Out of meat and low on food, the wagon train must not kill any wildlife or all will face the wrath of the local Indians. The one holdout is Jonas Murdoch who has always lived outside the rules and doesn't consider a rabbit an issue.
Adams has agreed to Chief Red Hawk's terms to kill no game while crossing his territory. It is taking longer than expected to cross and the train is down to hardtack for meat. Having lived alone in Indian territory all his life Jonas Murdock tells Adams he could catch game without the Indians knowing it. However, Adams is adamant there will be no hunting and has Hawks, a close friend to Jonas, verify Jonas he won't hunt. Young Alma Hardy tells Jonas her grandpa needs protein to stay healthy so Jonas decides to trap a few rabbits. Wooster following Adams' orders trails Jonas catching him trapping. Jonas severely hurts Wooster with his rifle butt. When Adams confronts Jonas with a punch, Jonas hits Adams who is speared in the back by a spit when he falls. Thinking Adams is dead, Jonas leaves camp. Hawks has Wooster take over the train and care of Adams while he goes after Jonas as promised to Chief Red Hawk. Jonas uses his Indian scout experience to steal Bill's horse and gun plus drug ... Written by
There is a very lengthy, extremely well done fight scene near the end of this episode. Noah Berry does part of his fighting, but has a double for some of the rough stuff. Terry Wilson, who began his career as a double, does all of his. If you watch this a time or too, you will always be able to pick out his double action in any fight. He has a certain distinct style. After watching this, watch the knife fight in HONDO where John Wayne has to fight Silva. Except for the closeups, all the work is done by Terry Wilson, and it is very evident if you indeed did watch the Wagon Train episode. Terry doubled for Duke quite often. In this same movie, he is Ed Lowe, as the Indian jumps him from the rock. He,Frank McGrath, (Wooster on Wagon Train), and Ward Bond were all in this John Ford directed movie and were all part of his stock company. In fact, a little known fact is that Frank McGrath was one of the best horse stunt men in the early westerns. In Wagon Master, a movie directed by Ford and starring Ben Johnson and Harry Carey, Jr., (although Ward Bond was the true star and was paid top money), Frank McGrath has just gotten out of a full body cast, and Ford had him do quite a few horse falls and drags. Oh, forgot, when Ward Bond died, Terry Wilson called Duke and said, "Hold on.....Ward just dropped dead". It is said that both men cried together on the phone. Lot more to those stunt men and character actors that you will ever know.
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