John Gillman being chased and shot in the leg by a posse escapes via a river. He is found downriver nearly passes out by a young orphan girl Abigail. She takes a liking to him but he tries to rebuff her. Wowever, events cause a change.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Gillman
Betsy Hale ...
Mr. Moore
Miss Roberts
Mr. Gorman
Elisabeth Fraser ...
Mrs. Gorman
Scott Lane ...
Sally Smith ...
Steve Condit ...
Boyd 'Red' Morgan ...


John Gillman is on the run from the law. Shot while trying to evade a two man posse, he jumps into a river by a waterfall that stops the posse from trailing him or the body. He crawls on shore down river with a leg wound where he is found by Abigail, an angry young orphan girl from the wagon train with a group of orphans hoping to be adopted by the wagon train members. 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. John convinces Chris to sell him a horse and saddle with plans to leave as soon as possible. A county official with the orphans, Mr. Moore, still believes John is an outlaw deciding to go for the local law. Abigail warns John about Mr. Moore's plans as does Chris. Slowly Abigail begins to get under John's skin and into his cold heart. Abigail has a hidden terrible secret that will forever change the surly outlaw. Written by DarSpi

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4 October 1964 (USA)  »

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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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