Wagon Train: Season 8, Episode 3

The John Gillman Story (4 Oct. 1964)

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John Gilliam is on the run from the law. Shot while trying to evade a posse, he is found by Abigail, an angry young orphan girl from the wagon train. Abigail wants desperately to be adopted... See full summary »

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Frank McGrath ...
Terry Wilson ...
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John Gillman
Betsy Hale ...
Abigail
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Mr. Moore
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Miss Roberts
James McCallion ...
Mr. Gorman
Elisabeth Fraser ...
Mrs. Gorman
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Erwin (as Scott Lane)
Sally Smith ...
Delta
Steve Condit ...
Ronald
Boyd 'Red' Morgan ...
Frank
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The Stout Boy (as Kenneth Weatherwax)
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John Gilliam is on the run from the law. Shot while trying to evade a posse, he is found by Abigail, an angry young orphan girl from the wagon train. Abigail wants desperately to be adopted, but no one will take her. Abigail takes a shine to John, but he is a bitter man who wants nothing to do with the young girl. Slowly Abigail begins to get under John's skin and into his cold heart. But Abigail hides a terrible secret that will forever change the surly outlaw. Written by DarSpi

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15 January 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Bobby Darin guest stars in this Wagon Train episode playing the title role of the John Gillman Story. Darin plays a young outlaw who the Wagon Train finds on the road with a bullet in him and offers him aid. Of course John McIntire and the rest of the crew don't know he's an outlaw. A stuffy and officious Whit Bissell tries to intervene, but McIntire is a believer in the Constitution or at least that portion about innocent until proved guilty.

The one person who bonds with Darin is young Betsy Hale from a wagon full of orphans under the supervision of Virginia Gregg. Almost in spite of himself and his angry rebellious ways, Darin assumes a protective attitude toward Hale who has a terrible secret she's carrying.

Darin's performance and his chemistry Betsy Hale make this a tender and touching episode, definitely worth catching.


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