MACKENZIE'S RAIDERS was a syndicated western series that ran for a total of 39 episodes during 1958-59. The series has Richard Carlson playing the lead, US Cavalry officer, Ranald S MacKenzie. Mackenzie is in charge of a Cavalry unit based at Fort Clark in southwest Texas in 1873. It is the job of the unit to stop the raids into the US from Mexico by roving bands of outlaws.
In this episode, the third of the series, Army payroll wagons and their escorts are being wiped out on the way to Fort Clark. Carlson figures it must be a large group of outlaw types to overpower the wagon's escort.
Carlson puts up reward posters throughout the local district hoping for information on the bandits. He also keeps a close eye on a local shopkeeper, Charles Davis. Davis has been coming into more money than he should have. And right Carlson, as outlaw type, Gregg Martell is in cahoots with Davis.
Martell gets the upper hand on the cavalry escorts because he has a Gatling gun. This allows him to wipe out the escort leaving no witnesses. After the third wagon is ambushed, Carlson has had enough. He grabs up store-owner, Davis and forces him to ride along on the next payroll delivery.
Needless to say, Davis is not happy with this idea, and spills the beans on his partner in crime, Martell. Carlson sets up a play where he gets to ambush the outlaws instead. Lead flies and Martell is killed as is storekeeper, Davis.
There is a fair amount of gun-play and action that manages to overcome the rather tired story. Okay time-waster.
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