Wagon Train: Season 4, Episode 8

The Bleymier Story (16 Nov. 1960)

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Heed the signs! Or so says Samuel Bleymier. When the rains won't stop a splintered group of the wagon train has to travel through a Sioux Indian burial ground. That may have consequences all its own but what of the signs?

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Major Seth Adams (credit only)
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Dan Duryea ...
Samuel Bleymier
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Justin Claiborne
Frank McGrath ...
Terry Wilson ...
Elen Willard ...
Belle Bleymier
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Ed Cowan
Juney Ellis ...
Mrs. Cowan (as June Ellis)
John McLiam ...
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Flint, Hawks and Wooster are leading a small group of wagons split off the main train to the Dakotas. A massive rain storm floods a river crossing. The options are to turn around or cross Sioux burial grounds hoping to make it through before the rain ends and the Sioux are out. Samuel Bleymier is a believer in signs and omens. He keeps his daughter Belle on a short leash. He says the signs indicate they should turn back. Flint takes a vote with Justin Claiborne casting the deciding vote to cross the Sioux grounds. Bleymier's wagon breaks a wheel after being stuck in a mud hole. He and Hawks with another man stay to fix the wheel while the rest go on. Belle rides with Wooster and a relationship has developed between her and Justin with plans to marry. When the rain clears, Justin decides to go on horseback to find her father's wagon. The wagon is destroyed by the Sioux but Hawks and Bleymier are alive. Hawks uses the horse to warn the others while Justin and Bleymier go on foot. Hawks ... Written by Anonymous

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One crazy old coot
27 August 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Dan Duryea was one of the most popular guest stars during the run of Wagon Train. He did several episodes, sad to say this one where he plays a crazy old jealous father isn't one of them.

I'm a bit surprised that they would even have a nut job like this one on the Train. His wife was supposedly struck by lightning years ago leaving Duryea to bring up their daughter Elen Willard. Now she has eyes for young settler James Drury and it is making him crazier than usual.

Despite that explanation I don't think that Duryea's psychosis was fully fleshed out. And why Willard stayed with him God only knows.

Dan Duryea did better episodes than this on Wagon Train.


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