The Young Riders (1989–1992)

The Littlest Cowboy 

Ike is beaten by some ruffians because of his deafness and becomes bitter about life. He meets young Arthur, who is terminally ill but remains excited about everything and is thrilled to meet his heroes, the riders.


Virgil W. Vogel


Ed Spielman (created by), Steven Baum

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Episode credited cast:
Stephen Baldwin ... William F. Cody
Josh Brolin ... James Butler Hickok
Travis Fine ... Ike McSwain
Don Franklin ... Noah Dixon
Ty Miller ... The Kid
Gregg Rainwater ... Running Buck Cross
Yvonne Suhor ... Louise McCloud
Clare Wren ... Rachel Dunne
Anthony Zerbe ... Teaspoon Hunter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dick Bellerue Dick Bellerue ... Deputy
Jay Bernard Jay Bernard ... Biggers
David Bukunus David Bukunus ... Flunky
Kathy Fitzgerald Kathy Fitzgerald ... Mary Jane
Marian Gibson Marian Gibson ... Elderly woman
John Christian Graas John Christian Graas ... Arthur


In a strange town on an assignment for Russell, Majors and Waddell, Ike is beaten by some bullies who mock him for his scarlet fever induced muteness and baldness. He is taken in by a kindly resident of the town who is burned alive in an accidental fire which Ike tries to alert the sheriff about. Unable to communicate effectively with the sheriff, Ike attempts to pantomime the emergency and smashes a coal oil lamp in a trashcan which earns him another beating and jailing. The sheriff and his deputy are eager to pin the woman's death on Ike but he is saved when Buck and Jimmy bring a letter from Teaspoon vouching for Ike. Wracked with guilt and bitter with frustration Ike shirks his duties and vents his anger on the other express riders. Rachel is visited by a dear and friend who is traveling with her young son, Arthur, who is ill with a congenital heart defect. The express riders take a shine to the boy, a fan of dime novels about the littlest cowboy and who is awed by the express ... Written by Pemigewasset Moxie Guerauxguex

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Romance | Western




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3 November 1990 (USA) See more »

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