A fugitive convinces Rowdy to bring him to the sheriff and hand over the reward to his wife. But the fugitive is murdered on the way to the sheriff, no wife can be found, and three friends of the fugitive are out to kill Rowdy.
Alone on the trail, Rowdy is befriended by Sam Jefferson who has a $5000 "dead or alive" price on his head. Sam wants Rowdy to take him to the sheriff and give the reward to Sam's wife. Rowdy agrees, but just then an unknown person shoots Sam in the back and flees. Rowdy takes the body to town and waits for the reward to be wired. Meanwhile he is told that Sam was unmarried! And three outlaw friends of Sam are on the way to kill Rowdy after the funeral. Rowdy refuses the sheriff's offer of protection because he is demanding half of the $5000. Finally Rowdy's questioning pays off: he learns that Sam was secretly married to to the daughter of his boss, the town's Wells Fargo agent ( Louis Hayward), who disapproved of Sam, and so framed Sam for robbery, leading to Sam's flight and the wanted posters. Rowdy then deduces that the agent was the one who murdered Sam, but the three friends of Sam are gunning for Rowdy!Written by
Clint Eastwood stars in this Rawhide episode which takes him away from the herd and on the trail where his horse falls and he has to be shot. Young Joseph Hoover saves him and then makes a strange request. He asks that Clint bring him in alive and then get the reward money for him and turn it over to his wife. But then Hoover is shot in the back from a distance and Clint gets to turn a cadaver over.
As we know from watching enough westerns bounty hunters aren't socially desirable especially when they engage in legalized back shooting. Clint is a very unpopular fellow with everyone including Sheriff Slim Pickens who is rather reluctant to help Eastwood out. The only one who is at least superficially friendly is Louis Hayward who happens to be both the Wells Fargo agent supervising the payment of the reward and he also happens to have been the father of Hoover's bride Holly McIntire.
This episode is nicely staged so you feel right along with Eastwood that something is not right in the whole picture. How much is wrong is considerable.
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