Cheyenne

Season 6 Episode 4

The Young Fugitives

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Aired Tuesday 7:30 PM Oct 23, 1961 on ABC
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The Young Fugitives
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Young Gilby Collins outshoots "the Great Kinsey" in a carnival competition and wins a gun. When Nita, Kinsey's assistant, congratulates Collins, her sore-loser boss manhandles her. Collins comes to her defense, Kinsey draws a gun, and Collins shoots him dead. Kinsey's relatives, the Crawfords, plan to lynch Collins despite Nita's insistence that Collins fired in self defense. Cheyenne steps forward, saying that Collins should be taken to the Marshal in a nearby town for a fair trial. Not trusting the legal system, however, Collins flees toward Mexico along with Nita. The elder Crawford organizes a posse and goes after them. Cheyenne rides along with the posse, anxious to see that justice is done even if it means risking a horsewhipping at the hands of the vengeful Crawford.moreless

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    Russ McCubbin

    Russ McCubbin

    (Stunt Man For Clint Walker As Cheyenne Bodie)

    Clint Walker

    Clint Walker

    Cheyenne Bodie

    Richard Evans

    Richard Evans

    Gilby Collins

    Guest Star

    Anne Whitfield

    Anne Whitfield

    Nita

    Guest Star

    Edward Knight

    Edward Knight

    the Great Kinsey

    Guest Star

    Lane Chandler

    Lane Chandler

    Proudhomme

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      • "Take his gun and strip off his shirt. Tie 'im up." When the vengeance-seeking leader of a posse says these words about Cheyenne, viewer interest surely picked up all across America, especially when the leader adds: "I want my whip." Moments later, a member of the posse finishes tying the wrists of a bare-chested Cheyenne to a horizontal tree branch. The posse leader then turns his whip over to his son with the order: "Hit 'im!" The son, however, has scruples. "No one's gonna tell me to horsewhip a man, not even my own father." Thus, after all the build-up, Cheyenne is cut free without receiving a single lash. This is one of the greatest "teases" in TV westerns, along with a sequence in "Rawhide" in which both Eric Fleming and Clint Eastwood are tied shirtless to trees and threatened with a whip only to be rescued at the last possible moment. Perhaps the makers of "Cheyenne" felt that Clint Walker had such a broad back, no whip was up to the task of striking it! In any case, this almost-whipping scene illustrates two common points about the "Cheyenne" series: (1) Situations were always found to strip Clint Walker of his shirt, and (2)
        Clint Walker, despite his size and strength, usually played his character with a certain passive, almost masochistic quality. Here, for example, he's in a situation where he's about to be horsewhipped -- perhaps savagely and without mercy -- and yet he's shown meekly standing next to the tree branch as his wrists are tied, making no protests and offering no resistance. One wonders if such Quaker-like behavior would ever be found in any of today's "action heroes."

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