Wagon Train: Season 4, Episode 15

The Earl Packer Story (4 Jan. 1961)

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Wounded Bill Strode arrives in camp looking for Flint. Strode, who saved Flint's life in Abilene, asks Flint to help him get to Fort Kearny. Flint learns the itchy Strode is being hunted by bounty hunter Earl Packer and Strode has changed.



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Episode cast overview:
Christopher Hale (credit only)
Earl Packer
Sheriff Bill Strode
Frank McGrath ...
Terry Wilson ...
Rex Holman ...
Jane Burgess ...


Ex-lawman Bill Strode rides into camp with a bullet hole in him to enlist the aid of Flint McCullough, whose life he saved years earlier in Abilene. Flint's questions get evasive answers, but he is willing to help Strode. After they leave camp, Earl Packer rides into camp looking for Strode and a meal. Hawks offers him a meal to help delay his departure. When a blizzard blows up in the mountains, Flint guides Strode to a deserted hunter's cabin. He tends to Strode who has an infection and is not lucid much of the time. It seems Strode now has a price of $5000 on his head and bounty hunter Earl Packer on his trail. After Packer catches up with them at the cabin, the three men ride out the blizzard together in the tiny cabin, Flint must keep them from killing each other and learns the whole story about Strode turning dirty for money. Packer, who wanted to kill Strode, awakens to the change in Strode due to the pressure of his life as Strode goes mad. Written by bobbymaxwell

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Hefty Bounty
24 July 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Wagon Train meets up with Edward Binns a former sheriff who several years back saved Flint McCullough's life. Now Binns is asking for Horton's help. He's wounded and he has to make his destination in ten days to go east. But people are after him, in particular a nasty bounty hunter Ernest Borgnine. After Horton and Binns leave Borgnine's around soon enough asking about Binns.

Borgnine is one evil nasty man, but Binns isn't exactly forthcoming with the truth either. This former sheriff is indeed a wanted man with a hefty bounty on him. Stuck in a mountain cabin with snow and a winter wind, a lot of truth gets told between all three of them.

Although Borgnine is the bigger star and has the title role I think the episode really belongs to Edward Binns who has a much showier role as a lawman who's lost his moral compass. In any event it's a good episode.

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