a good actor, too.
Not only is the acting great and the story a good one, it's episodes like this in which you really appreciate the efforts of Studio Canal in restoring these old prints. That, and the great studio lighting (rarely did old shows go on location, even if it was supposed to be out in the "Old West," although there are a couple of quick scenes here that are outdoors.). I say the above because of all the shadows and light in this story, which reminds me visually of a good film noir.
Atlhough I really enjoy this Steve McQueen-led series, I don't usually rate the episodes a "10" but this one is deserving, all things considered.
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