A wagon train master forces a young couple to marry after they hide the fact that one is a girl, and Lucas takes them in to help them; but trouble soon arises when a drunken crowd calls for a Shivaree.



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Lucas McCain becomes involved in the matter of a young couple who are forced to get married by wagon master Aaron Pelser. The young couple were on their way to Yuma to marry there but now married and homeless in North Fork, Lucas offers them a home until they can get on their feet. Several of the hands on the wagon train want to have a shivaree, a party where they keep the newlyweds up all night. Lucas and Marshall Micah Torrance sense trouble and when Chet Packard kidnaps the girl, their fears prove to be well-founded. Written by garykmcd

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Family | Western





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3 February 1959 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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An odd script but with exceptional results.
12 October 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here we have one of those episodes that is difficult to explain without watching the circumstance that got us to the climax of the show. Even though after watching, the show turned into an exceptional story-- getting to the meat-of-the-story took us through some odd turns.

It all begins when two teenage brother get hired by a wagon train boss to help them take the cattle to a nearby town. Well, somewhere along the trail, they find out that one of the brothers is actually a female which cause all sorts of problems. When it is explained that the teens, Derek and Liza, are on their way to get married in the town where the cattle is being taken, it still does not sit well with the boss or the other cowhands. But to save grace, the boss makes the young couple marry in North Fork.

Now the cowhands, lead by Chet Parkard (John Anderson), wants to give the young couple a Shivaree. It is a tradition where people keep the couple up all night after a wedding but Chet wants to use the act to harass the couple.

With the couple staying at the McCain's ranch (that is another odd situation), Lucas is up to his eyeballs in the muck. Micah informs Lucas that the cowhands are on their way and up to no good.

Even though this review may not seem exciting, the story played out very well by the end of the show. With the ending coming fast and the odd things going on, it still makes a person feel good for watching. Or perhaps I am a sap for young people in love. Either way, I like it.

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