Clint Walker (Cheyenne) did not appear in this episode.
This episode was the pilot for the ABC show "The Dakotas."
The story for this episode was taken from the book "Savage Breed" by Joseph Chadwick.
This episode was copied almost word for word in a 1958 episode of "Lawman" entitled "The Judge." Even the female characters are named Lilac and Rose. Instead of the Black Jack, Lawman's black-garbed nemesis is "The Actor."
Interseting to watch James Garner in an uncharacteristic performance as the bad guy. After Maverick it became harder for him to be considered for bad guy roles.
One would expect an outdoorsman such as "Cheyenne Bodie" to have a deeper tan on his face, neck, lower arms and hands than on the rest of his torso. However, whenever Clint Walker takes off his shirt, he doesn't show any of these "tan lines."
"Rendezvous at Red Rock" is the only episode in which you will hear Gerald Mohr sing and play the piano. Songs he sings are "My Darling Clementine", "Oh, I Killed a Man" and "Aura Lee", the original version of "Love Me Tender". Mr Mohr was an accomplished pianist.
This was L.Q. Jones final appearance as Smitty. The character was dropped as producer Wm. T. Orr decided that Cheyenne didn't need a sidekick.
This is the first of what proved to be many episodes in which Clint Walker appears without his shirt. As a "beefcake" bonus, guest-star Rod Taylor is also seen bare-chested.