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  • Episode Guide
  • S 4 : Ep 18

    Then the Mountains

    Aired 4/30/62

  • S 4 : Ep 17

    Immovable Object

    Aired 4/16/62

  • S 4 : Ep 16

    A Town That Lived and Died

    Aired 4/9/62

  • S 4 : Ep 15

    Moment of Doubt

    Aired 4/2/62

  • S 4 : Ep 14

    Until Kingdom Come

    Aired 3/26/62

  • Cast & Crew
  • Ty Hardin

    Bronco Layne

  • Allen Case

    Stu Baggot

  • Terry Rangno

    David Platt

  • Stewart Bradley

    Clay Platt

  • Joan Granville

    Susan Platt

  • show Description
  • After the end of the American Civil War, former Confederate army captain Bronco Layne seeks his fortune in the lawless West. The Bronco character was created as a clone of Cheyenne when Clint Walker walked out on that show for a year in a contract dispute. For the 1958-59 TV season, the program was renamed The Cheyenne Show and featured reruns of Cheyenne episodes alternating with episodes of the new Bronco. It was not until Clint Walker's return to Cheyenne for the 1959-60 TV season that the network decided Bronco could survive on its own, giving it a new timeslot (alternating with Sugarfoot) and finally giving the show its own theme song: Bronco, Bronco, Tearin' across the Texas plain. Bronco, Bronco, Bronco Layne. Born down around the old panhandle, Texas is where he grew to fame. There ain't a horse that he can't handle, That's how he got his name. (Repeat chorus) Next to a foursquare Texas twister, You'd call a cyclone meek and mild. You've never seen a twister, mister, 'Til someone gets him riled. (Repeat chorus) Show me a gal who's kissed him once, I'll show you a gal who's kissed him twice. Once any gal has kissed him twice, She's dreamin' of shoes and rice. (Repeat chorus)moreless

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • Three-Finger Jack: Of the crime of murder, you stand acquitted on the grounds of self-defense, but the crime of attempting to steal another man's woman, you're adjudged guilty. The prescribed punishment is 40 lashes.

    Notes (2)

    • Don Harvey, whose shooting leads to Ty Hardin's flogging, also felt the sting of a whip across his back in the 1953 swashbuckling movie, "Prince of Pirates."

    • Ty Hardin suffers a whipping in this episode. He shoots and kills a man in self-defense during a barroom gunfight but is then found guilty of "attempting to steal another man's woman." His sentence is 40 lashes and he's seen, stripped to the waist, tied to the town's whipping post on main street while a man lashes his bare back. After just a few blows, however, the woman who sparked the barroom fight rushes forward, proclaiming Ty's innocence, and the whipping comes to an end. Heroes of TV westerns during this era were often tied up, de-shirted, and whipped because (1) it provided an opportunity to show off the hero's physique; (2) it won him audience sympathy; (3) it injected "action" into the plot without resorting to killing; and (4) it played on viewers' sado-masochistic emotions. As such whippings go, this ranks above average because it puts the hero on good display, but it does have its weaknesses. The whip used looks too much like a rope, the whipping post seems too short for Ty's height, and the whipping itself comes to too abrupt an end. However, seeing Ty's bare torso is always a treat and here, at about age 29, he's in his physical prime.

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Bronco

    By GearyBarber, Sep 30, 2012