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Cheyenne - The Complete First Season
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Cheyenne follows the adventures of Cheyenne Bodie. Cheyenne was a big man, a former army scout who went west after the American Civil War and drifted from job to job, here a cowboy, there a lawman, and always a larger-than-life hero.]]>
No collection of classic TV Westerns is complete without Cheyenne, the trailblazing 1955 series that premiered within weeks of Gunsmoke. The strapping Clint Walker stars as Cheyenne Bodie, the iconic role that earned him his place in the Hall of Great Western Performers at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Cheyenne is a classic Western hero in the drifter tradition, accepting jobs ranging from frontier scout to trail boss. In this first season, he is accompanied at times by sidekick Smitty (L.Q. Jones). "It takes about a minute to know a man," one character remarks during the course of Cheyenne's first season. But we size up Cheyenne in an instant. He is a man of honor, straight shooting and plainspoken. In one episode, he declines an offered position of ranch foreman. "I don't like the job," he states, "and when I don't like a job, I turn it down." When a woman refers to Indians as "savages" in the first episode, Cheyenne enlightens her, "The Indians think we're the savages." Several episodes, including "Quicksand" and "The Last Train West," echo the John Ford masterpiece, Stagecoach, as Cheyenne finds himself amongst a diverse and disparate group of people who are thrown together by circumstance.
Cheyenne was part of a new breed of "adult Western." The episode "Johnny Bravo" (was this the inspiration for Greg's rock star nom de plume on The Brady Bunch?) deals with a rancher who disapproves of his daughter's affair with a Mexican. Keep a sharp lookout for actors who would later become Hollywood's most wanted. A pre-Maverick James Garner appears as different characters in three episodes. Dennis Hopper is hot-triggered gunfighter the Utah Kid, in "Quicksand." And that's the future Miss Hathaway, Nancy Kulp, as a sassy waitress in "Johnny Bravo." Cheyenne was originally broadcast as one of three rotating series under the banner, Warner Brothers Presents, but it quickly established itself as the runaway hit. Like the best Westerns, it is anything but quaint nostalgia. With its timeless setting, compelling stories, charismatic hero, and positive values, the sun will never set on Cheyenne. --Donald Liebenson
- 15 episodes on five discs
- New interview with Clint Walker
- "The Lonely Gunfighter: The Legacy of Cheyenne" featurette narrated by Clint Walker
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I'm a girl who likes her westerns and Cheyenne was unforgettable though I only saw a few when I was small, thank goodness for repeats. I grew up on Bonanza with Candy, High Chaparral, the Rifle Man and Branded, the Virginian, Rawhide and I do love those Cartwright men in the Adam days best but Cheyenne always stood out in my mind. He was everything good and right in a world that was pretty wild back then. And Clint Walker? Oh my, he would've made the most absolute best Superman ever! Don't know why they didn't think of that. I'm such a fan girl!
I bought this as new but the outside cover holding the disks was very worn with obvious torn edges. Not happy about that. I enjoyed watching Clint which brought back childhood memories. The content could be rated as poor but I don't care, it's nice to see the good guys win and I so enjoy watching the mild manner of Clint Walker!!!!
The extra feature of Clint's recent interview was certainly a bonus. He's just the same gentleman he was way back then. Would love to meet him in person. He's on my "who would you invite for dinner list"!
And how interesting to see very familiar faces appearing as co-stars perhaps for the first time - like James Garner and Rod Taylor. Also very interesting to see between the first disc and the last disc how quickly the stories and acting became so much more sophisticated and improved in that short amount of time.
Look forward to any other in the Cheyenne series that may be released in future. Put me on your list! Good service Amazon - I'll use you again.