Wagon Train: Season 6, Episode 11

The Kurt Davos Story (28 Nov. 1962)

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Kurt Davos is badly injured while trying to save Florence Hastings, who is trapped in a runaway wagon. Florence, who sometime earlier had tried to kill the man's dog, volunteers to live ... See full summary »

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Denny Miller ...
Terry Wilson ...
Frank McGrath ...
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Kurt Davos
Frances Reid ...
Florence Hastings
Arthur Space ...
Will Hershey
Amzie Strickland ...
Minnie Hershey
Karl Lukas ...
Dr. Parnell
Tyler McVey ...
Carl Monks
Charles Perry ...
Martin Gingg (as Charles E. Perry)
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Kurt Davos is badly injured while trying to save Florence Hastings, who is trapped in a runaway wagon. Florence, who sometime earlier had tried to kill the man's dog, volunteers to live with and care for Kurt, now paralyzed and unable to speak. Kurt, who used to be active and quick to help others, is now angry and sullen, and Florence has a tough time dealing with him and his dog. Written by bobbymaxwell

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Nice But Out of the Wagon Train Realm
18 July 2010 | by See all my reviews

Apparently Wagon Train went thru the same thing Gunsmoke would do toward the end; ran out of stories for the regulars, so they had to bring in all these guest stars and let them do the show.

Wagon Train, as it was, was limited to the wagons, so that is why so many of these latter episodes seem to look like they could simply be placed in any situation.

In this episode, we are given the truly peculiar setup of a woman who is afraid of ALL dogs because her husband was bitten by a dog and died of rabies. Frances Reid (Days of our Lives) has this role and there is that one moment in which she is delivering her soliliquy.

Eddie Albert is the immigrant blacksmith who has the small dog whose barking frightens this woman to the point where she grabs a gun and begins shooting erratically. The dog had gotten into the cottage cheese it seems. She thought it was foaming at the mouth.

Later, she will throw a frying pan at the dog.

But the crucial moment comes when she is wandering alone and a stray bull (?) comes along. Albert and his beloved dog, Gretchen, come to her rescue and Albert is badly injured. He can no longer speak and is partially paralyzed.

he must leave the wagon train. Out of all kinds of guilt, the woman volunteers to stay with him to care for him, as no one else is there for him. She now must contend with the dog she fears as well.

There are several pieced-together moments, such as she is bringing in wood and the dog barks, frightening her into dropping the wood, and Albert thinks she hit the dog with a stick, but what can he do? He must rely on her to help.

Eventually she learns to care for the dog (the dog mimics her and brings in firewood as well) and then that axe head comes off the handle.

Of course this then turns into the setting for any other western. We do see the wagon train folks again toward the end, but surely those aren't the same paying customers on the wagon train. Why do they all gather around? Undeniably the big aspect of this episode has got to be the opening shot of Albert without his shirt on. Oliver Wendell Douglas was built! i was looking for CGI, to see if his head was put on another body! Then watch carefully for Albert's sharing of his coffee with the horse. If that wasn't ad-libbed, i don't know what was, but its hilarious to see.


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