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Cheyenne: The Complete Fourth Season [4 Discs] [DVD]


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    The fourth season of the ABC western Cheyenne made TV history as the only instance in which the title character never appeared! Embroiled in a bitter contract dispute with Warner Bros., actor Clint Walker, aka Cheyenne Bodie, walked off the set and refused to return until his demands (which by Hollywood standards were perfectly reasonable)were met. Taking a "We made you, we can break you" stance with Walker, Warner Brothers likewise dug in its heels, proceeding with Season Four of Cheyenne minus the show's star. And how was this done? Simple. Although the program was still officially titled Cheyenne, the season actually consisted of two other western series, appearing in rotation. One of these was Sugarfoot, starring Will Hutchins as a gangly frontier lawyer, a series that had already been seen in the 1957-58 on an alternate-week basis with Cheyenne. The other show was Bronco, a virtual carbon copy of Cheyenne starring newcomer Ty Hardin. Both Cheyenne Bodie and Bronco Layne were Civil War veterans who chose to drift throughout the west after the conflict, taking whatever odd jobs that suited them and getting involved in the lives of other westerners all along the way. There was even a marked physical resemblance between Clint Walker and Ty Hardin,even though Walker had dark hair and Hardin was a blonde. The principal difference between Bronco and its inspiration was that Bronco Layne tended to cross paths with genuine western celebrities like Wild Bill Hickok, Jesse James and the Younger Gang. This "revised" version of Cheyenne ran throughout the 1958-59 season, by which time Warner Bros. had agreed to Clint Walker's terms and invited him back to the fold. ~ Hal Erickson

    Cast & Crew

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

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