Wagon Train: Season 3, Episode 18

The Clayton Tucker Story (10 Feb. 1960)

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Taking a dangerous route through the desert to join up with the wagon train, a small band of settlers take a turn for the worse when they lose the one man leading them, their scout, and now differ on where they need to go now.



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Episode cast overview:
Jeff Morrow ...
Clayton Tucker
Art Bernard
Dorothy Green ...
Sabrina Tucker
Frank McGrath ...
Terry Wilson ...
Aline Towne ...
Susan Bernard
Louis Jean Heydt ...
Mr. Gantry
Bobby Beakman ...
Hal Bernard (as Bobby Beekman)
Dwight Marfield ...
Mr. Chaffey
Terry Ann Ross ...
Judy Bernard
Robert Hensley ...
Gantry's Son


The Adams wagon train is waiting for the Tucker, Bernard, and Gantry families to cross the desert to join them. The small group of three wagons loses their scout and leader to a rattlesnake bite. He has left them with maps but there are two routes. One is shorter but Mr. Tucker believes it to be the worst way to go versus Bernard who disagrees. Bernard was a Sergeant under Tucker in the Army. Bernard is tired of taking orders and wants to lead but Tucker destroys their rifles and takes their water to force them to follow him. Tucker and his wife Sabrina together provide the leadership and will power to continue. Water runs low, wagons break down, horses die, and Mrs. Bernard mental stability weakens. The biggest and strongest, Gantry's son, dies further straining relations. With the loss of a horse they chop the three wagons down to two two wheeled carts that they are forced to abandon later when the water is exhausted. Mr. Tucker goes ahead hoping to reach the Adams train for help ... Written by Anonymous

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The natural leader
6 June 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Wagon Train regulars take a distinct back seat to the guest cast in this Wagon Train episode. Three wagons with families headed by Jeff Morrow, James Best, and Louis Jean Heydt. Best's wagon also contains a wife and several small children and a baby. Some mistakes in timing have forced them to miss a rendezvous with Ward Bond's Wagon Train.

The answer is to cut across a desert on what Morrow believes will be the best way to go. He was a former Confederate army officer and is the natural leader of the group. That doesn't mean Morrow doesn't get a lot of resistance as he makes unpopular life saving decisions from the group, especially from Best.

Sometimes command and leadership are thrust upon one and Morrow is a good case study here. A really good episode often ignored because of the lack of name guest stars of the time.

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