Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The John Augustus Story 

John Augustus in a game of cards with a Chinese merchant wins a beautiful Chinese girl. But when he takes her on the wagon train, other passengers ask Hale to have him and the girl kicked off the train for their "indecent" relationship.







Episode cast overview:
Charlie Wooster
Bill Hawks
Duke Shannon (as Scott Miller)
Bern Hoffman ...
James B. Burroughs
Allen Joseph ...
Gail Hillson ...
Rose Ann


Bill along with Charlie and Duke are sent to town to pick up supplies. After they finish loading them, they head to the saloon for a quick drink where they find the crowd watching a poker game between John Augustus and a local Chinese merchant, Din Pau Yee. Yee runs out of funds but says he received a beautiful treasure that day which he would like to bet against Augustus for the pot which John accepts. Augustus wins the hand with three kings over Yee's three queens. Yee sends his assistant, Ceong Wai Kok, for the treasure. Augustus who had signed on with the Hale wagon train that day recognizes Charlie. For two bottles of whiskey Bill and Charlie agree to wait and take the treasure he won to the wagon train as he needs to leave. After consuming half of the bottles, the treasure, a beautiful Chinese girl, is left with them at the saloon. She is a surprise to Augustus as well when they return to the train. They don't tell Chris who is mad at them for being late and drunk. The people ... Written by Anonymous

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17 October 1962 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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When Charlie and Bill are asked by a gambler to hang around at a saloon to collect the gambler's winnings, a jackhammer can be heard in the background in several scenes. See more »

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With a little help from Wooster
24 November 2013 | by See all my reviews

Joseph Cotten who was Virginia born and bred guest stars in this Wagon Train episode about a southern gentleman and gambler by trade who acquires the contract of Nobu McCarthy from a Chinese merchant James Hong who was unlucky at cards. Now who was the lucky one in this story is for you to judge as the action unfolds.

Imagine if Ashley Wilkes had never married Melanie Hamilton and was shed of Scarlett O'Hara's infatuation with him and you have some idea as to Cotten's character. Maybe a bit of Hatfield from Stagecoach thrown in as well. In any event the two of them sharing a wagon without benefit of clergy upsets some of the more puritan minded of the Wagon Train's other passengers like Meg Wyllie and Willard Waterman. But marriage would upset them even more.

Cotten and McCarthy perform their roles well and certainly Cotten's southern background truly helps with his character. John McIntire has his hands full in keeping peace on the Wagon Train.

In the end the problem is solved with the unwitting help of Frank McGrath. Now what Charlie Wooster can do in this situation is for you to see this story for.

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