Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Heather and Hamish Story 

Samuel MacIntosh picks Hamish Browne to marry his daughter Heather before the two have met. Heather is a naive young girl who thinks she can talk to animals, while Hamish is a backwoods boy who cares for his livestock more than for women.

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Duke Shannon (as Scott Miller)
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Heather MacIntosh
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Samuel MacIntosh
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Sara MacIntosh
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Hamish Browne
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The MacIntosh family on the wagon train consists of Samuel and his wife Sara and their pretty but strange daughter Heather. He is from the old country of Scotland and still believes in doing things as handed down to him. He has decided it is time for Heather to marry and she has not attracted any suitors. Her free time is spent talking to the animals - wild or tame. Samuel talks to Duke who is unwilling to give up his life as a scout to take a wife but when asked about suitors Duke mentions Hamish Browne of Irish descent. He is a born farmer who is traveling with his livestock including Lulu, his cow. His time is spent with the livestock with no time left for courting. He grew up in the backwoods with no mother and no knowledge of women. Samuel talks with Hamish about marrying Heather and convinces Hamish to sign a contract for the marriage with Samuel providing a dowry. The couple has never met and Duke is skeptical it will work. This appears to be a fact when Hamish leaves the ... Written by Znonymous

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10 April 1963 (USA)  »

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A farmer's wife she'll be
29 December 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I doubt two people who knew less of the facts of life ever got married on television than Anne Helm and Michael Parks playing the title roles in this episode of Wagon Train. But Helm's Scottish parents Liam Redmond and Meg Wyllie have to get her married and soon because she's coming of age. Plus the fact that she has bonded with the creatures both domestic and wild the way Elly May Clampett did on the Beverly Hillbillies.

With a little encouragement from Denny Miller they look toward farmer Michael Parks who while he's got the mechanics of reproduction right has not exactly been taught the social graces. In the middle of the wedding he bolts to attend his sick cow Lulu.

Getting these two on the path to marital bliss won't be easy, but Parks realizes that a woman who bonds with animals so well as Helm might be a real asset as a farm wife.

This is one of the sillier episodes in the history of Wagon Train, but there's a laugh or two be mined from it.


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