Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Barnaby West Story 

Bill meets young Barnaby West, who claims he is traveling west to see his father, a famous frontiersman. Bill invites him to join the wagon train. But he and the others wonder just how much, if any, of young Barnaby's story is really true.

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Duke Shannon (as Scott Miller)
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Barnaby West, Sr.
Amzie Strickland ...
Mrs. West
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Mrs. Palmer
Dennis McCarthy ...
Palmer
Richard Reeves ...
Roberts
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Karl Roberts
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The staff has been noticing a camp fire behind the wagon train for a while so Bill goes out to investigate. He is greeted by a large growling dog and then a person behind him with a rifle. The person turns out to be thirteen year Barnaby West Jr. who is traveling from Virginia on foot to Sacramento to find his dad. He and Bill have supper together so when Bill doesn't return Duke comes looking for him and is clubbed over the head by the over zealous boy trying to protect himself. The boy regales Bill and others with stories about his dad as one of the greatest frontiersmen of all time. The boy is a loner but he takes to Bill who is the first father figure he has known. Barnaby and the dog, Rusty, decide to stay by themselves but Rusty's lack of friendliness toward anyone other than Barnaby and Bill cause him to get into trouble. Bill and some boys pick up the fact Barnaby is reading a dime novel which is leading to the stories about his father. What will they find, when they reach ... Written by Anonymous

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5 June 1963 (USA)  »

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Back in the old days Bill Hawks had a wife
12 October 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In the last episode of Wagon Train's sixth season young Michael Burns joins the train as Barnaby West. This story features both him and Terry Wilson and the bond they form.

One fine evening John McIntire sends Terry Wilson out to scout out a campfire near the Wagon Train. What Wilson finds his young Burns with a dog who is very protective of him. Burns won't join the Wagon Train but he follows along.

After his grandmother died Burns sets out across country as a prairie vagabond to find the father he never knew he had and who never knew about him. Burns has made up all kinds of tales about him as the greatest frontiersman whoever lived. When he's located it turns out to be Stu Erwin, dry goods store proprietor with a new wife and another son who Erwin has also named Barnaby West.

One of the biggest continuity problems Wagon Train ever had was Bill Hawks's wife who after a couple of episodes in the first season just disappeared. When it comes time for confessions Terry Wilson tells young Burns that he has no wife. It was like the Twilight Zone claimed her. Also in the last couple of seasons there was no special relationship with the Bill Hawks character and Barnaby West, or none that he didn't have with the rest of the Wagon Train regulars.

Despite that the Barnaby West Story remains a fine episode.


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