The Major finds an old man in the desert and takes him to the wagon train. He doesn't remember his name but when he's recognized by one of the other passengers, he remembers not just his name but the faith he thought he lost as well.


(as Virgil Vogel)


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Episode cast overview:
Flint McCullough (credit only)
Cain Transfuga / Andrew Hale
Garth English
Elliott Garrison
Fintan Meyler ...
Marilee Hamplar
Martha English


The train encounters an old man lost and dying in the desert. With rest and water he recovers and continues with the train helping as needed. They know little about his background but the Major notices he frequently handles problems successfully with no regard to the danger to himself. The train is plagued with several problems between members of the train often centered around photographer Elliott Garrison. The English baby is sick with a fever that soon attacks the Major. The stranger recognizes the fever as fatal without medical attention. He makes a native herbal remedy which breaks the Major's fever. When he awakes, Adams asks the man, Cain, to help run the train until the Major recovers. Two soldiers arrive looking for Andrew Hale, a minister, who left the train he was leading after he may have killed a member of the train. Cain ponders his situation and the next day during the Sunday services he tells the people the truth about his background. After the service the soldiers ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

3 June 1959 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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John McIntyre, 'Transfuga' was cast as Wagon Master after the death of Ward Bond. See more »

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The Two Wagonmasters
11 October 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Before John McIntire became wagonmaster replacing Ward Bond he did a guest star appearance on the show as a wagonmaster/preacher named Andrew Hale. I guess the producers liked the name of Hale because he was Chris Hale after Ward Bond died.

Bond and Terry Wilson find McIntire out alone in the desert passed out and dying of thirst. McIntire proves to be quite handy to have around, settling a few quarrels and helping out a lot when Bond comes down with a bad fever.

The highlight was McIntire returning to his preaching roots and confessing who he was and why he was separated from his own Wagon Train. He gives a powerful sermon and it's the highlight of a well done Wagon Train episode.

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