Bronco (1958–1962)
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Winter Kill 

Marshal Sample and Bronco are escorting a prisoner to the county jail they rescued from a lynching, but their job may be hampered by a vengeful mother who has sworn to kill the prisoner. When Sample is killed, Bronco must take over.


Jesse Hibbs


Walter Doniger (story), Kenneth Higgins (teleplay)


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Episode cast overview:
Ty Hardin ... Bronco Layne
Edgar Buchanan ... 'Pop' Ben Owens
Virginia Gregg ... Kate Crowley
Merry Anders ... Francy Owens
Richard Rust ... Jack Crowley
John Litel ... Marshal Matt Sample
John Mitchum ... Al Sawyer
Arthur Space ... Lansford
Henry Brandon ... Chato


A mob led by Kate Crowley is preparing to lynch 'Pop' Ben Owens when Marshal Matt Sample and his two deputies, Bronco and Al Sawyer, ride up to stop them. She accuses Pop of killing her son but Pop confesses he only stole from a few sluices. Sample takes the prisoner saying only rope provided by the law will hang Pop. He will take Pop to Dennison for a trial telling Owens to come there to press charges. Owens rides off to bury her son so Sample sends Bronco to investigate the body and scene. After Owens leaves with the body, Bronco finds a pocket watch he assumes belonged to the dead son. He rejoins Sample as nightfall closes in along with the cold weather. Pop offers his nearby home to give them a place to sleep off the ground which they accept. As they approach the house, gunfire traps them until Bronco slips around to capture Pop's daughter Francy. Later, on the trail Owens attacks the group mortally wounding Sample who makes Bronco promise to get the prisoner to jail. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

31 May 1960 (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?


This is a remake of the earlier Cheyenne show "The Travelers" in which Cheyenne must lead the group across a desert and the parent is the father instead of the mother. It was Season 1, Episode 6 of Cheyenne. See more »

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Solid Western Tale
14 July 2007 | by DKosty123See all my reviews

Until I recently saw this episode, the only Broncos I knew were either made by Ford or Clint Eastwood used the name in a film & Bill Murray used the name in a sequence in the film Groundhog Day. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw this episode of the series on the American Life Network.

Ty Hardin is our cowboy hero, in this episode he is a Deputy Marshall who becomes involved in arresting a murder suspect played by Edgar Bucannan. His boss, the Marshall, is an older guy in his 60's & Bronco & anther deputy are trying to stop a hard headed woman & her family from Stringing up Bucannan without a trial for killing her son, shooting him in the back.

They go through a lot in this episode including another murder before they get to the bottom of who the real murder suspect should be. Of course it isn't Edgar Bucannan's character & it isn't Bronco. That's all I will tell you so as not to spoil who really did the killing.

This show is a pretty tight Western Drama. I think that not only Ty Hardin (Bronco) but the entire cast perform well in this well written episode.

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