Cheyenne (1955–1963)
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The Gamble 

Helping a friend keep her saloon from a crooked gambling combine, Cheyenne runs it while she gets to know her daughter who for ten years has been at school back East and knows nothing of how her mother earned the money that kept her there.


Albert Aley (teleplay), L.L. Foreman (story)




Episode complete credited cast:
Clint Walker ... Cheyenne Bodie
Evelyn Ankers ... Robbie James
Theodora Davitt Theodora Davitt ... Dani Monet
James Seay ... Duke Tavener
Raymond Hatton ... Mousey
Charles Fredericks Charles Fredericks ... Dutch Teagle
Morgan Woodward ... Bradan
Phil Tully Phil Tully ... Mac Sweeney


Cheyenne's partner, Luke Winters, on a cattle drive to Dodge City loses $2500 at Robbie James' saloon. He gives her an IOU for the money. A furious Cheyenne who knows Robbie rides in and learns she will release their herd if he manages her saloon for a month. Robbie's daughter Dani Monet is visiting her after ten years attending school in the East. She knows nothing about her mother's situation; especially that she is the owner of the Tailgate Casino. Dani was to meet her in Dodge City but she arrives a week early in Robbie's hometown on the same stage that picks up a stranded Cheyenne. Dani's arrival is coincidental to the combine trying to move in and take over Robbie's business. Dani's education about the wild West is on the fast track when she learns about her mother's true profession and that the West is not exactly what she imagined. Robbie not only has to try to keep her secret from her daughter but deal with the combine who are now trying to force a hostile takeover by ... Written by DrDOS

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Release Date:

28 January 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?


Clint Walker takes his shirt off in this episode. See more »


Cheyenne flags down the stage to get a ride into town. There are four horses pulling the stage. In the next shot of the stage pulling away it is being pulled by six horses. See more »


Robbie James: It's tough to live a lie Cheyenne.
Cheyenne Bodie: Sometimes it's even tougher to live the truth!
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Evelyn Ankers in her final performance
30 June 2012 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

This 1958 episode of CHEYENNE, "The Gamble," marked the final performance of beloved 40s scream queen Evelyn Ankers, who promptly retired full time to family life with her daughter and husband Richard Denning. She plays Robbie James, saloon owner of ill repute, who hires Cheyenne to be ramrod for her as she fights off an attempted takeover by unscrupulous businessman Duke Tavener (James Seay). Things become complicated by the arrival of Robbie's daughter Dani (Theodora Davitt), who has spent the past ten years schooling in Boston, led to believe that her mother is a ranch owner with a decent reputation. Tavener's two henchmen are played by Morgan Woodward (only his second TV appearance) and Charles Fredericks, with veteran Raymond Hatton as the town drunk. Pretty Theodora Davitt, 1958 Deb Star (along with Tuesday Weld and Kathleen Nolan), ended her brief career by 1961 with only four further credits.

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