Cheyenne is given the deed to a livery stable worth $3000 in Gunsight to repay a $1200 debt which sounds like a good deal. Unbeknownst to Cheyenne a $30 weekly protection payment to the Gerrard gang goes along with the stable.
Cheyenne arrives in Gunsight to collect a $1200 debt owed him by Ray Wilson. Wilson doesn't have the money but he offers Cheyenne his livery stable worth $3000 instead of the debt owed. As it sounds like a good deal, he accept as Wilson quickly departs to join a friend with a silver strike. After hearing about a Gerrard at the local restaurant, Chuck Welch contacts Cheyenne asking for his weekly $30 protection payment. That night Cheyenne is knocked out and two horses are killed.Later, Sheriff Dave Beaton explains that Delos Gerrard makes everyone pay insurance. After Cheyenne visits Gerrard in person, he turns the tables and has everyone pay it to him instead - but slightly less. He plays even rougher by telling the school teacher to collect $5 per student from their families. With both Cheyenne and Gerrard trying to collect, it riles up the citizenry enough that they all leave the town hoping Gerrard will leave. This forces Gerrard to make a decision: should he deal with Bodie or ...Written by
A 1957 second season episode, "Decision at Gunsight" emphasized a strong storyline that would see itself through many a feature Western. The marvelous John Carradine gets to play the main villain, Delos Gerrard, who has taken over an entire town, his pack of hired guns collecting "insurance" from the helpless citizens in exchange for protection. By collecting on a debt owed by Ray Wilson (an unbilled Dub Taylor), Cheyenne Bodie (Clint Walker) finds himself the new owner of the town's livery stable, learning of the grip Gerrard holds over the townspeople through the strongarm tactics employed by number one collector Chuck Welch (Mike Lane). After a confrontation with Gerrard himself, Cheyenne decides to strike back by charging the citizens his own protection fee, at a lower rate than Gerrard, going so far as to charge a tax on each child! His onslaught receives support from Gerrard's own wife, Leda Brandt (Marie Windsor), impressed by the courage that viewers have come to expect of Clint Walker's character. It is refreshing to see the scene-stealing Carradine play the top heavy, rather than the usual smaller roles that TV Westerns offered him, while an unbilled Harry Strang gets a fine bit as the counterman who offers coffee to the new man in town. Prime henchman Mike Lane was soon to play Boris Karloff's bandaged monster in 1958's "Frankenstein-1970."
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