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"Coward of Bitter Creek"

Branded - Jason McCord, the "Coward of Bitter Creek"

Description: Unwarranted nickname given to Jason McCord on the western adventure BRANDED/NBC/1965-66.

Captain Jason McCord is a Cavalry officer and West Point graduate who is unjustly "branded" a coward and dismissed from the service.

Wandering the Old West of the 1880s, McCord tries to live down the false allegation that he deserted his troops at the Battle of Cripple Creek. In reality, McCord was attacked and rendered unconscious.

When he awoke, McCord found all of his fellow soldiers killed. But, the military court martial conducted by a Cavalry colonel (John Howard) disbelieves his sole survivor story, and labels him a coward. To protect the honor of his now dead commanding officer, McCord never reveals the massacre was due to that officer's blunder.

For his alleged desertion in the face of fire, McCord is drummed out of the service. This includes the humiliation of having his hat, Captain's rank, and buttons ripped from his uniform in front of the presiding troops and his sword snapped in half and thrown out of the fort into the dirt.

As McCord exits the fort, the stockade gates are closed behind him in a final act of banishment. After bending down to retrieve his sword, Jason stands erect, surveys the horizon and contemplates where he will go, and what he will do with the rest of his life. One thing for sure, Jason would try his best to prove his innocence and restore his reputation.

Jason uses his training in engineering and mapmaking to find employment. But, wherever he travels, McCord is forced to wear the brand of a coward throughout the Wyoming frontier where his moniker “The Coward of Bitter Creek” is known by everybody.


Theme Song Lyrics

All but one man died,
There at Bitter Creek,
And they say he ran away ...

Branded!
Marked with a coward's shame.
What do you do when you're branded,
Will you fight for your name?

He was innocent,
Not a charge was true,
But the world would never know ...

Branded!
Scorned as the one who ran.
What do you do when you're branded,
And you know you're a man?

Wherever you go
for the rest of your life
You must prove ...
You're a man!


Branded - TV Series Poster


 
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