Cheyenne (1955–1963)

Death Deals the Hand 

During a fur trapping trip Cheyenne joins with old Hoot Hollister who plans to return to St. Louis to marry his girlfriend. While on a riverboat to St. Louis, he and Cheyenne get mixed up with a teacher and crooked gamblers.


Richard L. Bare


Lee Loeb (screenplay), L.J. Searles (story)




Episode complete credited cast:
Clint Walker ... Cheyenne Bodie
Arthur Hunnicutt ... Hoot Hollister
Patricia Tiernan ... Caroline 'Kerry' Parker
Walter Reed ... Price Edwards
Leo Gordon ... Lou Santell / McCarthy
Fred Sherman ... Graham
Harry Tyler ... Harvey Reynolds


Cheyenne and old Hoot Hollister have met during a fur trapping trip and decided to work together. They have returned to sell their furs and gear as Hoot plans to return to St. Louis to marry his girlfriend Hildi. As they receive %9300 a man overhears the conversation with the fur trader. After leaving the store three men stop and try to rob them in an alley. Cheyenne and the elder Hoot are losing the battle until Cheyenne's friend Price Edwards walks by and helps even the odds. The join together to prepare for the trip back east including a bath and new clothes. At the store they meet the attractive Caroline 'Kerry' Parker who says she is a school teacher headed to St. Louis to teach 28 first graders. The four meet again on the steamboat where Cheyenne takes a shine to Kerry while Hoot can't stay away from the poker tables. Cheyenne notices the familiar looking Lou Santell and realizes he saw him kill a man in a crooked card game on a riverboat a couple years earlier. Realizing he is ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

9 October 1956 (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?


This appears to be the earliest episode in which the final credits take their definitive form - artwork customized for that episode, plus the lyrics to the "Cheyenne" title music. (The theme that would later be used for "Bronco" is dropped.) The music is by William Lava, a Warners staff composer, while the lyrics were written by Stan Jones (who penned the immortal "Ghost Riders"). It's one of the great TV theme songs, perfectly capturing the series' intent. See more »


When a new gaming table is formed, and Santell, Pierce and Hoot are seated, Hoot calls for a new deck. Hoot handles the new box, the camera cuts away and you hear the sound of cards shuffling, yet when the camera comes back to Hoot, he's just taking the deck out of its box. See more »


Cheyenne Bodie: It's nice to make new friends. It's the old ones that disappoint you sometimes.
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The Swanee River (Old Folks at Home)
Written by Stephen Foster
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