When three wagons are late in the desert, Chris sends Duke to find them and bring them to the wagon train as the train cannot wait for them. It may be a suicide mission due to water holes drying up and the missing people's personal issues.





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Episode cast overview:
Flint McCullough (credit only)
Duke Shannon (as Scott Miller)
Hobie Redman
Glen Andrews
Barbara Eiler ...
Ruth Carlson
Clyde Montgomery
Amzie Strickland ...
Agnes Montgomery
Sandra Carlson (as Ann Jilliann)

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Due to a water shortage Chris cannot afford to wait any longer for the three Andrews wagons that are to join the wagon train. Duke is sent to guide the wagons by a dangerous route to join the train further down the line. Chris feels Andrews may be unwilling to take the alternate route due to his past experience in the area.. When Duke finds them, he encounters resistance from the three men in the group. One, Clyde Montgomery, refuses to relieve his burden by giving up his goods he plans on selling. Another man, Hobie Redman has turned to drink after losing his family on the same trail. He is driving the wagon for a woman, Ruth Carlson, and her two young daughters. The third man,Glen Andrews, does not want to face up to his role in the tragedy that resulted in Redman losing his family on the same trail Duke wants them to follow. Turing back is not an option due to a lack of water. Duke is able to persuade them to follow his orders but when their first water hole comes up dry he faces ... Written by anonymous

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17 January 1962 (USA)  »

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The desert is a short cut, but it's also the desert
7 December 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This Wagon Train episode concerned John McIntire worried about the water supply for his train. Because of that he's waited long enough for three wagons and families who were supposed to meet the train. He sends Denny Miller back to find those wagons and take them across the desert to meet them at a rendezvous point.

Miller's to take them on a short cut, but that short cut is through one nasty desert and they're low on water anyway. And three different types are with the wagons, Arch Johnson whose a braggart and threatens mutiny, Parley Baer and wife Amzie Strickland who will not lighten his load one bit by disposing of his worldly goods. Finally there's Lin McCarthy who lost his family making this trip before and who's a drunk.

With this motley crew Miller has his hands full. But in the Wagon Train tradition he makes it though not totally intact with all his charges.

This episode features a nice ensemble cast who deliver some great performances about desperate people on the desert.

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