At least two episodes from "Cheyenne's first season are actual movie plots retold in a Western setting. "Fury at Rio Hondo" is a retelling of "To Have and to Have Not" with Peggy Castle outstanding in the Lauren Bacall role. "The Argonaunts" is a retelling of "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" and features Rod Taylor.
According to the film's plot summery: Harry Morgan (Cheyenne) and his alcoholic sidekick, Eddie (Pete), are based on the island of Martinique (a small Mexican town) and crew a boat (wagon) available for hire. However, since the Second World War (Maximilian's occupation of Mexico for France) is happening around them business is not what it could be and after a customer who owes them a large sum fails to pay they are forced against their better judgment to violate their preferred neutrality and to take a job for the resistance (rebels) transporting a fugitive on the run from the Nazis (the French) to Martinique (the United States). Through all this runs the stormy relationship between Morgan and Marie "Slim" Browning (Mississippi), a resistance sympathizer (a stranded Southern Belle) and the sassy singer in the club where Morgan spends most of his days.
Given the show's limited time to tell a feature length story it is pretty good.
Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.
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