A section of the wagon train splits to attempt a crossing of a dangerous swamp. On the way they hear stories from the local Indians of a strange creatures living in the swamp. Flint has a secret worry as he leads them.





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Episode cast overview:
Philip Bourneuf ...
Otto Burger
Mr. Harris (as Dick Cutting)
Kay Stewart ...
Mrs. Harris
Adrienne Marden ...
Bear Claw (as Bob Bice)


A small party must split off from the wagon train to cross a lowlands that turns into a swamp when it rains. Chris assigns Flint along with Bill and Charlie to lead the small group. They are early for the wet season as rains can turn the area into an impassible swamp. Flint led a similar group the year before but only he and Chris know the details. A local Indian tribe warns the group not to cross the lowlands because of a swamp creature they have heard but not seen. As they enter the lowlands a rain storm breaks out causing Flint to order the people unload anything they don't absolutely need in order to get through. This angers the group but they reluctantly follow his orders. As they move forward Flint comes across part of a wagon that previously tried to cross. They soon start to hear noises that sound like music from an organ or piano. When Flint doesn't return from checking on the sounds, Bill and Charlie go looking for him followed by the others the next morning. Written by Anonymous

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4 April 1962 (USA)  »

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The Organ master
22 November 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

John McIntire sends Robert Horton to take a section of wagons who are not making the whole trip through a section of lowland area that when it rains it becomes a swamp. For good measure he sends Frank McGrath and Terry Wilson along with him. Something happened with Flint McCullough on that last trip and Chris Hale knows what it is. That's why he sends Wooster and Hawks with him.

It rains soon enough and the swamp fills up and strange noise comes from far off. It turns out to be a musical instrument, first an organ and then a piano.

They belong to Philip Bourneuf who lives in the swamp and has totally lost it. It's about his musical instruments which he would not abandon on McCullough's last trip so McCullough and the rest abandon him. His wife chose to stay and she died there.

It's funny because I have some insight into the thought processes of Bourneuf's character. I know someone who is a member of the American Theater Organ Society and not only does he play, but he also builds and maintains organs. A hand created job like the one Bourneuf is trying to protect are a labor of love and I'm here to tell you that those organs are regarded as almost living creatures. Knowing that I could identify somewhat with Bourneuf's thought process but hardly sympathize with it.

An interesting and somewhat personal tale for me.

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