A young man raised by Comanche indians tries to reintegrate into society on a wagon train destined for danger.
White Hawk isn't sure if he wants to stay or return to the Comanche.
Henderson takes a payment from the Apache for an illegal shipment of guns.
Cheyenne warns Henderson that he won't take any more threats.
White Hawk enjoys watching the wagon train dancers.
|Season 3, Episode 13|
|Air date||March 11, 1958|
The Empty Gun
Ghost of the Cimmaron
- Michael Landon guest stars in this episode as White Hawk/Allen Horn.
Real World References
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Continuity Nitpicks and Errors
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Pioneers on a wagon trail are making their way west to Sacramento under the watchful leadership of wagon master Cheyenne Bodie. Settler Homer Duffield rides up to him at full gallop to spread the alarm that he’s sighted a trading party of Apache intending to trade furs to the settlers. Bodie advises against it as the Apache and Comanche are currently at war, but his advice is ignored by Eli Henderson, the wagon train organizer. As he trots past, an Apache asks Cheyenne if he’s willing to trade his horse and on a whim Bodie asks for the Comanche prisoner riding with him. The deal is made much to the dismay of the other settlers.
Over a dinner of bacon and beans, Cheyenne gets the young man to talk. His name is White Hawk and he wants to return to the Comanche. Just then, settlers led by Matt Benedict approach and tell Cheyenne they don’t want an indian riding with them. Cheyenne tells them not to worry because White Hawk is a white man raised by indians. Cheyenne tells them of his own similar past and that he plans on giving White Hawk a chance.Other problems are brewing behind Cheyenne’s back. Henderson and his partners are secretly transporting a shipment of guns and ammunition they will trade to the Apache at Kill Devil Pass. The wagon carrying their illegal cargo loses a wheel and the plan is almost exposed. During the repair, the settlers again assert their dislike of having White Hawk in the midst. Cheyenne has to defend both his decision and the young man, but this time with his fists.
After this, White Hawk opens up to Cheyenne, telling him his real name is Alan Horn. He has no love for white people who treat the indians so poorly and has no intention of joining them. Bodie tells him that he can decide his own fate. Surprised and grateful, Alan warns Cheyenne that the Apache plan to ambush the wagon train at Kill Devil Pass.
Cheyenne makes plans for an alternate route and warns Henderson. The rough character violently refuses any change because it will interrupt his secret, illegal gun trade. Their fight is interrupted by an armed stranger. Cheyenne helps the famished man back to his camp but not before yanking Henderson by the collar and warning him that he won’t take any more abuse from the man. At Cheyenne's cook fire, the man introduces himself as Lyle Gordon, former Confederate soldier and escaped prisoner of French soldiers in Mexico.