Wagon Train: Season 4, Episode 23

The Jed Polke Story (1 Mar. 1961)

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When Flint brings a stranded woman and boy to the train, her husband who went off to find help is also found but his return to the train sets off tempers when four men recognize him and their only thought is murder.

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Christopher Hale (credit only)
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Terry Wilson ...
Frank McGrath ...
John Lasell ...
Jed Polke
Joyce Meadows ...
Rheba Polke
Willard Waterman ...
Dr. Allison Day
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Walt Keene
Ron Hayes ...
Ross Amber
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Jeff
Dennis Holmes ...
Carlton Polke
Frank Gerstle ...
Otto
Juney Ellis ...
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While scouting Flint finds a woman and son stranded with a broken wagon. Her husband has taken a horse for help. Flint takes them back to the wagon train where Dr. Allison Day helps her until he learns she is Mrs. Jed Polke. He and his three traveling companions were severely injured at Andersonville when Polke turned their escape attempt in to the authorities. They have sworn to kill Polke. Polke slowly recovers and Flint tells the men they can turn him in at the Army post they are soon to arrive at. However, they kidnap Polk and his son and take them into the desert to kill Polke. Flint finds them and is taken hostage. When they attempt to kill Polke, all but Walt Keene back out but a Kiowa raiding party kills Keene after he shoots Polke. As Polke dies he tells them he turned them in because the new Rebel guard was his brother and he didn't want him harmed. Written by Anonymous

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Andersonville
5 August 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

With Robert Horton and Terry Wilson leading the Wagon Train until a new wagonmaster can be found, Horton comes across Joyce Meadows and her young son Dennis Holmes out on the desert, her husband John Lasell is searching for water and/or help. Later on they find Lasell, but four men recognize him from the Civil War.

Specifically from Andersonville Prison the hellhole of the South. A lot of Union soldiers died there from disease or malnutrition, the South had no rations to spare. Lasell ratted out 14 of his comrades who were making a break and four of them who survived to tell the tale, Ron Hayes, Perry Lopez, Morgan Woodward and Willard Waterman lived to survive and they have a blood oath to get him.

The revelation in this episode is Willard Waterman who normally plays avuncular types, Waterman being best known for the television version of The Great Gildersleeve. With a beard and mustache and a most serious demeanor Waterman is unlike you ever saw him before.

To see Willard Waterman playing more than a Great Gildersleeve or variation on same I really urge you see this Wagon Train story.


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