Wagon Train: Season 4, Episode 20

Path of the Serpent (8 Feb. 1961)

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At a Rocky Mountains fort , a wounded soldier asks his old friend Ruddy Blaine to bring his daughter to him before he dies. With the Ute Indians on the warpath, Blaine will have to take a dangerous route known only to him and the Shoshone.



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Episode cast overview:
Major Seth Adams (credit only)
Ruddy Blaine (as Noah Beery)
Terry Wilson ...
Frank McGrath ...
Robert Harland ...
Cpl. Clay Taylor
Melinda Plowman ...
Penelope Huntington
Paul Birch ...
Sgt. Bart Huntington
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Penelope Huntington is returning from England where she was raised by her mother to see her father Sgt. Bart Huntington who is posted at a remote outpost. Huntington is severely wounded during a Ute attack so he asks Cpl. Clay Taylor to find his best friend Ruddy Blaine. He wants Ruddy to bring his daughter to him as quickly as possible. Ruddy with his Shoshone friend The Serpent and Clay go for Penelope using The Serpent's secret trail. Penelope with Hawks return to the outpost with Ruddy. They start on horseback but when spotted by the Utes they go on foot and canoe to reach the output. It is abandoned with dead men staked out front with Sgt. Huntington left alone. On his deathbed, Huntington makes Ruddy and Penelope agree to marry. Unknown to Ruddy, Clay an orphan raised by Ruddy has fallen in love with Penelope. After Huntington dies and the dead buried, the group starts the trip back. Ruddy realizes something has changed between him and Clay but Clay denies it. The group is ... Written by Anonymous

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Ludicrous Bequest
14 December 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Ward Bond had passed on when this episode of Wagon Train aired in 1961 and his spirit should be grateful he didn't have to appear in this, one of the loonier Wagon Train episodes.

The Wagon Train has as a passenger Melinda Plowman who is traveling to an army post returning home to her father Sergeant Paul Birch. Unbeknownst to her, Birch has been seriously wounded in an Ute Indian attack, but he's hanging on to see his daughter. Legendary scout Noah Beery, Jr. and Corporal Robert Harland and Shoshone Indian friend of Beery Jay Silverheels are sent for her and they can take her over a mountain trail known as The Path of the Serpent. It will take two days as opposed to two weeks on the route the Wagon Train is taking. Terry Wilson goes along with the party.

I'm not going to go into the rest of the story because the dying Birch who's been abandoned at the fort all alone stays alive long enough to make a ludicrous bequest upon Plowman. You have to see it to believe it. Suffice it to say it causes some dissension.

Not even die-hard Wagon Train fans will like this one.

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