Bill Hawks receives a note asking him to help an Indian friend of his from the Civil War. He arrives to find the local town drilling a well on the man's property and eventually that the man has been hanged for attacking a local girl.





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Episode cast overview:
Christopher Hale (credit only)
Duke Shannon (as Scott Miller)
Burke Clayton
Karen Wells
Alice Wells
Chester Cole
Lester Cole
Ralph Leabow ...
Chick Stump
Dennis McCarthy ...
Harvey York
Martin Wells


After receiving a note asking for his help, Bill Hawks travels to a desert town to visit an old friend who has a ranch there, an Indian friend he fought with while in the Civil War. However, upon arriving at the small town he finds it deserted except for one young woman. She tells Bill everyone is at his friend's property working there. On his friend's property, he discovers that it is under the control of the local townspeople, who are drilling for water, and that his friend is nowhere to be seen. The townspeople are unwilling to give him any information, and in fact display outright hostility to him by dumping him into mud, leading Hawks to suspect that his friend may be in danger or even dead. Slowly, the girl opens up to Bill about what happened. Written by

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15 May 1963 (USA)  »

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Re-telling the "Joe Dakota" story
2 November 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a duplicate of the movie Joe Dakota starring Jock Mahoney. Most of the scenes are very close replicas. The writer (Norman Jolley) wrote both stories, so I suppose he can use it as many times as he wants to. Most Wagon Train stories have been fairly original, although it's hard to have ideas that haven't been tried in some form before. I'm just surprised at how closely this followed the Joe Dakota plot without changing it up a bit. The Bill Hawks character is much weaker than the character the Joe Dakota character that Jock Mahoney played, otherwise it's not a bad episode. It would be interesting to see how many other stories this writer has used more than once.

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