Cheyenne (1955–1963)

The Empty Gun 

Cheyenne is asked by Matt Reardon, a gunfighter, to help him with a mission after he rescues Cheyenne from a fight. Reardon wants to repay a debt to the widow of the first man he killed who was also his partner. Her son gets in the way.


Alan Crosland Jr.


Harry S. Franklin (story) (as Harry Franklin), Berne Giler (teleplay) | 1 more credit »




Episode complete credited cast:
Clint Walker ... Cheyenne Bodie
Audrey Totter ... Martha Fullerton
John Russell ... Matt Reardon
Sean Garrison ... Mike Fullerton
Vince Barnett ... Miklos
Hal Baylor ... Joe Barnum
Tod Griffin Tod Griffin ... Sheriff Frank Day
Robert Keys Robert Keys ... Lon
Norman Willis ... Pete


Cheyenne is riding on a cold and stormy night looking for shelter and a hot meal. He comes upon a grave being dug. A man, Matt Reardon, who shot its soon-to-be tenant arrives. The two ride off together talking. Reardon tells Cheyenne that Moundsville is the closest place for a meal and room which is where he is headed. Reardon takes their horses to the stable while Cheyenne enters the saloon for a hot drink. Three men at the bar start threatening the diminutive bartender Miklos. When Cheyenne tries to help, the three men threaten him but Reardon enters with a rifle stopping them. He finds out that Reardon has regrets and a 12-year old debt he needs to pay before anyone finds out he's no longer the same gunslinger he used to be. He offers to pay Cheyenne $300 to help but Cheyenne wants no money. The next day they pay a visit to a widow Martha Fullerton and her son Mike. The first man Reardon killed was her husband and Reardon's business partner because he loved Martha as well. However,... Written by DrDOS

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Release Date:

25 February 1958 (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 main guest star of this episode was John Russell, who played a gunfighter. In the prior episode, the main guest star was Peter Brown, who played a soldier. Six months later in 1958, both Russell and Brown would go on to star in the western Lawman (1958) as Marshal Dan Troop and Deputy Johnny McKay. See more »


Cheyenne Bodie: Graves one wall you can't climb over.
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Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
Negro Spiritual
Performed by Roy Glenn
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