Wagon Train: Season 6, Episode 34

Alias Bill Hawks (15 May 1963)

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Bill Hawks travels to a desert town to visit an old friend, an Indian who has a ranch there. However, upon arriving on his friend's property, he discovers that it is under the control of ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Christopher Hale (credit only)
Denny Miller ...
Frank McGrath ...
Terry Wilson ...
Burke Clayton
Joan Freeman ...
Karen Wells
Alice Wells
Chester Cole
Hal Baylor ...
Lester Cole
Ralph Leabow ...
Chick Stump
Dennis McCarthy ...
Harvey York
Arthur Space ...
Martin Wells


Bill Hawks travels to a desert town to visit an old friend, an Indian who has a ranch there. However, upon arriving 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, leading Hawks to suspect that his friend may be in danger or even dead. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Bad Day For Bill Hawks
4 November 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Terry Wilson as Bill Hawks whose role got bigger and bigger during the course of Wagon Train's run takes center stage in this episode with his name as part of the title. Wagon Train's biggest weakness was it had terrible continuity. Bill Hawks during the first couple of seasons had a wife who appeared in a few episodes. But her character of Emily Hawks was quietly dropped and she just wasn't mentioned again. After several seasons Wilson's marital status was bachelor.

In this episode we find he was a property owner and in fact gets a letter from an Indian he was paying to sit on the property and who lived in the cabin on the land. When Wilson arrives in town the Indian has up and gone, folks are drilling an artesian well on his property, and they're real unfriendly.

If you've seen the film Bad Day At Black Rock you'll have some idea about how the plot progresses. The ending isn't the same though, in fact it's something of a let down. Had they faithfully copied all of Bad Day At Black Rock it would have been a whole lot better.

Ed Nelson plays a geologist a good geologist, but a not so good character and the Robert Ryan of this episode. The Anne Francis part is done by Joan Freeman. The cowboy toughs are Cliff Osmond and Hal Baylor standing in for Ernest Borgnine and Lee Marvin. All are good in their roles.

Not one of the better episodes.

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