When the wagon train passes through town, habitually drunk Jeremy Dow finds that his past has caught up with him. His choices: continue running, or face the demons from his past when he is confronted with this wife and son on the train.

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Christopher Hale (credit only)
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Jeremy Dow / Jeff Durant
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Bruce Millikan
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Hester Millikan
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Jubal Ash
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Clete Millikan (as James Lydon)
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Hotel Clerk Kelly
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Drifter Jeff Durant, notoriously known as a drunk, looks for work but is refused by townsfolk. Even a shady buffalo hunter, known to encroach upon tribal lands, doesn't want him. Jeff, spotting Bruce Millikan playing the mouth organ, joins him on his own mouth organ. Flint, needing a driver for the Millikan wagon after Clete suffers a broken leg, hires Jeff despite his drunken reputation. Jeff, hearing Bruce play a song from the school he taught at, learns that Bruce's real father, Jeremy Dow, died in a fire at the school as a hero. Jeff realizes Bruce is his son and his wife is on the train. Jeff leaves the train to join the buffalo hunters but returns to give his son his German mouth organ. While doing so he faces Hester, his wife, who recognizes him. He leaves but decides to return to be with his son. While teaching Bruce to hunt elk they see Jubal Ash and his hunters. Flint and Hawks find a dead horse belonging to the Arapaho. They find Jeff but Bruce is missing. An Arapaho brave ... Written by enzechen357

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28 December 1960 (USA)  »

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The hero people think he is
6 April 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Jeremy Dow Story is one of those transition episodes of Wagon Train after the death of Ward Bond with Flint McCullough taking over the train temporarily until a new wagonmaster is assigned. In the real world that meant taking scripts that were probably assigned to Bond and I believe that's what happened here.

The title role is played by Leslie Nielsen whom we meet as a drunken derelict in a small town. He's all that's available to be a temporary driver for the Milliken family husband James Lydon, wife Mari Aldon, and adolescent Michael Burns. What he doesn't know is that Aldon is his former wife and Burns his real son.

Back east Nielsen was the headmaster of a prep school in New England which caught fire and several kids lost. People think he died a hero trying to rescue the kids, but instead he panicked and ran and has run ever since.

Young Burns thinks of his 'late' real father as a hero and the two do some bonding without him letting on. Then Nielsen gets the chance to be the real hero people think he is.

The scenes with Burns and Nielsen are quite touching and the story will move you considerably.


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