Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Fenton Canaby Story 

Canaby, who is unjustly reputed to have led a wagon train to disaster in the desert, becomes unexpectedly part of Hale's train as Hale has some of the same problems Canaby had and the train carries a widow wanting revenge against Canaby.

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Duke Shannon (as Scott Miller)
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Fenton Canaby
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Lucy Garrison
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Colonel Grant Clayton
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Grace Lowe
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Elizabeth Lennister
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Gabe Lennister
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Doc Carlson
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As the Hale wagon train crosses the desert everyone's mind is on the Fenton Canaby wagon train disaster as they pass remnants of it plus the widow of one members, Byron Lowe, is on the Hale train. Canaby was found barely alive in the desert by two men from a nearby town but when they went looking for the rest of the Canaby train they found everyone dead along with the journal of Lowe. After reading the journal they assumed Canaby was totally at fault based on Lowe's opinion. Unknown to them Lowe was the one who left Canaby for dead and Canaby never refuted the issue as the locals ran him out of town. Chris is worried that he, too, is running into the same problems with water even though he has a bigger train with greater resources. When Duke scouting for water is brought in poisoned by bad water by the wild looking and nearly dead Canaby, Chris tries to keep his identity secret but it doesn't last as tempers flare. Written by Anonymous

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30 December 1963 (USA)  »

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This episode featured Barbara Bain, future agent in Mission Impossible. See more »

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Despised
20 August 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This episode of Wagon Train focuses on guest star Jack Kelly in The Fenton Canaby Story. The former Bart Maverick plays a role far different than the dapper gambler who used to rely on the aphorisms of his wise old Pappy.

Kelly was a former wagon-master himself whose last wagon train was massacred and he was accused of deserting it. Chuck Connors as Jason McCord in Branded had a much easier time of it than Kelly. When John McIntire's wagon train finds him, Kelly is out on the desert living like an animal.

Of course Kelly is shunned by everyone on the train, but he later proves useful in getting across the desert country as he's gotten familiar with it over the past few years as no other could. And in the process we do learn what really happened to him.

It was a well acted story and the sight of Kelly as something akin to a Bigfoot monster is fascinating and repellent.


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