A boy hurt in a crippling accident and a domineering mother meet a runaway boy who she feels is making him do things outside his capabilities. Another accident reveals something unexpected since it may pit two friends against each other.

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Tom Nolan ...
Dick Jarvis (as Tommy Nolan)
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Joey Henshaw
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A boy hurt in a crippling accident and a domineering mother meet a runaway boy who she feels is making him do things outside his capabilities. Another accident reveals something unexpected since it may pit two friends against each other.

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18 May 1960 (USA)  »

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Inspired by Dickens
29 September 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is just as much a story about both boys, not only Dick Jarvis but Joey Henshaw too. They each get fairly equal screen time and share an important role in the life of Major Adams (Ward Bond). It is obvious that the literary source for this installment of Wagon Train is material by Charles Dickens. In fact, the stories of both boys come from two different Dickens tales: the crippled boy Dick Jarvis is obviously drawn from Tiny Tim in 'A Christmas Carol' with Adams as the Scrooge-like leader of the train; and Joey's situation, in which he is an orphan kid abused by a new foster father, seems to be taken from Oliver Twist. It doesn't matter if the show's writers are recycling story lines and characters from classic novels, it works. Mainly, it works because of Ward Bond's easy-going charm and his genuinely warm relationship with the boys in this episode. We also get a fair amount of comic relief involving Charlie Wooster who seems jealous by the amount of time and attention that Adams is devoting to the lads.


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