Cheyenne (1955–1963)
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Border Showdown 

After a close friend of Cheyenne is killed during the escape of bank robbers, Cheyenne and Smitty track the band of outlaws across the border to a small Mexican village. The band has taken over the town after killing 14 young men there.


Richard L. Bare


Clarke Reynolds (teleplay) (as Clark E. Reynolds), Dean Riesner (teleplay) | 1 more credit »





Episode complete credited cast:
Clint Walker ... Cheyenne Bodie
Adele Mara ... Sarita
L.Q. Jones ... Smitty
Lisa Montell ... Rosa
Myron Healey ... Carl Thompson
Richard Reeves ... Cliff Bartow
Eugene Iglesias ... Alfredo
James Burke ... Buckshot
Edward Colmans ... Carlos
Martin Garralaga ... Mr. Delgado


Cheyenne and Smitty ride into a border town to eat and rest. The stage driver, Buckshot spots Cheyenne who he knows. He tells them that the bank was held up the night before and Brad Farnum, a close friend of Cheyenne, was run down in the street by the bandits. Buckshot wounded the leader a blonde man. The marshal tells them the group crossed the border into Mexico where they likely went to the town of Paso Alto. Cheyenne decides he and Smitty will cross over and bring the leader back to the marshal. They ride into the town where everyone seems to be scared. After asking about the blonde man, they are refused service at the hotel. They are told by a store owner's daughter Rosa to go to the cantina where they find the gang and the leader Carl Thompson. After a spat with henchman Cliff Bartow they leave. Bartow decides to go after Cheyenne. He confronts him in the general store but Cheyenne is able to put him down in a fist fight telling him to tell Thompson to come after him himself. ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

22 November 1955 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first of two Cheyenne episodes released theatrically in the UK in 1956. This was supporting film to "Land of the Pharaohs" on the ABC circuit in August 1956 (the other was Mountain Fortress, put out in support of "Serenade" in September) See more »


Carl Thompson: You gonna go hunting?
Cliff Bartow: Yeah. Figured I'd get me a lawman.
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Forerunner to "The Magnificent Seven" ?
23 October 2006 | by pepe-46See all my reviews

Even though the classic western "The Magnificent Seven" is attributed to have been a copy of Japanese epic "The Seven Samurai", I am sure that Producer/Director John Sturges must have been a Cheyenne Bodie fan because everything about "Border Showdown" has elements that Sturges reproduced 5 years later in the Yul Brynner/Steve McQueen blockbuster.

Cheyenne and his sidekick Smitty are on the trail of bank robber Thompson, played by one of the great western bad-guys, Myron Healey.

Thompson has killed one of the townsfolk during the robbery and hightailed it with his gang to a remote Mexican border town where he soon has the inhabitants under his control.

Cheyenne becomes involved because the man that died was an old friend of his and decides to go after Thompson and to bring him back for trial.

When Cheyenne and Smitty arrive....the fun begins!!!

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