Bad Day For Bill Hawks
bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York
4 November 2010
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
Not one of the better episodes.
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