Cheyenne: The Complete Second Season [5 Discs] [DVD]

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Overview

Synopsis

The only rotating component of the 1955 ABC anthology Warner Bros. Presents to be renewed for a second season, Cheyenne returned to the air with a brand-new complement of episodes in the fall of 1956--and this time, each episode ran a full hour, instead of the awkward 45-minute length imposed during its first year on the air. However, ABC was still skittish about prime time westerns (despite the proven popularity of such series as Gunsmoke and The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, so Season Two of Cheyenne was seen on an alternate-week basis, sharing its Tuesday evening timeslot with Conflict, a new anthology from the Warners studio. Of course, star Clint Walker is back as laconic, laid-back adventurer Cheyenne Bodie, still drawing upon experience gleaned from his colorful past to tackle such jobs as trail boss, bodyguard, stage driver, Indian scout, cowpuncher and temporary lawman. Twenty new episodes were aired this season, beginning with "The Dark Rider" and ending with "The Broken Pledge." Arguably the season's best offering is "Decision at Gunsight", guest-starring John Carradine as a frontier extortionist and Marie Windsor as his main cohort, with whom Cheyenne briefly falls in love. Other well-known actors appearing this season include Dennis Hopper, James Garner, Edd "Kookie" Byrnes, and Richard Crenna. Although Cheyenne didn't crack the "top 30" programs in the 1956-57 ratings, it was miles ahead of its companion series Conflict. Not surprisingly, only Cheyenne was chosen for renewal at option time. ~ Hal Erickson

Cast & Crew

  • Clint Walker - Cheyenne Bodie
  • L.Q. Jones - Smitty
  • Ty Hardin - Bronco Layne

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