Episode 1.3 (Nov. 1, 1955)
Rod Taylor played Clancy in one of the earliest episodes of this Western
anthology series starring Clint Walker as Cheyenne Bodie.
In 1955, "Cheyenne" was one of three rotating hour-long series in
ABC's "Warner Brothers Presents." Each Tuesday "Casablanca" and
"King's Row" alternated with "Cheyenne," which proved to be the only
hit and continued into 1963, eventually airing 108 black-and-white
Clint Walker starred as Cheyenne Bodie, a former frontier scout who drifted
through the Old West, traveling from one adventure to another.
In this episode, Cheyenne encounters Clancy (Rod Taylor) and Duncan (Edward
Andrews), two men who have set out to prospect for gold. Cheyenne is wary
because, as he says, "gold can do funny things to a man." However, the three
proceed together, find gold and strike it rich.
Cheyenne's was right about the
gold, though, as their growing sacks of gold dust breed suspicion
and ill will. Duncan and Clancy get greedy, edgy and paranoid.
However, Clancy overcomes
these emotions, Indians attacks and a gunshot wound, too.
frequently reworked the plots of old Warner Brothers movies. This
episode, for example, is based on the classic movie "Treasure of the Sierra Madre"
(1948), which starred Humphrey Bogart
and was directed by John Huston.