A real surprise: Mary Tyler Moore in an episode of Bronco this week-end. I'd never seen her in a Western before.
Bronco is a foreman for a bombastic Texas cattleman, a legend in his own mind. We finds an Austrian couple fleeing Mexico after the fall of Maximilian fighting off bandits and lets them stay over night at the ranch. When the owner's temper runs off the cook and butler, they pitch in and are offered work which they accept. Bronco soon learns that they are not servants but nobility trying to return to Europe with 5 million in gold they want to give to Franz Joseph. France wants it for Louis Napoleon and the bandits just want it. The young Count is treated badly by the ranch hands until he stands up to them and gains the love of the rancher's daughter who is played by MTM. The Countess reminds the Frenchman after the gold that they helped America become free and quotes the Declaration of Independence to him then says living here might be the best thing for her son and her. They help fight off the bandits and the rancher decides to marry the Countess. We're left with the idea there's a double wedding.
Mary is feisty and feminine at home on the range in pants as well as a dress at an elegant table. She stands up to her father's tantrums and when she wants something-the young count-goes after him (she doesn't know that he is at first).
An interesting episode of this show.
Interesting, I'd never heard of this series.
Who played Bronco?