Horse, a name he comes to be called, is searching for himself. Since he doesn't feel that he found it in Boston, where he grew up, he tries out west, under the watchful eye of a small tribe of Crow.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bright Star
Yellow Robe
Old Mother
Anthony Numkena ...
Little Hunter (as Anthony E. Numkena)
Jorie Wyler ...
Rising Sun
Jacqueline Mayo ...
Lucinda Lorimer
Owen Cunningham ...
Mr. Lorimer
Edgar Dearing ...
Bill Hale ...
1st Cowboy
William Riggs ...
Crow Brave
Sioux Brave
Bill Hawks (credit only)


A law clerk in Boston hopes to marry his boss's daughter but is spurned by her father and her because he was an orphan. He heads west to make a new life and finds himself the prisoner and slave of a Crow Indian tribe. He takes the Indian name Horse and plots his eventual escape which is foiled by a horse. Events lead to him becoming accepted as part of the tribe after killing an enemy Sioux warrior. He eventually marries the sister of his captor. Together they try to return to the white world but she is spurned. They return to the Crow but his bride dies in child birth. He finds his bride's mother and the only mother he knew dying. He finds the wagon train and asks for their help to save her. While she rests, he tells his life story for the first time to members of his own race. Written by Anonymous

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26 March 1958 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Departing from its normal segment naming ("The so-and-so Story"), this tale of a Caucasian among the Native Americans predated the hit Richard Harris movie of the same name by over a decade. See more »


Flint McCullough: Doesn't take much to make some men happy. For me, I like a shave and a bath. Maybe get into town now and then. See a woman.
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Remade as A Man Called Horse (1970) See more »

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His most fascinating story
1 November 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

One of the most unusual episodes that the Wagon Train series ever filmed. The regulars are absent for the most part as Ralph Meeker, a white man in Crow Indian garb comes to the camp and tells his most fascinating story.

Meeker was a man of humble background who worked as a clerk in a Boston law firm. He gets slapped down hard when his boss refuses to allow his daughter to marry him. Meeker is a foundling and has no name or identity to speak of, not good in 19th century America in general, but in class conscious Boston, he's destined for oblivion.

So he goes west from the frying pan to the fire as he's the only survivor of a group of men killed in a raid by the Crow. The Crow take him prisoner to be basically a slave.

But without telling more Meeker gradually finds a home there, a better home than he ever had among white men.

The basic elements of this story are told later in a feature film of the same title A Man Called Horse that starred Richard Harris. As good as the Harris film is, it yields nothing to this story in quality.

One of Ralph Meeker's best roles on the big or small screen. It treats the Crow Indians with dignity and respect. Not to be missed if broadcast.

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