The Westerner: Season 1, Episode 10

Line Camp (9 Dec. 1960)

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Dave and Brown find a dead man on the trail. They take him to a cattle camp, where he meets an old friend of his. But when Dave's friend gets drunk and picks a fight with Dave, Dave has no choice but to shoot his old friend.

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Oscar Hudson
Hari Rhodes ...
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Hank Patterson ...
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Dave and Brown find a dead man on the trail. They take him to a cattle camp, where he meets an old friend of his. But when Dave's friend gets drunk and picks a fight with Dave, Dave has no choice but to shoot his old friend.

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This episode was the basis for the Charlton Heston western Will Penny (1968), which was also written by this episode's writer, Tom Gries. See more »

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[Dave and Oscar the cook are brawling in the line camp bunkhouse]
Jones: Boy, if Oscar ever hits Dave with a piece of his bread, that'll end it.
Ben Potts: That's enough! Knock the place down and we'll be sleepin' in the wet!
Shep Prescott: All cow camp cooks is mean, Dave... we got the only one that can fight!
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So Who Wants to be a Cowboy Now?
6 May 2006 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Arguably the best all-around episode of the series. Dave hooks up with big cattle outfit, and a bunch of ornery cowpokes. His saddle tramp status was never put to better effect than here. Amazing how many Westerns of the time avoided real life of a working cowboy. Instead, Peckinpah tries to give us a glimpse, employing an excellent script and direction from Tom Gries, but on the usual tight budget. (Notice how poorly the backlot shots match up with the impressive stock footage.)

Some outstanding performances: Slim Pickens as the mean-spirited cook (Is he dead man Walt's loyal friend or is he just looking to rile Dave), Karl Swenson as the no-nonsense foreman, Robert Culp in an uncharacteristic role of slippery trail hand, and Keith's Blassingame in a very low-key turn that fits in with events instead of overpowering them as was the custom of the day.

You can just about smell the BO from this grungy crew as they sit around the claustrophobic bunkhouse in their underwear getting on each other's nerves, and in the middle of a blizzard. What else can they do but fight and drink-- a far cry from the usual romance of the trail drive! The ending is appropriately disturbing, given all the drink and foolish behavior. (Consider how the episode would have been damaged had Keith been required to use the scoped rifle gimmick in this last sequence.)

Notable for what may have been first appearance of black cowboy in a weekly series (Hari Rhodes), though script falters by making him too clean and nice to fit in with this crew; (The sullen and distant personality of a racial outsider would have made better sense.) Also notable for Bob Culp in a supporting role so soon after his series Trackdown had folded. I suspect he was drawn by Peckinpah's growing reputation and the strong script. Best line: "I don't need no help getting drunk" -- Dave's inebriated response to somebody making an excuse for his breaking the rules.

All in all, an unusual 30 minutes of fascinating interplay between believable characters.


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