Her father on his deathbed, Christine Elliot decides to fulfill his dream of a boys school and joins the wagon train. A good start: the eleven boys he already has. One man is determined to stop her unless he collects his pound of flesh.
Christine Elliot arrives in St. Louis just before her father passes away. He is moving his school for boys from St. Louis to Sacamento, California. He has closed the school but he leaves eleven orphan boys in Christine's hands to take west. However, since he never had legal guardianship of the boys, Mr. Morton W. Snipple wants the boys to stay behind living at his orphanage for the money they will bring in from the government. Christine along with Abigail decides to leave in the middle of the night to join the Adams wagon train who has already been paid to take them. A twelfth boy joins the group as they leave. Adams initially balks at two women with twelve boys but relents. After a rough start all is well. Christine, a widow, meets Phillip Ayers on the train who had been an orphan raised by her father. He is going west to teach. He asks her to marry him but to her dismay the boys veto the idea which she will not override. Snipple arrives with a deputy to take the boys but Hawks and ... Written by
Phyllis Thaxter plays the title role in this fine Wagon Train episode about a woman who takes charge of a flock of boys that her father was providing a home for. Apparently dad was a harbinger of Father Flanagan and never believed there was a bad boy.
But he's dead now and he never legally adopted them and Henry Daniell wants them for his institution because they bring so much a head in donations. She spirits them away and they join Ward Bond's Wagon Train because her father had intentions of going until his final illness killed him.
Of course the spirited lads are a bother on that Wagon Train. Eventually all problems are solved with the appearance of Donald Woods another passenger on the Wagon Train.
I have to give Henry Daniell lots of credit. He who on the big screen played so many cold blooded nasty villains adds yet another one to his credits. His performance is right out of Charles Dickens.
Wonderful story for family viewing and a lesson about what makes a family.
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