Wagon Train: Season 3, Episode 9

The Jess MacAbee Story (25 Nov. 1959)

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Flint, scouting ahead of the wagon train, is in search of fresh meat. With prospects none too good he comes upon a hidden paradise, green and lush and offering far more than he expected especially for a single man.

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Major Seth Adams (credit only)
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Jess MacAbee
Glenda Farrell ...
Belle MacAbee
Tammy Marihugh ...
Cora Belle MacAbee
Marlene Willis ...
Sally Belle MacAbee
Carol Byron ...
Lilly Belle MacAbee
Karen Green ...
Anna Belle MacAbee
Terry Burnham ...
Mary Belle MacAbee
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The wagon train is needing meat but the area is too dry to support much life. While scouting for meat, Flint stumbles into a lush valley. Although there are several signs warning trespassers to stay out, Flint enters anyway. Jess MacAbee confronts Flint telling him to leave and that they have no livestock. Flint leaves but finds cows and other signs of food so he returns in a stealthy manner confronting Jess. When Jess's wife and five daughters see Flint, it is their first contact with anyone from outside since Jess brought his wife Belle there 20 years earlier. Flint updates them on the outside world which upsets Jess who has the daughters and wife doing all the work while he relaxes and protects them from "Indians". Jess and Belle decide that Flint must marry one of the daughters but Flint wants nothing to do with it. Jess runs off a neighbor who has six boys much to Flint's unhappiness. When a group of friendly Indians appear, Flint uses the situation to bring the neighbor back and... Written by Anonymous

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Paradise Valley
22 April 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

If you're a big fan of Andy Devine you'll probably love this Wagon Train episode. But sad to say it's a rather unrealistic story that depends just too much on his comic talents to put it over.

Robert Horton is looking for food for the Wagon Train as supplies are running low. He stumbles across a hidden valley much like Omar Sharif in The Proud Valley. But there's no 30 Year War on the outside. It's the private preserve of Andy Devine and Glenda Farrell and the five daughters they've raised.

And Devine does not like no outsiders at all, he chases them away with fake Indian raids. But Flint McCullough doesn't take 'no' for an answer. And being he's the only man these young ladies have ever met they're all falling in love with him.

One has to wonder about these people, especially Glenda Farrell married to this lazy lout. When we first meet the McAbee family all the women are hard at work doing farm chores and Devine is supervising from his hammock.

Andy and Glenda came to the area 20 years earlier and Glenda asks about the good health of President Polk. They managed to miss the Civil War altogether. One wonders how they managed to not be invaded by unfriendly Indians all that time. Or now that at least two of the girls are growing up that they haven't just up and left the place.

More outside people do come to alter the situation permanently in the end. What happens is for you to see. The episode funny as Devine and Farrell are, is a bit too unreal for me.


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