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Orphan Tuck Hardy is being escorted by his grandfather Cappy Darrin to Kingston to live with his wealthy Uncle Mason according to his mother's will. Cappy has raised Tuck to love the sea and both want to go to sea and see the world. Cappy has been trying to steer Adams off course to miss Kingston but when he fails, Cappy and Tuck decide to strike out on their own to bypass Kingston and head for San Francisco. The two steal supplies, tie up Wooster, and scare the horses to make their escape. The next day the train continues on to Kingston but when the train is close to Kingston, Adams leaves to find Cappy and Tuck. He finds Tuck sick with Cappy by the Platte river after a failed attempt to "sail" their wagon across the river. They return to Kingston where Cappy prays for Tuck's recovery. Written by
The great Ed Wynn is the guest star of this Wagon Train episode where Ward Bond has the duty of delivering Wynn and grandson Tommy Nolan to Tyler McVey the boy's uncle on his father's side. Bond, McVey and Nolan's father all served in the Civil War together and Bond is doing this as a last bequest from Nolan's mother.
But Nolan is dearly attached to his grandfather and Wynn has given him a legacy of a love for the sea. Prarie schooners on the Wagon Train just aren't a substitute. Wynn even has Frank McGrath kind of hooked on his nautical tales and lingo, although later he makes quite the fool of Charlie Wooster.
I can imagine that a real situation like Wynn creates of a fake Indian attack using Chinese fireworks wouldn't be all that funny if you were really involved. But it is hilarious in this story.
In the end in the nice family story the problems of Wynn, Nolan, and McVey are all resolved and Ward Bond and his crew continue guiding the Wagon Train to California. Ed Wynn is still a very funny man.
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