Wagon Train: Season 8, Episode 26

The Jarbo Pierce Story (2 May 1965)

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The series' final episode begins and ends with the two characters who stayed with it from beginning to end, as Charlie tells Hawks about his earlier days working for trading post operator ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Hale (credit only)
Cooper Smith (credit only)
Frank McGrath ...
Terry Wilson ...
Michael Burns ...
Jarbo Pierce
Tom Simcox ...
Adam Pierce
Harlan Fortune
Marie (as Angela Dorian)
Arthur Hunnicutt ...
Mort Mills ...
Bern Hoffman ...
Mickey Finn ...


The series' final episode begins and ends with the two characters who stayed with it from beginning to end, as Charlie tells Hawks about his earlier days working for trading post operator Jarbo Pierce. Jarbo, once a wild, hard-drinking man, had become a minister, though he could still take on any man who tried to fight him. When his younger brother Adam arrived at the post Jarbo found himself at odds with him as Adam preferred the wilder ways of life and didn't understand Jarbo's concerns for the Indians he traded with, and began working with a man who wanted to use them as indentured servants in a mine. Written by rbecker28

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Back when Charlie Wooster was younger
31 October 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I'm guessing that the producers of Wagon Train thought that Frank McGrath and Terry Wilson who shepherded several seasons of Wagon Trains under two wagonmasters ought to have the last show to themselves. Wilson is only in at the beginning and the end of the episode as Frank McGrath tells a tale of a time he worked at a trading post long before he ever got involved with being a cook for both Ward Bond and John McIntire.

Back in the day Charlie Wooster worked at a trading post run by Rory Calhoun. Back further in the day Calhoun was quite a hellraiser, but in addition to the trading post he's also a preacher who prides himself on dealing fair and square with the Indians.

But one day Calhoun's randy brother Tom Simcox shows up and he wants to emulate the Calhoun of old. The whole episode is spent with Calhoun trying to teach him the error of his ways. McGrath is a peripheral character and a witness to the action.

No other Wagon Train regulars were here and I was disappointed that the series ended without any kind of close out episode. I guess the folks at Revue Pictures thought that the audience would just want to know that the Wagon Train would continue on.

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