Wagon Train: Season 4, Episode 5

The Jose Morales Story (26 Oct. 1960)

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Bill Hawkes is leading 3 wagons through Indian territory. They run into trouble with Mexician bandits lead by Lee Marvin. When the 2 groups must band together to fight off an Indian attack, certain biases & assumptions are thrown away.

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Flint McCullough (credit only)
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Jose Morales
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Louis Roque (as Lon Chaney)
Charles Herbert ...
Joseph Oliver
Terry Wilson ...
Frank McGrath ...
Aline Towne ...
Patience Oliver
Clark Howat ...
Aaron Oliver
Steve Darrell ...
Dr. Stern (as Stevan Darrell)
Alex Montoya ...
Paco
Jose Gonzales-Gonzales ...
Carlos (as Jose Gonzalez Gonzalez)
Gregg Palmer ...
Raleigh
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Hawkes is guiding three wagons through Mescalero Apache territory. One wagon has a family of Quakers hoping to be missionaries while another is gruff trader Louis Roque with a wagon of trade goods. While scouting ahead, Hawks is confronted by a group of Mexicans lead by Jose Morales who takes Hawks prisoner with plans to take the three wagons. At the camp Raleigh is killed. Morales recognizes Roque as the man who stabbed him after escaping the Alamo. On the road they find two of Morales' men killed by the Mescalero. They run to a burned out cabin for protection while the Mescalero attack. Soon Morales is the only man left of his group but wounded. Hawks and Roque join the fighting while Joseph Oliver refuses to fight believing he can make peace with the Indians. During a lull he goes outside to make contact with the Mescalero but is killed with a lance. That night they decide Hawks can lead the three remaining members of his party to safety while Morales stays behind as Roque decides ... Written by Anonymous

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Excellent Drama & Acting
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This episode has Lee Marvin & Lon Chaney,Jr. as guest stars. Both are at the top of their game with Marvin portraying a Mexican bandit who has waylaid 3 wagons being lead by Bill Hawkes (Terry Wilson). One of the wagons is owned by Chaney's character who is basically a trader hoping to take advantage of settlers with his wagon of goods.

Marvin & Chaney know each other from the Alamo; Hawkes can't believe that Chaney ran, rather than fight to the death. When the 2 groups must fight off an Indian attack together, many assumptions & beliefs about people & their humanity are challenged. It must be noted, a Quaker family that has come to help the Indians is part of the group.

The exchanges in conversation between the men is fascinating and shows how prejudices begin &, in turn, can be changed.

Also, love that Terry Wilson is given the chance to be the lead in an episode. His character is very much the strong, silent type, but while he has the strength of his convictions to stand on; he also is able to be compassionate & able to learn from his mistakes & life as it comes at him.


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