Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The John Wilbot Story 

Tensions are running high in the train between northerners and southerners traveling west. As trouble escalates one passenger with a noticeable limp, John Wilbot, is accused of being John Wilkes Booth, who many believe is still alive.





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Episode cast overview:
John Wilbot
Roy Pelham
Harriet Field
Tyler McVey ...
Thaddeus Field
Virginia Aldridge ...
Amy Broxton
Tharon Crigler ...
Blanche Broxton
Arthur Pelham


Since Flint is still recovering from a shoulder injury from an Indian arrow, the Major takes over the scouting duties and lets Flint run the train while they cross the desert Shoshone territory. Flint's first dispute is the desire of the rabid abolitionist Thaddeus Field for Roy Pelham to remove permanently his Confederate flag. Flint resolves the issue by noting it is after dusk so no flag should fly. However, it does not settle Mr. Field's issue with Roy courting his daughter Harriet. Harriet tries to avoid Roy and turns her attention to John Wilbot who is an avid reader of books with good looks but a pronounced limp. Her girl friends are also attracted to him and "borrow" one of his books on Shakespeare. Harriet and her father find a news story in the book about the death of John Wilkes Booth. Mr. Field jumps to the conclusion that Wilbot is really Booth and asks Flint to put him in chains. After much discussion on the train and a threat to split the train over the issue, Wilbot ... Written by Anonymous

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11 June 1958 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Tyler McVey reads an account of the death of John Wilkes Booth and says that two accomplices were caught and Booth's fatal wound was identical with Abraham Lincoln's. The wound was not identical to Lincoln's and eight conspirators, not two, were captured, tried, and found guilty. See more »

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John Wilkes Booth?
2 November 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Dane Clark comes on board the Wagon Train in this episode as possibly none other than John Wilkes Booth who back in the day a lot of people thought escaped the burning barn he was trapped in. It was an urban legend back then, kind of like Elvis.

Anyway Clark is on the Train and he's a polished sort of gent, out of place among the pioneers. And he's a melancholy sort, giving out with an air of sadness. And he has the tantalizing name of John Wilbot.

On the Wagon Train itself are former Union and Confederate sympathizers ready to fight the war all over again. So when Tyler McVey finds an old newspaper clipping about the Lincoln assassination in Clark's volume of Shakespeare that gets everyone aroused.

McVey is the leader of the northerners, but his daughter Audrey Dalton is falling for the cultured Clark. Her behavior is truly astounding though.

Clark does fine in the guest star part, but the story is truly one of the more off the wall Wagon Train episodes.

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