Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Jean LeBec Story 

The train cannot get supplies after a member kills the son of the man who owns most of St. Joseph in self-defense. He escapes with the help of Flint but when he learns the train is still being denied supplies he returns to face hanging.






Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Claiborne (as Joanne Moore)
Bill Hawks
Dick Rich ...
Hannes Lutz ...
David Hoffman ...
Clegg Hoyt ...


Flint arrives as the train is making final preparations to leave St. Joe. In the saloon Jean LeBec thinks he has a winning hand against Bill Hammond the son of the owner of most of the town. He sells his Strad violin for $200 to win the pot to pay passage for Mary Claiborne, her servant, and himself. Mary noticing his violin missing goes to the saloon to buy it back. As Bill tries to make a pass at her, Jean walks in stopping it but is challenged by Bill. Bill shoots first but Jean kills him as Flint and the Marshal walk in to see it was self-defense. Mark Hammond forbids the merchants of St. Joe to extend service to anyone from the train because Adams will not surrender Jean. Therefore, the wagon train may get a late start west. Adams knows any delay now will prove costly later on. Flint helps Jean escape. Learning Hammond still will not open the stores, Jean returns with Flint to give himself up although he faces certain hanging. He is doing it for Mary who he loves but feels he ... Written by bobbymaxwell

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Release Date:

25 September 1957 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Mark Hammond: [referring to Flint McCullough] You might have a tough time breakin' in that young colt.
Major Seth Adams: Ah, we'll get along all right. I like 'em spunky.
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When he loses, he accuses
5 February 2014 | by See all my reviews

The second episode of Wagon Train has Ward Bond's outfit stuck in St. Joseph, Missouri getting their supplies. The town is run by boss Grant Withers and his word is law. Withers has no good rotten son played by William Phipps who gets into a card game with Creole Frenchmen Ricardo Montalban. When he loses he accuses Montalban of cheating and draws on him. That was a final fatal mistake.

Phipps may have been no good, but he was his kid and we've seen this in a gazillion situations on the big and small screen. Withers holds up Bond's supplies as Montalban was a member of the train and Bond is protecting him on the word of Robert Horton who saw the shooting.

Montalban also is quite in love with Joanna Moore whose driver he is and who loves him as well. Why haven't they married, a question of class which in the French culture they come from means something.

Montalban is a man of honor and Withers a man consumed with grief. Someone has to come to their senses, maybe both of them.

By 1957 Withers was a pretty dissipated individual and his portrayal as a drunken grief stricken father didn't require much acting. Two years later he'd put an end to his own life, a lot of which consisted of charity by friends like John Wayne and John Ford and Ward Bond.

An interesting, but somewhat far-fetched tale for Episode 2.

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