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Incident Before Black Pass 

Not Rated | | Drama, Western | Episode aired 19 May 1961
Rowdy and Pete are taken hostage by Kiowas who want safe passage to Black Pass from the Army for their Chief. A scared fortune telling drover causes problems when tells on Favor to the Army and a rancher wanting revenge for his wife.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Fleming ... Gil Favor
Clint Eastwood ... Rowdy Yates
Sheb Wooley ... Pete Nolan
Paul Brinegar ... Wishbone
James Murdock ... Mushy
Steve Raines ... Jim Quince
Rocky Shahan ... Joe Scarlet
Zachary Scott ... White Eyes
Robert Armstrong ... Cal Stone
Cathy Downs ... Jenny Stone
Joan Taylor ... Paibada
Arthur Batanides ... Gypsy
Dennis Cross Dennis Cross ... Satanga
Leonard Nimoy ... Anko
Robert Sampson ... Lt. Meadows


Rowdy and Pete are captured by Kiowas. An Army patrol tells Favor they are looking for Chief White Eyes, partly white, who was released to die with his people but escaped. Favor tells them he is missing two men. That night Gypsy, a fortune teller, says the men are dead and predicts his own death. White Eyes sends two men to Favor's camp to request a meeting but Gypsy mortally wounds one of them. White Eyes wants to leave a bequest of peace by heading to his old home to die as a white man so the settlers will not blame the Kiowas for his past warfare deeds. He asks Favor to help him reach Black Pass by hiding him from the Army in return for his men. Favor agrees but the scared Gypsy leaves only to run into Cal Stone who is hunting White Eyes for scarring his wife. Cal is forced to have the Army search Favor's camp but his wife refuses to identify White Eyes who is dressed as a drover. Later, she tells Cal it was White Eyes who saved her from a burning house after her father massacred a... Written by chipe

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Drama | Western


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Release Date:

19 May 1961 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A 30-year old Leonard Nimoy plays a Native American (Indian) named Anko. Leonard Nimoy died at the age of 83, on February 27, 2015. See more »

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A most wanted man
15 June 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Zachary Scott plays a half breed Kiowa chief who is dying and is sprung from an army prison to go back to his people. When he was active Scott was known as a bloodthirsty warrior and the army is afraid he'll inspire the Kiowa to go back on the warpath.

A young Kiowa warrior with ambitions Leonard Nimoy is hoping for a signal for war. In fact he's grabbed Clint Eastwood and Sheb Woolley from the passing cattle drive to insure Scott's safe return.

Robert Armstrong who is a rich rancher is looking for a little personal vengeance from Scott for having led a raid that left his wife Cathy Downs with disfigurement burns. This is all on top of the army looking for Scott.

This is a most ticklish situation for Eric Fleming who only wants to get Rowdy and Pete back. Some fine performances by the guest cast most especially Zachary Scott.

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